Originally Posted by chasssmash
A new book on risk (cannot remember the name of the top of my head)by well respected risk analysts pointed out that statistically spending a day riding a motorcycle (400 miles)is a little more dangerous then spending a day fighting in Afghanistan.
Obviously we all have different risk profiles but that was quote sobering to me at least having 2 small kids.
I ride daily but would still describe my skills as only average. I have had my share of close calls but I thought it was just my personal experience.
I won't stop riding but it is a scary idea for sure.
Like others have said there are ways to reduce your risk, and moreso on the bike than in the Army. And there must (for example) certainly be a big difference in danger and death rates for someone who stays on base vs someone who has to do foot patrols.
Can you tell us more about the book? I assume it's using aggregate statistics along the lines of (registered MC's)/(MC fatalities) vs (deployed in Afghanistan)/(KIA in Afghanistan).