SOME ADDED UPDATED 2014 STATISTICS BELOW
Most experienced bikers know that road conditions are a significant factor where accidents and fatalities are concerned; in traditional seasonal riding states the roads must be sufficiently cleansed of gravel and sand and other debris before it is safe to drive- this is usually accomplished naturally with warm weather and spring rains- but patience is frequently outweighed by urges to “hit the road”- especially after long winters and the first hint of a warm day- riding early can be dangerous though. Higher fuel costs, longer riding seasons, older riders and curves continue to be the primary cause of accidents. The cost of fuel steers buyers towards motorcycles that have better fuel efficiency; older and often new riders have more money and less experience; longer and warmer seasons increase drive time and odds of accidents occurring, and too often inexperienced drivers fail to calculate and handle curve-maneuvering (I left alcohol out of this equation). There were about 4,502 motorcycle fatalities in 2010; 4,612 in 2011 and over 5,000 in 2012- the deaths in 2013 are predictably high. Warm-weather states like Texas, Florida, and California remain high in fatality counts- Wisconsin’s numbers have increased while North and South Dakota report moderate fatalities in spite of notable biker events. [Update] Minnesota had 60 motorcycle deaths in 2013 up from 55 in 2012. 72 motorcyclists were killed in Wisconsin in 2014, the lowest since 2001; however, the riding season in Wisconsin was shorter than average due to cold weather
OUR OPINION ON WEARING HELMETS
Some older studies suggest that the use of helmets when riding a motorcycle does not impede one’s vision or hearing. Many experienced riders tell us that they can see and hear better without the use of helmets. While it comes down to personal preference (in states where helmets are not required by law), we feel that helmet usage clearly prevents injuries, HOWEVER, the government should NOT be able to tell riders or passengers they must wear them with the exception of people under 18.
WHERE MOTORCYCLES ARE LIKELY TO BE STOLEN FROM
Some reports state that the following STATES rank in the top 5 for stolen motorcycles: California (6,637); Florida (3,735); Texas (3,407); North Carolina (2,490) and Indiana (2,199). The highest ranking CITIES are New York (1,001); Las Vegas (899); San Diego (700); Indianapolis (576) and Los Angeles (545)- just edging out Miami.
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COOLEST HARLEY MOTORCYCLES AS RANKED BY WOMEN 18-49
#1: FLSTF Fat Boy Lo
#2: Iron 883
#3: Night Rod Special
#4: Softail Deluxe
#5 CVO Breakout
WOMAN DIES IN MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT ON THE WAY TO HER WEDDING RECEPTION.
November 10, 2015. By Bob Miller
A 40-year-old woman, married less than two hours, was killed when she was thrown from a motorcycle her new husband was driving on the way to their reception. The two had just left a small park in Buckner, Illinois, where the ceremony had taken place and was headed for the “Ground Zero Bar” in nearby Christopher where they had planned to meet up with other wedding celebrants. On the way, a deer darted into the road and pathway of the bike. William Burnett (31) had no time to avoid the collision. Jana Miles-Burnett (40), died about an hour after the 7:00 p.m. accident at Franklin Hospital in Benton. William sustained some minor injuries and was released from the hospital. Jana left behind her new husband, daughter Smillie (22), and her son, Cody (14).