Originally Posted by DSMer
Yeah my friean Billy just got thrown off a Yamaha R1 at about 30MPH. Landed on his face and needed 16 stiches. The doctor said that if he was going about 5MPH more he might have snapped his spine and we would have been wheeling him home. Kinda makes me not wanna get a bike though..
Another example of stupid people doing stupid things. Riding a literbike (with a 3:1 lbs to hp ratio)without a fullface helmet and head-to-toe-gear. People treat sportbikes like they are toys, but you can literally hurt/kill yourself with a twist of the wrist.
I think a big plus for bikes is cost. Yesterday I saw one bike in the newspaper going for $600, another for $750. Also, insurance. For a small (500cc) sportbike, insurance can be as low as $15 per month for full coverage. One thing people DON'T figure into the cost is gear. Anyone riding a motorcycle SHOULD have a riding jacket, pants, boots, gloves, spine protector, and full face helmet.