For starters my thoughts go out to the friends and family of all those who have lost someone on their bike.
This season there seems to be alot of crashes and fatalities. Maybe there's more than before, maybe we just hear about them more. Either way I've been thinking alot lately about the risks involved.
I have zero intention of giving up riding, but in the 1 year I've owned my bike i have been on rides where 3 people went down, I personally know 8 others who've crashed...and rode in 1 funeral procession. And of course I hear about crashes almost daily.
The causes of these crashes vary but in the majority of cases rider error is the culprit, and the crash could have been avoided. The manner of avoidance would vary case to case of course...soemtimes an inattentive moment is all it takes. I myself almost hit 2 mtn sheep cause I wasn't scanning the ditch by the road...only looking at the pavement (missed em by 2 feet)...
I guess the purpose of this thread is to hopefully let new riders know the risks associated...because sometimes we all get too hypnotised by the shiny plastic and pure sexiness of these machines. When it hits close to you it becomes a little more real. The only advice I can offer anyone is advice I was given and am following.
Make yourself the best rider you can be. Take a safety course...take some track schools (best way to learn the bikes capability), and then take some more. Be aware, ride with people you can count on, and make sure they can count on you. And no matter how much fun it may be to go a little faster, consider the consequences before you make that decision. NOBODY starts a ride thinking they are gonna screw up.