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October 03, 2010

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I am 66 years old. I took and past the msf course. I now have my lisense to operate a motorcycle. After reading the above article, I am taking motorcycle safety much more serious. Thanks for the good information. Jack in Texas

Excellent article. I'm considering getting a motorcycle for the first time and I'm in my late 30s.

I've been reading voraciously everything I can find about the subject. All of my research is leading me toward the same conclusion you have reached. It's amazing how much *you* can improve your odds by just not being stupid.

I think it was the Hurt report that concluded 92% of people in accidents had no formal training. So just take an MSF course and you cut your risk by over 90%! Wear gear, don't drink and ride, don't speed, avoid intersections, ride within your limits, etc and the risk comes WAYYYY down.

I'm still debating one way or the other (have my eye on a Suzuki sv650), but I'm not as apprehensive as I was before. Basically, the chances of getting in an accident overwhelmingly depend on the rider than any other factor.

Ride safe, my friend.

Well, as things are, I'm turning 65 this year. I had a Jawa 250 during the late 70's, and rode from Sao Paulo to Salvador (in Brazil), and back, coasting along two dozen small towns in between. It was a most rewading 6000+ mile trip. My son has bought a second bike for himself, and wants to travel with me, leaving his former 250 twin for my use. I have done a few spins, but really still dont't feel at ease with the bike - I have been off riding for about 40 years. I am reading David Houghton's "Proficiency Riding", and gathering tons of info on the net. If I really get into the trip, I'm having a refresher course before any popping on the road. Biking is great, but traffic is terrible, and defensive motocycling is a must. This article is quite encouraging. I always remember, when shooting footage on an emergency aid, that hospitals (and newspapers) concentrate traumas that happen all over any city.

Hi, I started riding in the late 60s and currently ride a Honda 919. This ride makes me feel more confident when braking, accelerating and nimble handling. Whenever I ride it I have the Grin of the cat that ate the Canary. Some of my have heavy weight bikes didn't have the braking capabilities' that I enjoy now. Riding experience does help,and knowing your limits is paramount in safe riding. I believe motorcycle riding is one of our few great freedoms we can enjoy. There is never a guarantee that nothing will happen. I do not stunt ride or do wheelies. I prefer to stay far ahead or far behind of crammed traffic conditions. When I was 14 years old I started riding in the yard and learned the hard way about showing off. If you are willing to take a calculated risk and ride a bike that is easy to maneuver,you should be fine. Tom

I am a 69 year old female who loves touring.
I Learned how to ride when I was 58 and never looked back.
I have since ridden nearly 100,000 miles with no accidents. I choose not to ride at night and have never carried a passenger. (My rules)My bike of choice was a BMW12gs but I have downsized to the BMW 700 and love the lighter feel and responsiveness.
I've done Cabot Trail 6 times, the Dragon, Snake, Diamondback and all the usual suspects and am going back to give the Dragon a redo in May via Blue Ridge and Smokies. I still feel my skills are sharp and I always ride conservatively and safely. I know it's managed risk but riding is pure joy for me. Only another rider can appreciate that pure feeling of freedom & exhilaration. Hoping for a few more years because the day I walk away from my bike for good will be a sad one indeed. I trust I will be honest enough with myself to know when to hang it up.

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