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Old 11-26-2005, 04:31 PM   #1
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first post!

I agree about the cadillac drivers .. although I'm 52 and drive a 999... maybe I need a refresher too?

nah!!
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Old 11-26-2005, 06:03 PM   #2
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Being required to show a valid motorcycle license when you purchase a bike is just common sense, and it would apply equally to all riders of any age.

Also this article mentions higher-displacement engines being linked to many crashes, which I think, has been cited by other studies. Maybe we should have different licenses for liter-class and above to certify that the rider (of any age) can handle the big machines.
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Old 11-26-2005, 07:23 PM   #3
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This is what you call veja du. We really have seen this before. This was posted on Nov 13, too. It's not any more intersting this time, either.
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Old 11-26-2005, 11:24 PM   #4
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Thes guys are going to have a chuckle when I show up for class on my Supermoto!
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Old 11-27-2005, 02:13 AM   #5
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Looks like same article posted a couple weeks ago, or closely related. Washington state in both cases. In general I havent seen any data showing that older riders, say 50+ get in more serious accidents than younger riders, say less than 25. In fact, my sense is that youngsters striving to prove their manhood on crotch rockets are being killed off as fast as any mc group. Its like in the Old West, where 17 year olds were eager to strap on their six shooters but often didnt live very long afterwards.



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Old 11-27-2005, 04:04 AM   #6
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So why in the hell can you purchase a street motorcycle without a drivers license?



You can't purchase a car without one!!
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Old 11-27-2005, 04:26 AM   #7
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Yeah but at least the 25 YOs make good organ donors. What good is a heart or a liver from some obese 50 YO Harley kook?



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Old 11-27-2005, 05:02 AM   #8
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It's the old car drivers that should be taken off the road. About a half mile from my house a few years ago, an old woman ran over a motorcyclist (from behind) who had stopped for a red light. She realized she had run over something, so she put her car in reverse and backed over his body. Be very afraid of cars driven by old people.



Since I am only 72, I am still a young punk - I have a bike license add-on to my regular drivers license. Just help me get on and give me a push start.
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Old 11-27-2005, 07:28 AM   #9
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except that the premeditated murderers aka drunk drivers account for a large swath of the 18-50 crowd. And anybody under 25 tends to think they are immortal be they on drugs or not. I agree that the various DMV's wrongly permit many old folks to drive when they have neither the mental processing capacity/speed or the reflexes, or the eyesight to conduct themselves reasonably safely.



But what are you going to do? Turn the foggies out of their houses and incarcerate them in 'communities' where they can be bussed to and from the grocery store etc?



I think the number of deaths resulting from advanced age or sudden onset medical problems is vanishingly small. Yes, I'm sure the numbers in FL are higher than most other regions but it's just a localized issue.
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Old 11-27-2005, 08:19 AM   #10
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If you were to pick one reason why we can't have some kind of testing for older car drivers, here it is.......they vote! Like in droves! That keeps the "lawmakers" from doing the right thing. Leave it to politicians to fix a problem, a real problem, and you will be waiting a long, long time. I think everyone should be tested periodically. There are so many bad drivers out there, it is amazing..................
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