Ignore idiots who just pass along erroneous information. If one person croaks while anywhere near a motorcycle they will condemn and entire continent as dangerous. I mean, how many people got mugged in "safe" US or Western European cities last week? Should we avoid them??
When I told folks I was riding from Germany to Tbilisi, Georgia last month, I was told it was a crazy idea - that I would be eaten by cannibals practically! Well, I did the ride, and except for the fact that the drivers in Georgia ARE insane and unsafe (to put it mildly) I had a great ride. Of course the roads in Georgia are crap and my rear shock strut is now busted but that's because I overloaded the pig....
Have a great ride.
Normal is just a setting on the dryer.
2009 R1200GS A, 2008 K1200GT