Tuesday, October 21, 2008

How to Avoid Motorcycle Accidents

Jeremy Clarkson suggests buying a Vespa:

I also liked the idea of a Vespa because most bikes are Japanese. This means they are extremely reliable so you cannot avoid a fatal crash by simply breaking down. This is entirely possible on a Vespa because it is made in Italy.

Via Jeff the Baptist, who quips "Perhaps this explain the popularity of Harley-Davidson's as well?" Heh, probably. Although Harley has improved it's quality control over recent years. Or so I've heard. A company can only count on brand loyalty for so long.

Personally, I've long dreamed of getting a Vespa and riding it from Barrow, Alaska to Tierra del Fuego, and then writing a book about the experience. That's one motorcycle adventure that I don't think has been yet tackled on a scooter.


Sky Lowe-McCracken said...

A friend of mine once had a Fiat... for about 5 months. He found out quickly that Fiat stands for:

All the

As far as riding a Vespa that far... you won't have a butt or lower back left, John. And if you've just gotta go Italian - get a Moto Guzzi.

John said...

Yeah, but that would be part of the challenge. Just like the guy who years ago rode a Honda Helix in the Iron Butt.

JD said...

With a 250cc engine, that thing should be able to hit 60 or 70mph. I would like a little more protection than a Vespa at that speed.


Padmanaban said...

I don't know why these accidents are happening. If they drived carefully i hope it might not happen. Most of the accidents are happening due to OVERSPEED. Life is in our hands.
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