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AS A motorcyclist since I was 16, it saddened me to read in The Press of August 10 about the “death toll of 11 bikers in our region, more than double for the whole of 2012”.
My first bike probably had around ten brake horse power (BHP), and modern ones have 200BHP; nothing wrong with that, it’s progress – but the bikers of today need to be more aware of their surroundings when handling this sort of power.
My Triumph Bonneville has no light switch, the head and tail lights are on all the time, an aid to me being seen.
But now many cars have their lights on all the time as well, and this is making the bikers blend in instead of standing out.
Bikers may wear a fluorescent jacket, but so do half the workers we see around us; again, the biker blends in.
Many sports bikes have had the original indicator lights, mirrors and reflective number plates replaced by much smaller “sporty” fashionable types. This again reduces safety and their visibility.
Fellow bikers, when riding in groups, the fastest and daftest is usually in the front. The last one in the group is the cautious one, who tries to keep up with his mates, but is probably riding at his limit of capability.
These are the young guys who often crash; think of them, no shame in arriving a few seconds after the “leader of the pack”.
Riding a motorcycle is exhilarating and enjoyable. Up to now I have survived, but as I am getting older and wiser, I have to be doubly alert when on my bike.
Stuart Wilson, Vesper Drive, Acomb, York.
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