High gas prices are pushing people to drive less their cars, but encourage people to buy more motorcycles and to put more and more miles on their bikes. Is it the reason why in the USA motorcycle fatalities increased 128% since 1997 which was the lowest number of deaths on motorcycles (2116)? Or is it also related to the inexperience of new motorcycle riders, or to the aging of motorcyclists who no more have the reflexes of their youth, or the fact that less US states require to wear a helmet? As other reasons I can also add the number of automobilists getting more and more distracted by cellular phones (phoning and texting), and of course the big increase of registered motorcycles during the last 10 years. So, one or more reasons? In which proportion? Nobody knows and will ever know for sure whatever our government agencies are proposing as the ultimate explanation of the dramatic rise in motorcycle deaths. We even don’t know for sure if riding a motorcycle is getting more dangerous per mile travelled because there is no official tracking of the average number of miles ridden per motorcycle. So, my conclusion is only based on my personal experience. You are never too defensive when you ride your bike. So, always ride it like nobody cares about you and your life.