Letters to the Editor

In defense of motorcycles

As an avid motorcycle rider I think Ms. Moore’s letter printed Sept. 13, “Make motorcycle classes mandatory,” is absurd. Yes, a young man died as a result of poor judgment. It is my understanding that the motorcycle he rode that evening was not his.

Another motorcyclist has died. Who pays for the damage he caused when the accident happened? While it is a valid concern for the property owner I find it in very poor taste that when a young man, a member of our armed forces, is now dead all you choose to write about is, who pays?

How can you group an unfortunate incident with all motorcyclists? I’m pretty sure there were a lot more fatalities and property damage due to automobile accidents, and the requirements for obtaining a license are not that different. I will say that of all the driver’s education vehicles I see on the road today I don’t see any adults taking “refresher training.” However if you were to attend or visit any of the Motorcycle Safety Foundation courses you would find many motorcyclist both young and old honing their skills. Dealerships provide riders edge classes when you buy a bike. How many car dealers offer programs like that?

I believe that there’s also a measure to raise the legal driving age of all those freshly “trained” motorists. I believe it is due to accidents. So I’m thinking mandatory classes aren’t working that well as it is. As far as insurance needs I carry uninsured motorist and a homeowner’s policy and let me tell you when I obtained those policies I was not thinking of motorcyclists. I see more people in cars talking on cell phone and texting then those of us on motorcycles.

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