Family Legacy

by Serena

I grew up riding on the back of my dad's bike. It was a Suzuki when I was little, but a GoldWing for most of my life. I loved the feeling of being close to nature. When he died in a motorcycle accident in 2006, I lost more than the most important man in my life, I lost my passion of riding.

In the past few years, I've had a few opportunities to get rides from other people, but it has never been as often as I like. I wanted more control, not just relying on other people. Finally, at 18, I am buying my first bike. I'm nervous, scared, and worried about everything that could happen, but my excitement overrides all of my fears. I'm ready to have my passion back and show the world that I can be a rider too.

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May 12, 2011
by: Edward

I feel the pain of losing someone to a motorcycle accident, and I too was in an accident a year ago. Although, I didn't lose my life, I lost my left arm, and a HUGE passion (no clutch arm) which was motorcycling. I was riding my r1 in the city, and approaching an intersection, a woman in the oncoming lane decided not to yield or wait 5 seconds to make her left turn and went ahead in front of me. I tried to turn out of the way, but it was too late. I t-boned her going 45 mph and don't remember anything after that, except waking up on the grass for a sec and then waking up in the ambulance for another sec while they were cutting my jacket off of me. I didn't wake up for ten days after that and when I wasn't as doped up on drugs, where I could think, I realized I had tubes coming out of everywhere, on the breathalyzer machine, being fed through a tube and other stuff..I was riding since 15 and a half, and instead of my first car, it was my first bike. I went up from a ninja 250 to a Suzuki gs500, then a Suzuki text 750(srad), and finally my Yamaha r1.. I taught myself how to ride, passed my license test perfectly, never laid my bike down even once, was cut off about 30 times and got into a whole lot of near-accidents, but it never happened..I never even took myself to the limit, but I did know how to wheelie. I think now that I was pretty experienced..but the reason I'm writing this is to say that no matter how good you think you ride, there are always assholes talking it up on cell phones or not paying attention to driving. So you always need to watch out. I lost my true passion, which I would have done until I was old, but you still have the opportunity. So maybe who ever reads this, gets some sort of help from it. You need to be careful everywhere, but MAINLY intersections.

Jul 08, 2010
Family Legacy
by: Rocco

Your story touched my heart. Your memories of you and your father are really wonderful. Happy Riding! I know you'll feel his spirit in the wind.

Jul 08, 2010
I'm sure your Dad is PROUD!
by: Sandra

There are 2 sure things in life (at least here in the US) we pay taxes and everyone will die. I am so sorry for your loss!

But your decision to ride for yourself, by yourself, created smiles in heaven - a Daddy's Pride kind of smile. Had he drowned on a boat, or died in a car crash, would you have been expected never to go near water again, or travel in a car?

I am sure there are those who will discourage you; but living while we are here, and not hiding in fear of things we used to enjoy, means living life to the fullest.

Safety first! ATGATT! Be as safe and responsible as you can - and ride with God's (and your Dad's) blessing!

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