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Old 09-16-2008, 09:31 AM   #1
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Hi all,

I've wanted a motorcycle since forever and finally decided after years of doubt that I'm ready. Unfortunately for me I have a wife of almost 10 years that is dead set against it. I was wondering if anybody knew of sites where I could get data or stats on motorcycle vs car crashes (i was stupid and married a scientists, figured our kids would inherit her brain) or maybe a book she can read or something that will hopefully sway her. I start my safety course on Thursday through Saturday and want to hopefully purchase something really soon before riding season is over. Any help will be greatly appreciated.
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Old 09-16-2008, 09:39 AM   #2
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I'll help here. Quit being a wimp and go get a f&cking bike if you want one. There ya go. Help rendered.
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Old 09-16-2008, 09:42 AM   #3
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Ditto, 10 years is about as long as my marriges seem to last. Unless she's a three way I'd get the bike, she'll probably be gone soon anyway along with everything you own except the bike..
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Old 09-16-2008, 09:42 AM   #4
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The stats won't impress her. Motorcycles come with risk. The way to deal with your spouse is to show her you recognize the risks and can address them intelligently. For one thing, take the Motorcycle Safety Foundation beginning rider course. Get full gear, including armored leather or mesh, full-face helmet, boots, gloves, all that. And then LEARN. The biggest factor in avoiding or minimizing risk on a bike is to understand where the dangers lie and ride to avoid those dangers. There are a ton of good books out there on safe street riding. Pick up a few and start reading.

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Old 09-16-2008, 10:04 AM   #5
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Stats are interesting but ultimately pointless. Some people take risks all the time and come out unscathed. Other people live timid careful "safe" lives and then have some meth junkie break into their house and kill them. It's YOU who determines whether you survive or not. Virtually all the people I've known who approached motorcycling seriously with due respect for the risks were fine. No more of them got injured or killed in wrecks than people I've known who drive around "safely" in their cages.

The vast majority of wrecks happen to those with less than a year of experience. Most of those are youngsters. Most of the rest involve alcohol. Get trained, wear gear, start with a reasonable bike rather than some race replica or 700 pound cruiser and you stand as good a chance as anyone of dying in bed surrounded by grandchildren.

Remember that insurance industry "studies" are predesigned to make the sport look as dangerous as possible. The IIHS is a known pack of liars. The NHTSA also engages in cooked studies and misrepresented statistics. These organizations are political, not scientific. If they were scientific they would be demanding that cell phone usage while driving be treated like drunk driving. I ignore them.
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Old 09-16-2008, 10:06 AM   #6
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"Get trained, wear gear, start with a reasonable bike rather than some race replica or 700 pound cruiser and you stand as good a chance as anyone of dying in bed surrounded by grandchildren."

That thought alone should scare him away from motorcycles for life!
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Old 09-16-2008, 10:21 AM   #7
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"Get trained, wear gear, start with a reasonable bike rather than some race replica or 700 pound cruiser and you stand as good a chance as anyone of dying in bed surrounded by grandchildren."

That thought alone should scare him away from motorcycles for life!
Especially if you raised the parents of those grandkids!
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Old 09-16-2008, 10:45 AM   #8
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Thanks for the advice all. I’ll sit down with the misses tonight and lay everything out. If that doesn’t work I’ll just get the bike (looking at this used 600cc CBR) and reap the consequences.
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600 race rep not recommended, but your insurance agent will love you.
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Old 09-16-2008, 10:55 AM   #10
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If you are going to get a 600 supersport as your first bike then forget I said anything. You are an idiot.
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