Motorcycle Safety Doesn’t Happen By Accident

Ultimate Street Strategies by Pat Hahn

I’m currently reading Ultimate Street Strategies which is the 2nd book I received from The Riders Club of America Library. It got me thinking about safe riding. Apparently less than half of the motorcycle crashes involve another vehicle. That means we are a bigger threat to ourselves than we think. Pat Hahn, the author of Ultimate Street Strategies, says the difference between the riders that crash and the riders that don’t is how seriously they take their riding.

Dan Bateman over at Musings of an Intrepid Commuter wrote in his post on March 19, 2008…

“Despite all the flap about motorcycles being so dangerous and that all the drivers are out to get us, it’s evident that other drivers really cause very few of the fatalities. It’s really not our fate to be taken out by a fast moving Buick with a cell phone impaired driver. Riders are doing it to themselves.”

“The vast majority of fatalities had one of these involved:
Un-der the influence”

You owe it to yourself to take the MSF training available, be properly endorsed on your license, practice your skills and wear the proper protective motorcycle gear. Please don’t drink and ride. Know how to stop or swerve in an emergency. Practice doing it. Take riding seriously. Dedicate yourself to riding safely.

8 Responses to “Motorcycle Safety Doesn’t Happen By Accident”

  1. I’ll have to agree with learning how to manuver your bike and practice practice practice so that it happens naturally and you don’t even think about how to react.

    Great Post!


  2. Thanks. Say “Hi” to Doll Baby for me.

  3. Great reference Jay. When I decided I was going to ride my own bike, I had lots of offers from pals to teach me. My husband was quite on the nervous side for me to ride solo, because he knows how dangerous it can be. I took a three day MST class, the state of Alabama sponsored at the University of Montevallo . That was three years ago, and now our local Harley Dealership has started sponsoring these classes as well. I really learned a lot from our instructors, who were great! I am a firm believer, that if anyone wants to learn to ride, this course gives you the foundation of knowledge and skill experience to grow on and to be safe and smart while doing it. Thanks for sharing. Lady R

  4. Good to hear from you Lady R. Diana and I took the basic rider course together at Cecil Community College in Maryland. Diana lived an hour away from me at the time and she asked me to come down to Baltimore several times a week to teach her how to ride before the class. She wanted to learn the basics so she could get more out of the class rather than be so focussed on the operation of the motorcycle. I will be taking the advanced Riders Edge course through Harley Davidson very soon. I highly reccomend reading a good book on Street Strategy such as the MSF’s Motorcycling Excellence. Tough it out. It will pay off.

  5. Sound advice as always Jay.

    I wish I had time to read for pleasure, but right now all I have time for is polypeptides and neurotransmitters – courtesy of the latest course I’m taking towards getting my degree. There is soooo much reading, and its about as exciting as 1am in a dry town.

    I’ll be taking the advanced Rider’s Edge course this spring myself. Looking forward to picking up some new skills. Hopefully, that’ll help keep my ass off the pavement for a good long while!

    Ride safe…

  6. Yes. Agreed. Almost all the accidents that I have seen or read about involves the “ultimate ego syndrome”. I almost got nailed by a tractor trailer in SD. When I look back it was totally avoidable and I see it as wholly my own fault. Short of it is, I was in a position that I knew I should not have been in.

  7. Thanks for the mention and for being such a visible example of a rider taking responsibility for themselves!

    I like to remind folks that taking a basic course is just the foundation. Building the house takes a continuing investment. There are riders who say they have 10 years experience. The truth is that they’ve repeated year one 10 times.

    That’s where your talking about taking advanced training is so appropriate. Therein lies the difference between time spent versus progressive skill advancement.

    I’m much more skilled than I was five years ago and I was a competent rider back then.

    Sorry to make such a long comment. When you see how many fatalities involve riders by themselves, you can see why I’m so passionate about constant skill advancement.

    Again, you’re a great example! Thanks for putting out the message.

  8. When I wrote this post I felt like I was being too much of a preacher. I didn’t see any comments at first and edited it a little to be less preachy. I figured that maybe my visitors didn’t want to hear about the unpleasant topic of safety and relate it back to the danger of our sport. I thought maybe we only wanted to read happy posts. Like Iron Dad Dan Bateman, I think this is very important. We should be passionate about being the best riders we can be. Reading this book is opening up my mind way more than I had expected. Thanks everyone for your valued comments.

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