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I've ridden my entire adult life and for a while when I was a poor just married kid it was my only means of transport. I rode rain or shine, even in the snow. There are risks associated with that but they can be safely managed.
For all that though these days I'll only ride on nice warm sunny days. I've either become more risk adverse as I've aged or I've realized that being cold and wet kind of sucks.
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a couple tips i've learned :
1. always wear the damned helmet. i know, wind in your hair and all, but get a cool looking helmet. i have one.
2. get a windshield. a bee sting at 60 MPH can really affect your ability to ride.
3. take a class. i took one that ate an entire weekend, but i learned at least one critical thing that could save me an accident. i know it sounds dumb, but i didn't know not to hit the brake while navigating a curve. the reason is because the small part of the tire touching the road when you're leaning has to be devoted to keeping the bike upright, not slowing down. i could have screwed up pretty good there.
4. most important of all : when you're at a stop light, flash your brake light. do this every time you're stopped and anyone might come up behind you. a texting teen will not see your brake light, but they have a better chance of seeing your flashing brake light.
6. tires. seriously. sink the money if they are old or bald. they might look good, but they are as hard as a rock. when i restored my bike and finally got the tires replaced, they showed me how hard they were, even though they looked fine. hard tires do not do well on corners.
ok, enough tips. to address the OP, no, i don't think motorcycles should be illegal. however, carry insurance, and keep a healthy fear of riding along with a confidence in your ability. i still prefer riding in low traffic situations, but it's possible to at least minimize risk in traffic. i just try to save riding in a stop and go city like the place where i work as a special treat that i don't do very often.
WHat does that mean, it means i KNOW that my adventurous personality and want would cause me to take to many risks and be reckless/careless on a bike. SO there for i simply remove it from the equation and do not have one.
anyway on to your questions about opinions
Do you think a 16 year old should be able to buy a motorcycle? hell no lol
if we are letting minors yes, adults no barring that theres no multiple and studies that say that equipment makes the bake/driver safer to others
yes of course for on street legal bikes there absolutely should be just like a car can have certain lights in certain places or colors because of the distraction. it can be a danger to others
I don't think a 16 yo has any business on a motor cycle except under very limited conditions and they sure shouldn't be driving one. A speed limited moped on side-streets, maybe, but not a motor cycle. They can wait til they're 18.
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