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(reviews of the model by Motorcycle Consumer News, which in 1999 said that the "chassis gets unstable above 85 miles per hour" and in 2001 called its high-speed stability "the worst we've encountered.")



Compared to what?? Every motorcycle review ever published contains a certain negative aspect to it. There is no perfect motorcycle. If you hit a bag of concrete, in a turn, at 85 mph - no matter what you're riding - you only have luck to blame if you don't receive serious injury or worse.



Motorcycle officers are professional police officers; they are not professional motorcycle riders. How many of us truly believe we could've avoided the same fate if we were in the same situation? People die in motorcyle accidents every day - in much less strenuous circumstances.



Does my Kawasaki Vulcan Nomad have what it takes to overcome a concrete bag at 85 mph? Does your CBR 600 have what it takes? No? Yes? Maybe? It's not about the motorcycle, after all. It's about experience, proper judgement, and, above all, good fortune. In this case, rider error almost certainly played a significant role.



Yes, it's unfortunate that the officer perished in this mishap. But, riding a motorcycle is dangerous, and police officers are subject to the same laws of physics as the rest of us. Let us hope that in the future their judgement will also be commensurate.
 
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