I was just shifting into second gear when I hit the ice, so I wasn't going too fast. Freaked me right out, I can tell you. I was about a half block from home, so I just walked it back. Minimal damage to me and the bike.
Edward, I had another thought on the helmet vs no-helmet stats you posted. I'm intrigued by the apparently lower fatality rate in no-helmet states. I think to really get at an understanding of it, we'd need a study that compared injuries/fatalities per mile ridden with a helmet vs without, broken down by various categories like age of the rider, riding experience of the rider (I think it's a safe bet that newbies have more crashes), weather conditions, etc. But I think it's a legitimate question whether helmets help or hinder safe riding.
BTW, I can't believe you ride a two-wheel vehicle in icy conditions. I had a little 200cc Honda in college and I took it out one morning and didn't see the black ice. If you hit ice with four wheels, you go sideways. If you hit ice on two wheels, you go down. How do you avoid that? Seems like physics to me, but maybe you have the balance of an acrobat.
If you're ever in the Charlotte area, let's hook up for beer or three. My sled is in the shed (http://www.iplawdrawings.com/images/sled1.jpg) at the moment. A cage and I were trying to occupy the same space at the same time, and I ended up with a 750 lb ankle bracelet. The crash fractured my ankle in two places requiring surgery. So now, during all this beautiful riding weather, I’m hobbling around my crib 24/7 on crutches while sporting a clumsy leg cast. At least I have plenty of work to do (self-employed technical illustrator), there’s beer in the fridge an liquor on the shelf.
Thank you for your great comments on the "Manhood" discussion. You had important things to say and expressed yourself well.
I closed the discussion but did not delete it. IT takes a fair amount of effort to guide a discussion on a controversial topic, and I think it ran its course for the time being. Some people had productive and useful things to say, and it was overall a bridge-building conversation.
Good choice! I have been through Arizona, and although they have no beaches (duh!) I am considering moving there. It is the diversity of climate that I find appealing. I like the idea of driving an hour or two from the desert and going skiing! It's GREAT! I suppose I could sell my surfboard:-(
Biketoberfest just ended! You will have to wait for Bikeweek for another rally in Daytona. The city wants to do away with it because of the traffic problems and the loud partying. Go figure! We really have no other source of revenue except The races. I fear that in the near future Bikeweek may go the way of Springbreak.
I am considering a move to the west coast. Florida is great,but a city boy like me had better stay within 20 miles of the coast! Yankees do dominate the beaches! LOL! California can't be any worse, politically, and has to be better for business!
What type tattooing do you prefer? I like black and gray with minimal color. Maybe reminiscent of prison style? LOL!
I'm having a mini-debate w/ Duane and although I read it in a criminal justice textbook, I do not have any specific study about how serial killers, criminals, and various deviants are shaped by society.
I KNOW they're out there. Just wondering if you had anything specific off the top of your head.
Yeah, my childhood was eventful to say the least! Have you ever been to the festivals in Daytona? Bike Week is great, however, it is not like it used to be. I have been spending a lot of time in Tallahasee because there just isn't much going on down here since the economy tanked. College students always hve money to spend on tattoos! LOL!
Hey Rusty, It's good to see new members so active on the site! I have been a little slack lately. You know, I grew up in Philly and my dad used to ride with the Pagans back in the day. I spend quite a bit of time tattooing bikers down here in Daytona! This is Outlaw country around here! LOL!