Did you know that wearing polarized sunglasses while your riding a motorcycle could be hazardous to your health? Polarized sunglass lenses are good for driving or fishing, because they reduce the glare off of smooth surfaces, and eliminate the blinding light reflection. On a motorcycle however, they can make a shiny road surface look like a wet road, or even worse, make a wet road look shiny. Ideally, when your riding, it helps to know if your going to hit wet pavement. If you use a GPS, they may make it hard to see the screen.
While I’m all for eye protection while riding, I want to know when there is water up ahead and if my sunglasses hide this fact from me, I’d rather do without them.
The next time you pull out those wonderful polarized Maui Jim’s to ride with, think twice. They might just make reading the road a bit trickier.
What do you do when fear stops you from riding? This is what I am experiencing now as a rider. This all came about after hearing multiple stories of uncles, brothers, and friends losing a leg, getting brain damaged, and other scary stories. One of my greatest fears is loosing a limb, such as an arm or a leg. I don’t know if I could cope with that. There is also the incredible medical expenses and rehab time associated with a serious motorcycle accident, assuming you live through it. Even with insurance, there’s the high deductibles, the time lost from work, the hardship on other family members. Is the riding worth it?
I love riding. It is my therapy, my release, my freedom. But I am now considering selling the bike. The ad is already written here. Deep down inside, I don’t really want to do this. I am doing it out of fear and frankly, the money will help pay off some medical and dental expenses. The other reason is, are the yearly costs justifiable? Right now, I spend about $27. a month on insurance, even when the bike is idle, gas expenses for joy rides, registration costs, maintenance costs, etc. This bike is not my primary transportation. It’s a toy.
So back to the question. Do you stop riding because of fear or finances? I’m thinking the answer is in the ad. It wouldn’t be there if I didn’t feel this way. Maybe things will change, but for now, it’s time to sell the bike. I will miss riding with my friends. I will miss the gatherings where I meet new riders to ride with.
I wonder if I can still give the riding salute from my truck window?
- 5 reasons why biking is meditation.(1hundredworks.wordpress.com)
Only the one who dies truly lives. Then there is liberation from fear. Ananda
6/8/2012 10:07:01 AM
By Len McDougall
I recently received a form from my auto insurance company, asking me to either promise to wear a helmet while riding a motorcycle, or to purchase a required additional twenty-thousand dollars of coverage for the privilege of going helmetless.
A great time lapsed photo of Alex Harvill setting the new Distance Record for a motorcycle jump at 425ft.
You can read the full story on this jump here…http://espn.go.com/action/fmx/story/_/id/8181746/alex-harvill-sets-motorcycle-jump-record
If you can’t read the headline, the answer is yes. Really, how old is too old to ride a motorcycle, 60, 70, 80, or more? We, as a community and sport should probably address this before some government agency is ‘directing’ us to, and you know they have been thinking about it.
I know and ride with numerous people who represent this demographic divide. There are riders older than me that I consider even better riders than I am.