WHO NEXT AFTER THE FROGS ...???
Myopic, careless & don't give a shit drivers kill & injure us - but the "official" verdict (from officials) is that it is OUR entire fault - again, or - still. Trumpet Triple has got a good point too ...
And here we go again - this pre-supposes that drivers are more loathe to kill & or injure anyone riding a machine with a capacity under 125cc? WTF? We all know it is just as easy (even easier, in point of fact) to get creamed riding a small capacity bike, bereft of the acceleration to squeak away from danger. And I have personally witnessed bigger numbers of lunatics on scooters than I have ever seen on proper motorcycles, so - what sort of bullshit and anti-motorcycle rationale is that?
I have thought for very many years that Legislators should ride a motorcycle on public highways for at least 24 months before they are given the right to "assume" what is best for us motorcyclists and to actually experience for themselves what happens in the "real World" before lunging-in and making stupid knee-jerk decisions such as this.
One of the reasons I got to be so old & ugly is that I believe very strongly in Primary Safety and "being seen". Part of that defensive stance is wearing bright or contrasting & easily visible colours to go with and augment headlights that are hard-wired ON here in Australia. Still plenty of close shaves and moments - despite all these “visual aids”...you all know the story here, eh? Sorry, mate - I didn't see you. Yeah -right - because you didn't even effing LOOK !
Having said all that - there shouldn't be Legislation punishing us and involving higher costs to bikers when we are so vulnerable and NOT the problem here. IMHO - anyone who doesn't wear gloves, joint, feet & leg protection and a full-face helmet is a fool and Legislation forcing this latter one was acceptable for those intent on exercising their right to die or ruin their and their family's life via a head injury. But this is something else and a very large, almost Fascist step too far.
It is unacceptable and draconian and should be resisted with all our might and will. Cheers