Good point. A lot of older folks with little to no experience are buying big cruisers & hitting the road without really knowing what they're doing.
I think that is somewhat substantiated by the numbers. There is a rapid rise in fatalities by engine size over 1400cc that is significant. There is a decrease in fatality rates of sub 1000cc engine sized bikes.
There is also a corollary in the table " Fatally injured motorcycle drivers by age and motorcycle type, 2012 " Here it shows there is a high number of fatalities of the 50+ age group while riding Cruiser and Touring models. These are typically larger CC bikes.
That being said.. there is still a high number of fatalities in the Sub 30 age group while riding SuperSport bikes, 43% of these are the result of single vehicle accidents. This is a statistic that is lost on many of the younger riders. Single vehicle collisions account for almost half the fatalities to riders.
I see this very frequently, new riders of all ages on bikes too big for them to handle, with limited education, not enough experience and far too much confidence. When confidence exceeds experience occurs is when a problem is about to happen.
New riders fatigue quickly and do not have the stamina to ride for extended periods of time, dehydration and fatigue play a large role in the number of incidents and particularly fatalities later in the day. There is a high percentage of motorcycle collisions that occur between 3pm and 6pm and 6pm to 9pm. Late afternoon after a big lunch folks get sleepy, they get fatigued, they are dehydrated, judgement is impaired, reaction times are slower etc. This is a bad combination of issues.
Early evening, dusk is a bad time of day to ride, in addition to fatigue and dehydration, there are quality of light issues / visibility. Other vehicles are often on the road, people rushing home from work.. People rushing out for a good evening event.. Many animals come out at dusk, deer, hogs and other such hazards. Moisture starts collecting in the shaded corners at this time, road conditions change.
BAC.. A large number of the fatalities there was an elevated BAC level. Almost 20% were at a level above 0.15