Radical Choppers – taking it too far!
For me the first thing that comes to mind when watching this video is that these bikers have taken it way too far as far as extended front ends go. Having a super long extended front end like this really changes the whole geometry of the motorcycle. I just have to believe that riding a motorcycle with such a long front end is really an accident waiting to happen. Plus, what about cornering and maneuverability?
Sure, I can appreciate bikers modifying their rights to suit their own individuality, but if they intend to ride these custom creations, I think safety has to factor into any modifications.
These motorcycles are just impractical and stupid. Make a bike uncomfortable and plan unsafe for the rider & anyone else around when they loses control.
Motorcycle riding is already a pretty dangerous sport, so to modify your bike like the one shown in this video would only be okay if it was made for a static display. But, to ride a bike that’s been so radically modified like these, a motorcycle rider would really have to be absolutely crazy!
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:
According to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2006, 13.10 cars out of 100,000 ended up in fatal crashes. The rate for motorcycles is 72.34 per 100,000 registered motorcycles. Motorcycles also have a higher fatality rate per unit of distance travelled when compared with automobiles. Per vehicle mile traveled, motorcyclists’ risk of a fatal crash is 35 times greater than a passenger car. In 2004, figures from the UK Department for Transport indicated that motorcycles have 16 times the rate of serious injuries compared to cars.
A national study by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATS) found that:
- Motorcycle rider death rates increased among all rider age groups between 1998 and 2000
- Motorcycle rider deaths were nearly 30 times more than drivers of other vehicles
- Motorcycle riders aged below 40 are 36 times more likely to be killed than other vehicle operators of the same age.
- Motorcycle riders aged 40 years and over are around 20 times more likely to be killed than other drivers of that same age.
According to 2005 data from the NHTSA, 4,008 motorcycle riders were killed on United States roads in 2004, an 8% increase from 2003.now I don’t know save draft
During that same period, drivers of automobiles showed a 10% increase in fatalities, while cyclists showed an 8% increase in fatalities. Pedestrians also showed a 10% increase in fatalities. A total of 37,304 automobile occupants were killed on U.S. roads in 2004.