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Offline Formerly Known as Bigfoot

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One-eyed rider
« on: February 03, 2014, 01:08:27 PM »
Was talking to a neighbor yesterday and it got me thinking.  He lost his left eye this past year after it basically exploded in his socket.  His words, not mine.  Some kind of problem and it just basically went to pieces requiring removal.  He used to ride but gave it up a few years ago.  I tried shutting one of my eyes and imagine I was riding on my ride.  I believe our risks of crashing goes up exponentially if we do this but I have done no research.  Has anyone here ever met anyone that still rides with one eye missing?  I'm not sure I would be willing to try but I guess you never know until you experience something like this.
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Re: One-eyed rider
« Reply #1 on: February 03, 2014, 01:23:43 PM »
No research and that would be the end of my riding days....

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Re: One-eyed rider
« Reply #2 on: February 03, 2014, 01:30:06 PM »
My Uncle has been riding with only 1 eye since the 70's.  It only bothers him during dusk when the sun is coming through the trees. Then it's like going by a really huge picket fence and drives him nuts. Otherwise, don't notice any loss in his ability to ride compared to others. heck, i bet he rides better than a good portion of them. He is also not a fair weather or short distance rider. the last big trip he has mentioned was when he put 800 miles on the bike heading out this way from WI. He never made it this far because 9/11 happened and he needed to head back ASAP. Now mind you. It's only 800 miles roughly from his house to my door stop, so he takes a VERY zig zag course while riding. Doesn't use maps until he really needs to or has some place he intends to go.
I rode with him when I was in WI and had my VFR. VERY unplanned trip and we were all over the place. Loved it. Rode from 6am til 5 pm.
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Re: One-eyed rider
« Reply #3 on: February 03, 2014, 02:02:28 PM »
I'd imagine you would get used to it.  You'd lose depth perception but otherwise you would adapt.

I had a guy in one of my MSF classes with no left hand.  He did fine. 

Animals have a remarkable way of overcoming such things.  We're all animals.

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Re: One-eyed rider
« Reply #4 on: February 03, 2014, 02:10:44 PM »
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Re: One-eyed rider
« Reply #5 on: February 04, 2014, 10:23:09 AM »
The Brits had a number of One-eyed pilots during World War 2 -- their environment is arguably a bit more complex than ours . . .

Of course, they also allowed Non-commissioned Officers to pilot aircraft, so they were clearly insane.

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Re: One-eyed rider
« Reply #6 on: February 05, 2014, 06:56:06 AM »
2 years ago, I rode , unknowingly, with just one eye.  I didn't know it til I realized than no matter how hard I tried, I couldn't get my glasses clean. Turned out I had a cataract and almost zero vision on the right side. I didn't know how much my depth perception was screwed up til I had the operation. :eek:
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