No guts no glory!
Join Date: Apr 2017
Location: Sacramento CA
Bike: RZ500, FZR400, R6, FJR
Re: How safe is it to ride a bike nowadays?
Street riding today as compared to 40 years ago is much more dangerous. I've been riding that long and have seen the changes in driver behavior - everybody is impatient, distracted, not looking for anything else especially us bikers. Even with bike headlamps automatically on cagers still don't see us.
One must be super-defensive almost paranoid that nobody sees us and expect that vehicle is going to pull over or out on you, turn left in front of you even though you make eye contact they're looking right through you. This may sound ridiculous however I feel it's helped me to stay collision & crash free for many years.
Save your canyon carving for track days, you'll be amazed at how racing & track days will slow you down on the street. Ride with your high beam during the day, it will also leave you with low beam should high burn out. Blind spots - don't put yourself in them if possible, move around in the lane, change lanes, pass when safe, just be alert, aware, prepared and by all means wear protective gear!
Ride smart & stay safe🏍😀.