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There are 36 comments on the NBC29 Charlottesville story from May 2, 2012, titled Virginia Motorcycle Fatalities Surge in 2012 - NBC29 WVIR Charlottesville, VA News, Sports and We.... In it, NBC29 Charlottesville reports that:

New numbers show motorcycle deaths in Virginia are surging. Now Virginia's Department of Motor Vehicles is urging bikers to be more careful.

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blackwater

Charlottesville, VA

#1 May 2, 2012
gas is high, thank you obama!
Steve

Charlottesville, VA

#2 May 3, 2012
blackwater wrote:
gas is high, thank you obama!
Never got as high as under Bush. If you want it $5+/gal, elect Romney.
Richard Tracy

Spring Grove, VA

#3 May 3, 2012
What the truck does have to do with article ? Thank you Mr. Jarman , been buying bikes from you all since you where near the high school , 1970s.
Best tips, I road raced norton's & Desmo's @ Daytona. Always look & know where you will be every 1000 ft. a head of you, & assume everyone can not see you ! Even with close to 45 years of riding other people have hit me 4 times , & now have lost 5 disc in lower back. Ride safe or not be able to walk.
Asdf

Woodland Hills, CA

#4 May 3, 2012
Steve wrote:
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Never got as high as under Bush. If you want it $5+/gal, elect Romney.
Yeah, and if you want $8+/gal, reelect Obama.
Think about it

Charlottesville, VA

#5 May 3, 2012
Potential difference is the issue at hand.

I don’t ride a bike, would like to but know the consequences as a kid years ago. I’ve driven the road ways for many years now and seen some crazy stuff. It’s bad enough dealing with the crazies in a car or truck where you have some degree of assumed protection but to sit out in the open on 2 wheels with absolutely no protection is where potential difference wins out. Anything bigger than you runs into, right over, you will hurt you.

Please don’t take me wrong. There’s a nice feeling of riding in the open getting the feel of your surroundings, such a feeling of freedom. There’s the plus side of a bike’s MPG at today’s fuel cost.

Please think it over the next time you’re in a car and you had a close call from a distracted or non attentive driver, what if I was on a bike.
Steve

Charlottesville, VA

#6 May 3, 2012
Asdf wrote:
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Yeah, and if you want $8+/gal, reelect Obama.
You need to get out more, gas prices have fallen for the ninth week in a row.
Better Drivers Needed

Charlottesville, VA

#7 May 3, 2012
The article says that 50 percent of the increase in fatalities is from single-rider accidents. The other 50 percent? I would bet it's from oncoming driver inattention, worsened to the level of drunk driving by drivers fiddling with the audio system or being deep into an important conversation about where they're going to eat that night. There is almost nothing that a biker can do about that except run into them and lose the match.
just say no

Charlottesville, VA

#8 May 3, 2012
blackwater wrote:
gas is high, thank you obama!
I suspect you are high.
we ma way

Charlottesville, VA

#9 May 3, 2012
I like motorcycles, except the obnoxiously loud ones which unfortunately seem to be everywhere.
Come to think of it, a lot of people are like that too.
Diane

Charlottesville, VA

#10 May 3, 2012
This segment about motorcycls it is good but an area it fell short on was to alert motorists to look twice before proceeding. I cannot count how many times cars that did not have the right a way proceed to pull out. Loud Pipes do Save Lives!
hmmm

Charlottesville, VA

#11 May 3, 2012
we ma way wrote:
I like motorcycles, except the obnoxiously loud ones which unfortunately seem to be everywhere.
Come to think of it, a lot of people are like that too.
That's because the loud ones are the only ones you notice. The other ones are in your blind spot about to be run over because you're blabbing on your cell phone (while talking with your hands) about how you hate those obnoxiously loud people you work with.
lookout

Charlottesville, VA

#12 May 3, 2012
Loud motorcycles are distracting and interfere with my concentration on driving.
we ma way

Charlottesville, VA

#13 May 3, 2012
Diane wrote:
This segment about motorcycls it is good but an area it fell short on was to alert motorists to look twice before proceeding. I cannot count how many times cars that did not have the right a way proceed to pull out. Loud Pipes do Save Lives!
Then honk your horn if you see one pulling out, and ride defensively.

'Loud pipes' is like a car driving down the road with its horn on all the time

read this:
http://www.noiseoff.org/motorcycles.php
Andrew

Charlottesville, VA

#14 May 3, 2012
Loud pipes annoy people. I taught the motorcycle class for eight years and learned a lot about safety. As you can tell, I disagree with loud pipes. In my opinion, loud pipes degrade your ability to hear what is going on around you. It also puts riders in the mindset of relying on their loud pipes to alert people. I don't want to put my safety in the hands of others. I am responsible. Me, no one else. I HIGHLY recommend that all riders read this article: http://www.network.mag-uk.org/smidsy/How%20Cl...

The information here will save your life. It explains why car drivers pull out in front of motorcycles and stop. It will tell you what you can do to be more easily seen on the road, and thus be safer. Little things, like wearing a white helmet, constantly changing your position in your lane, using your high beam in the daytime, are all very valuable 'tricks of the trade' to help you be more visible to others.

The other thing is to RIDE WITHIN YOUR LIMITS!!! Today's Sportbikes are incredible machines and you can get into trouble on one in a hurry. Take it easy, obey the speed limits, and always be alert for hazards. If you are on an unfamiliar road with lots of twists and turns, SLOW DOWN! Rt 231 between Gordonsville and Rt 20 is a prime example. Fun road to ride, but lots of sharp, blind turns. If when you ride, you find yourself crossing the center line, then you just screwed up royally. Your riding should never bring you across a painted line on the sides of the road. You should always have enough room to maneuver in a corner to avoid a hazard. Never go full bore into a turn. You have to leave yourself some wiggle room for the unexpected.

Oh, and TAKE THE MOTORCYCLE SAFETY CLASS!!!!

Since: Jul 09

Location hidden

#15 May 3, 2012
lookout wrote:
Loud motorcycles are distracting and interfere with my concentration on driving.
No wore than when you are on your cell phone or have you radio blaring. Whenever I hear a louder bike passing me I take not and realize it's there. Its the silent ones that usually get hit. My bike would not be considered loud but after I redid the pipes I did notice how less drivers merged into my lane without looking.

The reason motorcycle deaths are surging is because gas prices are driving people to get better fuel efficient vehicles. Now 50% of the motorcycle fatalities they reported my have been the riders fault. But you need to remember you are at your highest chance of an accident within the year you first start riding. I remember when i first started riding I wasn't able to control the bike as well as I can now. Once I actually pulled up to a red light and forgot to put my feet down. Myself and the bike fell right over. Sadly, as a new rider things like that happen.
zZz

Charlottesville, VA

#16 May 3, 2012
Global warming is the main cause ---
Shorter winter, better road conditions, more motorcycles on the road earlier in the season, especially the current one.
Fortunately, there are less skiing accidents.
Through the rest of the year, the stats should normalize and match the median for previous years.
yep

Charlottesville, VA

#17 May 3, 2012
I thought the fad with middle age people trying to be young on bikes was over. I see the tats are slowing down but when will grownups realize they are not twenty anymore?
heh

Charlottesville, VA

#18 May 3, 2012
yep wrote:
I thought the fad with middle age people trying to be young on bikes was over. I see the tats are slowing down but when will grownups realize they are not twenty anymore?
One word, Viagra.
Ben Waiting

Palmyra, VA

#19 May 3, 2012
I'd like to see a graduated system here like they have in parts of Europe. Make riders qualify to larger engines/faster bikes over time. I ride, have for many years, and I love it. I think it's scary that any pimple faced 18 year old kid can walk into Jarmin's, and ride out on a bike that can do 170mph stock. Yes, the rider safety course is excellent, but a few hours of class work, and a day and a half in a parking lot is not going to keep that 18 y/o kid safe. Make them first be required to ride a smaller 250 for a least a couple of years, then qualify though a skills test to move up to the next level. Maybe three levels is sufficient. Ride safe and keep the shiney side up!
Figured it out

Charlottesville, VA

#20 May 3, 2012
Richard Tracy wrote:
What the truck does have to do with article ? Thank you Mr. Jarman , been buying bikes from you all since you where near the high school , 1970s.
Best tips, I road raced norton's & Desmo's @ Daytona. Always look & know where you will be every 1000 ft. a head of you, & assume everyone can not see you ! Even with close to 45 years of riding other people have hit me 4 times , & now have lost 5 disc in lower back. Ride safe or not be able to walk.
Knowing where you will be in 1000ft is great advice for every road user. I've lost track of the number of folk who seem astonished if you tell them that going round a bend at a speed where your stopping distance is greater than the visible road is dangerous.

Round that corner could be a stationary school bus, a broken down car, a cyclist, walkers or runners, an escaped cow or a kid chasing a ball. Going too fast and not knowing what's in front of you puts yourself and others at risk.

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