OT - So, has anyone asked

Doug Brewer doug at alphoto.com
Thu Oct 22 15:42:58 EDT 2009

Godfrey DiGiorgi wrote:
> On Thu, Oct 22, 2009 at 11:25 AM, Ken Waller <kwaller at peoplepc.com> wrote:
>> As a mechanical engineer, I've always appreciated the technical aspects of
>> motorcycles, but have absolutely no desire to ride one, at least on public
>> roads, where a motorcycle, unfortunately, becomes a target for some.
> In all my years and miles of motorcycle riding, I've never once seen
> anything that indicated another person or driver considered me a
> target or intended to do harm to me or any other motorcyclist.
> What I have seen is that many many many automobile operators are
> simply very poor at seeing and understanding the operating needs of a
> motorcycle, most likely because they are completely unfamiliar with
> the vehicle dynamics and operating characteristics due to lack of
> training and awareness. For that reason, operating a motorcycle safely
> in traffic situations takes a good deal more skill and awareness than
> the operation of the other vehicles on the road with you: you have to
> watch out for not only your own operating needs but doubly for what
> other operators do not understand about your needs for space on the
> road and time to act.

yes, it has long been a belief of mine that getting a driver's license 
should include a mandatory period of time operating a motorcycle on the 
street. Forced awareness, as it were.

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