Dead Biker Riding (Video)

by: MCg

Dead Biker RidingHOW DO YOU, PERSONALLY, DEAL WITH THE RISKS OF MOTORCYCLE RIDING?

Do you think it’s bad karma to talk about motorcycle crashes?

Do you even contemplate the possibility that you might get killed riding?

Or do you simply not think about it at all?

Yes, I have my own opinions on the matter, as you can experience in the video.  But since this isn’t a topic I’ve spoken with many other riders about, I’m more interested in what goes on in your noggin regarding your own while-you’re-riding concept of motorcycle safety.

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206 Responses to “Dead Biker Riding (Video)”
  1. Ted Donaldson says:

    This is certainly one of the best comments I’ve read in this forum! You hit the nail on the head! Fellow bikers, old and new! Please heed this very wise advice! Why? We love riding and life!

  2. John Mc says:

    The second year of riding is the most dangerous. The hyper sensitivity of the first year slowly becomes comfort, and speeding and risk taking starts. Half of all motorcycle accidents are solo vehicle accidents. Meaninbg the motorcyclist crashed. Of the other 50%, half are the fault of hte motocyclist. So 25% are pure victims.

    So:
    1. Don’t put yourself in the position.
    2. Leave contingencies.
    3. Awareness and vigilance and anticipation
    – drive like a truck driver (consistent spped and long lead time for maneuvers)
    – play scenarios. Don’t assume how others will act.
    4. All the gear all the time.
    5. Grow older. A sense of pain and mortaility comes with age.

    I’ve always hear that motocyclists fall into two groups:
    those that have been in accidents
    those that will be in accidents

    Act like an accident is trying to sneak upo on you. Ride with the practice of minimizing the opportunities and impact.

  3. Derek says:

    I totally agree with MCg.
    Oblivious is just a fancy word for ‘Unaware’ – and being unaware of likely danger is poor form/reckless in anyone’s book. Good Soapbox job MCg, much appreciated. There’s REAL wisdom from MCg there. As for me, each time before a ride, I contemplate the reality of accidents/death.. I face those questions head on.. My reality is ‘Avoidance/Defensivess/Awareness/Acceptance/Staying Alive to ride Another day.
    Dezza, Australia.

  4. Biker Bob says:

    I have been riding since 1954 and still ride. I don’t feel any less safe on my bike than I do in my automobile, and maybe a little less safe in my automobile because I have better visibility on my bike, plus I can better hear the sounds around me, which sometimes is more important than visibility.

    As with all driving if you don’t keep an eye on the other drivers, and expect them to do something you don’t expect, you better take heed. Most driver are looking for automobiles and they will miss seeing you on a bike, or see you and mistakenly think you are a pedestrian. Thankful running in the day time with our bright lights on has cut them not even seeing us way down from what it use to be, besides there are more bikes on the road today, and driver are more observant of bikes.

    My first and only wreck I have had on a bike other than just dropping it, or when I was racing Motocross, (which by the way will make a much better rider out of anyone) was 4 years after I started riding. A lady ran a stop sign and tee boned me on my 800 pound HD. Thankfully I saw her in time to lift my leg out of the way on that side of the bike, she hit me hard enough to knock the 800 pound bike airborne some 38 feet. The people on the side walk that heard the screeching of tires said I went 15 feet straight up. When I came down she had run under me and I came down in a one point landing with my hip on the left front fender of her car, leaving a big indent in the fender, my arm just below the elbow had taken the hood ornament off her car also. I ended up lengthwise her car on the drivers side, and this lady opened the door, and stepped over me and cried, “Oh, my pretty new car”. Needless to say I jumped up and expressly told her what I thought of her new car, and for her to look at that beautiful bike lying there in a pile. Since then I never enter an intersection without looking both ways, it only takes a glance, a lesson hard earned.

  5. Matthew says:

    Greetings to the the brotherhood of biking brothers! I’ve been biking since ’78 and riding has become challenging in the city because of other users. I’ve fallen thrice (that’s deeply edge in my mind) in all these years of riding but come away unscathed thanks to protective gear from head to toe. I’ve lost friends also b’cos of their cavalier attitudes. I ride as if I’m invisible to other road users including pedestrians and avoid riding at night (especially out in the country). I’m in Singapore now and if you ride here, you need to be ultra-defensive! Because the people pay so much for their cars and bikes, everybody (nearly) think they own the road! In SE Asia or Asia, you need to be really vigilant when you’re riding! Partly, they seem to care little for their lives or of others using the roads! Ride safe! Ride to live and enjoy another biking day! Stay cool and Blessed Christmas to all and a Happy 2015 riding. RIDE SAFE, BROTHERS AND SISTER OUT THERE!

  6. Matthew says:

    Greetings to the the brotherhood of biking brothers! I’ve been biking since ’78 and riding has become challenging in the city because of other users. I’ve fallen thrice (that’s deeply edge in my mind) in all these years of riding but come away inscathed thanks to protective gear from head to toe. I’ve lost friends also b’cos of their cavalier attitudes. I ride as if I’m invisible to other road users including pedestrians and avoid riding at night (especially out in the country). I’m in Singapore now and if you ride here, you need to be ultra-defensive! Because the people pay so much for their cars and bikes, everybody (nearly) think they own the road! In SE Asia or Asia, you need to be really vigilant when you’re riding! Partly, they seem to care little for their lives or of others using the roads! Ride safe! Ride to live and enjoy another biking day! Stay cool and Blessed Christmas to all and a Happy 2015 riding. RIDE SAFE, BROTHERS AND SISTER OUT THERE!

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