OLD SCHOOL crew
Join Date: Jan 2001
Location: If you aren't 02 or older you aren't SHIT!
My only serious crash came when I wasn't screwing around and someone made an illegal u-turn in front of me. Was a hit & run - that was over 10 years ago. I was a newb and I now think I could have avoided the car if I was to be in the EXACT same situation again.
Most fatal accidents occur in speedzones of 45mph or less when someone making a left turn doesn't yield the right of way to the motorcycle at an intersection, IIRC.
Think about it like this, we all have momentary lapses of concentration and nearly get ourselves into trouble in cars. You're a lot more likely to be the victim of someone else's lapse as you're less visible AND your own lapses are more likely to result in a crash simple because you're on two wheels.
It's not just a sportbike thing. Although, younger ridres (sportbike crowd) pushing their limits (again, sportbike crowd) are more likely to crash IMO. However, a lot of the cruiser crowd drinks/rides. Fuck a buncha that. Bikes are dangerous enough as is. I have no intent of drinking/riding. I've ridden under the influence twice in 10+ years. Once was at the ROT ralley in Austin. We were all on sportbikes, all tend to fuck off on them now and then, and we all just cruised back to the hotel. No wheelies, no ripping it, etc. I figured someone would get stupid, but it just didn't happen.
Can it happen, yeah, will it happen, maybe. Always gear up, stay sober, and don't be a jack ass. You have to ride much more defensively/conservatively than you drive a car. Also you'll want to be looking EVERYWHERE for idiots. Just put your vision on a swivel so to speak. I remember being a bit overwhelmed by that as a newb, but it becomes second nature. I believe it makes me more aware in a car as well and a safer driver.
A lot of people don't gear up. Remember, no one leaves the house knowing they are going to crash. If you did, you wouldn't ride that day. It can happen anytime anywhere.
I admit I might not wear a jacket when I run down to the store etc. and that's not a good idea, but I do that sometimes. Just gloves/jeans/helmet. I guess I accept that I might slide down the pavement at 45mph. I've never ridden without a helmet since I've owned bikes. In my hit and run my head nailed a curb at 50mph or so. Do I know I would have died if I hadn't been wearing a helmet, no, but I'm sure it would have hurt a lot worse.
If I'm going more than a few miles or getting on the highway I wear helmet, jacket, gloves, jeans, riding boots.
I've also got full leathers for dedicated rides.
You know the old saying, an oz. of prevention is worth a lb. of cure blah blah blah.
EDIT - I've ridden over 100K miles if it matters. People will change lanes into your lane, swerve across the freeway to exit (I rarely ride in the right lane for that specific reason), turn in front of you, pull out in front of you, go when it's "your" turn, and just fail to yield to you in general because the don't know your there. Shit, they might even know you're there and do it anyway as they know you are going to do everything you can to keep from hitting them. Just pretend to be invisible, funny though, the cops always know you're there and speeding! LOL
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Originally Posted by Sean88gt
I want to live as an outlaw, or what used to be called a Free American.
Every government degenerates when trusted to the rulers of the people alone. The people themselves, therefore, are its only safe depositories. And to render even them safe, their minds must be improved to a certain degree." --Thomas Jefferson