Your exposed to the elements, you know that the concrete will not give not if...but when, you go down. I've been thinking about this a lot lately. A close encounter with a deer the other night is why, it froze in my headlights, a quick serve to the left and I went around him...but the heart didn't stop pounding for 20 minutes.
|Okay...cute but not acceptable!|
I have always worn a helmet when riding. Even a short jaunt to the local market gets a helmet (although I will admit to wearing the shorts and tee-shirt - not any more however). My body will recover hopefully if I go down. The brain might not so I invested in a full face helmet.
I've a bright yellow jacket I wear. It's not really a motorcycle jacket but it's visible and warm. At night I through a reflective work style vest over it to make me even a bit more visible. When I first started to ride I didn't always wear the jacket, enjoying the cool air blowing around me. Now even if I'm just running to the store a half a mile away it goes on. I am actively looking for a good motorcycle jacket, one with the armor to protect the elbows and back, and I am to poor not to have quality.
My job requires dress shoes but I've been wearing my waterproof and oil resistant sole boots when I ride now. I've not always done that in the past. I can't do much about the dress pants I have to wear.
|Yep, me in gear - a big canary.|
Frankly it scares the hell out of me at times.
I then have a choice. To not ride or to ride. I enjoy riding, I love the physicality of riding...feeling the sun on my face and the wind across my body as I ride. My fear is manageable. I watch, I try to make myself as visible as possible. The best way to avoid an accident is to be ready for it. Keeping it upright is better than going down any day of the week.
Every mile under my belt is another mile of experience.