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post #1 of 13 Old 12-31-2016, 07:09 AM Thread Starter
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I liked this part:
"The study found that aggressive riding increased risk by a factor of 18 while inattention or lack of skill increased it by a factor of nine. Combine the two, and odds of an incident increased by 30."

But the chance that street Rossi will see reason in that is nill....

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This astonished me:

"There were (30) crashes and (122) near-crashes (152 total CNC events)." Out of (100) riders!

Edit: I see that more than half of the "crashes" are bike drops at a standstill or low speed. Apparently motorcyclists drop their bikes a lot!
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It's still pretty bad. 15% means (if this is actually representative which I doubt) that the average American rider crashes every 6 years.

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Agreed...it's not a very good performance by these riders.
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It's still pretty bad. 15% means (if this is actually representative which I doubt) that the average American rider crashes every 6 years.
Have you been riding dirt bikes? Only once ever year would be a grand improvement for me!
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Well, most American car drivers don't go 6 years without an accident either. The current average as of 2009 was apparently 17.9 years per accident (only by insurance CLAIMS filed, not actual incidents); a figure that I highly believe is quite inflated from the actual norm. Now that even more drivers from the millennial generation are on the roads, plus the increase in texting while driving since 2009, I imagine that figure will drop significantly.

Tis better to be thought a fool and remain silent, than to open one's mouth and remove all doubt.
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Have you been riding dirt bikes? Only once ever year would be a grand improvement for me!
OK I forgot about dirt bikes. To me a guy dropping his dirt bike on a dirt trail isn't an accident but "normal procedure" that just happens. So I would not have included those in the report.

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reading the revzilla observations of the report
my head kept nodding gently, throat saying "mmm"
and activating my own understandings from
many years of road riding..

subjects covered and member views reported
here and related forums show that there is
a common understanding among the global
motorcycling community on the various risks
and predictable situations we all face
as part of our motorcycling..

it is reassuring at least that there are now
some well designed studies to back up
the wisdom of combined experience
and good old common sense..
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It's interesting that we as bikers talk about "cagers" and it's true they are a threat to us...but equally our own risk-taking and inattentiveness are just as great if not greater threat.
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