Thanks for the feedback, gang.
Like @kiwi rider
said.........When I hear of motorcycle accidents instead of generating fear it just makes me thing "i need to be more vigilant.....I need to slow down.........I need to be more careful and more accurate in order to avoid a crash.
We grew up in a bad neighborhood. My Dad had a strict rule to NEVER go out shopping at night and to never pump petrol at night to never to to the supermarket at night. He believed that to step foot outside at night exposed you to many special dangers.
But I found such behavior to be unreasonable. We have to find a "middle ground". So for me the mainstream society belief that "motorcycles are suicide machines, AVOID THEM!" was a similar form of "excessive logic". It was an extreme view.
I dont think that we motorcycle riders are crazy but rather that we are independent thinkers. We dont just swallow society's drivel bur instead we make our own independent conclusion based on our own logic and reasoning.
And here is a perfect example right here: Let us examine the popular statement "A motorcycle rider is 30 times more likely to die compared to a car driver".
Sure, when I say it that way it sounds scary and that is good enough to scare the majority from riding a motorcycle. But the succinctness (shortness) of the statement leads to an incorrect interpretation.
A more accurate portrayal would be "A motorcycle rider that collides with a car
is 30 times more likely to die than a car that collides with another car
The bold letters is important. You see we are talking about people that are involved in a collision with a car. So basically if you avoid colliding with a car then the 30x factor does not apply to you.
So if you follow my reasoning here it is only "the guys who crash" that have reason to be afraid. So dont crash into a car and then you have nothing to worry about. I mean yes there are alot of single motorcycle crashes from guys that lose control in the twisties or for some other reason having to do with their lack of riding skill. Mostly Harley and cruiser guys (ha-ha! sorry to point those guys out but its true)
In reality the most at risk riders are these Sunday Warriors who only take the bike out on Sunday on a 15 minute ride. The problem with those guys is they just dont have enough seat time put in to truly get good at riding. So due to their small amount of experience they end up laying the bike down on corners or when the unexpected happens. Those guys never work on emergency braking drills or swerving drills. So when a possum jumps out on the road they swerve, then over-correct and end up on their side.
My own controversial opinion is that if you have less than 5000 miles put in of seat time then you are a rookie, a total noob. So if that is the case then ride with caution and take very few risks inside of that first 5000 miles. Perhaps wear an orange construction vest not just so the cars notice you but also to let the cars know you are a rookie.
And of course ATGATT. I highly recommend the book "Proficient motorcycling" by hough. That book really taught me alot.
I guess the main point of this post is that we should not get so hung up on crash statistics. Evaluate yourself as an individual
because not all riders are created equal. Alot of the guys crashing are drunks or Sunday Warriors or twenty-somethings on crotch-rockets.
I say just keep your head on a swivel, be hyper-aware and then nothing will take you by surprise. And of course leave a gap of space between you and the car in front and always leave yourself an escape path in case the unexpected happens.
Collisions happen when 2 physical bodies moving at speed attempt to occupy the same "spot" at the same time. So dont do that.