Should new riders have cc restriction
So I'm sitting at the gas station having a monster and smoking a cig. Just a little break before my final stretch home tonight, and I'm just watching cars and motorcycles go by. Watching technique, ya know?
I saw this kid in his 20's in shorts a tee and of course, a helmet to complement his safety gear. He was on a new looking Z1000, a cool bike that is like to own for a year just for kicks, and he's coming in sooo blatantly hot up to the intersection to turn right. Now this is one of those turns you see coming and would realize it tightens up because it's not a perpendicular meeting of roads.
He must have been going 50, and he was right on someone's ass. The following, and seemingly basic mistakes were made:
Didn't slow before the turn
Grabbed a hand full of brake to avoid rear ending the car in front of him
Subsequently I'm sure he felt it tipping, as his angle was pretty extreme
Pops it upright and narrowly avoids hitting cars in the left turn lane of the incoming traffic for the road he was turning onto
And then he kicks his right leg out, causing his foot to bounce and skid
Gets shaky at the bars and somehow, he never put it down and continued on his way.
All of this only takes a few moments to transpire, but it seemed to me that maybe he was making a lot of potentially fatal mistakes . Power and speed hungry, but not refined enough to control it.
So as a good discussion point, should newer riders be limited in the CCs of a bike for say 1-3 years? Would this help? Or should the dmv require proof of power restriction in the mapping of any new riders bike ( ie , buy any bike, but dealer must provide proof of de tuning before allowing sale/registration). Dunno. GO!
I wanted to say to this is a lot like gun control. A gun, or the machine is not really at fault, as it and all of the consequences of using it are on the individual. Without a person, a motorcycle is harmless, just as it would be with the "perfect" person.
Last edited by Prime95; 08-08-2014 at 05:52 PM.