I am holding a car license and made my bike licenes here in Singapore, all the way from 2B to 2. I ride a few 100'000km on the bike over the last 8 years and was involved in 1 accident.
Riding a motorcycle involves a higher risk due to the fact that you do not sit in a steel cocoon like in the car. But that does not mean that motorcycles are dangerous, however a few simple rules need to be followed:
> Pilot in Charge! As a rider of a motorcylce you are in charge of every aspect! There is noone else to blame! You have to look out for yourself AND for everybody else around you. There is no such excuse as "i was doing right but the other idiot made the mistake". You did not spot his mistake, your fault!
> Dress for the fall and not for fashion or the heat! You spent a few thousand $$ on your bike, dont hesitate to spend a few hundred $$ on protective equipment.
* Wear a full-face helmet! open helmets raze your face when you fall, and egg-shell helmets (popular with chopper riders) do not offer any protection.
* wear gloves, leather, not those cotton gloves they give at the driving centre, they are useless.
* wear a jacket with elbow, shoulder and back protection. Don't say its too hot in Singapore, there are now cheap airflow jackets that are cool
* wear long pants not shorts, best proper riding pants
* for heavens sake dont wear slippers on a bike, get yourself a good pair of boots. your shoes are usually the first thing that comes off in a fall!
> Stay in your lane and ride carefully! Most bike riders seem to forget where their proper space on the road is. Its not those white lines! Its in the centre of two of those lines! Or in other words in the centre of the lane. Not to the left, not to the right. Dont drive inbetween cars unless they are stationary! Use your indicator and headlight to make yourself visible and to show your intentions. Rearview mirrors are usefull and not a fashion accessory on your bike.
> dont drink and ride.
> maintain your bike and keep it ALLWAYS in top condition. Botak tires, broken headlights etc will increase the chances that you get yourself in an accident.
Why are there so many young people getting injured or die in motorcycles accidents? Because they flaut all the rules above!! On top of that nobody teaches them how to ride. The training courses in the local driving centres are a good laugh but they do not prepare you for the reality of riding a bike on the road!! They do not even teach you the basic physics of handling a bike. Unlike a car, a bike handles contrary to human instinct!! Which means that in a critical situation most riders will react WRONG and will get themselves into trouble.
So motorcyles are not dangerous, riding stupid and uneduacated however is!