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Latest figures from ODOT show a sharp increase in deaths involving people on motorcycles.
A Monmouth man, David Scott, has a possible reason for some of the spike in motorcycle fatalities.
Scott, who’s 88, was raised around motorcycles. His father sold them in Salem, starting in 1914. Later, Scott sold them too. He says his mother, while pregnant with him, was taken to a hospital on a motorcycle.
Scott says today’s motorcycles are “fantastic,” compared to the old days. But, he says some dealers will sell them to people with little experience riding motorcycles. Some, says Scott, are greatly tempted to “run those things fast.” He adds– some people don’t know what it takes to stop a motorcycle going around a corner.
Scott, pushing 90, still competes in motocross.