Should Ramona get a motorcycle? Readers weigh in

On Monday, I announced my want for a motorcycle as a means to skirt high gas prices. Readers -- and motorcycle riders -- Sandra Cohen and Bruce Korb wrote in with their advice. Read on: Cohen's concern "You asked for comments about you getting a motorcycle and here are mine: "Are you aware that hospital emergency room personnel refer to motorcycles as 'donor cycles?' Sure, having a motorcycle LOOKS like a good solution, but there are just too many motorists around here for it to be a safe method of transportation -- I don't care how fuel-efficient it is. And you being a first-time rider in all this? A recipe for disaster. "Sorry to burst your bubble. My husband was a motorcycle driver for years and years and years and commuted from Boulder Creek to Silicon Valley. With all this experience, he escaped with his life when he went down (after hitting a patch of gravel in the road) on Bear Creek Road through no fault of his own. Fortunately, he lived to tell the tale but we NEVER allowed our son to ride on the street and that was way back in the 1980s when there were less people on the road. "I rode in New Jersey for a brief period of time on a 250cc Ducati -- a very sweet machine -- but never got over the fear of falling and breaking something. I was a mom of young children at the time and all I could think of was who would take care of them if something happened to me. But that's me. I always err on the side of caution. It's a good way to be in order to stay alive." Korb's conclusion "They are quick and easy on the gas budget. I enjoyed mine -- until I took a gentle turn on a dark night. There was a film of oil on a film of water and, despite the gentleness of the turn, the bike went out from under me. I realized two things:
  1. There is no way to avoid such incidents except to not ride at night or when you can see that the road may be slick.
  2. I like the way my body is arranged now.
Conclusion: It is great for around town in the day time when the weather is dry. Keep a car."
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