‘Supersport’ motorcycle bikers face high fatality rate
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Published: Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 6:30 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 12, 2013 at 8:15 p.m.

“Those were the guys that I wanted to be like at first,” Hickman recalled. “I was always into speed.”

Then, he began to attend motorcycle drag races on Friday nights, and he was hooked.

So at 18, Hickman bought his first motorcycle for about $ 2,500. It was a 1992 Honda CDR 600, and he soon began doing wheelies and other tricks on public roads.

“It was an adrenaline rush,” he said. “It drew a lot of attention because it was pretty cool.”

And like many young men who feel invincible, Hickman thought he could handle the speed. That was until he took a corner too fast, careened into a telephone pole and broke his right leg.

“Back then, I thought that I could handle going that fast and just wasn’t able to,” he said.

Hickman was fortunate.

The bike he was riding is in a class of powerful machines known as “supersport” motorcycles. Cheap, fast and affordable, these motorcycles are attractive and popular with young riders looking for speed and an adrenaline rush, experts say.

But the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, which tracks traffic accident statistics and trends nationwide, indicates that riders of supersport bikes are historically four times as likely to die in accidents as other bi…………… continues on Ocala

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