Motorcycle fatalities represent a significant public health concern globally. The allure of freedom and adventure on two wheels often overshadows the inherent risks associated with motorcycles. In this essay, we delve into the complex issue of motorcycle fatalities, exploring their causes, consequences, and potential countermeasures to mitigate this tragic trend.

I. Causes of Motorcycle Fatalities

1.1. Lack of Protective Gear
Motorcycle fatalities are often exacerbated by the absence of protective gear such as helmets, gloves, and proper riding attire. Non-use of helmets, in particular, significantly increases the risk of severe head injuries in accidents.

1.2. Speeding
Excessive speed remains a leading factor in motorcycle fatalities. Riders, especially young and inexperienced ones, tend to overestimate their abilities and underestimate the dangers associated with high speeds.

1.3. Impaired Riding
Alcohol and drug impairment impair a rider’s judgment and coordination, increasing the likelihood of accidents. Impaired motorcyclists are at a greater risk of collisions due to impaired reaction times and decision-making.

1.4. Inadequate Training
Inadequate rider training is another factor contributing to motorcycle fatalities. Many riders do not receive proper training before taking to the roads, leading to poor handling skills and limited knowledge of safety measures.

II. Consequences of Motorcycle Fatalities

2.1. Loss of Life
The most devastating consequence of motorcycle fatalities is the loss of life. When accidents occur, motorcyclists are far more vulnerable than occupants of enclosed vehicles, often resulting in fatal injuries.

2.2. Economic Costs
Motorcycle fatalities impose significant economic costs on society. These include medical expenses, legal fees, insurance payouts, and productivity losses due to injuries and fatalities.

2.3. Emotional Impact
Motorcycle fatalities have a profound emotional impact on the families and friends of the victims. Coping with the sudden loss of a loved one due to a preventable accident is a heavy burden to bear.

III. Countermeasures to Reduce Motorcycle Fatalities

3.1. Mandatory Helmet Laws
One effective countermeasure is the enforcement of mandatory helmet laws. Countries that have implemented strict helmet laws have seen a significant reduction in head injuries and fatalities among motorcyclists.

3.2. Rider Education
Comprehensive rider education programs can equip motorcyclists with the necessary skills and knowledge to safely navigate the roads. Governments and organizations should invest in accessible and affordable rider training.

3.3. Impaired Riding Prevention
To combat impaired riding, strict enforcement of laws against driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is essential. Public awareness campaigns can also emphasize the dangers of riding while impaired.

3.4. Speed Limit Enforcement
Enforcing speed limits and implementing speed reduction measures in accident-prone areas can reduce the severity and frequency of motorcycle accidents caused by speeding.


Motorcycle fatalities are a multifaceted problem with grave consequences for individuals and society as a whole. To address this issue effectively, it is crucial to target the root causes, including the lack of protective gear, speeding, impaired riding, and inadequate training. Implementing countermeasures such as mandatory helmet laws, rider education programs, impaired riding prevention, and speed limit enforcement can significantly reduce the incidence of motorcycle fatalities and spare countless lives from the tragic consequences of motorcycle accidents. Achieving safer roads for motorcyclists is not only a matter of regulation but also of fostering a culture of responsible riding and awareness.

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Straight up… Ducati’s are divas.

My 2014 Panigale 1199 is not just that. She’s also a drama queen. That goes from tire choice to suspension settings and finding the right sprocket ratios. She is loud, mean, and a machine which needs a hand. Extremely physical to ride, especially on roads. This is why I only take her out on tracks and have a 2018 Mutistrada Enduro Pro for the street. Both bikes are taken care of by A&S Motorcycles in Roseville, which is pretty much the only dealership I trust.

Superbike-Coach Ducati 1199, Maintained by A&S While the Multistrada had only one issue so far, A&S had it fixed in no time. The EVAP canister filled up with gas and instead of having me waiting… A&S took a canister right out of a other bike and ordered a new one for that one. Genius.

The 1199 on the other hand… that thang had A&S entertained for a while. No false codes, so they were not to shy to involve Italy and their engineers. They suggested to just to swap injectors from one to the other cylinder, and that bike was running like a charm again. In the end, A&S suspected a bad plug connection and had it fixed.

I can’t thank A&S not enough for taking good care of Superbike-Coach school bikes as we need them pretty much every day. I love these guys because they are flexible and think out of the box. Thank you guys!

Wanna see ‘Cleopatra’ in action?… I have two B+ spot openings for our track day at Thunderhill Raceway on 8/27/2023.

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When I talk about braking- I am not talking about picking up a six pack at a gas station for sure. There is extreme heat, G-forces and wining tires!

You also need to know that I’m a ‘burned child’ in regard brakes. In all the years of riding and racing, I’ve had three major front brake losses out of high speed. Luckily all happened on a track where there is plenty of space to at least reduce impact. My first one was during a European Championship race, when a brake piston seal broke. I was lucky cuz’ I could run this one out without hitting something. The second one happened way later when I was teaching. Brake fluid was boiling due to cheap brake pads (long story and I don’t want to go there). I won’t ever forget the impact at about 200 km per hour. The third one happened at Thunderhill West, when the G-forces of a huge tank slapper (another long story) pushed back my caliper pistons.

So yea, try to imagine that when I figured that there ain’t no brakes- that that happen at a time when I was late braking. You know… that comes with quite a surprise at ya. Great way to test your mental strength btw. For me- brakes need to be top notch and well maintained.

Braking in Pro racing is like martial arts. High temps taking and with a stopping power which makes your sweat comes forward off your face. MotoGP brakes cost a fortune and most of the time only go out to hand picked teams and racers. Today, I am still somewhat in need for high level brake equipment but not willing to invest that kind of money into bikes which are not prototype race bikes. So just like in my prime, I am abusing what’s there. One brake rotor after another needs to be replaced because they are binding and wrapping up, and my brake pads go like butter in the sun.

BrakeTech is sponsor of the Superbike-Coach CorpLet’s take my 2022 KTM 450 SMR Supermoto as an example. The bike had about 18 hours on it. You can say 15 hours of this were done at slow to moderate pace during classes- and about 3 hours at my pace. That front brake rotor is toast! I needed a solution and found it with BrakeTech braking rotors. Why?… because of how they are designed and materials been used. When looking closely at the picture, you’ll notice the rotor carrier is meant to be holding the majority of brake force, and not the buttons themselves. Besides this smart design, this rotor is about 2mm thicker, uses exotic materials and is real floated. That keeps temps at the actual disc in check and delivers a more linear bite and more even wear (more info in regard materials etc).

Braketech and superbike-coach supermotoI am still glad that I kept looking in the BrakeTech product portfolio, because I also found brake caliper replacement pistons which are coming directly from MotoGP. High end titanium can take the heat way easier than aluminum materials, and ventilation holes around the pistons allow the air to go inside the pocket between piston and brake pads. Best part… they seem to have these pistons for Brembo and Nissin applications for an actual affordable price.

Don’t know yet if we are able to make a install video, but this is fairly simple. Maybe you’ll think about it when you next brake fluid change need to be done.

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