While some of the danger involved in riding motorcycles can be attributed to poor driving skills or intoxication, there are facts that do not lend themselves to interpretation. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) noted that during its last review of data in 2012, motorcycle fatalities increased over 7 percent, while states without helmet laws showed ten times more fatalities than those that mandated helmet use when riding a bike.
About 15 percent of all highway deaths were from motorcyle riders, making motorcycle riders around 30 times more at risk than car and truck drivers — and about 50 percent of bike crashes involved no other vehicles. Clearly, motorcycle riders’ biggest enemies are themselves. To the end of reducing the number of motorcycle injuries and fatalities, there are bikes that make safety features a priority. Here are seven models that aim to keep riders safe with innovative equipment.
1. Victory Cross Roads 8-Ball ($15,999)
The good-looking Cross Roads 8-Ball is more than just a pretty bike from Victory. Featuring a 26.3-inch seat height that is the lowest in the 1740cc class, the bike allows riders to maintain control of it at low speeds or sitting at stoplights. That low height also makes it easy for riders of any height to keep their feet in place. In a vehicle type that is all about balance, riders can find huge safety benefits from the 8-Ball.
Victory’s Cross Roads 8-Ball delivers 4.7 inches of travel in its rear suspension system as well. This feature provides a smoother ride over banged-up roads when you don’t want to lose focus or control of the vehicle.