Thursday, April 01, 2010

ABS reduces the incidence of motorcycle crashes, rider training probably doesn’t!

Honda Fireblade with ABSSuzuki GSX-R1000
ABS helps reduce the incidence of motorcycle accidents, but rider training doesn't...!?!

According to the results of a study conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) in the US, anti-lock brakes (ABS) for motorcycles reduce the chances of crashing. The study indicates that motorcycles equipped with ABS are 37% less likely to be involved in a fatal crash. A separate analysis by the affiliated Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI) also says that bikes with ABS have 22% fewer claims for damage per insured vehicle year.

That ABS would reduce the chances of motorcycle accidents is hardly surprising, but here comes a shocker – according to another report recently prepared by HLDI, the frequency of insurance collision claims for riders younger than 21 was 10% higher in States that require riders to take a training course before they become eligible for a motorcycle riders license, compared with States that don't require such training! This essentially contradicts the belief that rider training is an absolute must for motorcyclists and that it helps reduce the incidence of accidents.

Despite the findings of the HLDI report, we still fully, completely support rider training. Regardless of what country you live in, if you’re getting started with motorcycles, first find a good institute that imparts high quality motorcycle rider training and then pay attention to what they teach you there. And, of course, always wear a helmet!

For more details, visit the IIHS website here

Via The Wall Street Journal
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