So, I'm getting to work this morning, and bump into the company owner in the parking lot. Nice guy, very personable... but... the following conversation ensued: Him: Hey.. that looks DANGEROUS. Me: It looks FUN. Him: Well, that too, but one accident on that thing and you're done. Me: That's why I wear all this armor. Him: Yeah... uh... good luck with that. How far do you commute? Me: 'bout 45 minutes. Him: Twice a day?! Me: Yeah. Him: Through traffic?! Me: Yeah. Him: (walking away) Well, it was nice knowing ya. So... I wonder. Why do people feel the need to point out the inherent danger in riding? Do they also hang out by a ski-lift saying "That'll kill you y'know" ? Or do they see a fat guy eating a cheeseburger and say "Boy, that looks dangerous" ? Or maybe see a guy having a drink and say "Wow... your liver must be hard as a rock!" ? I mean... humans, as a species, take on risks as a matter of course. We eat things that kill us slowly, have hobbies that could kill us instantly (hang-gliding, skiing, swimming, surfing, etc.. etc...) we understand these risks and we take them anyway. So why do people seem to be able to keep their mouths shut about other head-cracking activities, but not riding? Ok, end of rant. Continue milling about smartly.