<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Aril, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by GreenNinja:
Sorry, but the story was not ENTIRELY unrealistic. It did balance the issue somewhat and we all know there ARE idiots on sportbikes and they do JUSt what the article said...We need to stop whining and be more responsible riders.
I disagree with you GreenBoy. I think the story was nothing more than sensationalism. I read the article and promptly fired-off a letter to Mr. Mike Tobin. I recommend that others do the same. I've pasted a copy of the letter below:
Dear Mike Tobin:
I recently read your article titled "High-speed bikers outrace authority in dangerous game." That has to be some of the most irresponsible journalism I've had the displeasure of reading in quite some time. "For them, the highway is a raceway." Please explain to me who "them" are? Why is it that people like yourself, simply want to "shock" the public with tales of crazed bikers on their "Ninja's?" You are stereotyping, and articles such as that do nothing more than perpetuate peoples stereotypical outlook toward the sportbike community.
I have been riding "Crotch Rockets" for twenty years, both on and off the track. You won't find a more responsible rider than myself. I have never, nor would I ever, ride in such a manner as to endanger someones life. The majority of sportbike enthusiasts whom I know personally (this number is in the thousands), are more cautious and careful than any "car driver." When was the last time you heard about a driver dying on the street because a motorcyclist claimed "I didn't see him!" and blindly turned left in front of the car? Why don't you run an article about that one percent of automobile drivers who run from the law and drive too fast? Allow me to quote a paragraph in your article.
"The next week, Alex Ocana was driving his 1995 Kawasaki
Ninja ZX7 motorcycle on Denison Ave. on Cleveland’s near
West Side. Witnesses said Ocana, 23, was popping wheelies
and traveling more than 80 mph when his bike slammed into a
turning car driven by a 17-year-old Cleveland girl."
I'm certain that Alex was speeding, but I also suspect that the 17-year-old girl did not yield and turned blindly into the path of the motorcycle. You just assume that it was the riders fault because it adheres well with the rest of your drivel. You go on to protect yourself by throwing-in an occasional remark regarding responsible riders. Who are you trying to fool. You know that after reading the content of that article, that no matter what you say, people are going to see nothing more than the crazed wheelie popping, 160 mph, running from the police crotch rockets that you so artfully described.
Perhaps you should have conversed with the ninety-nine percent of sportbike enthusiasts who do ride responsibly, and desperately try to edjucate people about the biking community. But that wouldn't sell very many papers, would it? You've done nothing more than effectively solidified the stereotype that so many people have regarding bike riders.
What I want to stress to you is that the group of riders which you represent with your article are a very small minority among sportike enthusiasts. It really is unfair that you generalize. I can only hope that continued effort on behalf of the sportbike community will change the publics perception that all bikers are irresponsible. Perhaps you could do your part by printing a counterpoint artcle discussing the other "ninety-nine percent."
Paul H. Sisley
You ride like shit...