This message isn't going to go over too well for some people, but I have a problem with the way motorcycle fatalities are handled in general on this forum. I understand that there have been close and dear friends of many years lost to people on this board, and there is a need to grieve and share loss in the way that happens here. I respect that and it is another matter from what I have to say here.
My problem is with the frightening amount of people getting killed on a bike when there is no excuse. The last long weekend had at least 6 people killed through-out BC, including the young kid on the Island who was 'wise and experienced beyond his years'. Another young guy near Salmon Arm that weekend was 3rd in a group riding like idiots down the highway, making insano passes around blind corners, etc. He got caught out, panicked, and wobbled under a truck pulling a 5th wheeler. Luckily the people driving that truck were paramedics, and weren't bothered much by the sight of a dismembered person across the road.
Every time we throw a leg over our bike, EVERY TIME, the only thing that ensures us returning home alive is the choices we make out there on the road. There is very little that is beyond our control, and in my opinion the very definition of 'accident' precludes %99 of what happens to anyone on a bike, in a car, whatever. Went into a corner too hot, fixated on the gravel and sailed into the trees? Obviously your fault. Hit a deer? Your fault, at any speed. Over-riding your visibility or conditions is a CHOICE, period.
Riding a bike is the greatest responsibility there is, and it goes all the way - there is no room for error. Too many deaths this year have been situations where people died because they made a mistake, and there is no room for mistakes on a motorcycle. This is something you must ponder and truly understand every time you get on and toodle down the road. I don't like the general 'acceptance' of fatalities, as though tragedy demands that we soft pedal the facts and root causes involved.
If I crash on my bike, I don't want anyone to say anything but "he fucked up", because that will be what has happened. I know the risks, I push the envelope at my discretion, and I learn - always. Are motorcycles dangerous? Of course they are, the most dangerous thing there is! Constant and undivided focus, skill, awareness, and rational state of mind are all that keeps death at bay. Would we have it any other way?