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    Re: Should motorcycles be illegal?

    Quote Originally Posted by sawyerloggingon View Post
    Motorcycles are perfectly safe, it's the morons in cars that kill motorcyclist.
    I actually got wrecked this August because of a driver who either didn't see me or didn't care.

    Was actually 8 minutes away from my destination on an hour and a half trip. Had to get on a highway for just a few minutes, only part of the whole trip that I needed to do such. As I'm in the merge lane with about a car length between me and the next car trying to find a point to merge (heavy traffic on the highway at the time) a little cross-over darts into our lane. He smashes into the car in front of me about a second later and about another second after that I slam into him.

    It was the weirdest situation of my life. I saw him coming and immedietely my brain was going "He's going to hit that guy" followed by "**** I'm going to hit him!". I thought to try and swerve and avoid, but the shoulder was not going to be a welcoming place and I likely didn't have the time to make it. So I tried to break a bit and turned the bike slightly so I wouldn't hit straight on. Bike went right, I threw myself off the left on impact.

    Thank god I had my armor on and a full face helmet. I look a bit like a joke when I'm riding a Cruiser bike with what looks like crotch rocket gear, but I was thankful for it. I banged my head on the ground as I landed, but didn't even have a headache after. I had a bad bruise along my side near my hip, but other than that no damage to my body. A little scrape an elbow, through everything I was wearing and armor, which made me cringe thinking what it would've been if I didn't have the armor there.

    Guy ended up telling the cops that he swerved to avoid hitting someone in the lane he was in (because he was following that guy too closely) and just didn't really see me and over estimated the space he had before he got to the car that was in front of me.

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    Re: Should motorcycles be illegal?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cardinal View Post
    My biggest fear would be driving between lines of stopped cars on the freeway. All it takes is one person to open their door at the wrong time and bam.
    Thankfully I believe this is illegal in Virginia, though I've seen people do it and I just shake my head.

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    Re: Should motorcycles be illegal?

    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Grimm View Post
    I'm getting a Triumph Bonneville, and as I've been reading safety statistics on motorcycles it made me wonder what the good people of DP would think.

    You are 36 times more likely to be in a fatal crash on a motorcycle than in a car. The most common reason for motorcycle crashes is they get hit by a car that doesn't see them.

    Do you think a 16 year old should be able to buy a motorcycle? Should protective gear (helmets, leather assless chaps, etc) be required? Do you think there should be noise limits on the pipes?

    This is a thread all about motorcycles and the law, so post your thoughts.
    1. No it shouldnt be illegal.
    2. Yes a 16 year old should be allowed to buy one. Though If you are their parent and you buy your 16 year old a GSXR100 or even a ZXR600 you are a moron, get them something relatively slow and light so they can learn how to ride before they get something that will out accelerate a supercar.
    3. Yes cars tend not to notice bikes, When you ride you must pay extra attention to the wolrd around you one of the reasons for #2 above high speed gives less time to react. It takes time for people to learn the lessons of expecting the car to pull out in front of you.
    4. No protective gear should not be required but you are a moron if you dont wear any. Winning a Darwin award would be your best service to humanity if you dont.
    5. Of course there should be noise limits on pipes what you think just because a guy/girl has a bike they should be allowed to make nore noise than everybody else? Also if you ride a bike it is smarter to have it quie,t it attracts less unwanted attention from the police. Track days are different though many still have a noise limit.
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    Re: Should motorcycles be illegal?

    Just make stupidity illegal, that'll solve the problem. Most Harley riders are morons for not wearing any gear other than boots and maybe a leather jacket. Rocket riders show off in terrible areas on bikes that are just waiting to kill them. Cars... plenty of stupidity there too. I've only been riding for 5 years and have nearly been hit a good 10 times. Cars just need to pay more attention and riders need to wear their gear and be constantly aware of their surroundings and escape routes.

    To the OP, take a motorcycle safety class. Not only will it teach you the fundamentals but even if you already know how to ride it can make you aware of some of your bad habits. On top of that I saved a solid 25% on my insurance. Goes without saying, wear your gear. At the very least a helmet but the more the merrier.
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    Re: Should motorcycles be illegal?

    Quote Originally Posted by ex99 View Post
    Just make stupidity illegal, that'll solve the problem. Most Harley riders are morons for not wearing any gear other than boots and maybe a leather jacket. Rocket riders show off in terrible areas on bikes that are just waiting to kill them. Cars... plenty of stupidity there too. I've only been riding for 5 years and have nearly been hit a good 10 times. Cars just need to pay more attention and riders need to wear their gear and be constantly aware of their surroundings and escape routes.

    To the OP, take a motorcycle safety class. Not only will it teach you the fundamentals but even if you already know how to ride it can make you aware of some of your bad habits. On top of that I saved a solid 25% on my insurance. Goes without saying, wear your gear. At the very least a helmet but the more the merrier.
    I would go one farther take a race course class as well . It will make you a better rider and maybe you will discover a new pastime. You will learn far more about cornering and what you CAN do with the bike if you need to than you will just riding around on your own.
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    Re: Should motorcycles be illegal?

    Quote Originally Posted by Lachean View Post
    Generally I am opposed to all forms of prohibition.
    But would you prohibit prohibition?










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    Re: Should motorcycles be illegal?

    Quote Originally Posted by Risky Thicket View Post
    But would you prohibit prohibition?
    You mean make it a crime to even suggest it? No, that would be a thought crime.

    Now please allow me to reconcile this logic...
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    no. You cannot lose rights you do not have in the first place. There is no such thing as the right to have any weapon of your choice regardless of any other consideration. It simply does not exist.

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    Re: Should motorcycles be illegal?

    Quote Originally Posted by Quag View Post
    I would go one farther take a race course class as well . It will make you a better rider and maybe you will discover a new pastime. You will learn far more about cornering and what you CAN do with the bike if you need to than you will just riding around on your own.
    ABSOLUTELY agree. Something I've always wanted to do. I used to do HSAX and can say it certainly has saved me a couple times. Might have been in a car but it still taught me to think quickly. You only have a nanosecond to decide what your best course of action is.
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    Re: Should motorcycles be illegal?

    I know a lot of people who ride street bikes. Out of all those people the only ones that were ever killed on a motorcycle were going well over the posted speed limit. I'm talking 150 to 180 mph. Those people were stupid and put there own lives as well as others in danger. Doing stupid stuff like that is expected to get you killed someday. The people I know that were hit by cars or ran into cars is very low. Most bikers are very aware of their surroundings. If you follow the rules and drive defensive your chances are very good you will never have an issue.

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    Re: Should motorcycles be illegal?

    Quote Originally Posted by shlunka View Post
    Have you observed any motorcycle racing?
    Motorcycles do lack traction thus have lower g-force potential for turns/corners. That cornering disadvantage can be overcome by their lower weight (and higher horsepower to weight ratio), giving the motorcycle the ability to accelerate and brake faster. Check lap times for a 2 mile, road race, course and you will see that the lowest lap times are obtained by the smaller (lighter) motorcycles. What cars gain (over motorcyces) on the turns, they lose (to motorcycles) in acceleation and braking between them.

    lap times from Summit Point - evolutionm.net

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