Uncle Bob said:
I just naively assumed that with the tools available now things would get better.
Thanks to internet you can go online and get the information you want. Back in the days before the web the only advice you could get was either from somebody who rode ( no way to know if he/she was any good or at all knowledgeable ) of a dealer ( hit or miss proposition ) and maybe a couple of mags.
Yet people come to these forums it seems not to get advice since they have already made up their minds that an actual racebike is a good choice for somebody who has never been on a bike before. No they come to seek approval and a hearty congratulations on their choice however bad it may be.
Oh sure I could just ignore them, but they like drunk drivers put others in danger.
This months Motorcycle cruiser magazine lists the following "last rides" from the Oregon Department of transportation for one month.
MC vs Auto, MC doing high speed wheellie on residential street, lady pulls out of her driveway and the rider is roadkill.
Single vehicle, lost control of borrowed motorcycle, hit curb then retaining wall, operator killed on impact ,passenger two hours later.
MC vs Auto, MC rear ended Jeep, rider DOA
Single vehicle, MC went off shoulder hit road sign ( DWI)
Single vehicle, lost control, left roadway in curve DOA
Single vehicle,lost control on curve went over embankment DOA
Single vehicle,missed turn landed in ditch DOA
MC vs Auto, MC rider went into blind corner and met car head on DOA
MC vs Auto crossed centerline in curve, struck vehicle head on DOA
MC vs Auto lost control crossed centerline and hit car head on.DOA
One not too densily populated state, one month.
No mention of the actual number of MC accidents and/or injuries that we can estimate at a couple of hundred times the number of deaths.