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Old 06-19-2017, 03:46 PM   #1
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My brother and I were riding Motocycles down the Texas Hill Country when I was involved in an accident, a truck turned in front of my 2007 Honda VTX1300R last Friday (9th). Broken scapula, broken clavicle, and 8 of the 12 ribs are broken all on left side. On top of that I had a left lung they inserted a chest tube into my lung to drain all the blood. Air Evacuated to San Antonio Military Medical Center SAMMC. (BAMC as I remember it) were I spent 9 days. The most Professional Medical staff ever.

The Retro is totaled. My days of riding the Steel Horse are over I must say. I really loved the VTX and I had her just the way I wanted. I really loved riding but times have changed with Freaking Distracted Drivers.

To all my TBH friends that ride Motorcycles, I say a prayer that all of you have safe rides.

My Physical Therapy Goal is to be ready for this upcoming Bow Season.

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Old 06-19-2017, 03:50 PM   #2
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Dang man! Glad you are ok
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Old 06-19-2017, 03:52 PM   #3
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Hate to hear, but glad you're "ok". Same thing for me, used to be a commuter until I had to deal with I35 in Fort Worth.
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Old 06-19-2017, 03:52 PM   #4
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I know the feeling man.

Ive still got my Harley Ultra sitting in the garage. Just cant bare to let it go just yet, but havent ridden it in over a year. It just sits there. Im currently the major bread winner for my wife, and 5 kids, and my mom. If anything were to happen to me, they'd be up $h!t creek. Thats just not a risk Im willing to take.

Hope you heal up soon.
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Old 06-19-2017, 03:53 PM   #5
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Happy to see you are still with us.

I parked mine almost 3 years ago. Seemed like everytime i would ride, someone would do something stupid. I said no mas!
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Old 06-19-2017, 04:09 PM   #6
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Glad you came out of it with the grassy side still down...I used to commute on mine everyday but it just got too insane around the DFW Metroplex. Too many lane divers, distracted people, and people who just don't care if they kill you. Gave up the Harley to make sure my 3 kids have a dad until they grow up. I missed it for a bit but I just buy a new gun when I think about wanting to ride again.
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Old 06-19-2017, 04:34 PM   #7
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I ride a lot have a 2010 Harley CVO. I have been riding since the 70's. Now days people just don't care anymore. Bud I'm so glad you survived!! Bless you, and shame on the driver for not caring if they pull in front of bike riders. Take him to the bank!!!
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Old 06-19-2017, 04:41 PM   #8
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I've ridden all my life up until last year. I decided that I have cheated death long enough. There's just more distractions than ever for drivers now. It's hard enough to drive a truck when people are headed straight toward you and texting while crossing into your lane! I've had several close calls and have been badly hurt once on my bike. I've had good friends lose their life because someone else pulled out in front of them. I do miss riding, and Im not gonna say I will never ride again, but it's scary out there. The last time I was injured I spent a week in the hospital. I told myself I was done riding then, but I lied. It was in my blood still. Finally I just felt like it was time to walk away while I still could. I hope you have a fast recovery brother.
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Old 06-19-2017, 04:48 PM   #9
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Dang,sounds like you're lucky to be alive!
A guy digging for something in the floor board nearly pushed me off a bridge on 287..Had a car right on my *** as it was happening..I'd already made up my mind I was gonna try to ditch the bike,and hang on to the side of his truck..Last split second he jerks back over in his lane..That was my last time on mine.

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Old 06-19-2017, 05:26 PM   #10
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Glad you're ok!!! Had an idiot almost take me out on 35 on Saturday coming into San Antonio. What happened after, he'll always be on the look out for bikes. That clevis hook that attaches your whip comes in handy for cars like that. I've had a lot of near misses and scares ya but just can't give it up. I enjoy riding too much. Prayers for a speedy recovery
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Old 06-19-2017, 05:44 PM   #11
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Glad you're alive, hope you have a speedy recovery. Lost my best friend to a bike crash long ago and more recently my mother's husband as well. My son went out and bought himself a bike when he was 18 after enlisting in the Army and wanted to "have some fun" before he shipped out... yeah we all know how that ended up now his spine is fused and obviously DQ'd before he ever made it to Basic.

I had a 2007 VTX as well but it was the one with the skinny tail can't remember the model, "C" I guess? Thing was a good cruiser and I rigged up fishing rod holders to the passenger pegs and rode to the coast more than a few times. It's a shame to hear of one getting trashed like that. I went from that VTX to sport bikes and loved them, but have more than a few stories to tell from San Antonio traffic from general ******baggery to some old lady literally just trying to push me out of my lane with her car. Wasn't bad working off hours/nights and riding at mach 4 to work every day but once I was moved to normal M-F day shifts I got rid of my last bike in a hurry and never looked back, figured I'd tempted fate enough and it was time to let go.

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Old 06-19-2017, 05:47 PM   #12
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Glad you're ok. I have shoveled many bike riders off the road and they're the innocent driver 99% of the time.
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Old 06-19-2017, 05:48 PM   #13
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I've ridden all my life up until last year. I decided that I have cheated death long enough. There's just more distractions than ever for drivers now. It's hard enough to drive a truck when people are headed straight toward you and texting while crossing into your lane! I've had several close calls and have been badly hurt once on my bike. I've had good friends lose their life because someone else pulled out in front of them. I do miss riding, and Im not gonna say I will never ride again, but it's scary out there. The last time I was injured I spent a week in the hospital. I told myself I was done riding then, but I lied. It was in my blood still. Finally I just felt like it was time to walk away while I still could. I hope you have a fast recovery brother.
Same here. I LOVED my bike (Kawasaki Vulcan), but went down hard one day on a slippery spot. A few seconds later, I came to, lying flat on my back in the middle of the highway. No cars, thank goodness. My wife, daughter, mother, and a bunch of others depended on me, so I was not only gambling with my life, but with theirs as well.

Then the 2 guys I rode with both went down REALLY hard - like a week in the hospital each. One was going through a curve and just slammed down out of the blue, for no apparent reason. Lost some meat, some teeth, and broke a vertebrae, came THIS close to being paralyzed from the eyes down.

The other was peacefully cruising home down I35 around Georgetown at 70mph, straight line, dry pavement... and suddenly slammed to the pavement and tumbled for 50 yards with broken bones all over his body. His new Harley Road King was scattered all over the place. To this day, he has utterly no idea what caused it.

Plus, I knew, or knew of, several other guys who had ridden for decades, with HUNDREDS of thousands of miles, in all 48 states, and then were killed on the road. So much for experience.

One of them was cruising along I35 at 75 and suddenly realized the car in front of him wasn't moving. He had a split second to change lanes. He glanced over his shoulder, whipped into the other lane, and slammed right into a big gravel truck that had just pulled onto the road and was going about 2 mph. The whole thing happened in like 3 seconds.

The other was killed by one of those left-turners. He had like 400,000 miles of riding experience.

My bike sat in the garage for about a year and I finally sold it. Being a "biker" was a special time in my life, and I have many fond memories, but the time just came to end it.

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Old 06-19-2017, 05:56 PM   #14
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Same here. I LOVED my bike (Kawasaki Vulcan), but went down hard one day on a slippery spot. A few seconds later, I came to, lying flat on my back in the middle of the highway. No cars, thank goodness. My wife, daughter, mother, and a bunch of others depended on me, so I was not only gambling with my life, but with theirs as well.

Then the 2 guys I rode with both went down REALLY hard - like a week in the hospital each. One was going through a curve and just slammed down out of the blue, for no apparent reason. Lost some meat, some teeth, and broke a vertebrae, came THIS close to being paralyzed from the eyes down.

The other was peacefully cruising home down I35 around Georgetown at 70mph, straight line, dry pavement... and suddenly slammed to the pavement and tumbled for 50 yards with broken bones all over his body. His new Harley Road King was scattered all over the place. To this day, he has utterly no idea what caused it.

Plus, I knew, or knew of, several other guys who had ridden for decades, with HUNDREDS of thousands of miles, in all 48 states, and then were killed on the road. So much for experience.

One of them was cruising along I35 at 75 and suddenly realized the car in front of him wasn't moving. He had a split second to change lanes. He glanced over his shoulder, whipped into the other lane, and slammed right into a big gravel truck that had just pulled onto the road and was going about 2 mph. The whole thing happened in like 3 seconds.

The other was killed by one of those left-turners. He had like 400,000 miles of riding experience.

My bike sat in the garage for about a year and I finally sold it. Being a "biker" was a special time in my life, and I have many fond memories, but the time just came to end it.


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I've ridden all my life up until last year. I decided that I have cheated death long enough. There's just more distractions than ever for drivers now. It's hard enough to drive a truck when people are headed straight toward you and texting while crossing into your lane! I've had several close calls and have been badly hurt once on my bike. I've had good friends lose their life because someone else pulled out in front of them. I do miss riding, and Im not gonna say I will never ride again, but it's scary out there. The last time I was injured I spent a week in the hospital. I told myself I was done riding then, but I lied. It was in my blood still. Finally I just felt like it was time to walk away while I still could. I hope you have a fast recovery brother.


Same story here guys. I rode my bike for the first time a few weeks ago in over one year. The traffic was so bad and I was so frustrated but the time I got home I decided that's it. I'm putting it up for sale.

I rode mini bikes, dirt bikes and the street bike for over 40 years, and now it's time to hopefully give someone else the good luck I had. I'm not looking back.


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Old 06-19-2017, 06:02 PM   #15
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Yep.. I gave it up a few years ago myself...
Too many days in the hospital.. Too many stiches...
Right or wrong.. In a wreck.. The biker always loses...

There's only two kinds of bikers...
Those, that have had wrecks..
And those, that are gonna....
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Old 06-19-2017, 06:18 PM   #16
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Glad to hear you are ok. Prayers Up for your continued healing.
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Old 06-19-2017, 06:31 PM   #17
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Glad you are still here! I had a pickup run me off the road 3 years ago on my bike I putted it home sold it 3 weeks later. It's just not worth it!


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Old 06-19-2017, 06:33 PM   #18
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Just about 6 years ago, after a total hip replacement "caused" by a scooter incident AND developing insulin dependent diabetes shortly after...I gave up my love of riding and Harleys! I finally decided I was getting older and could not rebound from physical injury anymore from riding. I always said, to my son's and friends, "It's not IF you go down, but WHEN you go down." I don't care how much testosterone you have, how bad you think you are, riding put's you at a tremendous risk simply from those who DON'T SEE YOU or don't care?

I've had many HD's over the years and the final ride I owned was a Road King with just over a thousand miles when I sold it. I've been to Sturgis (several times,) REO, Daytona, Red Wood Run, Four Corners and many more over the years and will always retain those wild memories. I also worked wrecks as an LEO and Paramedic involving Bikes and would guess every time the Bikers bore the worst of these encounters. I NEVER wore a helmet unless in a state that required them....my choice and with my guardian Angel, I always came home.

But one day I just decided enough....my son's would not understand, those who REALLY cared and love me would not understand....it was time...can't even count all the friends I've lost over the years...25+ that I rode. Now, I see bikes pass me and I wonder...can you stay safe? The odd's are NOT in your favor, but it's always up to you so if your guardian Angel talks to you and says enough...well....Ride Safe and Stay Alert...

I still love the feeling of an endless sky while riding, the sun and wind in my face, the feeling of invincible....but two wheels will NOT win when someone has their head up their B... and does not see or hear you!
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Old 06-19-2017, 06:38 PM   #19
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Well said Kuma. After posting on here I've been thinking of all my friends and family members who have been killed on their Harley's. Lots of good and wild times on two wheels for me as well, but all good things come to an end.
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Old 06-19-2017, 06:39 PM   #20
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Hope you recover fully !
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Old 06-19-2017, 07:24 PM   #21
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I have seen a lot of folks on the ground that paid the ultimate price for the enjoyment of a bike.
Glad your going to make it. Not 30 min ago i almost wiped out a lady who pulled straight out of a gas station and never looked in my direction as far as i could tell. Distracted driver ving is the mainstay these days
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Old 06-19-2017, 07:38 PM   #22
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They all say it's not if it will happen its when will it happen. I have had a lot of friends in your shoes never good glad your ok.
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Old 06-19-2017, 07:58 PM   #23
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Dang man! Hope you have a great lawyer....
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Old 06-19-2017, 08:56 PM   #24
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the last 10 years or so I rode as a LEO and we had a saying there are 2 kinda motor officers those that have fallen and those that are gonna fall, not by our own fault most of the time. but like that kid that turned in front of my duty bike with video, gps, witnesses, and the driver admitting fault caused the end of my LEO CAREER at 30 years. oh that and workers comp saying non of these injuries including the closed head injury or neck and spinal injuries are from this accident, they are all preexisting or degenerative because of your age........heal up fast brother.....
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Old 06-19-2017, 09:05 PM   #25
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I gave up my street days years ago. I still want to ride, but it scares me. I stick with my vintage dirt bike for fun.

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Old 06-19-2017, 09:18 PM   #27
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Glad you're around to type this bud. Just isn't worth the risk.

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Old 06-19-2017, 09:18 PM   #28
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I used to ride until I met the concrete at 35mph. It was either lay it down or t-bone a 1/2 ton Ford. Got lucky and made the right decision. He just didn't see me. Bike has been in my garage ever since. That was 7 years ago. It's just to risky for me at 40 years old.
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Old 06-19-2017, 10:31 PM   #29
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I don't blame you one bit. Glad you survived where you could make that decision.

I stopped riding them......street or dirt around 25. Saw a good friend of ours almost become an organ donor because a lady pulled out in front of him on my brothers Kaw Ninja. He was extremely lucky and walked away with a broken arm and severe road rash because he jumped over the roof on impact. We all stopped riding after that and previous close calls/accidents. Saw a gentleman get killed in front of me at an intersection in 2002 when he tried to run a red light and the car in front of me pulled out on green. He was DRT. That reaffirmed me having no inclination to get on a two wheeled version again. I enjoy living. If I want the wind in my face I'll stick it out the truck window or sit in front of a fan....
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I have completely quit riding as well. My kids are still young and too many close calls and minor crashes, all caused by idiots in cars.


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Old 06-20-2017, 08:37 AM   #31
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Glad you are still here. I've rode motorcycles all of my adult life. The only car I had was my wife's car. After a REALLY bad accident with my GSX-R, I purchased a new motorcycle (Kawasaki Ninja) and rode that for about 4 years. My wife, being a nurse, used to tell me all sorts of stories about patients that they see involved in motorcycle accidents. Right before I moved to Texas a year ago, I sold both my bikes. No more bikes for me simply because my wife does not want me to ride anymore. I've also accomplished everything I wanted to do when I first got into riding (bucket list of traveling on my motorcycle, knee dragging, racing, etc) With so many drivers being distracted with phones these days and irresponsible young drivers who race on public roads, I can't help but cringe every time I think about my accident. For all of those who still ride, be vigilant and be safe. I know it may be silly to some but I always ride with my Bible in my backpack because it makes me feel like the Lord is with me.
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Old 06-20-2017, 08:49 AM   #32
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Yep, my riding career came to an abrupt end in 1975... Had a '74 Honda CB750 that would flat fly... It was those landings it did not do well. After a particularly rough landing one night on Long Island in New York, I picked up the pieces, put 'er back together and when I got back home to Texas, kept her for another year or so... even made my self ride a time or 2, but never enjoyed it again... Have not regretted for one second the day I watched as her new owner rode her off never to be seen again... I thank God daily for getting me through that period in my life!
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Old 06-20-2017, 09:17 AM   #33
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And I almost killed a young man one day riding a cycle. I was in my F250 pulling 14ft trailer with Welding machine and my 4 wheeler on it on a 2 lane road that had ditches on both sides that dropped off 7 ft deep. So he is in front of me on a pocket rocket we both are doing about 55 MPH and on this country road there are several roads that turn off left. Now cars are coming the other direction its a bit of a well traveled road.
Well he suddenly and I mean suddenly decided he wanted to turn left without any signal or nothing and went from 55 mph to stopped in like 50ft, I KID YOU NOT ! he could shut that pocket rocket down that fast !!! I had stopping distance behind him, I was not in anyway tailgating him. Problem was there were cars coming the other way and he could not turn. I locked up everything I had and was trying to go into the ditch without rolling over. He too was shatting in is his pants.

Dude, if you can go from 55mph to stopped in 50ft on a pocket rocket that weighs nothing with state of the art braking system don't do it in front of an F250 with a loaded trailer or a Cement truck. We both came out alive but I really don't know how. So thankful I didn't kill him.
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Old 06-20-2017, 09:24 AM   #34
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Dang brother, glad you are still with us and pray that rehab goes better than expected.

I had a motorcycle accident back in 1986 and haven't been on one since. I love riding, but was lucky to walk away after a truck didn't see me, pulled out in front of me and I t-boned him.
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Old 06-20-2017, 09:26 AM   #35
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Glad you are still with us and prayers for a speedy recovery.
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Old 06-20-2017, 10:14 AM   #36
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Dang brother, glad you are still with us and pray that rehab goes better than expected.

I had a motorcycle accident back in 1986 and haven't been on one since. I love riding, but was lucky to walk away after a truck didn't see me, pulled out in front of me and I t-boned him.
wasn't at Gessner and Westpark was it? I saw that exact thing happen there one day about that long ago!!
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Old 06-20-2017, 10:19 AM   #37
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Had a 1100 Aero ... quit for same reason (no wreck..just not safe enough to risk it)
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Old 06-20-2017, 11:05 AM   #38
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glad you are on the right side of the ground. Get better ASAP!
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Old 06-20-2017, 11:17 AM   #39
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Good to hear you are going to recover although it will be long and tedious. I've been riding over 40 years but gave it up for awhile when the kids were young. They are in their 30's now

Headed to the hill country friday for a few days. Distracted drivers are a constant danger especially if your on a bike.

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Old 06-20-2017, 01:25 PM   #40
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Love motorcycles but they're too dangerous. My family needs me alive and healthy.
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Old 06-20-2017, 01:32 PM   #41
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Dang man! That sounds like a really bad experience. I hope you recover fully by bow season. I love to ride but I sold mine about 3 years ago because I figured it was just a matter of time around here. People just don't pay attention in general, much less watch out for bikes. It got to where I couldn't enjoy riding around here because I assumed every car I saw was going to pull out in front of me. It seems like 8 out of 10 drivers are looking at their cell phone while driving these days. If we ever move up to East TX and get away from this rat race I'll buy another one.
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Old 06-20-2017, 01:56 PM   #42
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Hey I live in Gvine if you need anything give a shout
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Old 06-20-2017, 02:04 PM   #43
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you guys make me want to get rid of mine
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Old 06-20-2017, 02:17 PM   #44
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Prayers going up!
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Old 06-20-2017, 02:34 PM   #45
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Prayers up and heal up.
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Old 06-20-2017, 02:37 PM   #46
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Get better Coker, they need you back at work. Glad your doing better.
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Old 06-20-2017, 03:06 PM   #47
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wasn't at Gessner and Westpark was it? I saw that exact thing happen there one day about that long ago!!
No, this was up in NE Texas.
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Old 06-23-2017, 11:45 AM   #48
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yikes.. just saw today

https://www.yahoo.com/gma/alleged-ro...180624571.html
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