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Old 11-13-2005, 09:48 AM   #11
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"If it keeps going, we're going to be in trouble. We're already in trouble," Patrol Capt. Jeff DeVere said.



Uh oh. What does he mean "We're already in trouble." Another do-gooder winding up to make his pitch. In the great scheme of things, a few wobbly baby-boomers getting squashed while riding their Harley's hardly ranks as a major concern to society.



Now if he wants to do something about middle-aged, overweight people who eat too much sugar, I could get behind that effort. Naw, just kidding.
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Old 11-13-2005, 09:49 AM   #12
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As a Marine who came home and bought a new bike, all i hear is safety. The Base General set rules, that are inline with state laws, but it is FORCE FED EVERYDAY. I am considered "Medium Risk" just for owning a bike, and must check in on the weekends (i'm a 33 year old child), even if i'm not riding! I think the news media is making this worse than it really is (having spent 13 months in Iraq, it almost never looks like what you see on TV). I'd like to know how many people enjoy riding on the weekend and don't crash - show me that statistic.



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Old 11-13-2005, 10:15 AM   #13
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What are the statistics per mile travelled I wonder?



Surely that's the best way to figure out if there's a problem? Rather than looking at historical figures and realising that "hey - older riders are making up a bigger crash death rate", how about instead looking at the death rate per mile travelled for each age demographic, and then decide whether or not the older riders represent a higher proportion of motorcycling deaths than the younger riders.
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Old 11-13-2005, 10:40 AM   #14
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90 hp Ultra Glide???? Surely it can't be even remotely stock....



In the business I'm in, I see lots of prosperous fellows that rode a bit in their teen and/or 20's who are now 50ish with $$$ to spend.



Do they buy used, cheap & cheerful and do a training class then stair step themselves up in displacement over a year or three? Of course not! They rush out and get the hog of their dreams and dress like a "Cruising" extra (you recall, the really bad Al Pacino movie....) with the inevitable results.



Another day another addition to the dumbmasses.
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Old 11-13-2005, 10:42 AM   #15
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Good point. And I wish to make another: given the older re-entry riders probable tendency to be a bit slower and more careful, they should have a MUCH lower crash rate per unit of miles traveled.



Bet you they don't...
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Old 11-13-2005, 11:44 AM   #16
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C'mon now, aren't you a weekend rider on your first bike yourself? What's the difference between admittidly stupid looking outlaw wannabe's looking down their noses at you and you looking down your nose at them?



All that said, I don't care to be associated with them either and try to avoid "cruiser places." I just like the bike. If it stops raining for more than 5 minutes at a time I might even ride it LOL
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Old 11-13-2005, 12:56 PM   #17
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Default Re: Old bikers prompts renewed focus on safety.

I certainly agree with your post... it's all true... but I don't know what "GPTB" faces mean!?!
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Old 11-13-2005, 01:25 PM   #18
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Would mid-30's and scarred be the middle ground?
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Old 11-13-2005, 01:28 PM   #19
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Default Re: Old bikers prompts renewed focus on safety.

Funny thing is, I was thinking a big road glide would be just about perfect. Now I'm thinking them Harleys are dangerous.

Is it wrong to crank up Tom Jones on a bike?
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Old 11-13-2005, 01:31 PM   #20
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The airlines are usually mentioned as safest per mile.

I'm more interested in safest per accident.
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