Originally Posted by shane97210
At least he had the humility to come back here and admit that everyone was right. I think that shows that his attitude has been changed slightly from this experience. Live and learn i guess.
This. Guarantee he's not the only person here that had this mentality at age 18....I'm willing to bet a lot of, if not majority of us, had a "go fast take chances" attitude at age 18. What matters is that he's ok from this crash, and it seems he's at least somewhat learned from his mistake. Time will tell. I just picked up my first sport bike a week ago, a 2007 Yamaha R6. I've ridden dirtbikes for quite some time, and I STILL just about $h!t my pants when I realized how fast these things can really go. 10k rpm in 1st gear, and you twist that throttle semi-hard, that front wheel will pop RIGHT up. It's a scary amount of power, and I think part of the problem is that a lot of first time riders don't realize it. you can loop yourself in a hurry on these bikes. If it were up to me, a Basic Rider Course would be REQUIRED before purchasing one of these bikes, so that basic knowledge is at least learned and hopefully applied the first time someone rides their sportbike. Helmets would be required by law as well. Why people decide to ride without a helmet is beyond me.
BE CAREFUL, anyone who owns or plans on owning one of these bikes. Not only in your own driving, but also those around you. Too many stupid, distracted drivers out there these days. David....glad you're ok. Take this experience and learn from it.