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31. The Motorcycle Rider
Jay was born to ride. Just after learning
walk, he got his first tricycle. A year
he was on a bicycle with training wheels.
the age of five he was a skilled
, able to jump off ramps and fly through
air. His father made sure he did everything
. Jay wore a helmet, a chest pad, elbow
, and knee pads. He fell a lot, but
was never hurt badly.
He got his first
when he was seven. His father put the
in the back of his pickup and drove
out to the desert almost every weekend. Jay
a skilled rider. He entered motocross races all
the county. By the time he was 15,
had won 30 races. His future looked bright.
he was 17, Jay took his girlfriend out
a ride on his motorcycle. A truck ran
red light, and Jay and his girlfriend crashed
the side of the truck. Jay went into
hospital for three months. His girlfriend died immediately.
didn’t ride a motorcycle again for 10 years.
one weekend he bought a used Kawasaki. He
it out for a test run at dusk.
felt good to ride again. He got it
to 110 miles an hour on the local
. A highway patrol car chased him for about
minutes, but he finally lost it in the
traffic and the dark. When he got home,
was excited. That was fun, he thought.