hogcowboy· Administrator - American Legion Rider - KA5LRS
I see it too and why is simple I think. When someone crashes, the ones that harp about the danger, finally get their own fear of two wheels justified. But isn't just two wheels. You see that theme everywhere. Justification. It's that simple I think. I may be wrong but that's at least my opinion and you can try but you can't take my opinion away from me. There it is and that's all it is. My opinion.So, on sunday a coworker had a deer run into him as he rode with his girlfriend. The Octane is totaled and they both have a bit of road-rash; but are not seriously damaged.
The interesting part of it is, that I know his father and grandfather who are both against motorcycles (the "they are just too dangerous" crowd) And while I respect their opinions, I noticed in their conversation a re-occurring theme among non-riders and anti-motorbikes folks.
And that theme is that they are almost relieved (sometime thinly veiled happy) that someone had a crash. Often with sentenced like "well, maybe this will keep them off those things for a while" or "You should have known better, I told you so."
I guess I just don't get it... why would you wish harm upon someone for doing something they love just to prove your own biases.
Yes, we all know that motorcycling is inherently more dangerous than say hiking or knitting. But I've never thought, well you should have known, when I here of a hiker getting poison ivy or snake bit.
Anyone else noticed this phenomenon?