Those stats are for the States only. We're talking about a nation that voted and re-elected Bush and don't wear helmets let alone gear in many States.
The stats are for fatalities. We all know how a helmet (even an open face one) greatly reduces the chance of death, yet so many States still don't require them. Although I know motorcycle fatalities will always be higher, I would like to see what these stats look like in other countries.
The real fact here that alcohol is involved in almost 50% of US motorcycle fatalities.
'Murica, FUCK YEAH.
You're also talking about a culture that prides themselves on "freedom" and the right to do whatever they want no matter how retarded it is. Helmets, gear and training isn't exactly high on the priority list, which are things that would alter these stats for sure.
I would always consider the source when looking at "Why you shouldn't ride a motorcycle" statistics.
Everyone knows motorcycles are down so I guess this is the time for the car mags to pile on and remind parents that kids should never ride.
The autonomous car folks have already chimed in that motorcycles are too unpredictable for their software. 2 wheelers will need to be removed from the roads if you want to be chauffeured to work in your own private bus.
Fill the house with bees.
Commute hrs vs Non - commute hrs.
Urban vs Rural (pg 144)
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I have no problem believing that riding a motorcycle is at least 10x more dangerous than driving a car. Not wearing a helmet is surely going to inflate the death stats.
"Ride hard, Ride smart" by Pat Helm(sp?) had a bunch of data points from the Hurt report and comparisons to current data. It'd be a good background for this discussion for those that are really interested in that kind of thing
The math if I have it right is that motorcyclists die every 3.225 million miles. I guess I'm good for a few million more.
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remember sport bikes have fatals at about twice the rate of all other bikes. don't ask me where I got that stat. heard it somewhere and it stuck.
So double it for sportbikes and double it again for life altering injury?
throw in a couple stories about excellent local riders dying to chuck the theory espoused above about dem dere stupid 'mericans and its enough to make a guy reevualuate his choice of recreation.