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May 25, 2009

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I remember the Trail 55 very well.
A friend of mine had one and we rode all over Polk County on our bikes.
I had a Honda Scrambler 65 at the time which was my second bike.
Gasoline was $0.25 at the time and these bikes would get over 150 miles on a gallon.
Pretty cheap fun!
Well, cheap until you factor in the $500.00 fines my brothers and I recieved when we emerged from the Olympic National Forest after being lost on our motorcycles for 3 days.
We never would have made it out if it hadn't been for the 65's huge gas tank full of gas and a look-out tower supply shack that had some "extra" white gas. :-O
Came back to Oregon and bought a brand spanking new Suzuki TS-125.
Now THAT was a fun bike!

Safety Gear and common sense are good things for a Motorcycle rider to to use, no argument there. Driving Defensively is a good thing too as there are some auto drivers that just seem to dislike bikers to the point of trying to squash them like a bug.
Once, when I was riding my Indian on a busy 4 lane main street in Lakewood,CA I was in the right lane and noticed the car on my left was getting closer. I was near a cross street and as he got even closer I was right up to the curb. There was a gas station on the corner and I drove into it and stopped.

The driver did not turn right, he went on through the intersection. He apparently didn't like bikers and tried to run me down.

Except for my stepfather (who passed due to other causes at the age of 92) I have never personally known any motorcyclist who has not gotten fairly well creamed at one time or another while riding their beloved machine.

I escaped with minor scrapes after laying down my Vespa scooter when a car turned in front of us. The girl with me banged up her elbow. Not bad for a scooter wreck. I may have encountered worse but I only had the thing for a month while I was installing a new engine in a '48 Ford panel truck which we took on many surfing trips.

By the way, surfing is pretty safe. Oh sure you can drown or have your leg amputated by a shark, but in several decades of surfing my worst injury was a blow to the nuts when I went over the falls straddling the rail of my board.

I also have never known anyone deeply involved with horses who has not been hurt seriously by them one way or another. I was only knocked unconscious twice and fractured a vertebrae. Chris Reeve was not so lucky. #1 cause of death for cowboys in the old west?.. horse accidents. #2 was pneumonia.

But we do what we love and we should. After all, this is it.

The motorcyclists advantage? Their unobstructed field of view. Use it.

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