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Does anyone know of a site that would list the number of Motorcycle riders in 2007 compared to say the last 10 years. All we get thru our Safety office is the comparison numbers of motorcycle accidents. I have a feeling that they aren't actually giving us a true comparison of the numbers compared to the larger number of bikes on the roads now.

By the way, us older, over 40 folks, seem to be leading the pack in accidents. :shock: Don't become complacent because you've been doing it for years.
 

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Mutt,

Those numbers do seem hard to come by. I know I ran up against that when I was researching motorcyclist fatalities in relation to helmet use, or lack thereof. One article that I came across was from a while back, in Forbes magazine ( http://members.forbes.com/fyi/1999/0503/041.html ) that illustrates how the media (and the CDC) manipulate the data to make things appear as they wish, not as they are. Like I said, it's an old article (1999), but it's still a good read.

As far as folks over 40 being the Motorcycle accident leaders goes, it would be interesting to find out how many of them are first time riders, how many just got back into riding after having not ridden for years, and how many of those went through an MSF type course.

I started riding when I was 9, on a Honda Trail 70, and kept riding, dirt and street, until I was about 29. I hung it up for a while, because of work, night school, two little ones, and no place to store the bikes. I picked it back up in my late 30's, and decided to take the advanced MSF course. Really glad I did. I'd never had any formal training before, and it really helped in a couple of areas, and made riding more enjoyable, and safer.

I picture a lot of middle-aged men and women getting their first bike, or first bike in a LONG time, and just making simple mistakes, like expecting auto drivers to see them, taking curves to fast, going into panic mode to easily, etc., etc.. I think formal training would help a lot in those areas.

That being said, I totally agree with you about not getting complacent just because we've been at this for years. Sometimes all it takes is a split second of inattention for bad things to happen.

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BigVTXMan said:
I picture a lot of middle-aged men and women getting their first bike, or first bike in a LONG time, and just making simple mistakes, like expecting auto drivers to see them, taking curves to fast, going into panic mode to easily, etc., etc.. I think formal training would help a lot in those areas.
This is a very good point. I have witnessed 3 of these types in the last week alone. One was pointed out by my 9 year old.."Jeez Dad, I think that guy is going to tip over!" He didn't, but it was close. How can people be out in traffic with little or no skills and expect to avoid an accident?
 

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Was at Devil's Tower Sat and an older couple pulled in on a GL 1500. Sure enough, he grabbed too much of the front brake and tipped her over.

Riding is a lot like mt climbing. The more fatigued you are the more likely you are to make a dumb ass rookie mistake.
 
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mutt said:
Does anyone know of a site that would list the number of Motorcycle riders in 2007 compared to say the last 10 years.
Obtaining an accurate number might be fairly elusive. Your state's Department of Motor Vehicles, would know how many people have motorcycle endorsements in your state. However, that's no guarantee that the endorsement holders have a bike, or that they even ride.

I would think that they would be able to tell you how many motorcycles have been licensed as well.

It would be interesting to see the number of new endorsements (and new motorcycles licensed) each year, for the past 10 years, and the age associated with those new endorsements.

Now that I have said all this, your DMV might not give that info out freely. The more I think about it. The less likely it seems that they would give data out without charging something for it.
 

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Remember, there are bike OWNERS, who brag about how bad their machine is and then only ride around the block to the bar,
and then there are bike RIDERS, who could care less, they just want to click off the miles!. :wink:
 
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WildHorse said:
Someone sent this to me but I've not joined.

http://www.mic.org/
Unfortunately, membership is limited to:

"Distributors and manufacturers of motorcycles, scooters and ATVs, as well as makers and distributors of parts, accessories, and apparel, and allied trade businesses are eligible for membership"

The MIC compiles sales statistics by brand and type. None of the detailed info is free or readily available. One Hundred bucks will get you the statistical annual that they produce. Here is the table of contents page they have posted. http://www.mic.org/members/membership/0 ... nn_TOC.pdf

They do post some very generic numbers in their press releases.

http://motorcycles.org/dtm.cfm?pagename ... 20Releases
 

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Balrog said:
WildHorse said:
Someone sent this to me but I've not joined.

http://www.mic.org/
Unfortunately, membership is limited to:

"Distributors and manufacturers of motorcycles, scooters and ATVs, as well as makers and distributors of parts, accessories, and apparel, and allied trade businesses are eligible for membership"

The MIC compiles sales statistics by brand and type. None of the detailed info is free or readily available. One Hundred bucks will get you the statistical annual that they produce. Here is the table of contents page they have posted. http://www.mic.org/members/membership/0 ... nn_TOC.pdf

They do post some very generic numbers in their press releases.

http://motorcycles.org/dtm.cfm?pagename ... 20Releases
Well it would have helped if I'd read it before I posted this. :oops:

Perhaps someone around here can qualify to register?? Just an idea. :wink:
 
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