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Aggressive Vehicles?

I’m currently reading the Proficient Motorcycling book. After four decades of riding a motorcycle, I thought it was about time to read this book. I might learn something, which would be a good thing. It seems like a pretty good book, color pictures, tables and a CD. What more could you want? On Amazon.com 244 people have written comments about the book, which is pretty good. Considering it’s not on Oprah’s booklist that’s really a lot of feedback.

No sense in starting from the beginning, so I jumped right into a certain section and started reading. Everything was going along just fine until I read the buzzword “Aggressive Vehicles.” Okay, maybe I need to go back and reread that section again. Could it have been that I read it wrong, maybe it said aggressive drivers? Maybe our new dog Bailey distracted me while I was reading the section. He runs around the house like he’s high on speed or something. No, I didn’t misread the section, it said “Aggressive Vehicles.”

Okay, go along with program, new term to learn, “Aggressive Vehicles.” As I read the section, I learned that when a larger vehicle hits a smaller vehicle, the small vehicle takes most of the damage. Good thing I read that because I would never figure that out.

There’s even a table with a list of aggressive vehicles on it. This list came from NHTSA that collected the data. So someone didn’t just make up this list. The most aggressive vehicle according to the table is a Dodge B series van. When I see Dodge B series van I’m going to get the hell out of the way.

The section goes on to talk about when a motorcycle hits an automobile, the motorcycle driver flies over the automobile and hits the ground. When a motorcycle driver hits an aggressive vehicle, he or she will do a body slam into the side of that vehicle. I think all of these things any motorcycle rider can understand.

Riding a motorcycle is a risk-taking event. You can take classes on motorcycle safety, read books and wear safety gear. Every time you get on a motorcycle,  you’re taking a risk. That’s a fact. So when someone gives a vehicle a rating of “Aggressive” that’s stupid talk to me.

I would want to know why motorcycles are involved in accidents with these vehicles at a higher percentage than other vehicles. Maybe they’re design flaws in these vehicles that create blind spots for the driver. Who knows?

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  1. September 28, 2010 at 10:13 pm

    I think it’s mostly due to driving distractions. People are too busy texting or talking on the phone to pay attention. They just don’t see us out there. Every vehicle has the potential to be an Aggressive Vehicle. That’s why am I completely alert and expect every car to do something stupid when I ride.

  2. September 28, 2010 at 10:25 pm

    Thanks for the heads up on this book. I believe it’s stuff like this that keeps me from picking up these “how to ride safe” books…. Or what did they call it? Proficient Motorcycling? Yeah OK… good reading here.

  3. Strega_Rossa
    September 28, 2010 at 10:44 pm

    Oh I am sooo happy to have read this tonight. My husband is off on a 7 day jaunt to South Carolina from NY on my motorcycle. This is a huge ride for him to do by himself and yeah, I am doin’ the wifey-worry thing.

    Keep him in your thoughts…

  4. October 31, 2010 at 2:05 pm

    Perhaps it’s the authors of ‘Proficient Motorcycling,’ not Bailey who were on speed or do they know something we don’t – were there any 58 Furys named “Christine” on their list?

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