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garimpo

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Yep...got to dangerous so sold the bike after 12 fun years and used the money to buy something

a little more tame...my first gold detector...life ain't been the same since....this says it better....

JUST A BIKER

I saw you, hug your purse closer to you in the grocery store line. But you

didn't see me put an extra $10.00 in the collection plate last Sunday.

I saw you pull your child closer when we passed each other on the sidewalk.

But you didn't see me playing Santa at the local Mall.

I saw you change your mind about going into the restaurant when you saw my

bike parked out front. But you didn't see me attending a meeting to

raise more money for the hurricane relief.

I saw you roll up your window

and shake your head when I rode by. But you didn't see me riding behind you

when you flicked your cigarette butt out the car window.

I saw you frown at me when I smiled at your children. But you didn't see me,

when I took time off from work to run toys to the homeless.

I saw you stare at my long hair. But you didn't see me and my friends cut

ten inches off for Locks of Love.

I saw you roll your eyes at our

leather jackets and gloves. But you didn't see me and my brothers donate our

old ones to those that had none.

I saw you look in fright at my tattoos. But you didn't see me cry as my

children where born or have their name written over and in my heart.

I saw you change lanes while rushing off to go somewhere. But you didn't see

me going home to be with my family.

I saw you, complain about how loud and noisy our bikes can be. But you

didn't see me when you were changing the CD and drifted into my lane.

I saw you yelling a t your kids in the car. But you didn't see me pat my

child's hands knowing she was safe behind me.

I saw you reading the newspaper or map as you drove down the road. But you

didn't see me squeeze my wife's leg when she told me to take the next turn.

I saw you race down the road in the rain. But you didn't see me get soaked

to the skin so my son could have the car to go on his date.

I saw you run the yellow light just to save a few minutes of time. But you

didn't see me

trying to turn right.

I saw you cut me off because you needed to be in the lane I was in. But you

didn't see me leave the road.

I saw you, waiting impatiently for my friends to pass. But you didn't see

me. I wasn't there.

I saw you go home to your family. But you didn't see me. Because I died that

day you cut me off.

I was just a biker. A person with friends and a family. But you didn't see

me.

Repost this around in hopes that people will understand the biker

community..

If you don't repost this, it sucks to be you. I hope you never lose someone

that rides.

EVEN IF YOU DON'T LIKE US, RESPECT OUR RIGHTS TO RIDE WHAT WE CHOOSE AND

TAKE A FEW EXTRA SECONDS TO BE SURE WE ARE NOT IN 'YOUR' WAY

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...what a sobering piece...

I just bought a big road bike recently, the first in about 40 years, and the changes

in drivers attitudes and mental awareness of what is going on around them

is quite an eye opener.

Used to be, the most dangerous person you had to look for was the older

person in a big Cadillac, when I was stationed in central Florida, where there

were LOTS of those types.

But that was then...

Now there are the newly licensed idiots, cellphone and text messaging multi-

taskers??? and the crackheads and drunks that the courts should be dealing

more forcefully with, rather than letting them continue on their merry way to

self and other folks destruction.

Just a quick trip anywhere is a challenge, and death awaits on every corner,

as no one gives a shite about those around them...

The mantra now is, "you can be first, right after me" when the guy just has to

cut you off, just before he exits the roadway, rather than tucking in politely

behind you, and letting everyone get home in one piece...

Thanks for sharing this...gives me pause for why I suddenly had to have a very

expensive pile of plastic and steel...

~LARGO~

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Largo your absolutely right....people our age are fortunate that we can remember when buying a

"full dresser" was a fun sport for the weekend...a three day trip....park in a shade on the lake...

meet friends at the truck stop for a weekend ride....poker runs...a few clothes and a sleeping bag..

but now my oldest kid (44) want to buy his first and I spent April and May begging him not to for

the reasons above....what was a sport is now a challenge to survive....

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Aloha Garimpo,

Oh well, there always has to be one negative person around. Guess some people just see the bad side of life no matter what.

Try living in Las Vegas where just about everyone has a cellphone to there ear while driving and not paying attention to their surroundings and you will understand that driving a motorcycle is not only a challenge but an "Adventure".

Met some very nice people out there on two wheels BUT it just takes that "1%" to make most people see bikers as bad people. They are the ones that should be looking in the mirror and asking themselves "Why do I judge people by their looks?".

Aloha and always be safe out there.

Stan aka Kaimi

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Hello Stan....I couldn't agree with you more....I think it is the Influx of the Younger people and the Older people who have half a Brain who think they have something to prove and they do it out on the Hiway...I am a biker and have seen the Ignorance 1st hand of that 1% your speaking about...Thank you..........jet521 aka jerry

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Yep I messed up on my Post...after all the Training that Beerman gave me...My Lawdy!! ...Was gonna post a Pic of the Bike but I will ask Bill if he would be so kind to Delete that Post...Bill I also had a 78 Low Rider AMX edition...It was only a stock 74 ci .020's over..My 1 st Harley...I GAVE it to my Brother so he would have one to ride...The Bastard sold it and was nice enough to give me a Thou...Even tho I told him I offer a Buy Back program...Meaning I wanted it back if he didn't want it...Thats why I don't talk to him anymore...Live and Learn!! ...jet521

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:coffeetime: Very emotional issue--put something exciting between your legs--ride a harley !! These miniscule mini crotch rockets with cranked/coked out speed freaks are giving the ol'bad ass harley ridres a bad name. Stunt riding,playing tag,freeway hide/seek/and kick the can are just a few examples of the current trends?? darn just get a 357 mag and play russian roulette?? Rode street and dirt over 25 years and loved every minute of it EXCEPT when the paramedics had to cut the grill offn' a old buick lead sled to remove my numerous pieces and parts when the soccer Mom drunk as hell,sipping a starbucks,talking on the cell,and scratching her arse went through that stop sign at 50 and JACKED ME UP!!! Had just dropped off my 3 year old at the daycare a few minutes earlier. There is only 1 thing in life that I miss more than my 2 wheeled toys!!!! :innocent0009: and I don't need a bike to mine-Tons a au 2 u 2-John

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