I agree 100%thumb upLets be realistic. First if you don't own a bike the average person does not notice them. You own one you see them everywhere, you look for them. Drivers don't. Easy fixes to be more noticeable, lights even during the day, bright colored clothes, flashing LED that can attach to the back of your helmet, LED turn signals, bright is better.
Always and I mean always keep it in first gear at stops. Enter intersection with an escape route, check those mirrors, listen for squealing brakes or loud motor speed from the car coming behind you. Position your bike out of blind spots. Ride within your ability and assume the drivers around you have no skills
That is pure BS every time I hear it. If that were the case who would ride a motorcycle? IF anyone that thought that every time I threw a leg over I would quit riding after 1 years as their due date gets closer and ride recklessly if they had theirs at 22 years old safe for the rest of their lives I suppose.. The Odds and statistics do not agree. That is ERC training BS to scare riders.There are two kinds of riders;
1. Those that have been down.
2. Those that will go down.
Prepare yourself accordingly.
I think this applies to a majority of the WTF's I see every day and I will take it a step further and say even when in my PU it is Okie's last sentence. "People just don't care" or lack of respect on the road for other drivers. I really don't feel much safer in my cage than on the bike as I pretty much drive like I ride, as said already defensively. With attention on almost anything but driving and the feeling "Im bigger so you gotta move" it doesnt matter what were in, were an obstical to an idiot behind a wheel.The problem is we are small in comparison to a car or truck. They know we dont wanna go down and if we get tangled up the car or truck will win everytime. So they expect us to gang way or give way to them no matter what..people just dont care.
I would love to know where you got these numbers. The vast majority of registered bikes RARELY leave the garage. Making those stats useless. It's like saying the odds of getting in a rock climbing accident is small because you're including people that don't rock climb in your stats. Also, I own three bikes and have owned as many as five at one time, how does that effect your "registered bike" stats?That is pure BS every time I hear it. If that were the case who would ride a motorcycle? IF anyone that thought that every time I threw a leg over I would quit riding after 1 years as their due date gets closer and ride recklessly if they had theirs at 22 years old safe for the rest of their lives I suppose.. The Odds and statistics do not agree. That is ERC training BS to scare riders.
FYI There are 6,000,000 registered bikes in the US. Every year 100K will have an injurious get off, 40% will be the bikers fault 100%, dunk ,inexperienced,hot dogging, testing limits at places like Mullholland and Deals Gap, Others will be multi vehicle the biker could have avoided with some diligence.
,5000 riders will die. 68% with helmets and gear. The ONLY wrecks a biker has abso;utley no control over are animal encounters and mechanical failures which make up for 2% of less than 2% of all get offs.......and to an extent rear enders.
We have over 300K partying riders for three weeks every May here. and none were lost during Crusier Week and 6 were lost during Sport bike week , Half of which were the riders fault. and most are not wearing any gear here.
A rider get off sucks. but at the end of the day it's bad luck half the time and the odds are less than 1% it will happen to anyone. If one lives in an urban area the odds go up. Geography and riding miles count as well.
So that tells me 6,000,900 riders make it home safely each and every year and MOST riders go through there entire lives without an injury from a get off. I could have ridden naked for the past 35 years and nary a scratch.
Everyone will not have an injurious get off by a huge margin.
I don't think either of you is wrong. There are surely plenty of people who get by without wrecking. If it were that dangerous, virtually no one would do it. But for those of us who spend a lot of time in the seat, the odds that we will encounter something we can't out maneuver or simply screw up increase. Usually guys with a lot of experience have a tale or two to share...Disregard everything I said. You are right. I am wrong. Have a great day, coffee is empty time to ride on.