I would be surprised if this is true. It is us middle aged (mature) guys that can afford these beasts and us that are taking the lead in killing ourselves, and sometimes others.
Also, better braking on cars in general has not caused a drop in folks rear-ending each other. Apparently we drive closer when we have better brakes.
I thought I was a 'safe' biker tooling around on my goldwing -- never took risks, would not even go between two cars in an open lane on the interstate until they were offset so I could have an escape.
Then I got on my K1200 about three months and 6000K miles ago. At first I had buyers remorse
until I realized WHAT A DIFFERNCE IN HANDLING! I can do things that I would not even dare to do on my wing.
! With JPEGs closed it will even fit between two cars on the interstate!
Now I find myself riding like I am on a crotch rocket.
Man, it is so much more fun. I have to keep reminding myself that my kid will be fatherless if I kill myself
, then I figure that she will be a 10 year-old with about $750K and some good people looking after her
. Then I think she would rather have me... Then I think and drive safer. But sometimes I don't...
In short, though I am older (though for most on this site I am probably young), smarter (though for most on this site, probably not), and experienced (though I think most top of the line owners are not...be it K1200, Wings, or that other brand), I am not safer than on my wing.
But! I have not rear-ended a van lately trying to grab my cell phone!