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.
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 rib
s, 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