Phillip Hennessy #64972

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Dear Editor;

Congrats on your appointment, I hope it all works out very well for you.

I thought I’d send in my view on Alyn Vincent’s article `The Returning Rider’ in the last Riding On, in view of the many motorcycle deaths we have had in Victoria up to June this year.

It has more than doubled the 12-monthly tally for all of last year so far. (Ed; 16 fatalities for all of 2015, 33 to the end of June 2016.)

I must agree with Alyn and admit that I include myself in his findings.

A little over a year ago, I bought a 650 Honda Deauville with the idea of joining Ulysses Club. Six months later, I came across a 2003 Kawasaki Vulcan 1500 Nomad. I just had to have it so I bought that one too, disregarding the fact that I knew I had not yet mastered the Honda.

Not only that, but I soon found out just how different both bikes were to handle. I could not believe how much of the skills I once took for granted (40 years ago) were no longer there. Needless to say, you would not believe much my confidence was shaken.

As Alyn said in his article, there was not much I had to do to get my L plates and then P plates, and if I was still alive and upright, and had not killed anyone in the 12 months, a full motorcycle licence would follow.

Mostly through pain, suffering and of course embarrassment, I was to learn much that also reduced my medical bills!

Phillip Hennessy #64972, Wodonga.

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