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But i would rather to sail across the ocean than to ride a motorcycle across the United States. Sailing is safer than riding a bike.
You are obviously speaking for yourself. Riding a motorcycle across the US is not more dangerous than sailing across an ocean if you are more skilled as a motorcyclist than a sailor. I assure you, my four motorcycle trips across the US were far easier and less perilous than any ocean crossing. Maybe it's because I'm a seasoned motorcyclist and have developed the confidence and skill required for the task.

When I discovered motorcycling I was scared, had frequent dreams of death on the bike (like 2/3 nights a week for the first 2 years of riding.) I just enjoyed motorcycling too much to give it up so I decided to take that energy from the dreams and start researching motorcycle safety. I read everything I could find about motorcycle safety practices from professionals like motorcycle policemen, couriers and racers. I read all the magazines (no interweb back then) and all the books I could find about motorcycling. Now, 35 years later, I can look back on thousands of fond memories of trips made, people met, roads enjoyed and an appreciation of our great country, coast to coast.

It's not a question of is it dangerous, of course it is, just like sailing. The danger decreases with knowledge and experience but it's always there.

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Hi DB, Many years of riding and I still don't trust Other traffic the Sea is much more predictable than a crowded street, know your baby and She will get there! Chkm8
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Hi DB, Many years of riding and I still don't trust Other traffic
Good, me neither. However traffic isn't the only hazard. Equipment failure during a motorcycle trip could mean a long walk. Equipment failure in the middle of the Atlantic ...............

If safety is your concern; stay in bed.

If statistics are your concern; never go to bed (more people die in bed than anywhere else.)

Whatareyagonnado?

Choose your dangers, arm yourself against them with education and attention, then go out and enjoy them.

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