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post #1 of 57 Old 07-14-2015, 11:52 PM Thread Starter
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This is what scares the crap out of me on a motorcycle....

NHP identifies Reno man in fatal motorcycle crash; Subaru driver involved doesn't stop | Carson City Nevada News - Carson Now

My wife and I were in her car headed up to Lake Davis in CA for the day to hike and picnic when we came upon this accident. They had him stripped and were just putting him onto the stretcher when we pulled up and the life-force helicopter was just about to land. His wife (who was on her own motorcycle) was standing next to him still in her full gear.
I thought about this accident all day Saturday and Sunday but couldn't find anything on it. I finally found this article on Monday morning.
This is what scares the crap out of me every day when I ride. I am very confident in my abilities to ride safely, and I don't take risks. It's the fact that some jerk in a car can come over on top of you at any moment and then they can just drive off like nothing happened while you are laying on the side of the road. Another article that I found yesterday said that they believe that the driver of the car had road rage and did it on purpose according to a couple of witnesses.
This happened in an extremely low traffic area. Cold Springs, NV is just north of Reno about 10 minutes (it's basically still part of Reno) and is the last "town" that you hit for a long, long time.
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Yeah mate, worries me as well. Don't know how bad it's getting over there, but it's escalating here. Car drivers don't like to see motorcycle riders gain any sort of "advantage".

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Yeah mate, worries me as well. Don't know how bad it's getting over there, but it's escalating here. Car drivers don't like to see motorcycle riders gain any sort of "advantage".
I wish the US had stricter laws on people getting their drivers licenses. The legal age to drive ought to be at least 18, if not 21 (when your brain is fully developed). It ought to be a big deal having to go through a couple of week long drivers safety course and then taking an extensive test. I think that a safety course ought to be required every few years as well to maintain your license. Driving a vehicle should be a privilege, not a right.
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I wish the US had stricter laws on people getting their drivers licenses. The legal age to drive ought to be at least 18, if not 21 (when your brain is fully developed). It ought to be a big deal having to go through a couple of week long drivers safety course and then taking an extensive test. I think that a safety course ought to be required every few years as well to maintain your license. Driving a vehicle should be a privilege, not a right.
Agreed in principal, however, making the testing more rigorous isn't going to change the attitude of a person. For example, the bloke in the above video is old enough to know better. I wonder what his past driving record is like? It's attitudes that have to change before they will become better drivers/riders

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Agreed in principal, however, making the testing more rigorous isn't going to change the attitude of a person. For example, the bloke in the above video is old enough to know better. I wonder what his past driving record is like? It's attitudes that have to change before they will become better drivers/riders
I agree with you 100%. I wasn't necessarily referring to the video when I made that statement, but just the general danger in riding a motorcycle (or even a car) around many drivers today.
Road rage and poor driving skills are definitely separate issues, but not completely unrelated.
I can't imagine being such a miserable person that I would let myself get to the point of attacking somebody at a red light.
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You should try Thailand, they have the second highest fatality rate in the World and for good reason, speeding, drunk, no license, unregistered, uninsured, un-roadworthy and simply canít drive or ride. In addition, they will pull a gun on you or run you down if you sound the horn at them or berate them for any traffic violation. It really is survival riding over here but there are some awesome bike roads.
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Not sure about ya'll but when I was 14 I was (working legally, prior to that I worked off the books) working on a daily basis. My parents had to drive me until i was 16 and could get my own license. Mass/Public transit doesn't exist even to this day where I grew up. Waiting until I was 18 let alone 21 wasn't an option.

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Not sure about ya'll but when I was 14 I was (working legally, prior to that I worked off the books) working on a daily basis. My parents had to drive me until i was 16 and could get my own license. Mass/Public transit doesn't exist even to this day where I grew up. Waiting until I was 18 let alone 21 wasn't an option.
I was the same way. Times have changed quickly with the development of technology. 16 year old kids just don't understand the importance of fully paying attention to driving and staying off of their phones.
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I think learner's permits should start at 14, while it's easier to learn to drive. still have to have a full rated adult driver in the car though.

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I tell ya what. I worry that no matter how defensive of a rider I am, an idiot in a cage is going to pull out at the last second and leave me no option.

You can only slow so much and anticipate so much, but all it takes is the one guy that's sitting at a stop sign texting, only to quick accelerate without looking and pull out right in front.
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