Can you be 'safe enough?'
Hi, I've recently been looking a lot into getting a bike (probably a F2 or F3), but i'm a little concerned with the saftey issues. Both my parrents are doctors and worked in the hospital, they are really against me getting a 'donor cycle' because of all that they have seen. But from what i've gathered, if you take the classes, ride a bike you can handle, know what you can/can't handle, respect your bike and the roads, and wear the right gear, you can be safe enough to be able to ride without worries. Does anyone have any insight on this? It's not just my parrents (i'm 20) but i wouldn't want to ride if it was really a death wish waiting to come true.
Just yesterday i was on I-70 and i saw a bike (not sportbike) and i took notice, since i've been thinking of getting one. Then a guy in an SUV cut across 2 lanes of trafic and cut the guy in the bike off (from what i saw he was about two feet infront of the bike). This was going around 70 mph, and luckly the guy didn't get hurt. I pulled up next to the SUV to give him some dirty looks, and the second my window met his, i saw him take a sip from his budweiser... seeing people like that make me wonder if it's safe or not.
That rider seemed to know what he was doing... but what if that was me. I'd hope that what i will have learned in the MSF class would be enough to help me in that situation, but if that wasn't the case, would a good set of full gear (including every body part covered, good helmet and armor and all that) be enough? Or would a beginer with MSF training be able to controll that situation... from what it sounds like that's what they teach you. I have an urge to get a bike, but not unless i can at least be as safe as i can driving down the road in my Civic SI. Thanks.