For the more spirited I stick to a good sport touring motorcycle.
Drop top cars may have there place but two wheels is the ultimate fun machines.
the problem with bikes is when you stuff it, and thats a when, not an if, WHEN you stuff it, i'd rather have a nice steel cage around me.
but yeah, bikes are fast, no doubt about it.
True but by that token a coupe would offer more safety then a roadster.
Personally I have "stuffed it" once off roading with very minor injury (two broken toes), I road that same bike to work the very next day. Then last September I got seriously injured by a driver running a light and turning into me. I lucky to be hear and after four months I finally have a for sure that I keeping my left leg after all (still can not walk though). I suffered a compound fracture to my lower leg with splintering of both tibia and fibula. My leg was torn open by the car and bikes wreckage as I flew. The landing cause a separated shoulder and some road rash. I was knocked out for a few mins and have lost some memory of the 10 or 15 mins prior to accident. My right leg was gashed open to the bone and I was bruised from head to toe. I have had three surgeries to put my leg back together. For three months I had a rather large whole in my leg that got packed on a daily basis be nurses because there just was not enuff tissue left to stitch my leg back togeather. I have a steel rod running inside the bone going from my knee to my ankle now held in place with 4 screws. It is looking like another month before I can start attempting to walk again. I have lost significant weight since the injury 30+lbs due to muscle loss from accident and lack of ability to use but also cause the antibiotics I have to take make food not all that appealing. Pain levels were quite high at times and I am sure this will cause me discomfort going forward indefinitely.
But despite this little misfortune I am not angered at the woman that hit me or question ridding again. I LOVE riding and i will not stop loving riding. Is there a added risk sure but the fact is at least in my eyes the risk is absolutely worth the freedom and exhilaration one gets from riding a motorcycle. Funny enuff the day after my accident as I was sitting in the hospital, Friends asked what they could bring to break up the boredom of sitting waiting, I asked for a bunch of motorcycle magazines. I have gone to the last two motorcycle super shows in a wheel chair. About the only sour point for me is a month prior to the accident I bought myself a new Toyota Tacoma with a 4 cyl and a 5 speed stick. Well though I allowed to drive I can't drive my truck as I can not safely operate a clutch pedal as of yet.
The bike I was riding when I was hit was a 2003 Kawasaki Vulcan 500. It was just a cheap bike I had planned to build a cool little bobber with. I was using it for the summer as my work commuter vehicle. The bike was a 100% right off.
HAPPILY I still have my do it all bike a 2010 Honda CBF600sa. It's a great little comfy bike with enuff power to keep me happy. I have ridden it 11000km across Canada in 2011. It handles far better than my current abilities can exploit and is just a great do it all machine from touring to track days to commuting. Also still ride my first bike witch I have since given to my mother. A 2000 Yamaha V-Star 650 Classic it's slow and relaxed but works great for two up riding and putting around the country taking in the views.
Motorcycles are not for every one but there truly is nothing like it. I have driven every thing from Corvettes and the new Comoros to my old highly modified Diesel pickup truck (wich I sold when I bought my house could only afford to keep one toy and as much love as I put into my old truck I loved my bike more).
This post has been edited by TinyBear: 16 January 2013 - 06:59 PM