The Hurt Report: The Most Comprehensive Study on Why Riders Crash

written by David Mixson

If you’ve read my books, you know the Hurt Report shaped the way I ride more than any other motorcycle crash study. 

Every rider who is even thinking about riding a motorcycle should read this report—at least the summary. It’s easy to consume with practical recommendations for all riders.

Yes, it was done in the 80s. 

Yes, it is still relevant. 

Yes, the information in it could save your life. 

In Motorcycle Smarts, I unpacked my ten favorite findings from the Hurt Report and gave an analysis of how riders can embrace each finding to reduce their chances of crashing.

You can find the full report online. Its official title is: 

Summary Findings

The Hurt Report is over 400 pages. I pulled out a five-page summary section to make it easier to consume. You can find that here.

Becoming a proficient rider begins with head knowledge. I read the Hurt Report before I bought my first motorcycle. It gave me confidence that I could change my chances of crashing. 

Reading it can change your chances of crashing too.

* This article is an excerpt from my book Motorcycle Hacks.

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About the Author

David Mixson writes about the topics other motorcycle books gloss over. He worked as a NASA engineer for over thirty years and is the author of three books.

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