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I ddin't see anything that I'd consider BS.
They quoted stats that motorcyclists are more likely to die in accidents than people in passenger cars. That's pretty straightforward.
Then they quoted stats indicating that "Supersport" bikes are over-represented in accidents. That's not really up for debate...either the numbers support that, or they don't.
And they said that manufacturers play up the performance aspect of their bikes. Duh. That's marketing. Would anyone ride motorcycles if they didn't perform well? (I know I wouldn't.)
As for the helmet/no helmet thing...I didn't see anyone refusing to wear a helmet. What they were opposed to is helmet LAWS. i.e. The goverment should keep its nose out of my business. And if we're going to start requiring motorcyclists to wear a helmet, then why not require people in cars to wear helmets too? Head injury is a leading cause of death in car accidents...and numerically, far more people suffer head injuries in car accidents than in motorcycle accidents. So the whole "burden to society" thing is complete BS since helmetless occupants of cars represent a much larger burden than helmetless motorcyclists.
FWIW, I'm opposed to helmet laws. When I ride, I've got full gear, including a full face helmet. When I have been down, my helmet has served me well. I'm a big fan of helmets. What I don't like, is Uncle Sam telling me what to do.
Here's how this thing is going to play out:
I think we're going to see pretty dramatic increases in insurance rates for sportbikes. That sucks, but I can't really argue with it...if sportbikes are over-represented in crashes, then the insurance companies have to charge us more. That's just how it goes.
As for helmets, I believe that the NTSB will make a strong recommendation that all states should adopt helmet laws. The NHTSA will follow that by witholding funding to states that don't have helmet laws. The states will basically be forced to cave and institude helmet laws.
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