Ban Hayabusa, CBR, ZX, YZF, etc. From Roads Now!
A video of a tranquil, leisurely ride on a public road by a typical Hayabusa rider
Supersports motorcycle riders have a death rate more than four times greater than riders of other types of bikes. An Insurance Institute For Highway Safety (IIHS) report released about a year ago showed that per each 2,000 registered motorcycles, supersport riders of motorcycles such as Suzuki Hayabusa, Honda CBR, Kawasaki ZX, Yamaha YZF, etc. had a death rate of 22.5. Sport and "naked" sport bikes, which are somewhat less extreme versions of supersports, had the next highest rate of carnage at 10.7. The rates at which motorcycle riders snuff themselves out for all other types of bikes were much lower. Cruisers and standard motorcycles had a combined fatality rate of 5.7, touring motorcycles were 6.5, and "other" motorcycles such as street legal enduros, etc. were the lowest at 4.3.
You would figure that in, say, a Suzuki dealership where a DR650 and a Hayabusa sit side by side, it might be helpful to young and inexperienced riders to place a sign stating: "Your chance of dying is 5 times greater on the Hayabusa than the DR650," but that is not to be. With marketing chutzpah verging on the criminal, the motorcycle manufacturers have hypnotized a vast number of foolish, impressionable, immature, and downright stupid riders into the frenzied allure of exceeding freeway speed limits by a factor of three or more.
The IIHS report states that driver error and excessive speed were significantly larger factors in causing death in supersport as well as sport/naked bikes as compared to the other classes of motorcycles. Excessive speed was the cause of 57 percent of fatalities on supersports while only 22 percent on touring motorcycles. 9% of all supersports motorcycles are involved in a collision every year, versus 2.3% for all other classes. Look at that statistic in another way: An 11 year old sportsbike is guaranteed to have been in a crash!
Combine those statistics with the fact that in five years, the percentage of riders wearing U.S. D.O.T. certified helmets fell from 71 to 51 percent, at the same time while supersports motorcycle registrations shot up by 83 percent, and you can see why this segment of motorcycling is filling up morgues all over the world.
Indeed, in the USA alone supersports motorcycles cause equivalent deaths to crashing three fully loaded 747s... each and every year!
Anne McCartt, IIHS senior vice president for research, sums it all up much better than I ever could: "Supersport motorcycles have such elevated crash death rates and insurance losses because many people ride them as if they were on a racetrack. Data show that speed is a big factor in their crashes. Motorcyclists presumably buy supersports and sport bikes because they want to go fast, and manufacturers are happy to oblige."
One of the alleged "defenses" bandied about by speed-addled lunatic throttle-jockeys include that "no one has the right to tell me what to ride" and they're right. On the track, you're more than free to plunk superchargers on your Hayabusas and run them on nitrous or rocket fuel. Go crazy. Splat yourself all you want. If you're that much of a moron, it's good riddance anyway: Motorcycling Darwinianism at its best. However, you do not have any right whatsoever to cause this level of carnage on the public roads where the law-abiding members of my community, including seniors, parents and children are innocently going about their business. I have personally witnessed countless lives snuffed out whose only fault was sharing the public road with a deranged, maniacal, witless, hysterical idiot of a rider engaging in a fit of supersport velocity delirium.
There is one very simple legislative action which must be taken now, without delay. Ban Suzuki Hayabusa, Honda CBR, Kawasaki ZX, Yamaha YZF, and similar motorcycles from ever again being granted a license plate. Get these murdercycles off the streets today!
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