Although I did not respond to the original post, I would have to stand with the ‘safety freaks’. My wife and daughter are counting on me to take care of myself and not do anything stupid on my ride. Now that the weather is good, I read about motorcycle fatalities nearly every week, and I am tired of it. Not only do I hate to hear of someone’s misfortune, but it reminds me of my own exposure to disaster. My wife does not follow the news as closely, fortunately.
You, ryan207, are in a position to make your own decisions. If the virtual head-slaps on this thread did not get your attention, then I do not know what more can be done. There are lots of ways to live well, and lots of ways to die. I hope that you survive long enough to become one of us old fuddy-duddy safety freaks.