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I have been riding motorcycles since I was 16. In fact, my 1968 Harley-Davidson Sprint was my main source of transportation when I was in chiropractic school. Myself and another student regularly rode our motorcycles to school. I used to hang my helmet on my handlebars and go to class, no one would bother it. My colleague would always wear his stark white helmet right into the lecture hall. Consequently, he was nicknamed “toilet head“. To this day, we refer to him as Dr. Toilethead.
In defense of criticism that motorcycles are dangerous, I have always been an advocate for motorcycle safety. This includes: helmet (an absolute must), safety jacket, riding boots, gloves, etc. Every sport has associated safety equipment. Football has helmet and pads. Baseball glove and batting helmet. In my opinion, not utilizing appropriate equipment shows lack of respect for the sport.
Regarding motorcycling, most important for safety, is a defensive riding strategy and familiarity with your machine and equipment. I encourage all would be riders and even veteran riders to take the motorcycle safety course offered through the state. The cost is $20 which is refunded on completion of the program. It emphasizes defensive/courteous driving/riding and reviews common mistakes made by bikers. Despite riding since I was a kid, I learned a lot and found this to be an excellent program.
Motorcycling, to me, is a very "Zen" activity. I find it a great way to relax. When its off-season, or I'm too busy to ride, I enjoy thinking about riding and planning my next trip.
For about the past 10 years, my brothers and I have been going on an annual ride. Half the fun is the planning which begins in the winter shortly after Christmas. We started picking a destination and then a route. We spend a lot of time finding interesting things to see and do along the way. The trip often includes nephews and our sons and friends. This year, it was just my brothers and I and my second oldest son, Mark. We have found this to be a great way for us all to stay close and facilitate some male bonding. We even have a name for our club or group. It's called RLT's. This stands for “Road Less Traveled”. My daughter Clare help me pick out the name when we first started. We even have an insignia! It looks pretty much like a crooked line.
This year, I decided to take my 2004 BMW cruiser. A comfortable road bike with storage capability. All things suggested that it should be a great time!
I chose Chicago Health and Physical Therapy because a friend told me they were Chicago's back pain experts. I value their team approach to my pain and one-on-one treatments.