Originally Posted by Ghost55
I just hate the fatalistic approach to riding a motorcycle. I had 4-5 drops when I was in my teens and twenties riding lighter bikes, but think I have learned from my mistakes. Just love the advice you get from the guys who have totaled two or three bikes. Riding a bike is dangerous, and I may have an accident, but will take my advice from those who haven't had one. Note everybody who has say everybody will.
I'll give full credit to anyone who has ridden for decades and never had an accident. How many close calls has such a rider had, that would have been accidents if only circumstances beyond their control were just a little different?
It does stand to reason that those riders who have had accidents will be more inclined to subscribe to the theory that sooner or later it will happen to everyone, and those who have never had an accident, attribute it to carefulness and skill, and think they can continue to avoid an accident.
Well, of course it is possible to ride for years accident free. I don't consider my attitude that I will have another accident "fatalistic". If I did, I wouldn't ride. I do consider it "realistic" to consider the prospects of an accident, it is a frame of mind that will probably keep me safer.
If you always ride slow, in fair weather, on good roads, in low traffic conditions, you certainly reduce the risks. If you ride in a sporty, spirited manner your odds get worse, regardless of experience level.
Why wear protective riding gear? Isn't it because we anticipate needing it? Those who subscribe to the adage that there are two types of riders, whose who have gone down, and those that will, aren't all folks who have totaled two or three bikes. I've never done more than $100 parts damage to a bike and my worst injury was a contused foot. I'm into my 4th decade of riding and I don't know how many 100,000 miles.
Folks here who say it'll happen to you aren't reckless squids who think if it happened to me, its gotta happen to you, rather, I suspect they are all well wishers who hope it doesn't, but think expecting and preparing for it isn't fatalistic, but realistic and a good mental attitude.
As far as taking advice from those who have had accidents and those who have not.... there is something to learn from both. Clearly an experienced rider who has never had an accident probably has some good advice. But I love the rider who shares the details of their accident, gives an objective analysis of conditions (road condtions, weather, and their own health and frame of mind). You can learn a lot from other's mistakes. I'll listen to the experienced riders who have crashed and will talk about it; there is more to learn from them than from someone who has never had an accident IMO. I don't mean to suggest that those who have accidents are better riders, hey they had accidents! But there is experience to learn from there. And from experience comes wisdom (sometimes