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View Poll Results: How many motorcycle accidents have you had?
None 76 47.20%
One 37 22.98%
Two 17 10.56%
Three 11 6.83%
More than three 20 12.42%
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post #141 of 168 Old 04-03-2016, 10:39 PM
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I've been riding for around 50 years and have dumped a few times...once when I ran into an oil patch right after merging onto the highway...once after taking a right turn from a stop sign and accelerating on a slick road, which dumped me onto the shoulder head first...well, other than that, messing around off road. But, a helmet has been a god send in my two accidents, because in both case my head was heavily involved and my helmet saved my bacon, even though not required in Tx. I don't know why one would not wear a helmet. Heads are important stuff...

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post #143 of 168 Old 09-17-2016, 11:47 AM
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Hi Viz is for daytime visibility not night time.
I wear hi viz at night or in seriously poor daytime visibility. I also wear it if I have to get off the bike for a breakdown or accident. All the time I'm riding in good daylight I can't be bothered with hi viz or any other "help others see me" stuff because if they're not looking none of it will help. If they are looking they'll see me with or without hi viz. In poor visibility or standing by the roadside they need help and I'm more dependent on them noticing and caring about me.
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I think that the practice of careless cage drivers now texting behind the wheel has upped the percentage of having a road pizza event exponentially...


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do drops count?

I have been licensed for the street since 1985. There are about 3 non-bike years in there, I roughly calculate around 70K mi. in that time on 7 bikes and now a '14 V2. No Accidents while moving - I have had my 2014 V2 since January and I have dropped it in gravel driveways twice. Could be because it is physically the largest bike I have ever had (I'm 6', 220Lb.). I don't ride to work anymore (gave it up for the cage about 7 years ago) and when I do go out I head for the hills. Or the beach. or anywhere there is not urban traffic. Another poster here mentioned the feeling of the odds building up and I share that feeling. I love to ride and would like to take some really long trips, but people running their day to day errands treating their SUVs like 4,000 pound appliances gives me pause. The gist of all this is I ride defensively, assume I'm invisible and I don't give anybody the finger, even if they richly deserve it. I always suit up, regardless of temperature. Will I go down? probably. It's a high risk sport. But you try to calculate the risks and tilt them in your favor.
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I have been licensed for the street since 1985. There are about 3 non-bike years in there, I roughly calculate around 70K mi. in that time on 7 bikes and now a '14 V2...

Uh... did you mean to say 700K miles?

Hope so 'cause 70K miles in 30 years isn't something you want to admit to!


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I grew up riding in the dirt and have always said you can not claim that you know how to ride until you have had at least 10 accidents,
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That's not what the stats say. Accidents in dirt are
a) expected
b) good learning experiences...

Not so for pavement.

I have 51 years riding with no on pavement accidents ( tip overs yeah but no accidents ) ....and stats say 60% of riders will not have an on pavement accident.
It's a bad meme to circulate that riders are certain to have an accident....it's not certain in the least.

Dirt riding is the best base for accident free road riding and also if you do have a come off on the road ...you know how to fall.
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Totally agree. I detest all this "all riders will have an accident" rubbish. Been riding since I was 16, now 67, and never been down on the road. Never been hurt at all off road either. So let's give it a rest eh? If you have been down, then hard luck and commiserations, but let's not assume that every body will go down because of that and keep perpetuating this myth, when there is enough evidence by posters to prove otherwise.

If all riders go down then why are there so many secondhand high mileage bikes around? There would be very few if the myth was even half true as it does not take much damage for the insurance company to right a bike off.

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post #150 of 168 Old 09-19-2016, 11:42 PM
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Hmmmph - parallel - riding since 17 - now 68 .... never down on pavement .....a narrow miss with a blown front tire on my Yamaha 250

Mind you there were a few ice and snow incidents in uni ... that counts as off pavement anyways

I agree with you completely - this "will go down" mindset is dumb and wrong.
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