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Old 10-27-2009, 10:24 PM   #1
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Why do sport bikers go down so often?

Just out of curiosity.
I belong to a couple cruisers' forums and in a year you see one or two guys that go down out of hundreds.

Here over the past year I've seen many gone down. Some pretty badly.

Is it due to age, stunts, speed (or all of the above)?
Or maybe this is just coincidence?

Just curious.. bring on!
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Old 10-27-2009, 10:31 PM   #2
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because they're as cheap as a 10 yr old civic and are quicker and faster than a ferrari.

if every 20-yr-old kid got a ferrari as their first car we'd be talking about all the ferrari wrecks.
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Old 10-27-2009, 10:34 PM   #3
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oh, and I'd bet that the ratio of cruiser crashes to sportbike crashes is a lot closer than you'd think.

first, there are far more cruisers registered in tx than sports bikes so by sheer number they're bound to have more wrecks. second, sportbike crashes are typically far more spectaular and make better news blurbs than a drunken bar-hopping cruiser ridrer running wide through a corner.
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Old 10-27-2009, 10:37 PM   #4
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The wrecks thread you see is filled with all the wrecks that appear on MH, not just members. It skews the stats. That said, I'd still be there is a higher percentage of sportbike wrecks due to the power of the bike and the relatively youth of the riders. They are much more likely to take chances in comparison to a 40 something year old guy or gal on a cruiser. And the cruisers are fundamentally slower, lowering the probability of many types of accidents.
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too much power + lack of experience + bad judgment
+ lack of common sense, lol. People who I know thathave gone down knew before hand what they were doing was probably a bad move.
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I'm surprised about the honesty of the responses. My ideas are:
  • inexperience - newer riders typicly go for the sportbike thrill
  • age - wisdom from life in general. sportbike riders are typically younger.
  • stability - sportbikes are inherently more unstable by design. they're made to by quick turners and more agile.
  • riding style - in general how do you see sportbike riders in traffic in comparison to cruisers? like it or not, I see far more sportbikes weaving, high speed passes in traffic than cruisers.


not knocking on sportbike riders over cruiser riders. there's a lot of problems on the cruiser side of the coin too.
I agree I've seen far too many older guys on harleys who ride drunk.
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Old 10-27-2009, 11:18 PM   #11
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Ive worked for Harley Davidson for the past 2 1/2 years, and can say that i've seen nice, thirty thousand dollar motorcycles, leave with happy owners on sat. and arrive on a wrecker on monday morning. It all comes down to knowing how to ride and taking a refresher course if needed. We would have at least 20-30 wrecked HD motorcycles in for repair at one time.
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I'd say 80% bad judgement and the rest is just the speed and power of a sports bike. You will increasingly see accidents out of the riders fault due to cell phone usage.
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Because most people that own cruisers put 6 miles on them a decade. Sportbikes typically are ridden more often, plus all the other stuff
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#1 cause of wrecks is tooo much SPEED!!!
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Because most people that own cruisers put 6 miles on them a decade. Sportbikes typically are ridden more often, plus all the other stuff
BS sportbikes are ridden as little as cruisers are, how many do you see w/ 3-4000 mi and 2-3yrs old w/ multiple owners? alot and yet they post on here that they're riders........

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No, seriously a newbie on a bike doing stupid (which you see all day long) is a recipe for disaster. I don't know what it is they think they have to impress everyone while riding... I'm sorry, speeding up buzzing people and then slowing down, sitting on the tank or slamming your front brake going 5mph at a red light don't impess me. J's 150mph highchair wheelies do, or Rodeos tandem wheelies do.
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