How dangerous is it to ride a motorcycle?

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by Soph, Feb 7, 2008.

  1. Fuuma

    Fuuma Franchouillard Modasse

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    Dangerous enough to get you laid. Can anyone contribute statistics aside from anecdotal evidence (on the accidents part)?
     


  2. dl20

    dl20 Senior member

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    Bad idea IMO. I was driving to philly from NY on the belt parkway a month or so ago and I see this guy coming up behind me, weaving in and out of traffic. He comes around me and as he cuts in front of me a BMW SUV changes lanes and gives him a good knock. He wobbled for a bit and layed his bike down about 10 ft in front of my bumper as we're both going 50 Mph. I slammed on my brakes despite some idiot up my ass behind me and stopped with this guy maybe a foot or so in front of my tires, so close that I could barely see him out of my windshield.

    Now the guy was riding like an idiot but I would've felt terrible if I made him into hamburger meat. When I saw he was alright and didnt need an ambulance, I laid into him for about 5 min.

    DL
     


  3. pauliodotnet

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  4. Renault78law

    Renault78law Senior member

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    Yes, it's exceedingly dangerous. But you can do things to minimize the risk, like wear full gear, take motorcycle safety course and don't ride while intoxicated. Believe it or not, doing these simple things will take you out of the majority of motorcycle accidents.

    Buying a motorcycle was a hard decision for me. Every time I swing my leg over the bike, I wonder if today's going to be the day I crash. Still, I get so much pleasure from riding, I don't think I could give it up. In the end it's a personal decision. I'm of the attitude, "get busy living or get busy dying." There's inherent risk in any activity you do. You need to decide for yourself the amount of risk you're willing to accept. You have no dependents, but if you did, I think it would be responsible to get life and disability insurance. Surprisingly, the insurance does not factor in motorcycle riding, so it's not particularly expensive.

    Socal, you seem like a Ducati kind of guy. A Monster perhaps? It's a great starter bike.
     


  5. Renault78law

    Renault78law Senior member

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    Can anyone contribute statistics aside from anecdotal evidence (on the accidents part)?

    The most comprehensive study done is a little dated now, it's called the Hurt Report:
    http://www.clarity.net/~adam/hurt-report.html
     


  6. A Y

    A Y Senior member

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    +1 on the safety course before anything else. The MSF (Motorcycle Safety Foundation) has classes throughout the US many times during the year. It's also a great way to preview riding a bike to make sure it's something you really want to get into.

    --Andre
     


  7. Mute

    Mute Senior member

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    You can control only so much. If you ride safe and take the proper training you can cover most of your bases, but in the end, all it could take is one idiot in the other lane who's careless. Your chances of surviving that is a good deal better with a car. That's why, for me, motorcycles are for track days only now (maybe it's just my age).
     


  8. pauliodotnet

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    You can control only so much. If you ride safe and take the proper training you can cover most of your bases, but in the end, all it could take is one idiot in the other lane who's careless. Your chances of surviving that is a good deal better with a car. That's why, for me, motorcycles are for track days only now (maybe it's just my age).

    that idiot in the other lane is part of what you as a rider needs to be prepared for. always the riders fault.
     


  9. Mustapha

    Mustapha Senior member

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    They're practical and gas saving but dangerous beyond their benefits, imho.

    Some doctors call them donorcycles.
     


  10. whodini

    whodini Conan OOOOOOO"BRIEN!

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    Dangerous enough to get you laid. Can anyone contribute statistics aside from anecdotal evidence (on the accidents part)?
    Statistics? The "joke" with motorcyclists is that it's not if you'll fall off your bike, but when. My father rode a bike in his late teens/early 20s until he got hit in the city. Although he wasn't traveling fast (20-30 mph), he was in the hospital in a cast up to his chest for a year. His anectdotal evidence was that he saved on gas and was given a cane, an ankle he can't bend, and a constantly swollen leg for free for life. I think I was about nine or ten when he said that if when I got older I wanted a motorcycle, I could get one. The only condition was that he would break both of my legs the day I bought it just to get it out of the way. Logic will tell you that a guy in a car will fair better than a guy on a motorcycle in the same accident. Paulio might be on to something in saying that the accident is always the rider's fault.
     


  11. Dakota rube

    Dakota rube Senior member

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    These are obviously instances of operator error, but both times I've piloted motorcycles I've put them on their sides. [​IMG] OT: there are an amazing number of divorced women in my age group who have purchased Harleys. I don't know if that is an attempt to attract a new male, a mid-life crisis or a thinly-veiled sexual thing. :shrug:
     


  12. robin

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    Paulio might be on to something in saying that the accident is always the rider's fault.
    Yeah, I agree. There's driving, and then there's defensive driving.
     


  13. pauliodotnet

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    any motorcyclist that puts on his gear and gets on and starts that bike immediately puts themselves at risk. from that point on, all riding unless at the track, is defensive. you have to prepared for everything and anything, you place yourself in strategic places so that if that dumb driver comes this way or that way, or if someone does not stop in time. the ones that do not wear the gear, *sigh just give us riders a bad name, the ones that weave in and out of traffic doing triple digits, its hard to get respect as a rider anymore. [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     


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    eg1 Senior member

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    Yes, it is dangerous, and yes, that is part of the thrill. Mind you, your attitude and driving style will make a significant difference. I generally avoid urban driving and favour the country roads where there is far less traffic. I also favour a very low-risk upright riding style. Still, you are taking unnecessary chances any way you slice it.
     


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    in the city where I live.....very. I would love to get a bike but I am certain I would get hit within weeks, with all the loonies that drive like they are in downtown Shanghai

    GS,

    Don't you ride a scoot?
     


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