In a 12-month period preceding the autumn of 2008, more Marines died on motorcycles than combat in Iraq. Twenty-four out of 25 of the motorcycle deaths occurred on sportbikes. Statistics show that fully 9% of the Marine Corps owns a motorcycle, and the Corps requires riders to take a motorcycle safety course if they want to ride. Now USMC experts are focusing on training specific to sportbikes, for obvious reasons.
For anyone who rides a supersport bike, it is essential to have the proper training. These bikes account for less than 10% of registered streetbikes in the US, yet they are involved in more than 25% of motorcycle-related fatalities. They also lead the way in motorcycle insurance losses.