Is motorcycling best suited for the young?

L.A. Times 2013/02/07 15:00:00
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As more older Americans take up motorcycling -- or return to it after a decades-long hiatus -- one thing is becoming clearer to emergency room physicians: When graying riders go down, they go down hard.

A Brown University study published Wednesday in the journal Injury Prevention, found that bikers age 60 and over were 2 1/2 times more likely to wind up in an emergency room with severe injuries than were riders in their 20s and 30s. Middle-aged riders fared somewhat better, but were still 66% more likely to sustain serious injury than were younger bikers.


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  • Grant Davison 2013/02/08 05:48:28
    Grant Davison
    My father 50+ rides a Hayabusa, I have had 3 crashes at 18 on a 125. he's had one. I say experience wins out.

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  • Watts 2013/03/08 15:57:00
    I hope not anyway, I'm in the latter part of my mid 40's & I still use my motorbike regularly
  • Jrogers 2013/02/21 00:07:19
    YOu work hard all your life and if you have enough bank to buy a Harley - tand you want one - go ahead and buy one.......not sure how your hands and wrists are going to hold up after a long ride - but it is none of my business if an older person wants to own one.
  • Chris 2013/02/19 14:00:47
    I'm probably going to get into trouble for this with Harley riders but the problem isn't age its 1st ==>bikers riding pitiful and pokey huge Harley type bikes with no acceleration and no agility and 2nd ==>Automobile drivers who are texting or talking on the phone instead of watching out for the people around them
  • Taylor 2013/02/10 14:23:39
    I feel the only riders who really know what they are doing and aren't jerks about it normally tend to be the older riders.
  • CorrectOpinion 2013/02/09 23:37:53
    As is race car driving and most everything that relies on reflexes. Unfortunantly, getting old sucks.
  • Thank you but no... 2013/02/09 16:41:29
    Thank you but no...
    In the UK the figures are the other way around, hence the higher insurance premiums for younger riders.
  • stevmackey 2013/02/08 20:59:08
    It is suited for anyone that can keep it upright. If you are an idiot, do not buy one.
  • lipton7.62 2013/02/08 18:25:38
    But the road seems to "feel" harder when you hit it.

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  • Carlo 2013/02/08 17:58:51
    Yes people teaching a kid young, doesnt mean on the streets, but if and when they get there they will have experience. Its these guys that never owned or rode when they were young that are the one's to worry about.
  • frank 2013/02/08 17:24:13
    Young riders are inexperienced and immature. Older riders don't take chances anymore and are safer. There are only two types of Motorcycle riders, the ones that will go down and those that have gone down.
  • Car1u5~PWCM~JLA 2013/02/08 17:22:06
    those types of bikes no but crotch rockets yes.
  • ll 2013/02/08 17:18:05
    We're too wild on the road and angry!! lol
  • stevegtexas@aol.com 2013/02/08 16:50:32 (edited)
  • D S stevegt... 2013/02/08 17:05:49
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  • eugene.hootie 2013/02/08 16:34:17
    There are lots of older people who are just getting into riding or returning to it after many years. Most serious accidents happen in the first 90 days of motorcycle ownership. So it stands to reason that there will be an upswing in injuries among older riders. I have been riding for over 40 years myself and have no plans to stop anytime soon.
  • chucky 2013/02/08 16:30:52
    Most of the guys I scrape off the tarmac are kids.How can you substitute 38 years of experience?
  • foy49 2013/02/08 16:07:07
    Experience vs Reflexes.
  • DuncanONeil 2013/02/08 15:59:30
    The data is incomplete. What are the ratios of accidents?
  • Professor Wizard 2013/02/08 15:03:16
    Professor Wizard
    Motorcycling is for everyone capable.

    Interesting stats... I did all my crashing in my 20's because back then I rode stupid. Saving grace, is with my background in racing, I always wore proper safety gear.

    I see way too many riding without safety gear :: more older then younger.. so I'm thinking that contributes to those stats.
  • Profess... Profess... 2013/02/08 15:04:44
    Professor Wizard
    Don't let the Democrats see this... they will be wanting to ban motorcycles to save lives.
  • Hakking 2013/02/08 15:01:47
  • Rdtourist 2013/02/08 15:01:12
    Yes, if you insist on crashing. It is also more dangerous to fall in the bathtub with age, should we restirct bathing to the young?
  • Rdtourist Rdtourist 2013/02/08 15:04:46
    As a PS, I am 70+ and still ride my several bikes, Last I fell was in 1979 when some Yahoo ran a stop sign and I did my very best Superman impression, getting up about 100 feet down the road. I am not getting the miles I used to, I only go on 750 mile trips a few times a year now but ride almost daily otherwise, been doing so since 1956 with no long term hiatus.
  • Hakking Rdtourist 2013/02/08 15:09:34
  • bluelady 2013/02/08 14:49:30
    with gas the price it is....bikes are SMART .. and an accident in a CAR older folks can have extra trouble too..and yes, we have a Honda Gold Wing and a Yamaha Virago
  • alicestarbright 2013/02/08 14:32:06
    No but it can be really creepy to see an old guy ride a moter bike
  • Torchmanner ~PWCM~JLA 2013/02/08 14:27:57
    Torchmanner ~PWCM~JLA
    Young riders tend to be more reckless, and have fatalities. I know, some of the guys that I rode with bought the farm. I almost bought the farm.
  • Scout 2013/02/08 13:43:05 (edited)
    I hope not. I'll be 50 soon but I don't want to give it up, or worse, ride a flippin' trike. Trumpet
  • Quazimoto 2013/02/08 13:42:41
    The only reason there are fewer younger people in the emergency room is that they went straight to the morgue.
  • WF - Rumpelstiltskin -PWCM~JLA 2013/02/08 13:23:17
    WF - Rumpelstiltskin -PWCM~JLA
    Stats state that in an accident the older ride has a higher injury rate, but on the flip. The younger rider has 5 times more accidents and a 1 in 3 chance of dying greater than the older rider.
  • Debra Smith 2013/02/08 13:11:36
  • Luke 2013/02/08 13:08:16
  • raine 2013/02/08 12:37:39
    Older bikers that have been riding consistently are OK with the classic style. Me old Mum is 87 and she goes with her boy friend all the time. But she did sell her white fringed leathers. The only time there was an accident was when step dad was showing off in front of some friends he spun around and flipped the bike. But hey he is a silly person probably did the same things when he was 20. I feel many of the accidents for elders may be because they buy those giant things and are no longer strong enough to hold them up. Too dad, we are all getting older eventually. :'(
  • Jimm 2013/02/08 11:32:42
    We grays just have to accept the risks and motor on! Besides, there's nothing quite like the feeling of freedom a person gets from straddling a motorcycle and blasting off down the road!! If I were physically able, I'd sure consider getting back up on two!!
  • MichaelJ 2013/02/08 10:16:02
    Now let me get this straight. These people did a scientific, indepth study and determined that when exposed to trama, accidents older people are injured more than young people.

    Good God!!!! These people have a GREAT JOB!!!! I have a suggestion for their next study.
    Do older people have more aches and pains that younger people? That should keep them employed for another few years.
  • Captain... MichaelJ 2013/02/08 10:32:21
    Captain Foxhound BN0
    They are brilliant!
    doc from back to the future
  • Janus MichaelJ 2013/02/08 11:47:24
    I agree. It's stunning. Way to keep yourself employed.
  • glitter_glaze_republican_CD 2013/02/08 09:22:06
    not until they know how to wipe their own asses right instead of leaving skidmarks all over the place
  • Chukroast 2013/02/08 08:50:46
    Yes, for the young. Their bones heal more quickly.
  • Captain Foxhound BN0 2013/02/08 08:39:09
    Captain Foxhound BN0
    When old people do anything they go down hard. I don't plan on spending my golden years sitting around watching TV all day.
    help ive fallen and i can t get up

    Live to ride! Ride to live!
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