Join Date: Apr 2018
Year/Make/Model: 2017 vulcan 900 custom
part of it is a cultural thing. i don't know about the rest of y'all, but i have met a TON of motorcyclists who's entire riding history consists of riding to hooters or the local bar once a week, and the toy run at christmas time. you see em duck walking in the parking lot, dragging their feet when they take off, and other bad techniques. 9/10 times those bikes get sold in 5 yrs or less, and they have super low mileage. sometimes, even original tires.
motorcyclists 28 times more likely to die in a crash? it doesn't take the intellect of stephen hawking to understand why that is. it may sound scary, but if it does, you don't belong on a bike. it's not like one can claim they didn't know that going into it.
also, it's very common for group rides to become testosterone fueled pissing contests. guys ride beyond their limits and get bitten. i bet everyone here can think of examples they have seen personally. maybe even you were that guy once or twice. tbo, i was that guy when i didn't know better. i was lucky, and learned before it bit me.
here in delaware, you have to have a helmet on the bike, but it doesn't have to be on your head. yeah, in the past, i rode without a helmet. i was stupid. but again, lucky. i am no longer that kind of stupid. (notice i didn't say i'm no longer stupid, hahahaha) i hope i can continue to be lucky. i'd hate to mess up the cool looking gear i have now. hahahaha