Living is dangerous. All we can do is minimize the risk. High viz gear, flashing strobes, proactive situational awareness, it all works to minimize the risk but nothing will eliminate it. There is always that idiot texting, falling asleep or arguing with the wife that no amount of precaution can avoid. I personally try to stay out of urban areas which is sometimes impossible. Even out in the boonies there is the texting deer that will always jump out in front of you. Riding has a certain amount of risk. I say no more than skiing, swimming, scuba, skydiving, football etc. Be safe, increase your survivability.
Years ago a friend of mine, retired Navy Frogman, 4 tours in Nam, rode harleys without a helmet, drank, smoked, jumped out of perfectly good planes. Died fixing a well pump because someone threw the breaker while he was in the hole. Go figure.
Im interested to see what new products you are bringing to the table.
If You're Gonna Be Stupid, You Better Be Hard, because stupid hurts!
I no longer own a V Strom, but I'm still here because its the best bike forum going!
2017 VFR1200X Crosstourer (Chili)
2016 GL1800 Goldwing, sold good riddance.
2013 V Strom DL650 Adventure AKA Max, Fun, different, did I say fun? (traded)
2004 FLHTC Ole Red, all lower 48, several times (sold 180k miles did lower 48 four times)
1999 FXST Stage 4 Evo AKA Bitch Bike and holeshot king
1998 FXDWG Red Grey (sold)
1997 XL (Mom's bike)
1976 XLCH Iron Head (Leaker)
1978 ZIR TC (AKA Smoky) Rated "R" not for kids under 17 (Seized by father)
1976 CB 750 (AKA trouble)
1976 MT 250 Elsinore (My favorite, rode the country on a 2 stroke)
1974 CB 350-F4 (AKA Dog)
1974 Kawi 100E (AKA Sparky the mud bug)
1972 KV 75 kawi
1970 Rupp mini bike