Sportbikes are recognized as the speed machine in the world of motorcycles. The familiar term “crotch rocket” isn’t exactly a misnomer when it comes to the land of sportbikes. They are uniquely designed to deliver cutting edge performance sought after by numerous enthusiasts who enjoy not only the need for speed, but the exhilaration that comes from riding a sportbike.
Not just built for speed, sportbikes are appreciated for their supreme handling, cornering ability, braking power, and finally, acceleration capacity. Due to the nature of their design, rider experience, and passenger vehicle error, sportbikes are at greater risk for getting in a serious accident than are other motorcycles. Broward County sportbike riders should become well informed of the dangers and risks that they are likely to face on the road.
What exactly is a sportbike?
While motorcycles have been popular since the 1950’s, Honda introduced the first sportbike in 1969 when they created a more affordable bike designed for dramatic power and speed. During the 1970’s, braking and suspension upgrades enhanced the sportbike capacity, making them almost equal to those used within the racing world. Needless to say, sportbikes aren’t necessarily built for comfort.
Ever notice that guy on the highway with his knees crouched up beneath his armpits? That’s because sportbikes have foot pegs which are placed higher than average motorcycles, which bring the legs closer to the body. Hand controls are placed lower, causing the upper body to bend over the tank. Sportbike ergonomics intentionally assist the rider to maintain better control during acceleration, braking, and cornering. Even so, the finest sportbike paired with the most skilled rider still faces unpredictable dangers.
5 Classes of Sportbikes
- Beginner Sportbike. Also called entry, small, or lightweight. Ex. Kawasaki Ninja 250R
- Mid Level Sportbike. Also called middleweight or supersport bike. Ex. Triumph Daytona 675 Triple.
- Racing Level Superbike. This type is used for racing, aka liter-class. Ex. Yamaha YZF-R1
- Sport Touring Bike. Lighter than average touring motorcycles, they offer improved ergonomics and larger capacity. Ex. BMW R1100
- Naked Bike. Aka Streetfighter, may be used for stunt riding. Ex. Ducati Streetfighter.
Florida sportbike riders are twice as likely to become injured in a Florida motorcycle accident, than those living in other states. In comparison to the other driver, a sportbike rider is easily injured due to the lack of protection. Sportbike accidents are notorious for causing serious injuries. Healthcare treatment expenses typically include a stressful and laborious path of recovery.
Sportbike Accident Compensation
- Ambulance Cost
- Emergency Treatment
- Medical Equipment
- Multiple Surgeries
- Medication Expenses
- Physical Therapy
- Occupational Therapy
Broward County sportbike riders pay a high price for their freedom, often resulting in serious injury, such as paralysis and head trauma or death. Contact the Law Offices of David Benenfeld to find out what your legal rights are and how to receive help. Call: [number type=”2″] or [number type=”1″] to meet with a skilled South Florida Motorcycle Accident Attorney.