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Discussion in 'The Garage' started by JulesMaximus, Jan 18, 2013.
I obv wasnt aiming that at you
nice job throwing the smack down there ZV
I have some friends who do that. I just don't bring it up.
So what have we learned here?
People that don't like/are afraid of motorcycles think riding them is crazy. We knew that.
People that ride motorcycles agree that there is some danger involved. We knew that.
Horseback riding is more dangerous than motorcycle riding. We didn't know that.
Small aircraft are more dangerous than motorcycles. We didn't know that.
In conclusion, it seems obvious to me that riding a horse in a small aircraft is a death sentence. So I'm going to play it safe and ride my motorcycle on the street.
I wasn't sure. You quoted my post so I guess I just assumed you were aiming that at me. :twisted:
No worries. :biggrin:
In 2010 I drove my bike almost 10 months because the weather was good and I was not on the road alone:biggrin: And for the last two years I have put more miles on my bike than my truck....... that may not be the same for everyone but then again it could be more than you think:ninja:
Sounds like you would be great on a Supermoto:biggrin:
I have never seen that! lol
I loved motorcross i was just to small to do it past 125cc jr level.
heh yeah the 'he' wasnt you, I guess the post was directed towards you, but you werent the subject of it
last year is the first year I havent put more miles on my bike than my truck
guess thats what I get for buying a truck with working AC
Shh, keep that quiet or I will never get the ponies on the plane again.
I think people's perspective is skewed due to the young guys on bike doing dumb things. While riding a bike is a risk, what you do on the bike matters on the magnitude of the risk. On one end you have the 40+ yr old guy who's just enjoying a ride, on the other end you have this guy:
That pic was taken right before a truck hit him and he burst into flames.
There's a video that goes along with it.
I don't have CA stats, but nationally bikes are only 2.8% of registered vehicles. 13% of fatalities coming from motorcycles in CA, even if assumed CA registration was double the natinal average, is nothing to be proud about.
what state do you live in? I live in MN, you aren't riding 10 months a year here
S.E. Wisconsin and last year I did ride 10 months out of the year. This year I put the bike in the shop on Nov 21st.... not sure when I will take it out yet.
I was still riding in December. Proper riding gear is amazing.
they were laughing so hard they forgot to get the flames
this thread seemed like a great place to post this
what about % of accidents though.
Very interesting read! Maybe if driving cars was more difficult then people would drive with more awareness. It would be interesting to see the same study except comparing people that drive manual vs automatic transmissions. Does the level of involvement, or direct connection with the vehicle increase awareness of the driver?
EDIT: Also, could the level of 'perceived danger' increase the awareness of people driving vehicles? If everyone was driving POS Coffin-on-Wheels (like my MR2) that require defensive driving then maybe the amount of crashes/accidents/fatalities would actually decrease.
Might be true for those that like to ride but those that fear crashing or getting hit, having to drive a motorcycle would probably raise their stress quite a bit.
Driving a manual tranny is like 2nd nature to me, I don't think it requires any extra brain activity. Whenever I drive an automatic I always try to push the clutch pedal in when coming to a stop.
All I can tell you is that almost every person I know that owned a motorbike either died or had some type of serious accident over the years. One guy even lost a leg.
This is just from my personal experience since the 1980's until today.
Personally, I have zero desire to own one.
We're all on borrowed time. I say make the most of it while you're here.
I rode to work yesterday, froze my ass off too... didn't die.
I am not a motorcyclist but I greatly appreciate the aesthetic of Euro sportbikes of all vintages. When I was in college my friends and I rode bikes regularly and I do see the fun factor - I just don't see it as outweighing the enormous danger, so I choose not to ride a bike. I have no problem with other people doing it (other than those Harley asswipes who pull the baffles out of their pipes so they are crushingly loud - I don't like the sound of Harleys in the first place and the last thing I want is more of that noise).