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post #1 of 5 Old 07-25-2014, 03:34 AM Thread Starter
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Thoughts On Risk And Death… From Johnny Killmore

This is from a friend that I used to ride GMR and Ortega with. I remember his beater Honda CB350. It had rigid foot-pegs and they were beveled to the metal from him dragging them so much. I always thought he was fast. Crazy fast. Not many could (or would) keep up. There are a lot of stories that I don't tell...

I used to pride myself on how fast I was in the canyons. I was a member of the illustrious “Primer Grey Crew.” To be in the PGC you had to be **** fast and also own a bike that was not considered top-notch machinery. The bike needed a small engine, cheap suspension, or just had to be a few generations old from the latest kit that was being lauded in the magazines.

The fast guys all had primer grey paint somewhere on their bike. It was because they crashed and had to repair the damage. They had the time to make the bike functional, but the effort to add paint was beyond their means or desire. Paint is used to keep rust away, so the only practical reason to paint plastic is to sell testosterone-laden men a new motorcycle, or to convince estrogen-laden women to talk to the owners of such motorcycles. The PGC had no time for this. We did not cruise the boulevards for approval of outsiders… we cruised the cliff-lined canyons in search of corners so tight our footpegs and exhausts would shower sparks behind us as we leaned impossibly through rock-strewn hairpins.

I was king of this environment. I had no fear, made no apologies. I took no quarter and I gave none. I have shoved my body through the tall grass lining a corner because it was the fast way through, simply assuming no tall rocks were hidden in their depths. I have left skidmarks in my wake, along with the baffled faces of slack-jawed pretenders who tried to keep up. The PGC made no apologies. Speed was the goal and the dragon we had to slay.

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Excellent read. Wife and 3 year old daughter wait for me.....it does play on my mind every full on ride. I make no apologies for not being the most reckless or the fastest.

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Food for thought...the risk/reward equation definitely shapes our actions, whether we realize it or not. Interestingly enough, a very similar sentiment was shared by Mick Rogers after his stage win a couple of days ago. A reporter asked why he thought he was having so much success this year, and his response was pretty cool. He basically said that he stopped worrying about the outcome and just started going for it. That mental freedom allowed him to achieve more than he was limiting himself prior; that, or he's found a new more potent performance cocktail.
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Excellent read. Wife and 3 year old daughter wait for me.....it does play on my mind every full on ride. I make no apologies for not being the most reckless or the fastest.

That's a very good reason! Ride safe!
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