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Riders who switch motorcycles are more likely to crash

Motorcycle News and Information

Whoever coined the phrase, “it’s just like riding a bike,” probably never switched motorcycles. That’s because even experienced riders can be pretty wobbly when they hop on an unfamiliar bike, according to data from the country’s largest motorcycle insurer, Progressive.

The study of almost 2 million motorcycle policies over a five-year period finds that riders who switch bikes are nearly 70 percent more likely to crash than riders who keep the same bike.

“Most people already know that riding can be especially dangerous for new bikers,” said Rick Stern, a Progressive motorcycle product manager who is also a rider. “But our data shows that the less familiar you are with your bike, the more likely you are to be involved in a collision, regardless of your experience.”

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The study also found cruiser riders who switch to sport bikes are three-and-a-half times more likely to crash. That’s more than double the risk they’d have than if they just switched to another cruiser.

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