fast motorbikes and poor journalism

Kawasaki H2: It's out to get you...apparently.  Photo Credit: Kawasaki

Kawasaki H2: It’s out to get you…apparently.
Photo Credit: Kawasaki

If you’re interested in motorbikes then chances are you’ve heard of the Kawasaki H2R and it’s road going brother the H2. The spec’ sheet alone has been enough to send the Internet into a meltdown and cause ‘journalists’ who know nothing about motorcycles to compare it to Holden Commodores, VW Golfs and Formula 1 cars…I shit you not.

Click here to read the article, then come back for my thoughts on this.

I found this article utter hyperbole. I’m not sure what the writer’s research process  for this story was, but if they bothered to check details on other motorcycles on sale today they’d have found that there are a number of bikes currently on sale that are almost as fast and are fair more attainable than the H2. For example a 2006 Suzuki GSXR1000 can manage 2.5 second 0-100 times, continue on to 299km/h all while having none of the electronic safety controls the H2 has. Oh, and you can buy one for under $8,000.

This article stinks of the 70’s ‘supercar scare’ in Australia and to be perfectly honest, I’m sick of this ‘moral panic’ journalism. Any motorbike can cause deaths and any vehicle poses inherent risks. It’s up the operator how they manage those risks whether they are driving a car, riding a motorbike or riding their push bike. If the police or government in Australia are worried about accidents and deaths on the roads, why don’t they educate people on the risks more effectively? Or even better, make professional rider training compulsory. The current licensing requirements are ridiculous, allowing anyone who can stumble their way through a couple of measly ‘tests’ to operate a 200+hp motorcycle as easily as someone who wants to ride a scooter to work. Why not bring this to the public’s attention instead of convincing them there’s a Kawasaki out to kill them?

As a motorcyclist and an owner of a 170+hp motorcycle I can confidently say that the vast majority of riders who have these high power bikes (especially higher value, higher performance examples) take part in regular track days and race meets. We don’t race on the streets and when we do ride on the street we’re far more likely to be killed by someone who forgets to check their mirrors, or is otherwise occupied by any other task than driving than by our bikes themselves.

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