Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Rochester, NY, USA
On the fence
So for the past year I've been thinking that I would like to get a motorcycle some day, probably when I graduate college in a few years. However the past month I've really been looking into it (pretty much obsessed) and I really want to buy one when I go back to school in September.
I've never ridden one before, but the reason I'm so interested in them is mainly because I love to drive. A few days a week I'll go out and find some curvy roads and just drive for an hour. However the gas bills can really get expensive and I'm putting way too many unnecessary miles on my car. But I think, if I have this much fun driving a 00' toyota avalon(which is a big car, and I hate the handling) I'm going to love driving a motorcycle, and I'll save a ton on my gas bill. The handling and maneuverability of motorcycles is very appealing to me, especially the ninja 250. And all the articles about driving defensively and situational awareness are things I could really relate to, but have never really found when reading about cars.
So I've been pretty sure that I'm going to go buy a ninja 250, however the think I'm most concerned about is safety. I wouldn't say I'm not a risk taker, but I'm definitely no daredevil. But I've read so many stories about people who made one small mistake on a bike, and have gotten seriously injured or died. I'm only 20, and I'm worried I could completely change my life around from some small mistake I made riding.
So what do you guys think? There's a lot of stories demonstrating the dangers and risks of motorcycles, and it's kinda scaring me away from them all together. I honestly think that if I do get one I'm gonna love riding it and I'll probably be fine, however there's the thought in the back of my head that I could be throwing my life away. I've been driving for 5 years and have never been in a single accident or gotten a ticket (although I do speed a lot). However a small fender bender accident in a car could potentially be a serious injury if I'm on a motorcycle.
So when you guys are riding a motorcycle how confident are you that you are not going to crash?
I'm sure I'll be fine, but I've gotten the impression that if I make any tiny mistake I'm gonna crash.