Originally Posted by jayjacobson
Welcome to the madness, Martin. You bees right! Speed, in and of itself, is harmless. Now, add just one other "factor" to you mix, then speed can be a big issue.
There are number of intersesting statistics that came out regarding variable crash factors--age, intoxication, training level--within the Harry Hurt report. (You can find some good analysis in the David Hough Proficient Motorcycling
Here are some of the details I remember:
-You are statistically more likely to have an accident in the first 6 months of riding as a neophyte.
-Riders without an M Class license are more likely to be in an accident as are those who have been taught by non-professional trainers or taught themselves.
-Most accidents occur within a few miles of the original point of ride departure/arrival, usually home.
-The highest percentages of head injuries / impacts happen on the right side and left side of the jaws, below the cheeks. (Why I always wear full face.)
I typically wear full protective gear--FF helmet, aramid/Kevlar clothes and gloves, re-inforced MC boots, body armor--the works.
I often wonder if the general public's lackadaisical opinion regarding driving might change if they were forced to suit up before they drove. "Hmm--what I'm about to do must be dangerous!"
Of course that being said, the MSF defensive driving strategies, safety bubbling, active awares (SEE, etc), and a constant, variable
focus on the road condition, traffic, bike, obstacles, etc. can help to ensure that you never need to test it all out.