Originally Posted by chuckheinch
i must say that i wasn't as educated about riding when i was young. at a younger age, i was much more careful that i have been in my latter years. at times, as my confidence grew i push myself a bit more. i guess it all depends on the individual. I know that most sport riders will not drink anything and ride. I know that almost all my harley buddies do drink and ride, it seems to be a way of life for them. barhopping.
also, if you have checked the latest stats, it is the 40+ rider on a 1200+ cc cruiser type motor cycle that has the highest death rate now. not the 18 year old squid sport bike rider.
There is stupid and there is normal young male behavior.
There is a mountain of information on the problems of youth today, (I already sound like my dad).
Young men are hard wired to take risks. It is in our genes and has been there for thousands of years.
Young men used to have to fight wild animals to eat and fight enemies to survive.
The fighting enemies bit has been with us for most males up until the last century when we slowed that down a whole lot.
Young men are naturally full of testosterone and are risk takers, admittedly some more than others.
As im sure most of us can attest to from formative years, just add alcohol and the braver you get. Some of the best fights I ever lost were down to a bar that sold fighting beer.
I digress, I know that not many people like over regulation but if we accept that our young men are naturally prone to needing to prove themselves to peers, taking risks and lacking wisdom, maybe a HP ratio to experience factor for inexperienced or younger riders would help.
One of my first bikes was a Honda 750/4. At that time it was one of the fastest bikes around and it had about 60 HP. A new Hayabusa has about 180! 3 times as much.
I totally agree that you cant regulate for stupid but you can regulate to give as many of these young guys as we can a chance to get old.
In this case it may not have made any difference but Im sure that in the big picture it would.
My condolences to this young mans family.