Older Riders NotDriving Up Bike Rates Increasing accident rates for aging motorcyclists arent having an impact on premiums charged by specialty insurers to cover them, but upsurges in bike thefts and repair fraud are the issues that concern industry experts.

According to a 1999 report by the U.S. Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, “Recent Trends in Fatal Motorcycle Crashes,” fatalities for motorcyclists increased by 16.8 percent between 1997 and 1999. A growing number of those deaths were reported for riders over 40–a group that for years reported low numbers of accidents.

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