A Love for Motorcycles

| 6/20/2014 11:59:00 AM

Although sidelined by a traumatic accident, a rider explains his love of motorcycling.

Flula Pass in Switzerland
Flula Pass in Switzerland.

The following was written by reader and rider Max Paley after being sideswiped by a taxi on his Kawasaki Concours. He broke his neck, shattered his wrist, and had a traumatic brain injury. “I don't think I'll be riding anymore,” Max says. Yet his accident hasn’t blunted his love of motorcycles, a love he was trying to explain in a letter to his mother when he penned these words. Thanks for sharing, Max. And we hope you go riding again. – Richard Backus

Recently on a trip back home to Kansas, I was reminded why I love motorcycles. My father and I set out for a ride late on a bright Saturday morning, crossing the Clinton Reservoir Dam on our way into the bosom of Douglas County. He was testing out his recently purchased 2001 BMW R1150R, while I was exercising his primary bike, a 1983 BMW R80ST. He led the way on a route that was routine for him, exploratory for me.