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post #1 of 17 Old 11-06-2019, 06:04 PM Thread Starter
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Hanging up My Leathers

I think I will start by saying that I believe the ZX-6R Forum to be the best sportbike forums on the net. I joined back in '14, after buying my 2015 30th Anniversary SE; I have been an active member since joining. And to the new(er) members I strongly encourage you to participateÖ often. Ask Qs, & respond with intelligent answers to those of others. And please do not turn into bitchy/whiny/flame throwing/douche bag trolls. As much as possible keep politics out of here. There are no shortages of demagoguery websites on the ether net. Even in ďBS categoriesĒ topical politics only serves to divide & inflame one another. And all that does in the long run is place wedges between fellow riders. Look, as sportbike riders we are already a minority segment of the larger societal fabric. The last thing any of us needs is to create even narrowing splinter goups.



I must confess to the high level of experience & intelligence that haunts this Forum. Whilst I've had philosophical differences with some members, none turned bitter. So, play nice with one another. Check your vanity and ego - anxiety and insecurities at the door. Celebrate unique differences, reject bigoted demagoguery, donít fear Others merely because they are new/strange/unknown. They bring new insights, solutions and perspectives - this is not a bad thing.

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On 19th of October I was returning from my son's water polo game. Whilst travelling on a 5-lane urban N/S street... 1-centre lane, 2-lanes S, 2-lanes N. I was sideswiped into a traffic meridian/island (6Ē tall). This catapulted me into the air; the police report said I was found 30-feet from my bike. My gear fortunately did most of the heavy lifting. I did NOT slide/skate along the tarmac. I just went splat.

As I compose this, I have arrived from a convalescent/rehab place to my home. I will be wearing an architectural rigid neck brace for the neck 6-12 weeks. I am mobile with the use of a walker or cane. I still have large scabs on both knees & forelegs. My ring finger & middle finger on my left hand noticeably and permanently arc towards one another. Head aches are still present, though less so.I spent 9 days in the hospital. My memories of the incident are nonexistent. The hospital & rehab stays are mere moments. Probably just as well. And yes, the wee Nin-jette is totaled. No surprise, eh?

I still have lingering effects of the concussion. The two left hand fingers bend only half way, though am assured I should recover full mobility. And I broke six left ribs, stopped coughing up blood last Friday (itís now Wednesday afternoon....) Also, I fractured two cervical vertebrae, as well as two lumber vertebrae. I visit a neurologist in two weeks to further assess the spine.

I have one child, a 16-yr sonÖ my only child. I became a father later in my life. And as most parents can attest to, he is the biggest challenge, whilst being the absolute best part of my life. Since my mid-teens I have had two passions: loud guitars (& amps) and fast bikes. Iíve taught my son to play guitar/bass, and he possessí a natural talent, he could be remarkable if he consistently practiced. Alas, heís 16 and way too busy. Someday a girl will find out and implore him to play for herÖ and heíll practice a lot. But, for me, Iíve always have seen myself as a motorcyclist who also played guitar, and not as a guitarist who was a sportbike rider.

My view of myself has changed since 19 October 2019. Now... Iím a dude who plays guitars. After seeing my sonís face in the hospital, and how consumed he was about losing me. He was scared for me. I am so very fortunate to have a great relationship with my son. We have always been close; possibly because I was the one who parented him the most. At any rate, I have decided to hang up my leathers. My son needs his father to be there for him. He has said he wants to have me there when he graduates from high school and college. And I want to be there when he marries, and he finally becomes a father, too.

I will check in on select topics from time to time. I wanna thank all the ladies and gentlemen who answered my Qs. And I hope any A I gave to any persons were helpful. Even if it was two years later! Glad I could provide a laugh or two. Keep up the high standards, even in the face of seasonally lower numbers. For Godís sake donít allow Facebook to win!

I bid all of you good health. And please do not let the cagers win.

Thank you,
Mark

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Cheers, Sir.

There is a time and place for everything, and nothing is more important than family.

I suspect that you'll stop in now and again...... There will be plenty of time in pt when it will be good to have a distraction.

We'll be here, when you need that.

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Yikes. Sorry to hear that. I hope you recover as well as anyone can after injuries like that.


Every time I think about taking up street riding, stories like yours remind me why I made the decision to stop in the first place.

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Wow! I am really sorry about that, but glad that you're still alive to tell about it and it sounds like with time you'll recover. Well said as always, and thank you for sharing and being a part of this forum!

I respect your decision, and it makes perfect sense to me. Stories like this is a big part of what kept me away from getting back into street riding, and the reason why I don't really miss it all that much. Also really sad about that bike. Your ZX6R was probably the cleanest, coolest and best put-together ZX6R on this forum!

I really do hope you remain at least somewhat active on here for some time. Your posts have always been either useful or entertaining (or a combination of both!)
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I totally get it .... all the best to you! Thanks for all your contributions...
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Wow dude. Glad ur still here with us and lookin like u will make it out okay.

I bet it was a hard decision but like other have said, family comes first! And u know whats best for u. Hoping ur back to 100% quick dude.
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WOW! Glad you are recovering! Be careful with the concussion. Almost 4 years ago I clipped the right handlebar on a scooter on a rock wall at 15 mph. Shattered kneecap some cuts and scrapes and banged my head pretty good. I claimed I never lost concisousness but when thinking back there is a gap from crash of plastics until I'm laying in the street with a couple of guys walking up to pick the scooter off my wife's foot. Knee was straightforward, crutches surgery, pain, rehab, pain, swelling, pain, rehab, ... first ride three months later - first real ride 4 months later. Sounds like you had the equivalent of a major high side.

Head was different, only looking back does it become clearer. I couldn't focus, couldn't concentrate. Simple things I used to love to do like working on my bike became difficult. Gradually I got better but took a vey long time, 6 months or year before I could concentrate much. A year before I could really focus and longer before some things like fine motor skills, concentration and focus returned to where I could do things like take something mechanical apart, fix it and put it together. Everyone is different, it takes time, if you need it ask for help. I had trouble reading books, watching TV. About the only thing I could do was play Solitaire on my iPad, something I still do today. I was in my early 60's when that happened.

I still like to ride but do mostly long trips. traded the ZX6R for a BMWF800GT, last summer rode to Arco Idaho then up to Glacier National Park in Montana then over to Minot ND. Lots of empty roads and beautiful scenery. I purposeful avoid interstates and major highways.

Pulling for you, keep us posted and don't get discouraged. Some things take time, enjoy each day.
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Wow, man, sorry that happened to you. Glad you are still here! Prayers for quick and complete recovery.
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My gratitude and thanks for the well wishes are greatly appreciated.

My decision to hang up my leathers was simultaneously very easy and hugely difficult. One look at my son's face was all it took. Zap, instantaneous, I knew right then and there. I knew my son would be anxious every time I'd venture out onto the street. And I just cannot do that to him. But at the same time I'd wrestle with myself because bikes are such an ingrained passion/lifestyle/identity for me.

The most important transformation that I've gone threw was when I first looked into my son's eyes at the hospital after he was born. A switch got flipped. Boom... that little - if you call 10 lbs, six ounces small for a new born - little turd, stole my heart. And the transformation went like this: the preservation instinct of being selfish, switched to selflessness. I would make any sacrifice for him. That is what fatherhood means. And to those of you who are not currently fathers, I mean no disrespect when I say: you cannot know what that selfless quality truly means. And those of you that are dads, I know that you're shaking your heads in affirmation.

Yes, I will visit the Forum from time to time, and contribute when appropriate. This is not my last time here. But it will/is a very different experience for me; that is not bad, just different.

Again, my best wishes to all of you. Be safe, and be happy. It has been a honour to share a very significant piece of my life with all of you. I feel I have befriend a great number of you. And thank you for your graciousness and honesty. I will feel your experiences and joys about your ZX-6R vicariously.

Cheers mates.
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So sorry to hear of this turn of events, but glad you are still here to tell about it! I wish you all the best in a speedy recovery. Youíve always been a positive, and insightful part of this forum, with one of the nicer ZX6Rís for sure!
Enjoy all of those special moments with your son, and I hope to see you chime in here and there!



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Ah man Iím sorry to hear about this Mark. Iíve always valued your input and enjoyed reading your posts.
Youíre also the first/only person who took the time to make a really positive post regarding my character after a transaction we had. I appreciated that.
I respect your decision majorly and hope you and your family enjoy the time you have together going forward.

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I think I will start by saying that I believe the ZX-6R Forum to be the best sportbike forums on the net. I joined back in '14, after buying my 2015 30th Anniversary SE; I have been an active member since joining. And to the new(er) members I strongly encourage you to participate… often. Ask Qs, & respond with intelligent answers to those of others. And please do not turn into bitchy/whiny/flame throwing/douche bag trolls. As much as possible keep politics out of here. There are no shortages of demagoguery websites on the ether net. Even in “BS categories” topical politics only serves to divide & inflame one another. And all that does in the long run is place wedges between fellow riders. Look, as sportbike riders we are already a minority segment of the larger societal fabric. The last thing any of us needs is to create even narrowing splinter goups.

<img src="https://zx6r.com/images/smilies/eviltongue.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Eviltongue" class="inlineimg" /><img src="https://zx6r.com/images/smilies/fire.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Fire" class="inlineimg" />

I must confess to the high level of experience & intelligence that haunts this Forum. Whilst I've had philosophical differences with some members, none turned bitter. So, play nice with one another. Check your vanity and ego - anxiety and insecurities at the door. Celebrate unique differences, reject bigoted demagoguery, don’t fear Others merely because they are new/strange/unknown. They bring new insights, solutions and perspectives - this is not a bad thing.

<img src="https://zx6r.com/images/smilies/gixxer.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Gixxer" class="inlineimg" />,


On 19th of October I was returning from my son's water polo game. Whilst travelling on a 5-lane urban N/S street... 1-centre lane, 2-lanes S, 2-lanes N. I was sideswiped into a traffic meridian/island (6” tall). This catapulted me into the air; the police report said I was found 30-feet from my bike. My gear fortunately did most of the heavy lifting. I did NOT slide/skate along the tarmac. I just went splat.

As I compose this, I have arrived from a convalescent/rehab place to my home. I will be wearing an architectural rigid neck brace for the neck 6-12 weeks. I am mobile with the use of a walker or cane. I still have large scabs on both knees & forelegs. My ring finger & middle finger on my left hand noticeably and permanently arc towards one another. Head aches are still present, though less so.I spent 9 days in the hospital. My memories of the incident are nonexistent. The hospital & rehab stays are mere moments. Probably just as well. And yes, the wee Nin-jette is totaled. No surprise, eh?

I still have lingering effects of the concussion. The two left hand fingers bend only half way, though am assured I should recover full mobility. And I broke six left ribs, stopped coughing up blood last Friday (it’s now Wednesday afternoon....) Also, I fractured two cervical vertebrae, as well as two lumber vertebrae. I visit a neurologist in two weeks to further assess the spine.

I have one child, a 16-yr son… my only child. I became a father later in my life. And as most parents can attest to, he is the biggest challenge, whilst being the absolute best part of my life. Since my mid-teens I have had two passions: loud guitars (& amps) and fast bikes. I’ve taught my son to play guitar/bass, and he possess’ a natural talent, he could be remarkable if he consistently practiced. Alas, he’s 16 and way too busy. Someday a girl will find out and implore him to play for her… and he’ll practice a lot. But, for me, I’ve always have seen myself as a motorcyclist who also played guitar, and not as a guitarist who was a sportbike rider.

My view of myself has changed since 19 October 2019. Now... I’m a dude who plays guitars. After seeing my son’s face in the hospital, and how consumed he was about losing me. He was scared for me. I am so very fortunate to have a great relationship with my son. We have always been close; possibly because I was the one who parented him the most. At any rate, I have decided to hang up my leathers. My son needs his father to be there for him. He has said he wants to have me there when he graduates from high school and college. And I want to be there when he marries, and he finally becomes a father, too.

I will check in on select topics from time to time. I wanna thank all the ladies and gentlemen who answered my Qs. And I hope any A I gave to any persons were helpful. Even if it was two years later! Glad I could provide a laugh or two. Keep up the high standards, even in the face of seasonally lower numbers. For God’s sake don’t allow Facebook to win!

I bid all of you good health. And please do not let the cagers win[IMG class=inlineimg]/images/ZX6R_toucan/smilies/tango_face_devil.png[/IMG].

Thank you,
Mark
Wish you the best man. Glad you’re okay and prayers for you a speedy and full recovery. Was this on your 636? I’m in Oregon too I was just curious if this was in Portland or otherwise. Best wishes to you.
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