Originally Posted by JimVonBaden
Also, more riders mean more power to change the laws to make riding safer...
Everyone drives a car... how's that workin' out for us in terms of controlling legislation?
Could you imagine a car in which you could turn off the ABS? The manufacturer would be driven out of business by lawsuits from people who forgot to turn it back on.
As it stands now, the perceived danger of motorcycling keeps the dim-wits out. The more mainstream it becomes, the more bikes will have to be dumbed down to suit the lowest common denominator.
Same goes for off road/adventure riding and land use: a few people riding responsibly doesn't attract any attention. A hundred people -- with a few of them acting like asshats -- gets land shut down to riding.
Just my 2 cents.