I think bikers get a worse rap than they deserve.
Of course, this is based on my personal observations. I happen to know a number of people with whom I am friendly and they are bikers. My friends tend to be decent people. I’ve had almost no experience with “random bikers.”
I don’t like bikers on the road. A few of them deserve the dislike because of the unsafe driving tactics they use, but mostly I dislike them because they are more difficult to see than a car and there is no such thing as a “fender bender” with a biker. I am paranoid around them on the road.
I add some extra distance because of Sir Isaac Newton: F=ma. A motorcycle can stop faster than a car.
I would have liked to ride, but my wife worked emergency room as a student nurse. She witnessed some bikers being sewn and bolted back together. My wife and I normally negotiate things: in this case I simply ceded the point to her.
Besides, I am so paranoid about safety that not only would I wear a helmet, but also get fitted for a suit of armor. Also, I could not find a bike that comes with a roll bar.
David Waisglass and Gordon Coulthart