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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 #1 of 168 Old 03-23-2016, 05:08 PM Thread Starter
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Will most riders have an accident?

A friend of mine recently wrote in an email "... we know that most riders will go down sooner or later". I disagree with him about that. But it got me to wondering which of us the numbers support. So a quick poll, if I can figure out how to do it. Let's take off-road riding out of the mix (though my one time down which was a transition from the road to a gravel parking lot would count).

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There are those that have, and those that will.......if you ride enough.

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I keep hearing sayings like this and have to disagree with them. 67 yo and riding since I was 16. Zero accidents, in fact zero panic stops either. I know plenty of people in the same situation as well so I declare the "those that have and those that will" declarations are pure rubbish. Maybe you have to say that after you have been down to make you feel better.

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This is something I've been considering as I grapple with the difficult decision of whether to give up street riding. More and more I am starting to feel it's time to quit pushing my luck after 30 accident-free years of riding.

Recently I have actually been losing sleep at night - I wonder if tomorrow's commute will be the day I finally get taken out by one of the distracted, aggressive, and generally careless drivers I am forced to share a congested freeway with on my way to work. I've always said I know the risks and I accept them. But I know if I had a wreck that cost me a substantial amount of my physical abilities (or worse yet, mental abilities), I wouldn't be so happy that I took that gamble.

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I think that phrase, "will go down sometime" speaks to the inherent instability of a two wheeled device as opposed to a 3/4 wheeled device. Hit a patch of ice or slick pavement in a car or trike and you simply slide a bit. Hit the same spot on a bike and down you go.

Sure, careful riders can avoid most dangers but the potential is there. The more urban your riding is, the more likely any accident will involve another vehicle.
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I've had zero pavement accidents in about 15 years of riding, 10 of those from age 15 to 25 (when I dearly deserved several accidents but somehow avoided them). Dirt biking is a completely different story as I've lost count of the number of get-offs.

Compare that to automobile driving where I've had a t-bone (gal runs stop sign in front of me and I t-boned her station wagon), totaled a pickup running off the road on black ice (responding sheriff nearly ran into us on same ice), have been rear-ended a couple times, and an aggressive gal talking on her phone tried to cut me off but misjudged and clipped my front end.

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I keep hearing sayings like this and have to disagree with them. 67 yo and riding since I was 16. Zero accidents, in fact zero panic stops either. I know plenty of people in the same situation as well so I declare the "those that have and those that will" declarations are pure rubbish. Maybe you have to say that after you have been down to make you feel better.

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You must ride a lot of rural areas, correct me if my assumption is wrong? Those that commute, do track days, or tend to ride in areas of higher population, tend to have the greatest risk of an accident. Of course add in squids and the number of riders on big ass cruisers that lack good overall skills, and once agin the numbers and risks increase.

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Two accidents, one of which included an ambulance trip to the ER.

The cage driver was at fault both times. In the first a cager pulled in front of me from a side street. In the second I was hit from behind.

These do not include a half-dozen injury free tip overs or falls racing motocross or riding trails.

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I checked 3 but they were me being young and stupid. The one was "caused" by speed. But the street sweeper went past and left a huge pile of gravel right in the apex of the turn. I ended up in the woods bike was up right, I still count that as a crash. I drove this road ten times a week. Some days there are things that come up. My father hit a deer on a Honda 90 going about 15-30 mph. It ran up from the side passed him then turned left without a signal he went right up the ........ I do believe that if you have not crashed (or something similar), You have some great skills and there is luck there. Yes luck.

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There are those that have, and those that will.......if you ride enough.
Bull pucky....as long as we are talking on pavement.
I ride enough and for many years since the 60s.

The only on pavement drops were in winter on snow and ice...picked up the bike and rode on. If the weather was bad enough I sort of expected it.
I think it is very wrong to circulate the idea that an on road accident is inevitable.

There is luck of course ....riding a lot in animal turf ....I've not had close calls but what could have been had the animal done something different.
Near misses with cadgers ...sure - lots...even an ABS moment wth a cadger panic braking for a squirrel
...even the other day I was passing and another car pulled out oblivious..brakes on the KLR suck.....so does the horn.

I have dropped my bike at zero speed due to a mechanical failure but I don't count that as an accident. Just a tip over ( so common on ST1100s they have protective wings on them )
Clutch just failed at a bad moment stopped on a hill and trying to back around.
That was a fun ride home speed shifting a ST1100.

Lots of come offs off road and off pavement ...and I'd actually suggest that riding off pavement makes you a far better on pavement rider reducing accidents, ( unexpected gravel for instance )

But as the poll shows ....and there are many long term high mile riders here ....it is not inevitable and should not be circulated as being so. IMNSHO
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