Just to point out something, the age bracket with the highest rate of death riding a motorcycle is actually 40-50 year olds. You have your mid-life crisis office working guy whose too air-headed to do a MSF safety course and buys the most expensive Harley at the local dealership, then ends up crashing in the first month. Most of the time, deaths are caused by error and poor judgment, not by stupidity or breaking the law.- New, young riders, on SuperSports tend to die a lot on them. A young, new rider on a SuperSport is the highest possible motorcycle risk category.
Here is the table I was basing this on.Just to point out something, the age bracket with the highest rate of death riding a motorcycle is actually 40-50 year olds. .... You may think that kids on new bikes die a lot, but it's actually pretty low.
There are some serious misconceptions in both of those studies.packtec said:Here is the table I was basing this on.
Number of Deaths Per 10,000 Motorcycles - 2005
Sport/Unclad Sport 10.7
There were 1583 cruiser deaths with 2.7 MILLION cruisers registered.
There were 1128 supersport deaths with only 500k supersports.
Supersport motorcycles had the highest overall collision coverage losses among 2002-06 model bikes, almost 4 times higher than losses for touring motorcycles and more than 6 times higher than cruisers
I think there is also a by-age breakdown that showed half of the supersport wrecks were with really pretty young drivers.
So ya, you are right there are a few hundred more cruiser deaths ... but there are more than 5X as many cruisers.
The trend that I think people are talking about with the "old guys on harleys" is that there has been a dramatic increase in the number of deaths in that bike type/age group, but it is still no where near #1 ...
... #1 death machine on a per-rider chance to die is the Supersport. Per registered bike, in 2005, a supersport rider was 4X as likely to die on an SS then a cruiser.
Now... also, these numbers could be really screwed up because it's probably true that supersport people ride their bikes more than the people with 4 or 5 cruisers each parked in a garage ...
The best numbers were the Hurt study ones I believe that showed it by miles driven which is a lot more accurate, but it still showed similar, if outdated, trends.
Lets all hope the new NHTSA lady gets serious about these studies.
Bare in mind here, I love SS's, they are one of the most amazing things on the road today ... but it's misrepresenting reality if people think they aren't the highest risk vehicle to ride.
The only reason people get them is to go >150MPH ... and after spending all that money, people just can't say no to going 150MPH at least once in their life ...
The problem is our highways are only engineering rated for 70MPH and a small bump in the road could send you to your maker ...
Maybe we can all band together to get the speed limit and engineering reqs bumped to 150MPH <GRIN>