newby said:You bring up a good point. For those of your who are so paranoid about dying or getting hurt on a motorcycle... your right it's not the thing for you.
However for me.... I'm comfortable enough on a motorcycle to feel safe riding. I only wear a helmet when I'm on the highways (or it's cool out). [If you think that's stupid..then I'm sorry you judge people so quickly.] Riding to me is more then just going down a road on a motorized bike. I love the wind through my hair and the breeze on my face. It's a feeling of freedom.....
I have a safety gear, but only wear it when I'm doing agressive riding (going for a ride through the twisties).
If you are attentive while riding, your odds avoiding an accident are 100X better. For instance...watch the other drivers...not the vehicles. If someone is on the cellphone, pay more attention to them. When you are passing....look to see that the person in front of you sees you in their mirror...if not, be ready to hit the brakes or accelerate if they began changing lanes. It's called defensive driving. A bike (most bikes anyway) can respond twice as good as any car (including the NSX). It's faster, it brakes faster, and it turns faster. These are all to your advantage when it comes to avoiding an accident.
Some people just aren't motorcycle people. A friend of mine is like me....he enjoys nice fast cars... loves the feeling of acceleration...and things motorcycles are great. That is until he finally bought one. I told him to start out small....so he picked up a 96 Yamaha FZR (YZF?) 600 for about $3000. He drove it a few times and then dumped it once after hitting a gravel shoulder (didn't get hurt). He sold it a month after buying it. He said he just didn't feel safe on it.
It comes down to control. If you feel as though the bike is a part of you when you ride....you have more control then those who feel like they are just riding on something. Some have it...some don't. I'm not saying just because you have it means you are safe from all accidents....but I do mean you are more likely to avoid an accident.
DocL.... I understand your position for not wanting to get back on a Motorcycle. Just like my dad's accident...I wouldn't have blamed him if he never road again. Luck is a funny thing....kind of like lightening... :smile:
Paraniod? I havnt heard one comment that would indicate anybody experiencing paranoia.