What a stupid idea EU!
This has to be the most ridiculous claim the EU government has made yet! Sure people CAN add upgrades to their bieks to make them go faster BUT they can also add brighter lights , better brakes , louder exhausts and other huge safety enhancing features. Making safety mandatory is just another way to bind people in to using cars. Couple THIS up with the new rider training plans (hich would effecitvely mean you HAVE to be 21 in order to ride a bike as well as take and pass 5 tests while car drivers still only have 1 , this would prove extremely expensive of course) and you have the end of the motorcycling community (which is already dying slowly).
In case you are wondering , this is coming from an 18 year old , not a 40 year old who has been riding for years. My mum and dad are both sensible riders, a bandit , an r6 and an xt , but i have been noticing the general view of people my age is that if you go on a bike , you immediately die. Its too dangerous. Thats their view. Not the overwhelming feeling of freedom , not the bonding of man and machine , not you riding off into the sunset on your trusty steed , its too dangerous. Then you get the stories. People who have never sat on a bike telling you how dangerous they are?! Thats like me telling a rocket scientist we should use propellers on rockets!
And this is why this law is even being given the time of day. People who dont know shit about bikes telling people who ride bikes their driving is dangerous.
Well , I have been riding nearly 2 years but you wouldnt believe the crap car drivers do. Why just last week I saw one of the most retarded moves I've ever seen in my driving career so far. In a queue of traffic , a guy in the right lane had stalled before a roundabout (a car) , the guy behind him honked his horn. When the traffic on the left started movign he jumped out in front of a car (other one slammed on its brakes and tooted) THEN he attempted to move BACK INTO the right lane in front of the stalled car which was now moving.
And I'm sure you guys have seen even more retarded things on the roads than me. Hell , go search smidsy on youtube! Loads of em! Incomptent car drivers not driving with due care and attention pulling out on a bike because they either cant be arsed looking for bikers/cyclists/pedestrians or they dont know where to look for us.
Now you tell me bikes are the dangerous party on the roads? Now you tell me WE should have stricter tests? No!
I personally think CAR DRIVERS should be given a couple of new tests. Make them sit on a bike for at least 6 months. Let them know how bikers think. Let them know the danger we face when we are confronted with an impatient cager. Let them know of the danger presented from simply not looking where they are going.
See the motorcycle accident statistics fall dramatically.
THAT is how to enforce safety. THAT is the reason good riders end up statistics. THAT is the way to ensure safer roads for all (not just riders) , not by imposing even more tests on us , not by imposing these rules about what people can and cannot do to their vehicle.
Get your act together EU!