First post! A conservative attitude is definitely a safety plus but since when were motorcycles conservative? We'll always have the problem of speed killing peple who were attracted to the sport because of the speed! Sad but true.
"One of the leading causes of motorcycle injuries and deaths is speeding."
Several years ago, while pulling up to a stop light at about 15mph, I hit a puddle of diesel fuel and fell down. The cop that investigated the accident cited the cause as "excessive speed for conditions". So I don't believe those "speed kills" snippets. They are grossly contaminated.
I always observe the speed limits. I ride down I-15 and say to myself "Look at that 65mph speed limit sign. Isn't that nice?"
Last weekend they had those new big programmable displays on I-15 and I-80 all saying "DUI laws enforced". I said to my wife, "Look at that. And here I thought that they were going to ignore DUI laws on Labor Day weekend."
Your tax dollars at work.
Hutch, do they actually have people with actual M/C riding experience give the safety lectures, or is it still usually some brown bar who has bever ridden one?
USAF is doing a great job trying to keep young motorcyclists from killing themselves, especially duing the "101 Critical Days of Summer."
Did you see the following:
In a bold move to try to curb motorcycle accidents and to identify Airmen at higher risk for mishaps, Pacific Air Forces officials have implemented several programs command wide, including a restrictive motorcycle policy intended to bring safety to the forefront for every rider in the command.
The need for senior leader involvement to ensure the programs success is critical, said Master Sgt. Todd Parish, superintendent of plans and programs for PACAFs ground safety office.
"Commanders must make safety a priority to their younger Airmen," Sergeant Parish said.
The motorcycle policy the command instituted puts heavy emphasis on training and safety awareness as well as limiting those less experienced riders to vehicles more appropriate for their skill level.
For example, the policy restricts new motorcycle riders to driving machines that are under 600 cc, and they are not allowed to carry passengers for one year. This limits the amount of power at the hands of inexperienced riders and gives them time to develop the skills needed to operate safely.
One of the more successful safety programs adopted by PACAF has been the motorcycle mentorship program Sergeant Parish said.
The mentorship program puts experienced riders in a unit with less experienced riders to help them learn the proper skills necessary to ride safely.
"We implemented the mentorship program at Misawa (Air Base, Japan) over a year ago, and they have had no accidents since its been in place," he said. The Air Base had averaged at least two motorcycle accidents per year for the five years prior to implementing the mentorship program.
This new program was in place well before the 101 hit us. When I got back from deployment end of January, I was told it already applied to me.
Couple of points of clarification I wish to make to the policy above:
'New Motorcyclist' is relative. They generally go by when you took the safety course unless you can prove a certain level of experience (by documentation, not testing). So if someone rode everyday before he joined, and was sent here, he could be limited to the new rider's rules. On the other hand, I could probably pass the MSFs Advanced course with a little more practice despite low hours on a bike and be qualified to have the restrictions removed.
The engine size limitation is across the board. I cant go out and by myself a Sportster, but the 600 Ninja is GTG.
Cant speak of the mentorship program, first hearing of it.
PACAF is making great gestures at improving their safety, even have a new program for tracking it and determining how At Risk personnel are (PACAF CARES) but most have no substance (PACAF CARES), and those that do make about as much sense as the Motorcycle policy. It all stems from the fact they were leading the AF in mishaps and accidents, so I understand why theyre doing this. What I have a problem with is splashing a little paint on the asbestos and calling it good.