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Dodging the Roadkill: Gear

 

Dodging the Roadkill - A Biker's JourneyClarksville, TN – A friend and I were having a spirited debate about riding gear the other day and it became obvious to me that opinions vary from one biker to the next on what you should wear when riding.   According to some of the responses I got on my Facebook page, it’s a pretty cut and dry situation.  

To each his own.

I fell into this lifestyle late in life.  I didn’t have the benefit of years of riding experience and brotherhood that many of you have had.  I wish I had, but, such is life.  I feel that “old school” bikers are the foundation of this experience and they set the standard for who and WHAT bikers are.  How they look, how they ride and what they wear.

Gear

Gear

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Dodging the Roadkill: Awareness

 

Dodging the Roadkill - A Biker's JourneyClarksville, TN – Bikers spend hundreds and THOUSANDS of dollars making sure they’re seen AND heard.  We realize that it’s important to “stand tall” in traffic because, well, motorists are just TOO DAMNED DISTRACTED!.  It’s a problem that I think is getting worse with no prospects of getting better.

Now, I hate to be so pessimistic, but I’ve put a lot of miles on the road over these last three and a half years, and I see a LOT of strange stuff going on behind the wheel of a car.  It’s frustrating and damn right criminal!

I’ve taken all of the safety courses, I’ve bought all of the gear, and I’m as responsible as it gets, so I’ve done my part. 

May is Motorcycle Awareness Month

May is Motorcycle Awareness Month

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Dodging the Roadkill: Perception vs. Reality

 

Dodging the Roadkill - A Biker's JourneyClarksville, TN – If you follow me on social media, you may remember that I asked your opinion about whether the “image” of bikers had gotten better or worse over the years.  The responses were varied, but everybody weighed in.

First of all, I DO NOT worry, nor care about what others think of me and the choices I’ve made in my life.  Motorcycles are NOT for everyone, and bikers as a whole couldn’t care less what you think about this lifestyle. 

I spent my career in a business that depended on being “liked” or “popular.”  That’s why I LOVE this lifestyle, because nobody gives a DAMN what you think about it.  It’s so refreshing to finally get to be myself, and be with others who are genuine and don’t want ANYTHING from me. 

Bikers

Bikers

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Dodging the Roadkill: Temper! Temper!

 

Dodging the Roadkill - A Biker's JourneyClarksville, TN – I’m a type “A” driver behind the wheel of my car.  Not too aggressive, but I’m an anxious sort.  I don’t have time for other drivers who are not giving their total attention to the task at hand.

Distracted driving, not doing the speed limit and hanging out in the left lane are just a few of the things that drive me crazy.  Luckily, my attitude behind the wheel hasn’t gotten me in any trouble, but I quickly learned that there’s no place for that attitude on the back of a motorcycle.

I’ve ridden with some VERY aggressive bikers.  I’ve shown my frustration to many a truck driver.  I’ve “lectured” many a driver who just won’t get off their damn phone.

Angry Adult

Angry Adult

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Dodging the Roadkill: Random Thoughts

 

Dodging the Roadkill - A Biker's JourneyClarksville, TN – Now that we have officially ridden into the first weekend of spring, I think we can all just breathe a little sigh of relief, even if it’s just for the fact that it’s officially SPRING!

We might still have some challenging weather ahead but, BY GOD SPRING HAS SPRUNG!

As I was riding yesterday, one of the things that always stands out this time of the year are these little patches of yellow tulips that sprout up in some of the most unlikely places.  It’s like they’re saying, “I think I can, I think I can” as they try to hurry spring along.  Things haven’t quite gotten “green” yet, so these beautiful reminders are there for you and me showing us that it won’t be long. 

Spring has finally arrived.

Spring has finally arrived.

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Dodging the Roadkill: Psychologically Spring

 

Dodging the Roadkill - A Biker's JourneyClarksville, TN – It’s time to SPRING FORWARD and I couldn’t be more excited. I am NOT a fan of winter and although it’s not officially spring, psychologically, I’m there.

I hate January and February. 

I guess the older I get, the more I can’t tolerate cold temperatures.  Plus, it cuts down on my “biker” time.  In my part of the country, Tennessee, we have some of the most schizophrenic weather you will find.

One day it could be 60 degrees, then the next day, 25. We could have snow overnight,that would melt away to a fifty degree day by afternoon. 

Smoky Mountains

Smoky Mountains

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Dodging the Roadkill: Psychologically Spring

 

Dodging the Roadkill - A Biker's JourneyClarksville, TN – It’s time to SPRING FORWARD and I couldn’t be more excited. I am NOT a fan of winter and although it’s not officially spring, psychologically, I’m there.

I hate January and February. 

I guess the older I get, the more I can’t tolerate cold temperatures.  Plus, it cuts down on my “biker” time.  In my part of the country, Tennessee, we have some of the most schizophrenic weather you will find.

Smoky Mountains

Smoky Mountains

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Dodging the Roadkill: Life In The Left Lane

 

Dodging the Roadkill - A Biker's JourneyClarksville, TN – I think we can all agree that one of THE most frustrating things about being on the interstate, is getting stuck behind someone holding up traffic in the left lane.   

These drivers seem oblivious to their surroundings, or just flat out don’t care, or just don’t know any better.  It’s dangerous, rude and irresponsible. 

Oh, and it’s frustrating too. 

I’ve been driving a long time and I certainly don’t remember it being this way when I was younger, and I can’t seem to understand why it’s so prevalent now. 

Interstate

Interstate

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Dodging the Roadkill: Why Bikers Mean So Much To Each Other

 

Dodging the Roadkill - A Biker's JourneyClarksville, TN – When I decided to buy a motorcycle, I was just as interested in the “community” as I was the machine.  I had always heard what a tight knit brotherhood there was, but I had no idea it was this special. 

The people I’ve met and the places I’ve seen has been incredible.  Makes me sad that I took so long to discover it, but there’s no point in looking back, I’m not headed in that direction. 

Along the way, my motorcycle has provided me with opportunities to travel.  To see the world from a different perspective.  To actually ENJOY the open road and the experience it provides.   

Motorcycles

Motorcycles

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Dodging the Roadkill: Roadkill Nation

 

Dodging the Roadkill - A Biker's JourneyClarksville, TN – When I started this blog, it was for personal reasons.  I had just discovered this lifestyle and I was enthralled with it. 

I was meeting a lot of amazing new friends, traveling thousands of miles, and just setting my life free from all the stress and anxiety of running a business for the last 20 years.

I wanted to keep a journal of this experience, because not only was riding great therapy, but writing about it allowed me to bring it to life. 

It’s not that I was looking for attention or trying to be an internet star, I was just hoping to connect with other bikers and soak up their experience as well as mine and that’s exactly what’s been happening here.

Hank Bonecutter out on the road.

Hank Bonecutter out on the road.

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