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Balancing Act: Where a Biker’s Age and Abilities Collide

Any bike rider worth the price of a helmet knows how to properly dismount a motorcycle. You turn off the engine, kick out the kickstand and put all your weight on the foot that’s on the ground. You swing your other leg over and bring the bike to a parked position.

It’s just that easy. Or is it? Life has an interesting way of playing tricks on us.

  • In the past decade the vast majority of people who bought motorcycles were men between the ages of 40 and 49.
  • Funny thing is, this is the age group that has received the most amount of tickets for driving while intoxicated on a motorcycle.
  • Many men of this age suffer from physical issues that impair their ability to performing the necessary balancing act required to properly operate a bike.
  • Further, to add insult to injury, middle aged male bikers choose the big bikes, weighing an average of 800 to 900 pounds. The heavier the object, the harder it is to maneuver.

All of these facts can be overlooked to some extent — except by police officers. The truth is, poor motorcycle balance is a red flag to cops that the biker may be DWI. Therefore, don’t drink and drive. And, if you feel your bike may have become difficult to maneuver, there is no shame in considering a change in motorcycles. Don’t put yourself and others at risk for an accident that could have been prevented. Hey, after all, a new bike is a new bike. Your safety and the safety of others who share the road with you come first.

For over 25 years, Andrew Prince, Esq. has been representing NJ motorcycle riders who have been injured in accidents. If you or someone you know deserves to be compensated for their injuries sustained in an accident, contact  Mr. Prince today for a free consultation about the case.