More than one lakh people die in road accidents in India and that is the maximum number of deaths for any country on earth in one year (China is second to India now). While going through some online forum, I had run into some good suggestions for bike/motorcycle safety in India. I had saved the text but forgot to save the link for it. Here are the complete suggestions as given by a person named Abhishek:
“Yesterday i was watching a program on discovery “life on the edge” where they were showing people breaking land, air and water speed records. They also showed how 7 of the 8 record attempters died while trying for the water record, except for the holder who did an amazing 511kmph. And the narrator said “There is no limit to the power that ur engine can generate, but always have a machine that’s capable of handling it”.
That brought to my mind our Indian Bikes. Are they safe enough for the type of speeds that they reach. How wud a Pulsar or Karizma behave when u are at 120kmph and have to brake in 10 meters to save ur life. I don’t give much of a chance to the rider. I have seen a wrecked RD350 whose owner died instantly as he crashed at 130kmph.
We all concentrate on the engine cc, bhp, torque and top speed, but nobody seems to be bothered of the safety features in his bike – brakes, bike stability,etc. I may sound weak hearted but safety is prime however big a daredevil u are.
I have got some suggestions as to what can be done for that, which is to have a minimum set of safety standards that companies shud follow (even if the standards come from GOI):
1. All bikes shud have no rear tyres thinner than 100/90
2. Rear disc brakes for all bikes in 150cc+ category.
3. Free helmet (of matching color and good quality) with every bike sold.
4. Better pillion holding bars
5. Support points on the bikes body to keep it slightly above ground in case of a fall (so that u don’t crush ur leg in it).
6. Leg guards should be integral part of bike and not optional
7. Ditto for rear view mirrors. ”