For some reason in my declining years, I have been yearning more and more speed. When I first began riding about ten years ago, I never pondered getting into the triple digits on my bike. Now I day-dream about it quite often and have even contemplated trading in my cruiser for a Katana. My guess is that I am going through some sort of midlife crisis. The fact of the matter is that there is no reason why I should be going that fast. It’s beyond my skill set and if I lose my license, I will also lose my job. One thing I would like to do is take an Advanced Riders Course. That is my goal for 2012. Where I live is rather flat and lacks curvaceous roads. When I first started riding, I lived in the Rocky Mountains. I miss the smell of the mountain air, the feeling of hair pin turns while riding 6000 foot above sea level. So maybe more than speed, I could use some more adventurous terrain.
When driving we really need to stay grounded and know our limits. Once we become over-confident then we’ll surely go down. After doing a little research, I found that the most dangerous situation for motorcyclist is when a cage is turning left. Remember that autos turning left are a true threat to any motorcyclist. About 42 Percent of all motorcycle accidents involve this precarious situation. I assume all cars turning left do not see me until I make eye contact with the driver.
Back to speed again. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway safety, ” Supersport” Cycles have a nearly four times higher death rate than for drivers of other types of motorcycles. These bikes have a crazy amount of horsepower and are built on racing platforms. Speeding is a major contributing factor in these fatal crashes. So it’s all about personal choice. A risk vs. reward analysis needs to be measured and calculated for all drivers to determine if one wants to push the envelope on the open road. I figure I only have one life to live and would like to make it last for a while but I still want an occasional adrenaline rush along the way. I guess if one really wants to get their Speed On then the best place to do it would be their local track days. Be safe, drive hard and let the ride continue!