I'm curious how other riders here deal with the idea that riding a motorcycle is inherently a dangerous activity. Obviously you can wear gear, go through the training, ride within your limits, but there is always going to be substantial risk.
How do you deal with this? What do you tell yourself, and others?
The one thing I have heard consistently from other riders is that it's an accepted risk; that is to say that they've come to terms with the dangers or riding, and that they've accepted the outcome if something bad happens. I like to think this way as well, but it doesn't entirely resonate with me. I suppose if I was the only one in the picture, I could accept the outcome, but as soon as you enter other drivers into the mix, that outlook doesn't hold as much weight for me.
I've never put my bike down, not in any serious sense anyway, but I often think about the risk I'm taking jumping on my bike and heading off, it's always in the back of my mind. And it seems to be more and more that I hear about a friend of a friend who was in a serious motorcycle accident, one where they were in real jeopardy or had a grave injury as a result. Maybe it's just as I become more active in the motorcycle community and meet more people who ride.