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AMA Study

I followed a rider on a Harley this morning tooling around in a tee shirt, jeans and sneakers with (love this) his morning coffee in a cup holder mounted to the handlebars. It inspired me to write this thread after reading my August 2009 issue of AMA Magazine last night.

AMA is embarking on an extensive study of motorcycle crashes and the mitigating circumstances. The last major research was done 30 years ago by Prof. Harry Hurt (called the "Hurt Report"--ironic, huh?) and outlined three key findings:

1. Oncoming vehicles making a left hand turn in front of a motorcyle is a primary danger and accident cause;
2. Riders with less than five months experience on the bike they were riding are far more likely to crash; and
3. The report quantified the real-world benefits of wearing a helmut.

Be safe, and drink your coffee at home or the office!
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The guy on the Harley was funny and sad,he prob thinks he doing nothing wrong.
A Coffee on a bike come on,I thought the guy's with a dart(smoke) in there mouth
was over the top.
I have to agree the those stats you posted.I was a pretty new rider in 1990 on a gs500
and a guy(a..hole) decided not to wait his turn and made a left turn in front of me left me no chance to move the next thing it's 9 months later on a cane(broken femur),hand
nose ect.
So now back into riding it is always Right gear(helmet,gloves,jacket,boots and at least jeans)ride safe and I get to live longer.
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Holy crap. And i thought i had seen everything when i saw a woman balancing her check book, talking on the phone, and drinking coffee at the same time while attempting to drive her car. A fool drinking coffee on a motorcycle beats that one.
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I've actually seen riders talking on their cell phones while riding.

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Ooooh, i gotta get me one of those coffee cup holders.

Funny story, i decided to ride the V to work, stopped for my normal cup of coffee, I walk out to my, whoops, i am on my bike. I did not even think about it.
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I've actually seen riders talking on their cell phones while riding.

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I see them all the time here in Miami. Mostly scooter people though.
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I wonder about nav systems causing an accident. I love my gps in the car, but am almost certain it would get me into trouble on the motorcycle. Touch screen, lose control, etc.

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Even more distracting than the GPS in the car is my Sirius Radio. I'm always searching for music and reading the song name. It is very distracting even with the radio hanging on the windshield. I do lose focus on the road.

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Ooooh, i gotta get me one of those coffee cup holders.
Ummm.....Do they make a cupholder big enough for my 44oz. Thirstbuster these days?

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I wonder about nav systems causing an accident. I love my gps in the car, but am almost certain it would get me into trouble on the motorcycle. Touch screen, lose control, etc.
I've used a GPS system on my bikes for a number of years now and they are absolutely great. Had a Garmin Quest for a while and just put a Zumo 450 on the Versys. It is great for finding the twisties in your area and navagating a nice route. Plus, you can find places to stop and eat, get gas and other cool things.

I suppose if you were listening to it all the time giving directions it may be a bit distracting, but I have either music or an audiobook playing through my earphones and they don't bother me a bit.

However, remember YMMV...

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You'll be wanting a Camelbak, I think!
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35 years ago I was riding my Guzzi along some boring flat deserted highway. After a gas stop I thought it might be fun to drink my pop on the road (we call it pop in Minnesota). It was a bit tricky opening the can while underway but I managed and I was feeling pretty proud of myself until I realized ... I was wearing a full face helmet! It was even trickier stopping the bike with an open can of pop while laughing.

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35 years ago I was riding my Guzzi along some boring flat deserted highway. After a gas stop I thought it might be fun to drink my pop on the road (we call it pop in Minnesota). It was a bit tricky opening the can while underway but I managed and I was feeling pretty proud of myself until I realized ... I was wearing a full face helmet! It was even trickier stopping the bike with an open can of pop while laughing.





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Ummm.....Do they make a cupholder big enough for my 44oz. Thirstbuster these days?

Been out of bikes 25+ years, getting restarted.
Did you get a Versys? It's like riding a bicycle. I was bike-less for about 11 years & got back into it. I don't know why I let so much time go by...


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I'll be needing that cup holder for my beer! ...... (only kiddin)
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Getting back to the AMA study...I have also read that oncoming cars turning left is one of most frequent causes of motorcycle accidents. My philosophy is to make myself as visible as possible by wearing bright green/reflective arm and wristbands. You can get these on a variety of safety websites and I would assume bicycle shops as well. My first post here gang...I'm an ex 500 rider, but looking at the V as a possible next bike. ninjamon
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