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Skydiving v Riding Motorcycles
Girvo 
8/9/08 3:16:43 PM
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Which one is more dangerous?

I see riding motorbike on the road as more dangerous, as you have to trust everyone else around you to be as good a driver as yourself. So, it doesn't matter how good a driver you are, if someone else sucks, well 2 tonnes of metal at 80km/h isn't very forgiving.

Thoughts?

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mohawk 
8/9/08 3:31:50 PM
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I have been riding motorcycles on the streets for 18 years with the last 3 of them as a motorcycle courier in Sydney.

I have never been skydiving but, I know that skydiving is less dangerous than riding a motorcycle in a big city.

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robzy 
8/9/08 3:34:09 PM
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I'd be curious to see the actual stats for it.

Rob.

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Khirareq 
8/9/08 3:34:38 PM
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Riding motorcycles would be more dangerous - Theres a lot more which can go wrong

Skydiving is pretty safe really - Its just that its scarey as hell

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Girvo 
8/9/08 3:35:56 PM
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This thread is inspired by my girlfriend believing that I have double standards because I wish to go Skydiving, but I think that riding a motorcycle in a big city is very dangerous.

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mohawk 
8/9/08 3:38:14 PM
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+1 Khirareq.

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Disco 
8/9/08 3:38:25 PM
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Statistically, you're more likely to die on the bike.

So, no, it's not double standards, you just have a risk tolerance level that is above that of skydiving, but below riding a motorcycle.

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Tom 
8/9/08 3:44:46 PM
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Done both, love both. But as there are much less dickheads in the sky’s so I would have to say skydiving is the safer way to go.

In this country anyway.




Edited by Tom: 8/9/2008 3:45:46 PM

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lunchbox1988 
8/9/08 3:45:32 PM
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The answer is obvious...













Do them both at once.

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muffie 
8/9/08 3:59:55 PM
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motorbikes of course, but they are both damn fun to do and fear shouldn't stop you living your life.

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zenali 
8/9/08 4:36:27 PM
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I suppose the thing with skydiving is the chance of surviving a mishap (like your chute not opening at all) is vanishingly small. In terms of risk management, the likelihood of the event is not great, but the cost of the event is catastrophic. With motorcycles the likelihood of an event is greater, but the cost is (usually) less catastrophic.

So it depends on the way you evaluate your risks.

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chrisg 
8/9/08 4:52:53 PM
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Definitely agree, bikes are far more dangerous, yet I love them.

In rather a lot of dives I have had precisely one accident, an utter freak event, broke both my legs and was lucky at that but it was a one in a million.

I've come off a bike threee times in my life and survived unscathed barring abrasions and wounded pride, but each of them could just as easily have been fatal.

The one thing I insist upon when diving - although I may never do it again, is that I pack my own 'chute, total responsibility for the whole jump in other words is mine, did a course on packing before I even jumped first time.

On a bike you are much more at the mercy of others.

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1shot1kill 
8/9/08 4:54:51 PM
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Quote by Girvo
Which one is more dangerous?

I see riding motorbike on the road as more dangerous, as you have to trust everyone else around you to be as good a driver as yourself. So, it doesn't matter how good a driver you are, if someone else sucks, well 2 tonnes of metal at 80km/h isn't very forgiving.

Thoughts?



If you're skydiving and the pilot fucks up, are you any less dead than if you'd had a motorbike accident?

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Girvo 
8/9/08 4:56:48 PM
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Quote by 1shot1kill
Quote by Girvo
Which one is more dangerous?

I see riding motorbike on the road as more dangerous, as you have to trust everyone else around you to be as good a driver as yourself. So, it doesn't matter how good a driver you are, if someone else sucks, well 2 tonnes of metal at 80km/h isn't very forgiving.

Thoughts?



If you're skydiving and the pilot fucks up, are you any less dead than if you'd had a motorbike accident?




... damn, you caught me out on that one. In direct relation to the act of skydiving itself, after you've jumped out of the plane.

That's what I'm talking about.

One could say the same sort of thing about the motorcycle coming out of the 'shop... but that's not what I'm talking about here.

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chrisg 
8/9/08 5:02:41 PM
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:)

You see, being a pilot answers that one, but jump pilots, I used to take a turn myself, tend to be very seasoned aviators.

Sure it could happen, but, at least you are wearing a 'chute :)

Cheers

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1shot1kill 
8/9/08 5:03:18 PM
SuperHero
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You also have to trust the person who packs your 'chute.

Quote by chrisg
Sure it could happen, but, at least you are wearing a 'chute :)

Cheers



Yeah, that way if you're only a couple of hundred metres up, you'll have something soft to land on.

I'm not saying that skydiving is riskier than bike riding, but it's still a dangerous sport.

Every single time I've jumped out of a plane, there was a problem with my 'chutes and it was only quick thinking and action that saved me from plummeting to death.


Edited by 1shot1kill: 8/9/2008 5:05:06 PM

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chrisg 
8/9/08 5:13:24 PM
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:)

The danger-zone... for sure, but, every sport has its dangers. I seem to recall reading once that more people die or are permanently injured playing rugby than skydiving.

How on earth did you come to have so many bad 'chutes?

Cheers

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Girvo 
8/9/08 5:13:33 PM
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Fair enough point 1shot. :)


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1shot1kill 
8/9/08 5:17:20 PM
SuperHero
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Quote by chrisg
How on earth did you come to have so many bad 'chutes?

Cheers



It was only one 'chute. :p

Static-line jump, main + reserve, somehow I (can't remember doing, however!) popped the reserve.

Jump, check main, check view, look down...Uh oh! Reserve 'chute is deploying.

Reel in reserve, descend safely. :D

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Girvo 
8/9/08 5:18:28 PM
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Sounded like fun there 1shot :P

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