And yet last I heard the largest group of fatalities in riding were middle age and older men.When any 20 year old idiot with $8000 or good credit can buy a bike with 120 hp that goes 150mph what could possibly go wrong? I see them on the Baltimore Beltway (at night) blasting along in groups.
Whoever wrote that story flunked statistics.So I did some research recently and found out that motorcycle involved deaths are on the rise, or at least they were for a long time and finally leveled off, but remain very high overall. Especially considering the dwindling market size, I mean Harley moved oversees for goodness sakes.
"Motorcycle-involved fatalities have more than doubled since 1997. From 1994 to 2016, motorcyclist fatalities continued to rise, from 5.7 percent of the total number of motor vehicle deaths in the United States to more than 14 percent of all traffic fatalities — even though motorcycles make up just 3 percent of all registered vehicles in the United States."
What do you think could be the causes behind these numbers? I mean of course speeding not being careful, etc. but what underlying causes for the INCREASE in deaths while the number of people riding motorcycles continues to decrease??
My thoughts as possible causes:
1. Less motorcycle riders means less knowledge and/or experience riding, as well as less awareness of motorcycle safety overall? It's like any common sense about motorcycles has to be learned the hard way now on a street bike that is too big for you, etc.
2. People choosing the wrong bike (see #1 above)...so I noticed the last 2 deaths in the local paper were Harleys. The very most recent was a young man 24 years old, about 125-150 lb. And his bike the he wrecked and died on was a big Harley Touring bike, it looked big and heavy.
3. Riding when tired or fatigued.
5. People less aware of motorcycle riders (maybe since they are not as common today as they used to be).
6. Lane splitting?
7. Us vs them mentality? Is there an association with people on bikes as being a menace to society? Obnoxious? Badass loud bikers, and rice rockets cutting off cars on the freeway?
8. Road rage is also on the rise, 7% annual increase. Could some people be killing bikers out of gross negligence? Like on purpose and then pretend it wasn't?
Which makes me wonder how many of the biker deaths are the motorcyclists' fault vs car. I need to do some more studying, reading the stats.
Let's just be aware and be careful.
Admittedly, we older riders are not as sharp physically as we once were, but I think the bigger problem is with older returning riders, not those who have been riding continuosly. For those of us who have been riding continuosly, experience is a large factor in keeping our accident rate down, but those older riders who just got back into the sport after 20 or 30 yrs are surprised by the additional power and weight of the new bikes. The 350 Honda they rode in their 20s as young college kids is a moped compared to their brand new Concourse or FJR.I think there is some truth to the overall average age of riders going up, and at age 62 I hate to admit it but my skills are going down while my fragility is going up!
I couldn't agree more. I may or may not have the reflexes that I did when I was 23 but it is more than made up for in 40 yrs of street riding and awareness. I call it my motorcycle antenna. I can just kind of sense when stupid is coming. I know to "present" myself to traffic. I haven't been in so much as a fender bender in car truck or bike in over 30 years.Admittedly, we older riders are not as sharp physically as we once were, but I think the bigger problem is with older returning riders, not those who have been riding continuosly. For those of us who have been riding continuosly, experience is a large factor in keeping our accident rate down, but those older riders who just got back into the sport after 20 or 30 yrs are surprised by the additional power and weight of the new bikes. The 350 Honda they rode in their 20s as young college kids is a moped compared to their brand new Concourse or FJR.
That is an odd one! Usually when I see bikes going through a bar district they are traveling low and slow .. to be seen.We just had a weird one.
Two bikes were riding (types not indicated on news). They were on a 2 lane road that goes through an entertainment district, that has bars and restaurants. Pedestrian steps out in an area between cross walks in poor lighting. Bikes run into each other trying to avoid the pedestrian. One of the riders is dead and the pedestrian is in serious condition.