Courage is defined by as “the quality of mind or spirit that enables a person to face difficulty, danger, pain, etc., without fear; bravery.”  Courage comes in so many forms.  A soldier is filled with such stuff as he walks his post in a far off land.  How about cancer patients, who fight for survival against unknown odds with only a smile on their face to hide their fear.  Courage comes in smaller packages as well.  I remember my son so scared to leave his mother’s protective influence while he waited for the bus on his first day of school.  It took buckets of courage for him to get on that bus all alone but he did not waiver.  I define courage as having the guts and fortitude to complete the mission.  Courage is about taking chances when there is a strong percentage of failure but following through on your objective for a positive outcome.

I met a soldier not too long ago who lost his leg while serving in Iraq.  He loved to ride cycles before the war and vowed that he would ride again after he lost his leg. We served in the same area overseas and also shared a love for riding.  I’m happy to say I met him at my local Harley dealership.  He showed me his cycle in the parking lot and explained to me how the bike was adapted to fit him personally.  There are many motorcyclists that have lost extremities due to accidents, sickness and armed conflicts.  With such a grievous injury one could surely understand if these individuals would ever want to ride again.  Given their love of motorcycling many amputees find a way to let the ride continue.  Adaptive Modification for Amputee Motorcycling is about getting the disabled back on the open road.  It takes courage to make your dreams come true and I commend any motorcyclist who gets back riding after they have befallen tough times.  It’s all about fighting the good fight, no matter what dark cloud follows you overhead.  Courage is about not giving up when it may be easier to reverse your course and I hide in the shadows.

“Courage is the discovery that you may not win, and trying when you know you can lose.”  -Tom Krause


About twotiretirade

Keeping the faith of fanatics who feel fired up for anything motorcycles. It’s all about the journey and the philosophy of riding on two wheels. Let’s bring alive the truly unique culture of motorcycling and never let the ride leave the fibers of our being. View all posts by twotiretirade

4 responses to “Courage

  • Jessie

    One time, early in my riding career, we rode the back roads to Anderson Ferry and took the ferry across the Ohio River into Kentucky. Another group of bikers had gotten there before us and were already on the ferry. I sat on my bike while other people got off their bikes and walked around. As we neared the shore and people started getting back on their bikes it looked like we had one more bike than rider. The bike in front of me had a guy in the side car, but nobody in the seat on the bike. When my husband came back I asked who was driving the side car rig. He said “He drives it from the side car. He’s in a wheelchair.” I went over and talked to him, and he was a real nice guy. His sidecar was set up so he could drive his wheelchair right into it, and the controls were set up so he could reach them all with his hands. Very cool. Turns out he had lost his legs in a motorcycle accident. I said “And you still ride?” He said “Well, yeah. It’s not the bikes fault!”

    That’s not just bravery. That’s determination!

    • twotiretirade

      Well Said Jessie, that is determination! We as bikers are lucky to meet so many good people out on the open road. We do ourselves a huge disfavor by not putting ourselves out there and getting to know each other. Thanks for the comments!!!!!!

  • 7acesmotolog

    I have a friend with Multiple Sclerosis who recently took the MSF course, on an unmodified bike, and passed. He now owns an ’09 Honda Rebel. He has limited strength in his right side both in his leg and hands, but he’s out there riding because he always wanted to. He and others like him make me appreciate the gifts that I have and not to take them for granted. Thank you for sharing your story.

    • twotiretirade

      Never give up the dream! It’s crazy b/c most of time its the healthy people out there that need to be reminded of that and not those with health concerns. Let the ride continue and thanks for stopping by!

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