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Old 03-01-2007, 11:24 PM   #41
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Old 03-01-2007, 11:48 PM   #42
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You have been warned that you are an organ donor when you are on two wheels, what happen? Did you listen?
Everything in life is about risk v. reward. Motorcycling involves risks, but I think the reward is worth it. Plus, I have done things to lessen the risk (MSF, never ride drunk, always wear gear and helmet) and I'm in a low-risk group (30 years old, post-HS education, license).

The risk/reward profile for not wearing a helmet is completely jacked . . . in my opinion there's no reward from it that justifies the risk. You can fall off your bike completely stopped at a stoplight, hit your head on a car bumper and die. With a helmet, you'd just brush yourself off and keep riding.
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Old 03-01-2007, 11:58 PM   #43
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Here is the way I see it:

Every one has a different threshold and sets their own acceptable level of risk. The guy that wears all protective gear may think the idiot that only wears a helmet, jacket, and gloves is not too bright. The the guy that wears a helmet, jacket, and gloves make think the guy that only wears a helmet is not too bright. The guy that wears only a helmet will think the guy that wears a ballcap turned backwards is not bright at all.
I generally agree with this, and I guess my threshold is "everyone should wear at least a helmet and jacket, but other thiings are nice too (boots, gloves, pants)."

However, I do think there are some objective standards for what an acceptable level of risk is (or, to say that another way, what possible rewards justify a certain level of risk).

If someone tells me they get the biggest thrill in the world out of riding a motorcycle with balding tires and no brakes buck nekkid and drunk with a knife sticking out of the gas tank an inch from their heart while their hair is on fire, then call me crazy, but I think that the risk they are taking objectively does not justify the reward, and they are stupid no matter how good it makes them feel.

The same principle applies to "wind in my hair" arguments . . . no possible reward can justify the risk of dying in a completely survivable accident.

Flame on . . .
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