- Jun 30, 2012
The hot bikes sport nearly 200 bhp, where back in the 60's 40 bhp made a big fast bike. There's millions more vehicles on the road. There's so many factors relating to increased danger. No way motorcycles can be as safe as they were when Cannonball Baker crossed the country on dirt roads on a 30 bhp 500-lb whale. Electronic safety aids, protective gear and technology in general have all done their part to mitigate the danger, but riding motorcycles will always be a less-than-totally-safe activity.
Nothing is ever 'totally safe'. 'Safe' is a situation or condition where the risks are minimised to a tolerable level. I gave up riding on public roads because I became scared. I have never been scared on a road race circuit. In my last permanent job, I worked in an explosives factory where we made the lot - I was never scared there either. If the risks are well managed, you have done all you can do.
These days, if I road race I do it without thinking, but in the old days I used to have terrible anxiety. If an incident happens these days - 'I have been there, done that'.