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post #99 of (permalink) Old 2nd September 2008
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Sorry (but not really surprised) to hear about the fatality aspect.

That's the reason I'm such a late adopter, I always preferred the inherent safety factor that a car will provide.

I'm in a similar position (2 kids; 1 under 3yrs old, the other not quite 1yr yet).

I get a buzz mainly from the cost saving which goes directly into providing for my family.

I also enjoy travelling to Glasgow (via all the backroads) to go to the gym trying to see how close to the 'perfect' time I can achieve - believe me, its not about how fast I can go, its avoiding slowing down too much.

I've had a couple of spills caused by oil on the road, but thankfully, because I retro-fitted a stout crash bar, all I walked away with was a bit of embarassment, and a lot more knowledge.

What the bike represents to me was the challenge that driving used to pose, constantly re-learning and re-evaluating your skills (such as they are), all at a cost which is also reminiscent of how affordable motoring used to be.

Never has my late Father's words rung more truly - when I passed my driving test he said "treat everyone else on the road as if they were a bl00dy idiot - you'll either be correct (and relieved) or wrong (you can apologise later)".

I am very, very careful.


This job should never be complete - the day I think I've done it all, is the day I resign.

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