IMO, crashing is a byproduct of a careless action on someone's part. Not necessarily the rider, just a person in general. Granted, there are the times when weather, unseen gravel, animal(s), or some other unpredictable hazardous condition will cause a mishap. Generally though, I've noticed that it's usually due to human error.
My only crash, if you wanna call it that, occured when I rode someone on the back for the first time. I was parking the bike and leaned too much to turn into a parking space. At about 2mph I just gently dropped the bike. Other than that, I've been OK. (with dirtbikes it's a dfferent story) I've had some close calls, but haven't dropped it other than the one time when I wasn't paying attention to the extra weight on the bike.
In summary, ride safe, and you're chances of crashing drop dramatically. There will be a mishap somewhere down the road...there always is, whether it's a bicycle or a sportbike. Hopefully yours will be as minor as mine. Just take it easy, and watch the other person. Assume that noone sees you, and drive with that in mind, always being mindful of those around you. I think you'll be alright man...just use your head, and WEAR A HELMET!!!
It took me about 6months to convince my mom AND dad to let me get my machine. The best way to do it is, along with the other info posted, do ALL the research possible on every aspect that will affect your experience with bikes: insurance, MSF course(s), pricing, accessories, EVERYTHING. That is a big step in proving your comitment to owning and appreciating a motorcycle.
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my Bruthas AND Sistas!!!
[This message has been edited by CBR Brutha (edited June 19, 2000).]