Wednesday, June 04, 2008

The Problem with Motorcycles

Uncle Billy thinks I should ride a motorcycle to work. The problem is that according to the Insurance Institute, the fatality rate for motorcycles is 35 times that rate for automobiles. And while I have enough life insurance to get my kids through college, I would like to think that they would miss me.

5 comments:

Thomas Panzer said...

You either want to ride a bike, or you don't. For the money, you can't touch the gas mileage with anything else. But, yes... you are sitting on top of 400-600 lbs of machinery, and not a safety device in sight. Other than your brain of course.

Uncle Billy Climbs Mt. Pelerin said...

To be fair, Smart Cars and Scooters were included as alternatives (though I'd hate to hit a pebble with a scooter's tiny wheel, doing 65 on the 405). Interesting though that you homed in on just the motorcycles!

Ok enough with the motorcycles: Now I can't get the image of Paul Volcker and Paul Krugman out of my head -- leather jackets, rolled up jeans and cigars, sitting astride their Indians and whistling as the townies walk by.

Zachary said...

Nic eto see they care so much about you. I think motorcycles are quite dangerous.

Uncle Billy Climbs Mt. Pelerin said...

Many many comments regarding scooters in a post on the calculated risk blog:

http://www.haloscan.com/comments/calculatedrisk/8377348400375194342/

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