While the polarization continues between two fairly entrenched camps, I can't help but wonder if the freedom of choice is a futile endeavour.
Some choose to wear a full faced helmet, however ride in jeans, no gloves and a t shirt.
Some choose to wear a novelty helmet, however ride in chaps, leather jacket and fingerless gloves.
Some choose to ride sport bikes, and scoff at cruiser riders.
Some eschew the ideation that cruiser riders are of diminished mental capacity, others believe sport bike enthusiasts are merely teenagers bent on mayhem, hooliganism and unnecessary risk taking.
(I pity the poor motorcycle owner with a Goldwing, Harley, GSXR and KLR650 in the garage.....he must so obviously pinch the bridge of his nose, head bent, and ponder over his identity he is going to assume before he swings a leg over any of his motorcycles)
Some feel 200 miles in a day is plenty, others feel 800 or 1000 miles is a thing of joy, not torture.
The chants go back and forth across the chasm, no clear winners.
My Freedom of Choice permits me to have feelings and opinions about the actions of others. I am free to espouse those opinions. They are free to disagree with me, and I hope, the interchange, is respectful.
There are many things that are lawful, not all are beneficial.(plagiarized)
If it is lawful to ride in a pair of jeans and t shirt, with a half shell helmet, I believe it is not beneficial for me to do so.
Perhaps our vehemence stems from our fear of the actions of a few, eroding away our freedom to choose the motorcycling avenue of our choice. Either way, motorcycling has been around almost as long as the automobile. Automobiles have changed, the rules surrounding automobiles have changed, to the extent travelling by car is much safer now, than it was 40 years ago (crumple zones, seat belts, air bags). Perhaps the tide of motorcycle safety will result in the same end result.
Fewer deaths or injuries per passenger mile travelled.
I hope so.
You may feel free to hope differently.