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    Default Are bikers creating a bad reputation for themselves.

    Some incidents that I've witnessed. I myself and some from videos on YouTube.

    1. In March, we were returning from a wedding. I was driving the car with my family. A fatal accident happened right in front of me where in a R15 v2 banged into an omni which was crossing a junction. A moment ago my parents had raised their concern when the R15 overtook us. I was lecturing them that the he is completely kitted and riding safe when this accident happened. The impact was so bad that the R15 completely shattered. He was doing around 90+kph which is serious overspeeding on our narrow Kerala roads. No fault of the omni driver.

    2. We were going to Coimbatore for my sisters medical exam. My car was consistently cruising at 90-100kph when a biker group consisting of ktm 200s and pulsar200s overtook us from right and left. Now two guys of the group were riding parallel to each other and trying to talk at 100+kph! They could just halt or at least slow down, but no they have to talk with their helmets on that too on a six lane highway. My father was really pissed off at this sight.

    3. I saw a video in which a dominar guy is chasing a wagonr at 150+kph. He is seen trying hard to catch the wagonr. I own a wagonr and can say that it reaches 160+kph speeds easily on open highways. But many bikers can't acknowledge it when I overtake them at 110 or 120+kph. I am not recommending to do such speeds as even 100kph on our highways is not safe. But doing 150+ just to catch a car and cool your ego is suicidal.

    4. In 2017, a brand new Duke 390 crashed into an auto rickshaw at 100+kph. Both the rider and the driver of the auto died. The place where this incident happened is pretty near to my house. The rider was Very young. No helmet, no safety gear, nothing. Even in the cctv footage the bike was so fast that we could hardly see it.

    I myself go on long rides. We have bikes like RTR 200, gixxer SF, yamaha rx135 5speed, suzuki shogun, etc.in our group. But my parents are always skeptical due to what they see. If you are ATGATT people think you are going to race! If you are riding a Duke or pulsar, cops tend to stop and fine you for no reason at all. The situation had become so worse that my local RTO had banned registration of dukes and R15 for many months.

    Kids are straight away jumping to 200cc+ bikes right after learning to ride. Showing off has become the priority over developing riding skills. Responsible riding has become a joke. Overall these senseless riders (or squids disguised as riders) are creating a very bad reputation for the bikes and the bigger biking community alike.

    Yours truly,

    Motoman

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    Default Re: Are bikers creating a bad reputation for themselves.

    Thread approved.

    Such instances are responsible for the bad image of motorcyclists all around the world. These reckless acts of a bunch of people tarnish the reputation of the whole community and even the sensible ones are frowned upon by the general public.
    Learning to properly and safely riding a motorcycle is a gradual process and it takes time. And the displacement or the power or the size of the motorcycle should also increase gradually. There are way too many examples of people not being able to contain the power under their butts and meeting an accident or even an untimely end. But then again, even skilled riders are dangerous when they break rules. More than the skill, they need the mindset that makes them respect the rules, the power that they have and motorcycling in general. And we emphasise on the mindset part because even 150cc motorcycles can do 100+ km/h nowadays which is no safe speed either, at least not in the most parts of the country.
    Various platforms, manufacturers and organisations have been doing a lot to educate young motorcyclists on safe riding. We need more effort but more than anything, we need willingness from the riders to learn how to ride a motorcycle the right way, respect the rules of the road and letting go of the illusion of ego that they do not let go even on roads.

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    Thanks for approving the topic.

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