Always wanted a bike, and probably would have got one a few year back. However I now spend a lot of my work time visiting scenes of fatal collisions, usually involving a motorbike or two. Thats put me off for life. Personally I`ve nothing against motorcycles or the sensible people who choose to ride them. Its the idiot who has only just learnt to stand upright, and decides two weeks after passing his test to climb onto what is basically an engine with a seat on it. Thrash it down the nearest stretch of dual carriageway, and invariably lose it on the first bend he comes to. The inevitable coming together of man, bike and tree is the outcome. Looking at the latest bikes on the market, and their potential for speed. It must be one hell of a buzz when you know how to ride it well. Problem is the average Joe just doesn`t have the same skill as Toseland or Biaggi.
A 4-5 year old Packard Bell imedia 5167 click here and a 17 year old Kawasaki EN 500 click here which is often described as a bit of a 'girls' bike due to the low seat height, which I didn't know 'til I bought it.
Yes it would be fantastic to have Toselands skill, which is without question. But he also has experience which he has picked up through the ranks from club level. These days bikers who want to obtain a full licence also have to go thru the grades starting with CBT to learn basic skills, and then further knowledge/experience to pass test. Its not like when i started out when i could jump on a 250cc machine with no training and just L plates. In Road Casualities Great Britain 2005 (Gov) the official figures show that exceeding the speed limit was a contributory factor in just 4% of motorcycle accidents. Which begs the q what causes the rest. Well its unobservant car drivers inthe main. Of course there are a few lunatics on bikes who create bad image, but the majority are responsible, with high standard of awareness and survival instinct
Yep i had a GSXR750 a while back & was unlucky enough for someone to jump the lights in a car so i went over his roof & woke up in hospital...nice of him eh since then ive had toy's like a TDR 250 & apart from that ive avoided them....