No helmet,d,ont cry![bob marley] Seriuosly,I have been thru montana this past summer,and I swear my wife and I must have gone at least 30 miles btween speed signs,if not more.Shame because they have wonderful roads and very little traffic between towns.
Seems like their is some denial going on in Montana and here the GPTB on MO. The number of deaths go up by 37 percent but folks say that it's just because the number of motorcycles increased. Doubt that explains it. Did the number of registrations go up by a corresponding 37%? No. Seruzawa I think the answer is the lack of a helmet law. A one year thing doesn't make a long-term trend. But I would wager next year will be higher than last year.
You make a good point. But I think it is hard to tell from 2 years of data. It is probably the combination of squids riding powerful sportbikes , older riders riding big bikes and the lack of a helmet law. Hard to tell with out further information.
The number of bikes registered doubled but the raw accidents increased only 33% between 1997 and this year. So what's the problem?
The % of fatalities/ number of bikes went from about .12% to about .16% for this year. And this is likely just a random blip. Maybe some cager went into Zoloft induced psychosis and ran some bikers down. Maybe the proliferation of cell phones caused cagers to become even more unaware than usual. Who knows?
Statisics in the absence of the supporting data are pretty worthless. But statistics are real handy for "proving" that power lines cause cancer and other such bs.
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