Seeing that video, and others like it, causes me to think seriously about never riding on public streets and roads again... I've been thinking about this a lot lately. I'm sure having become a father for the first time a year and a half ago has a lot to do with it, but looking at the bigger picture it seems to me that riding a motorcycle on public roads has simply become too dangerous. It seems that every f***ing time I've gone for a ride in recent years, I see distracted drivers doing dumb ass things that could have, or would have caused a crash if someone else had been in their path. I've seen too many instances where if I had been 5 seconds further down the road, it would have been lights out, end of story.
As a motorcycle rider, you can be as safe as you possibly can, doing everything right, wearing all the gear, etc. But there's nothing, absolutely nothing you can do if you find yourself on a bike in the wrong place at the wrong time on a public road.
For me, it has gotten to the point that I haven't really enjoyed riding my CBR as much anymore. I'd rather load my XR400R up into the truck and head up into the National Forest for an afternoon of riding through the woods. Maybe next year I'll look at setting up the CBR just for doing some track days.
I really don't want to ride a motorcycle on public roads anymore.
Very tragic, but the bike was traveling WAY too fast for the traffic conditions. On the street, there are places you can be aggressive, and places you need to be defensive. That was not a place to be aggressive. You can't eliminate the danger factor in riding, but you can reduce it.
The thing I see constantly is people looking at their **** phones while they are driving. This worries me more than anything. I don't even want to speed when I ride. I feel like if I ride at the right speed, have full gear, pay attention 100% of the time, slow down in intersections and in traffic in general, avoid bad weather, basically do everything possible in my power to be safe, I still could get nailed. This is the number 1 reason I am hesitant about getting another bike to start riding again.