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This was a very, very good report. I am surprised that members have not read it & made a few comments.

Really a lot of infto that will surprise some of you.

It is, surprisingly, no pointing the finger at the m/cist as being the bad ones when it comes to accidents.

I was surprised that so many must have run the tyres down to the threads & so reason for tyres to be one of the big problems on m/cs.
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post #3 of 9 (permalink) Old 08-07-2004, 05:41 AM
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wow, that seemed to be the most thorough report i have seen yet. I would say that pertains very closely cyclists everywhere. very unbiased and standing on fact!!!! Shouldnt MY insurance rates go down now
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I wish my rates would go down, I even thought about sending a copy of this report to my insurance company to let them see that m/cist are usually not at fault.
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Nice info there. I was suprised that a poll actually knocked the cages for once
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Sounds good. I'll read it tomorrow when I have some time.

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If you are reading this then this warning is for you. Every word you read of this useless fine print is another second off your life. Don't you have other things to do? Is your life so empty that you honestly can't think of a better way to spend these moments? Or are you so impressed with authority that you give respect and credence to all who claim it? Do you read everything you're supposed to read? Do you think everything you're supposed to think? Buy what you're told you should want? Get out of your apartment. Meet a member of the opposite sex. Stop the excessive shopping and masturbation. Quit your job. Start a fight. Prove you're alive. If you don't claim your humanity you will become a statistic. You have been warned...... Tyler
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I do not think they put down eveything in the report. I am positive on another board I spotted the same only worded a bit different.

They did mention that many of the accidents were due to slow motorcyclists & I think they were taking in all the scooters & small 50 to 125cc irons which would also include a lot of beginners. Now with the maze of scooters & mopeds going here & there all the time then little wonder many accidents were because of slow riders.
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Thanks for the link, checking it out now.
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Here is the other wording taken out of the MAIDS

I know that news about this study was posted before but this motorcycle blog has a nice summary of the results:

The original is at this url

The Association Of European Motorcycle Manufacturers (ACEM) have published an excellent and detailed report after an extensive study of motorcycle accidents. The investigation was conducted during 3 years, and involved 921 accidents in European countries (Italy, France, Netherlands, Spain and Germany).

In short, the report, called MAIDS, reports that 37% of all accidents, the motorcyclist was at fault (human error). The legal fault might not have been the riders', but the accident was caused by the motorcyclist not paying attention.

"Only" 5% of accidents were caused by alcohol (by the motorcyclist). That's very low compared to cages. Also, riders between 41 and 55 years have a very low risk of having an accident, while motorcyclist between ages 18 and 25 have a very high risk.

50% of accidents, the other vehicle was at fault (however, other vehicles, such as cars, driven by a motorcyclist are less likely to have an accident with bikes, since they are more in tune with motorcycles). 90% of these accidents were because the other vehicle (read cage) did not see the motorcycle ! 60% of all accidents involved a car !

Interestingly enough, only 1% of all accidents involved technical problems on the motorcycle, most of them related to the tires !!!!

In 70% of all accidents, the motorcycle was travelling below 50 kph ! 18% of all cases, the motorcycle was travelling at a significant speed difference with the other vehicles (either faster OR slower).

The report details much, much more information. Road conditions, clothing, helmets, accident avoidance, etc.

You can obtain a copy of the report (free, in PDF format) by clicking here [ ed.]- you'll need to register (Source: It's long, but a good read if you're interested in finding out more about accidents, and what causes them.

So note the 70% of all accidents,the motorcycle cases, the m/c was travelling at a significant difference with the other vehicles (either faster OR slower).
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