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Location: Chandler, Arizona
I agree with the authors opinions on all but #1 and #7.
#1. I really don't think that most drivers are "out to get you" or don't really care if they run over you are not. But it doesn't really matter. The results are the same. Most car drivers WILL run over you if you give them a chance, even if they don't mean to. Maybe it is because they just don't see you, but again, the result is the same. Squashed motorcyclist. IMO, it is so much easier, and safer, to consider all car drivers to be your adversaries. In many situations, riders with loud pipes piss car drivers off, and cause them to be a lot less respectful of motorcyclists rights. Loud pipes suck. The same goes for aggressive riders on sportbikes, speeding and weaving in and out of traffic. Not good ways to give motorcyclists a positive image.
#7. The qualifying word there is ALMOST. No rider, no matter how skilled or experienced, can possibly be prepared to deal with everything they might encounter. It is not humanly possible. But they should be able to be prepared for MOST of it.
And of course they had to throw that anti-lock brake thing in there. The truth is, a highly skilled rider can come very close to matching anti-lock brakes, under controlled conditions. But in a panic stop, properly functioning anti-lock brakes are going to work better. I personally will not own a motorcycle with anti-lock brakes, or even linked brakes. I grew up riding motorcycles with separate front and rear brakes, without anti-lock, and that is what I will continue to ride. I consider motorcycling to be a highly skilled sport. It is obviously dangerous. But it doesn't have to get you killed. To me, a big part of that sport is being totally in control of the motorcycle. Harley has a new throttle system out, that does not use a throttle cable, but rather an electronic controller in the throttle, connected to stepper motors at the fuel injection unit by WIRES. No thanks. Same with anti-lock brakes. No way no how. Aside from taking control away from the rider, they use failure prone electronics and microprocessors. Now if somebody could come up with a purely mechanical version, I might be persuaded to change my mind.
I see motorcycles of the future, completely controlled by computers, where the rider does nothing but sit there. Fortunately, it won't happen during my life. Jerry.
I am a motorcyclist, NOT a biker.
1997 Vulcan 750, purchased about a week ago
2006 Sportster 1200 Low
2013 Royal Enfield Bullet 500, converted to carb
2001 Yamaha XT225, heavily modified
2004 Honda Rebel 250
1979 Vespa P200E
2002 Vulcan 750 parts bike
1994 Yamaha XT225 parts bike