a couple of years ago my bike was packed up for my last trip of the year, 6 days camping/riding the Blue ridge parkway. 2 days before my departure, I was hospitalized with a thrombosed clot in my rt leg. The short hospital stay was followed with no more motorcycles until off the blood thinners (4 months)...also not walking, runing, surfing, kite surfing...all the things that i do/did. The following week from the hospital, I bought a miata. best move I ever made!!! I still keep the bike for a mountain trip when the mood hits, but ATGATT is not required and my wife and i love it. We've taken two week long camping trips out of it so far and another planned for the fall. a little rack on the trunk makes camping possible but i plan to buy a Tailwind trailer to pull for my cross country trips. I had a jeep wrangler back in the 90's and i loved it, but the miata is much better in every way.
edit: the same weekend that my ride was cancelled, a fellow rider from up north (NY) was riding the parkway. He had a leg clot problem...highway patrol saved his life...a week later, a couple hospitals later, and several thousand dollars later, he was back home with a leg amputation and two bike to sell.
U.S. NAVY, RETIRED
Last edited by kitesurfer; 07-29-2014 at 09:38 AM.