I've never had more fun in my life, riding motorcycles on the track, touring the country:
But I no longer ride. I was recently contacted out of the blue by someone who bought the same model bike I used to own a long time ago for his son. My response to him sums up my thoughts on bikes having been on both sides of the equation. He never responded...go figure. :p
Sent: Tue, May 3, 2011 5:10:30 PM
Subject: Re: 84 CB700 SC Owners Manual
I'm sorry to say, but I not longer have that PDF.
With that said, I no longer ride motorcycles on the track or street. I was in a very serious accident in 2007 where I hit a deer in the middle of the day on the highway while returning from a 3000 mile trip.
As a result I am permanently crippled on my right arm and leg after multiple surgeries (will eventually need knee replacement) and months off from work:
I was wearing full gear head to toe with mouthpiece (that is why I still have my teeth) and chest and back protector. The gear saved my life, but was no match for wildlife and guardrails.
(Food for thought...ask your son to put on his full gear and slam his elbow into a brick wall as hard as he can....ask him if it hurts even a little, then in your mind multiple it by 100 to simulate a motorcycle impact and then ask yourself if "full gear" really could every protect him as well as you'd like it to?)
When I used to hear of a friend getting into an accident I used to say to myself "I'm better trained, I've ridden for years on the track, I'm more cautious on the street, I could of handled that." But in this case, I could not.
For all the tremendous fun motorcycles gave me (it was in fact an addiction), including trackdays and touring the country.... if I knew it would one day decimate my body to the point where I could not enjoy the simple things in life (I cannot run down my own driveway to the mailbox, I can't shake your hand, etc.) nor things I've enjoyed since a child (I've played soccer my entire life, including in college) I would of passed.
Since my motorcycle accident, I haven't lived in a padded room, nor do I advocate that in general. I've gotten into backpacking and kit cars, namely Lotus 7 replicas that have given me back the rush of motorcycles in every way shape and form, but with a much higher safety envelope.
You don't even have to build them yourself, I bought mine used and drove it home. It was an incredible trip:
Having been on both sides of the fence, both an alpha male riding a bike where no one could tell me squat about safety and potential hurt on a bike because I was "doing it right," to the guy I am now who threatened to excommunicate his little brother when he asked about buying a bike.....I know this reply probably comes off a preaching to the max so I apologize in advance. I just have had the opportunity to love and hate bikes, so I figured I'd let you experience a little of what I've been through and make the call yourself. My parents knew they couldn't control me when I got into bikes, and I wish they did to a certain extent, it's tough to see your Dad cry.
If you fwd me the post you are referring to, I might be able to refresh my memory and perhaps locate it again for you.
Good luck either way you go,
Sent: Tue, May 3, 2011 4:27:55 PM
Subject: 84 CB700 SC Owners Manual
Been searching for a manual for my son's 84 Nighthwak 700s and came across your post from way back in 2001. Do you still have a scan of the manual by any chance?