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post #31 of 175
I work in the construction field so a lot of people I work with have motorcycles. I can't name a single one of them who has NOT been hit by a car.
post #32 of 175
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Originally Posted by onion View Post
I work in the construction field so a lot of people I work with have motorcycles.
This is a correlation with which I am not familiar.
post #33 of 175
A former coworker of mine lost control around a corner and lost an arm. My uncle is a harley nut and he got run off the road and shattered several vertebrae, but it's inoperable. He's slowly getting better, but likely to be in pain the rest of his life. He's pretty much hooked on pain pills.
post #34 of 175
I rode for years but sold my last bike about 14 years ago. I'll probably not get one unless I retire to some little quiet town one day.

What do you call a rider with no helmet? Organ donor.
post #35 of 175
Suicycle. So I read some stats a while back about fatality risk and I think motorcyclists are 11x more likely to die than a car driver. And it jumped to like 10,000x more likely to die on weekends between 2am and 4am. Watch out for drunks.
post #36 of 175
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What do you call a rider with no helmet? Organ donor.

+1

Part of the problem is that car drivers in North America are clueless about how to treat motorcycles on the road. They will cut you off and squeeze you out of your lane without any regard for your safety. It's mainly that we're not used to sharing the road with bikes and let's face it - cars (or gigantic SUVs) are king in North America so if you're not a car, you're not entitled to that lane. Drivers in Europe and elsewhere are much more used to bikes on the road and know how to drive next to them so you're less likely to get hurt by a motorist.
post #37 of 175
In over 20 years of driving a car and riding a motorcycle, I have never been involved in an accident while driving a car. I wish I could say the same about my time in the saddle.

I have crashed countless times, it is just part of riding. Only one of my spills involved a car, all the others were "self inflicted". Ice, leaves, gravel, shoddy tar patches, oil, bottles and many other obstacles that I have run over or into. Thankfully nothing that stopped me from riding again.

The only contact I had with a car was while I was paying the toll at a NJ Tpk toll booth. I was putting my glove back on and the next thing I know I am flat on my butt counting stars. The idiot that hit me said he didn't see me. Mind you it was broad daylight and I was wearing a super reflective suit, you could see me for miles.
post #38 of 175
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as a pre-med student, i worked in UMD shock trauma center about every other day, we would have someone come in who was in a motorcycle accident. they would come in really messed up, with massive internal injuries.

i specifically remember one guy who flipped over his motorcylce and basically did cartwheels for 20 feet and broke both arms and legs.
Ha, yeah, when my brother and I were small my mom was an ER nurse. She'd regale us at the dinner table with stories about the guys they'd see after motorcyle accidents, just in case we were ever to get any ideas.

As others have suggested, they still have a lot of appeal. If I were not a parent and/or single, I'd be strongly tempted to get one. And I felt that way even before reading Fuuma's comment.
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Dangerous enough to get you laid.
post #39 of 175
I have held my class M license since 1995, although it has been some time since I had a bike. My motorcycle was used primary as a commuter vehicle during law school. Couldn't afford to insure a car in Philly, but motorcycle insurance was only $300/mo. So off I went. It's impossible to quantify the danger involved. Too many variables, especially from other drivers. You can be the safest rider in the world and still get hurt, due to the negligence of another. Motorcycling is very fun and eventually I'll get another bike. That said I would only recommend it to someone else if they were cognizant of all the risks. You can mitigate those risks by taking the MSF course (free here in Philly) and by wearing proper safety gear (i.e. armor and leather, not the fashion Harley Davidson stuff). It won't eliminate those risks but it can make riding a bit more safe.
post #40 of 175
I'm still alive.

I think everyone who wants to drive a car over 1000 lbs. should only be allowed to have a motorcycle for the first year. Then maybe people would realize why they need to pay attention.
post #41 of 175
+ 1 on the MSF courses and always wearing a helmet. I always wear a jacket and pants too. Boots %75 of the time, always on freeways.

I've been riding for about 7 years. Mostly a urban commutes, year-round in Boston and DC, and some long trips 1-3xs a year.

I've fallen once, in a blizzard on a patch of ice. Since then, I ride the bicycle when it looks like heavy snow (<1" is ok). I'm also overly cautious on corners.

Perhaps the best training for motorcycling is bicycling, imo. The controls are different, but the training you get in balance, cornering, and awareness of the road is very helpful.

In addition to the benefits people have listed above, I'd add ease of parking and as J implied vastly improved skills in driving a car.

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Generally, I could care less about motorbikes. But I saw a vintage BMW one on the streets of DC a few months ago and I'm bent on getting one someday

Was it the silver one on Florida Ave just East of Connecticut?
post #42 of 175
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I have crashed countless times, it is just part of riding.

Holy hell. It's a part of what kind of riding? Are you a stuntman?

My old man has been riding for 40 years and has never put a bike down. I follow his example of riding slow, sane, and sober. No, I don't wear a helmet, but that's just because I'm an idiot.
post #43 of 175
I've been hit once but I didn't really hit the ground. It was more of us both trying to occupy the same space than a real collision, at relatively slow speed. Anyway, I was fine. And that was after about 15k incident-free miles mostly in the city.
post #44 of 175
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Holy hell. It's a part of what kind of riding? Are you a stuntman?

My old man has been riding for 40 years and has never put a bike down. I follow his example of riding slow, sane, and sober. No, I don't wear a helmet, but that's just because I'm an idiot.

For quite some time I commuted to work almost 12 months of the year, I have endured only one accident while commuting (getting thrown off my bike after being rearended at a toll booth). All the other spills were during "recreational" riding for the most part on twisty roads or on the track. I have never totaled a bike and I have never crashed into or onto anything besides the road.

I can't imagine riding without a helmet, pure insanity. I ride with full protective gear no matter how hot it is.
post #45 of 175
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Statistics? The "joke" with motorcyclists is that it's not if you'll fall off your bike, but when.


I have to agree with this. I've had a strong desire to ride streetbikes for as long as I can remember. But when I was 19 I had a conversation that put me off them forever. I was buying a dirt bike from a guy who was a mechanic at one of the local motorcycle shops and he was telling me about an accident he had the day before. He was cruising down the freeway on the way to work, hit a sinkhole that had opened up overnight and the next thing he knew he woke up on the ground, fortunately off the road. I said something about 'bad luck' and he proceeded to detail some of the other wrecks he had experienced over all the years that he rode. Some bad stuff. He basically explained that wrecks were a somewhat inevitable part of riding, something that I already understood quite well from my off-road experience. I traded away my first and only street bike not too long after that and decided to stay off-road, permanently.

The problem with street bikes in my view is that all it takes is some idiot who is not paying attention to take you out, and when that happens your chance of major injury or fatality is high. You can get hurt on a dirt bike too, but generally it's because YOU did something stupid, not someone else.

Anyways, for those who ride please wear all your gear, all the time. All the guys I see cruising around on sport bikes in shorts and a tshirt make me cringe. At the very least wear a helmet, I'd be dead several times over if it weren't for the brain bucket.
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