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Join Date: Feb 2006
Sportbike: 955i Speed Triple, 100AE Road King, AP1 Honda S2000
Years Riding: 1/3rd of my life.
How you found us: Cave Johnson
I can understand the basis for the lawsuit. Look at a Learjet, fast, expensive, capable of killing you; you need a special license to fly one, a different license than a Cessna 152. In order to get this license, you are trained for hours and hours in theory and hands on application of skills. Cars aren't the same way, one license covers all aspects of cars, regardless of speed or power or handling traits. How about motorcycles, the same license that give you the ability to (legally) ride an EX250 will give you the ability to ride a ZX-14, despite their dramatic differences in performance.
Look at England and other European countries, they require that you start on a scooter for 2 years before being allowed to upgrade to a 500cc bike, this prevents rookies from getting in over their heads (I might be off on the time and engine sizes, but there are class restrictions of some sort). I'm not suggesting that we require new riders to start on a scooter, but to be honest, the DMV skills test could be passed by my grandma if she had a small enough bike, it's just too short and simple to be used to gauge skill. Porsche offers driver training (optional) and BMW and others have something similar, but there is still nothing preventing a 16 year old with a rich irresponsible parent from buying a 911 Turbo, I would argue that this is how people die, whether they're 16 or 55, money and lack of preparation or skill.
If a more in depth licensing program were put into effect, different HP limits for certain ages unless you can show you are capable of handling said power, I feel that there would be lives saved. Even if it saved no one, it would eliminate the basis for lawsuits like this which ruin the fun of skilled drivers/motorcyclists who enjoy our vastly overpowered toys in a semi- responsible but lawsuit free manner.
EDIT: made some analogies easier to understand.
Last edited by SmartDrug; 07-21-2006 at 06:23 PM.