Sorry, a bit of a rambling post here...I'm struggling with the two halves of my brain - logic versus emotion. Since I was a kid I've always wanted to own a motorcycle. After doing some light trail riding I've been planning on getting prepped for next season with a 250 DS bike and full safety equipment along with a proper riding training program. My goal would be to focus on gravel road riding to stay away from traffic along with trail only riding. Recently I made the mistake of reading some ADVrider posts on accidents. Many of them seem fairly innocuous in terms of how they happened (running wide or being forced off a corner and heading into a ditch), but the outcome is often fatal or seriously life changing especially in terms of brain injury. Perhaps the answer lies in being super mindful of where and when I ride, keep the pace down and focus more on trail versus road. I just know that I'm going to keep struggling with this "get a bike" itch until I do it. I'm turning 50 next year so the window isn't getting wider. Hope I'm not wasting anyone's time with my own internal debate.