Interesting- not where I thought the article was headed.
Reminds me of an economics study of Automobile Safety Regulations- written in the late 70's or early 80's, as seat belts and other safety designs were becoming more commonplace. The basic question was whether the safety devices reduced accidents and fatalities. The findings suggested that although they made vehicles safer, drivers tended to drive more recklessly, due to a greater sense of security. Unintended consequences at their finest.....
Many studies have looked at the behavioral response to safety measures- not aware of any specific to motorcycling, though. Good data is rather hard to come by. Too bad. I'd love to look at it.
Anyway- thanks for sharing.