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JosepM

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It could have been much worse
« on: November 30, 2016, 11:19:43 »
Hello friends,

yesterday evening, as I was riding back home in a N road, a boar came suddenly and I hit it.
In the end, my damage is some minor bruises and two broken finger bones.
But I can't help thinking what it could have happened.
So, I decided that yesterday was my last day as "active" motorcycle rider. I think I will continue watching your pictures and reading your reports, and enjoy the fun you will be having and remember the much fun I've had in my 520000 km and 28 years of riding history. But no more km will be added to it.
Anyway, I mean to stand my compromise to organize VIM20 and will be delighted share a couple of beers with you, but not on bike anymore.

Safe rides for all,

Josep

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Re: It could have been much worse
« Reply #1 on: November 30, 2016, 14:24:50 »
Don't make an too fast decision, Josep, you'll regret it.

When I was hit by a drunk rider, on October 2nd 1994, and almost ended up paralysed from my abs down (Crushed spinal vertebra, 4 broken ribs, broken leg and only with 30 kmh!) I had the same feelings: Sell the bike after I recover.
I did recover. And I kept playing with the idea to stop biking in general. But on a certain moment, I got back on my Transalp (June 1995) and rode it like no other day before. And it felt d*mn good!

The only thing which changed... I use the car much, much more than before. Hit a deer 4 years ago, also in late evening; lucky me I was driving my car in stead of riding the bike.

Emotions (although understandable!) are a bad, very bad advisor.  :-\
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Re: It could have been much worse
« Reply #2 on: November 30, 2016, 14:27:59 »
Josep,

Im sad to read about your decision made.

First of all get healthy again and let grow some grass over the Happend.

I know that I cant change your mind, and I wont do it.
But its human to make hard decisions after such an issue and
I ask you, after some time after that issue, just to think again over your decision.

I would be very sad and I will miss you as a motorcycle riding friend at our meetings.


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Re: It could have been much worse
« Reply #3 on: November 30, 2016, 15:36:37 »
Sorry to hear about your accident Josep.
You are always the one to chose what to do and remember
that a decision can always be changed later on.

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Re: It could have been much worse
« Reply #4 on: November 30, 2016, 17:17:27 »
Hi Joseph,

Sorry to hear about your accident but I'm glad you're in general OK.

Don't pin yourself down on your decision, let some space open to reconsider.

Get 100% healthy again, have nice holidays and hopefully we'll see each other again on VIM20!
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Re: It could have been much worse
« Reply #5 on: November 30, 2016, 19:09:27 »
Hi,
don't be too hasty on your decision.
A little time heals in different ways.
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Re: It could have been much worse
« Reply #6 on: November 30, 2016, 19:48:36 »
The leader of the French group had the same problem with a wild boar. His shoulder injury forced him to sell his bike. He bought a Caterham car. Get well soon Josep. I will be your neighbour soon. Why not get a small bike for small roads or dirt roads. They can be great fun but not heavy if you fall off.
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Re: It could have been much worse
« Reply #7 on: November 30, 2016, 20:01:25 »
hi Josep.

I completely understand your decision. I used to be a keen cyclist (pedal kind) and over four decades I calculated that I bicycled over 200,000 km. In that time I never had a serious accident. About 8 years ago it happened, a car drove into me and I ended up in hospital. Friends told me to get back on my bike and I did but only to have another two minor accidents with errant car drivers.

So I gave up riding a bicycle. Sold my expensive ride and instead bought a motorbike.

To this day I have not been on a bicycle. So I get it.  A series of accidents in a short period of time can make you decide to stop.

But in reality I didn't. I just changed my horse.
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Re: It could have been much worse
« Reply #8 on: November 30, 2016, 20:20:32 »
Hi Josep,
Your decision may be right ..... for the moment.

Let's see how you think about it in a few months.
Until then .... good healthy.


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Re: It could have been much worse
« Reply #9 on: November 30, 2016, 20:54:19 »
Sorry to read that my friend, and happy you have not important damage. Sure (and hope) you change your mind and ride again your (a new) bike; you know how it is fantastic to ride bike and meet friends  VCIF_salut Perhaps just have to change how you drive (not said you do not ride  badly !!! )
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Re: It could have been much worse
« Reply #10 on: November 30, 2016, 21:00:34 »
Thanks to all of you for your words!

Of course I know what I'll be missing. Those short rides in the mountains near my home, and these longer rides to nice spots 250 km away, and these trips throughout W Europe.
And the way I was feeling in all of these moments: this cool air, a beer shared with a perfect stranger who just happened to be a biker who stopped in the same bar, the feeling of not letting a summer shower stop me, and a very long list of other wonderful experiences that you can also provide, because you have experienced them as well.
Of course I will regret it. But this little voice inside me tells me that's about time to quit.

In a certain sense, I am telling everyone that I quit so that this fact can help me to refrain the temptation to resume my motorcycling. Because this temptation will come, and it will be a strong one.
Because I've had for long the chance to know how great motorcycling is.
And the chance to know how great people, such as you, one can meet along the way thanks to it.


Thank you very much!

Josep

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Re: It could have been much worse
« Reply #11 on: November 30, 2016, 21:54:13 »
Sorry to hear that, both about your accident and your decision. But after all, good there didnt happen more to you, that it can be glued.

About your decision; 520000 km/28 years... and one boar... thats a damn good statistic, whats the change for it to happen again? This says a lot about your riding skills, but a disrupted animal is hard to predict for all of us, regardless our experiences.

Id be very sorry not to meet you, and your wife, to future VIMs (hope to make it to Andorra though), but of course,  its your decision.

Hope that one day youll find the courage and desire to ride again.
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« Reply #12 on: December 01, 2016, 00:41:31 »
Dear Josep,
Sorry to read about your accident and your decision to stop driving motorcycles.
Hope you'll have a quick recovery.
Nothing about your decision to stop, can imagine your and Consol's scare and thoughts after going down to tarmac.
and yes you will be safer in any car, bus, train, airplane.
in a while you'll think more objective about chanches to hit a boar or deer again, don't hesitate to change your mind again.
I surely hope to drink a few beer's with you in Andorra and share some thoughts about the dangers of life and motorbike driving.
wish you both all the best.
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Re: It could have been much worse
« Reply #13 on: December 01, 2016, 07:04:22 »
Dear Josep
I have just read about your accident and decision. You can always reconsider, I would be truly sorry not to share a bike ride or a VIM without your company.

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Re: It could have been much worse
« Reply #14 on: December 01, 2016, 16:20:34 »
Dear Josep.

We're really sorry to hear about your accident. Usually it's "only" close to, but now and then you really hit.
In Norway it's not so unusual to hit a moose, and that's why we never ride fast in the dark.
Good to hear that you will be fully recovered, and that we'll meet you in Andorra.
Please don't sell your bike at once. Maybe you redecide in the spring...

AnneGro & Erik
See you in Andorra :-)

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