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    Nicky Hayden injured in bicycling collision

    I came across this last evening. This post is an update from earlier today:
    http://www.crash.net/wsbk/news/24758...-critical.html

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    That's a whole lot of lines to repeatedly say, "He's hurt bad, and we don't know what's going to happen."
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    Been seeing this news all over the racing boards, hope Nicky makes a full recovery.
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    Wow ... I had sen a brief bulletin to the effect he was hurt but this seems really bad! Prayers for him and his family ...
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    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/oth...-accident.html

    Slightly more information. Picture of the car looks like he was hit by the right corner and then impacted the windshield. The bike was punted into the grass.

    If he'd been on a motorcycle with gear on, he'd probably have been swearing at the driver when the police arrived, instead of laying in a hospital in an induced coma...
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    Quote Originally Posted by WoodstockJeff View Post
    If he'd been on a motorcycle with gear on, he'd probably have been swearing at the driver when the police arrived, instead of laying in a hospital in an induced coma...
    I get grief from a friend of mine about the risk I take riding a motorcycle and yet he rides a bicycle without a helmet. Sometime he walks his dog while riding his bicycle. Who is at more risk? A motorcycle rider fully geared up or a bicycle rider without a helmet?

    Not that it matters, but people often under-estimate the risk of things they are familiar with and over-estimate the risk of things they are unfamiliar with.

    Statistically, motorcycles are more dangerous than bicycles, but I think motorcycle afford greater opportunity to take responsibility for your own safety. And because of this the dispersion of risk from one rider to another is much wider than for bicycle riders.

    On a busy road, I would much rather be on my motorcycle than on my bicycle. In part because of the gear, but more because the motorcycle give me greater opportunity to avoid risk, mostly because I am keeping up with the flow of traffic.

    However, I still wrestle with whether the risk of riding a motorcycle is worth it. It is what motivated me to my first post on this site. I have gotten comfortable on the road and I believe that my riding style is low risk. Sometimes I wonder if I am at more risk on a step ladder doing chores around the house than on my motorcycle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sorg67 View Post
    However, I still wrestle with whether the risk of riding a motorcycle is worth it.
    I can't answer that for you, but this is how I feel about the risk.

    Based on the number of motorcycle riders and the number of fatalities where I live, there's a 0.02% - 0.05% chance I'll be one of the unlucky souls who gets his number punched any given year. I like those odds, even if they are much worse than being in a cage. Plus there are certain behaviours (according to the Hurt report) that reduce the likelihood I'll be a statistic.

    Motorcycling is probably one of my least risky lifestyle choices. (If I don't lay off the baconators, I'm more likely to have a heart attack.)
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    Awww, this is awful. Sending up a prayer for him.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SaskRider View Post
    Based on the number of motorcycle riders and the number of fatalities where I live, there's a 0.02% - 0.05% chance I'll be one of the unlucky souls who gets his number punched any given year.
    If that is the percentage of total riders, I would bet your personal risk is much less since you are thinking about and if you are following the behaviors highlighted in the Hurt Report.

    And I agree, unhealthy lifestyle choices probably increase risk of death much more than riding a motorcycle.

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