Truth.As I approach my 70th birthday and have ridden for over 50years, without any serious incident, but have had some very scary moments. I can highly recommend that riders of any age should take part in as many courses as they can. My working background has been in SAFETY in various disciplines. Aerodrome Reporting Officer responsible for Aerodrome/Airport safety and serviceability inspections, Motorcycle instructor, Pilot Training.
I still shake my head in utter disbelief when I see riders wearing inappropriate clothing. One of the first things we taught learner riders - invest in the best clothing, you only have one body look after it.
Emergency braking, how many of us continue to practice there skills, switch off the ABS. One day you will get off the latest and greatest bike with all the bells and whistles and ride and older bike with no safety aids at all. New bikes and cars with the newest gear can make us complacent.
Down here in Oz we teach the 3 second rule as a minimum distance between ourselves and the vehicle in front and increase that distance when the conditions deteriorate ( other countries do the same). A lot of heavy vehicles have a sign on the rear that says "If you can't see my mirrors I can't see you " the further away from the vehicle on front the greater visibility you have and use your acceleration to pass safety.
Riding safely is about awareness, riding to the road, and weather conditions, observing everything around you, constantly scan your surroundings, think ahead, don't just concentrate on the vehicle in front keep you eyes up and look as far forward as you can and use your peripheral vision. If you look at the pothole you will hit it, don't target fixate.
I am no expert, I ride as quickly as I need to and as safely as I can. Her indoors would not be happy if i was laid up in hospital or worse.
Cheers Duncan from Tasmania