Riding again after major crash
Pretty experienced rider as I've been riding since I was 14, and am now 34. I picked up a 2006 Yamaha Roadliner in 2009 as a replacement/upgrade for my 02 VStar 1100. Like every biker, I've had lots of close calls, until Jan of 2014 when a car pulled out in front of me, and I got thrown from my bike while going around 70 with no gear or helmet. I was washing my bike 2 blocks from my house.
My bike was destroyed, along with my left shoulder. Instead of high siding it, I let go of my handles, kicked off my tank, and drove my shoulder to the ground. I did this to keep my head off the ground, and the skin on my arms. Shattered my collar bone, split my shoulder blade in half, broke 5 ribs, dislodged 2 more, and pierced my lung 20%. Car swerved around me before taking off as it was a hit and run. I got up, picked up my bike, and started walking my bike home. A couple surgeries, lots of metal installed in shoulder, several months recovery, and I was healed, but not whole as my ride was gone forever.
Fast forward to March 2016, I bought another 2006 Yamaha Roadliner. I finally feel whole again. It took a little bit to get it customized how I wanted it, but now it's perfect. Appropriately named Ghost, as for all accounts I should be one, yet I still ride.
It took over 2 years to get back on a bike for a couple reasons, financial, worrisome wife, etc., but I finally filled that hole left in my soul when my ride was taken from me. While the crash was bad, I have survived and endured much worse in life. For me I knew that I would ride again. Who else here has survived a major crash and still got back on? Share your story.
Ride what fits you, and what you enjoy. Forget about acting macho, to impress your friends or some cute girl.
I ride a 2006 Yamaha Roadliner because it's what fits me, is fast when I want and need it to be, and it makes me feel whole.