Ideas are born everywhere. But "they" in government, are no more qualified to determine what is safe or unsafe than any one in this, or any other, "enthusiast" forum*. I would suggest that legislators (and that is who we are actually referring to) are less knowledgeable than most here. A sweeping generalization, yes, but a fair one I think. Of the 435 Members of the House of Representatives, 11 (Gabrielle Gifford co-chair) are members the of Congressional Motorcycle Caucus.The point is, solutions will come from engineers and medical personnel and not from a motorcycle forum. This all should happen for the protection of the rider as well as the public--it's a valid government function.
I submit for your consideration a proposed safety motorcycle concept developed at the behest of then Director of the National Highway Traffic and Safety, Ms. Joan Claybrook (1977-1981). Besides promoting this marvel of engineering, you may recall that Ms. Claybrook, a close personal friend of Ralph Nader, sought to completely remove motorcycles from American highways because she considered them inherently unsafe and a hazard to other motorists.
In a letter addressed to the AMA regarding Rider Education programs Ms. Claybrook wrote:
Ya gotta love the "We" part. Thankfully she didn't have her way and calmer (?) heads prevailed.?We believe that the training can and should be presented in such a way that it does not entice people to ride motorcycles who would not ride if the courses were not available. Motorcycle driver training will have little or no effect on total accidents, injuries, and deaths, if such courses substantially increase the number of novice riders. For these reasons we do not believe that motorcycle rider education courses should be required or part of the curriculum in high schools.?
Front-wheel drive (you guess which end is the front (hint: it's not at the left))
Seat belts (you probably would want to wear one in this contraption)
Sensors that detects when no one is on the machine (it's not a "motorcycle" at this point).
Note that when underway, the outriggers are off the road surface.
I wonder who, in government, taught Wilbur and Orville to fly.... .. ?