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Motorcyclists tend to be a little more free-thinking, a little less likely to follow society and her "rules", and a little more likely to go against the grain. We like to think ourselves as the modern day cowboys. In a society where the government dictates the lives of its people, rather than the people dictating the lives of its government, motorcyclists are among the last bastions of freedom.
Despite our poetic disposition motorcyclists are still human, I have the road rash to prove it, and most of us are just as likely to play a role in Valentine's Day as anyone else. The questions are:
1) What does Valentine's Day mean for motorcyclists?
2) What should I buy a motorcyclist for Valentine's Day?
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Streets and Tracks article, Motorcycle Mojo, December 2012
I read your post "Streets and Tracks" and I think you're working on the assumption everyone cares to live when in fact many of us are indifferent. Who's to say Randy Scott thought he had the skill to do what he did, could it not have been that he just didn't care?
It doesn't do much for the image of the rest of the law-abiding motorcyclists, and it is irresponsible, but we can't work on the assumption that someone was being arrogant or having poor judgement, when in reality a lot of people just aren't afraid.