this will propably start a flame war, but there is something on my mind and I will get it out there, at least to see what others think.
There has been an awfull lot of 'RIP threads' lately, I think we can all agree.
What bothers me about them, is that they are absolutely counter-constructive.
Every one of them is a lesson to learn. Every one of them is an awfull learning experience, which should be absorbed by all of us..
Ask any experienced rider, or any riding school instructor-they will tell you that
every crash IS THE MOTORCYCLIST'S FAULT!!
Not because they've necessarily done something wrong, or went against the rules..
sipmly because THEY (WE) always end up on the ground, paying the price.
It seems like the lion's share of the crashes happen on intersections, usually with a car turninig left.
I've voiced a bit of an opinion in the recent RIP thread, but it didn't feel right, out of respect for the deceised, hence this thread.
I've never been in a serious crash-sure I've laid down my first bike a few times at low speeds-it's part of the learning curve.
I've never had a serious crash, never WANT to have one(4 years and counting).
But I'm the first one to admit that my motorcycle knowledge and experience is still -always will be- incomplete.
I choose to learn from others' mistakes in advance, rather than go through my own painfull lessons in the future.
Every crash is avoidable-every single one.
It starts with the mindset.
RIP threads are one thing, they're part of the healing process,but It would propably help if we made separate crash postings. The only way to learn something, is to let the older, wiser, more experienced riders dissect what happened, and let us know what the mistakes were, how it could've been avoided.
And to approach their responces(as long as they're respectfull and helpfull) with objectivity and an open mind.