Consumer Reports’ latest survey of motorcycle and scooter owners found that only a little more than half of their respondents said they had taken a formal riding instruction course, and nearly one in four said they don’t always wear a helmet when they ride. Seven out of 10 respondents considered themselves to be experienced riders. But 10 percent said they had been in an accident in the last five years, with almost half of those being single-vehicle crashes.
Read more of the report at Consumer Reports Motorcycle Safety Habits.
Interestingly, another report, this time from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), recommends ABS on all motorcycles. They say some crashes may be avoidable if motorcycles are equipped with antilock brakes and have asked the federal government to require this on all new motorcycles. The study concluded that motorcycles equipped with ABS are 37 percent less likely to be involved in a fatal crash than bikes without it. ABS is optional on some motorcycles now, but typically adds about $1000 to the cost, and is offered only on larger, heavier models.
The study pdf can be found at Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Motorcycle Study.