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Live Longer by Riding a Motorcycle (sort of)

When I tell people I ride a motorcycle, they're either really excited (because they ride too), or horrified that I would take such careless risks with my life. Just how dangerous is motorcycle riding, though? Before I bought my first bike I did some research and came to the conclusion: not very.

Let's look at the data.

In 2006, there were 35 motorcycle deaths per 100 million miles of distance traveled by motorcyclist. That means that, on average, for me to die riding a motorcycle, I'd have to ride 2.8 million miles, assuming I'm an average rider. Last year I rode somewhere around 1000 miles, giving me a .035% chance of death.

That's a lot of riding, and not a lot of death.

Motorcycle Stunts at the Pier in SF

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My wife and I were walking along the pier in San Francisco when suddenly, two motorcycle stuntmen started doing tricks in the empty lot next to us, right along the Pier.

I later found out one of the guys, Jason Pullen, is a professional.  This is all he does.  He has sponsors.  And he's truly amazing.  The things he does with a 650 pound Harley are unbelievable.

And it just made me think of my post about 80/20 vs. 1000/100, where I speculated that by focusing intensely on one thing, you can achieve phenomenal results.  Jason is a shining example of that - he does things on a motorcycle that just continue to freak you out, even after he lands his tricks successfully time after time.  In fact, he didn't wipe out once in the 15 minutes we watched him.

    

Here's another one -- sorry video is sideways, turn that laptop on its side!

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