I've NEVER heard of that stereotype. And even if it's true for Belgium (which we hardly know to be a bastion of manliness, outside of JCVD's pecs) it's not like my riding a fast Italian motorcycle is going to dispel the notion that hey guess what, girls ride motorcycles too!
The 600/620/695 Monsters are chick bikes, not because of how they look, but because they are so damn underpowered.
Maybe; engine size is important too. I know among the Honda guys, the 919/Hornet 900 is considered a manly or at least neutral bike, and the 599/Hornet 600 is usually the wife's/girlfriend's.
I didn't mean that. Just what Spectre said, too - you need to be larger and stronger to handle a bigger and heavier bike. My pretty much only rider friend here is a tiny woman and has a 600 Monster for that reason (she even got her license on her own bike).So 600s are girly, and liter bikes are Chuck Norris testosterone-dripping manly? Good to know.
Nothing bad about that - they have power enough...I like 600s. And if I'm going to be called out on my girly vehicular choice, well...I drive a Miata.
Intentional or not, that happens all the damn time. This was the last significant one of mine I caught on video:Both riders in the follow two accidents were, AFAIK, fatal. This definitely teaches you to always ride as defensively as possible on the street!
Two aggressive motor vehicle operators (driver, rider) trying to occupy same space at same time. Initially it looks like driver was trying to intentionally run the rider off the road, but it could've also been that he was quite careless.
That was just someone being stupid.Starts at around 4:35.
One issue with the native UK small displacement bikes was that they were surprisingly heavy for their displacements and didn't actually handle, brake or turn all that well; this is why the small displacement Hondas and the like ate their lunch the world over.The most powerful motorcycles I have looked at buying have 10bhp.
If the UK laws limited bike ownership based on bhp rather than the 125cc engine capacity (AKA: using logic) I would be more tempted to get a bike. Very few 125cc motorcycle to choose from if you want something old/classic but loads of them with less than 10-20bhp.
I'd be very tempted to get a Triumph Tiger Cub or a (far cheaper) BSA Bantam, actually knew a guy my age who had a 175cc Bantam and couldn't ride it despite it only making something like 7bhp!
I don't need anything that goes faster than 60/70mph and I'm far from a heavy person so power doesn't really bother me, I'll only be going 30 miles or so around the local area.
Bikes are better than cars. Thought you knew this by now.As for the accident videos I can't tell what would be the bigger issue, not seeing a bike at all or completely underestimating its speed/ability to accelerate. I knew a motorcyclist who is distinctly in the "Bikes are better than cars" camp and as thus I have been told many times how many bikes can get to 60mph in 3 seconds and cruise at well over 100mph. I don't think this is taught very well to the average motorist though, I hardly ever seen traffic safety ads on TV now-a-days, like "THINK BIKE" and the like and it didn't really crop up in my driving theory test either.