Motorcyclisonline.com kicked off the new year with an article titled A Dozen Ways to Die. A bit morbid but I read the list and number 12 made me think.
12. Bring on the E-'stractions: Talk to and text everybody in your cell phone's address book while you ride. If that's too difficult, clutter your cockpit with a GPS receiver, satellite radio, MP3 player, radar detector, etc. and let them lull you into an electronic trance. You'll never see what hit you.
I have wondered about what has always struck me as a paradox on this forum. The BWM riders and the MOA forum are normally very safety minded yet a quick informal count of the gear section resulted in very roughly 25% of the threads I counted dealing with adding or mounting gear that is listed in number 12.
I will admit I become a Luddite when I get on my bike. My Roadster may be an oilhead but has analog gauges and none of the listed add ons. Even so my tank bag has a map window that gets used when I am on trips and thus serves as the equivalent Luddite distraction to GPS.
Does anyone else see the inconsistency in what we preach and what we do?
How do you rationalize it?
How do you mitigate the dangers the distractions present?