World Superbike Racer
Join Date: Apr 2015
I Ride: 2015 30th anniversary ZX-6R
I used to be a Team Oregon Motorcycle Safety instructor - our version of MSF, and had the privilege of seeing studies conducted by European Safety studies, Australian motorcycle safety data, and even studies conducted by big O.E.s, like Honda.
What was consistently brought up was with training & with saddle time the rider became vasty more proactive with regard to their scanning activity. Thus, the rider has more time to see, better recognize and assess what it was they were actually seeing. An then formulate their response(s).
The rate of speed at which the physical act of their eyes continuously moving from one point to the next and the cognizant processing of such information was startling in the area of 8-10X/5-second intervals verses 3-4X/5-second intervals. Non-riders target fixated. So the recognition of potential hazards became exponential over say 60-seconds, or two mintes in an urban setting.
And more over this visual acuity transferred from the motorcycle saddle to the automobile seat. There is a wealth of non-U.S. data that shows bike riders having fewer auto accidents than non-motorcyclists. And even retaining better knowledge as it pertains to rules of the road, signage recognition X, Y, & Z years after passing their test/endorsement as a motorcyclist when compared to non-riders. This rapid processing & response time seems to give the feeling of 'time slowing down', when it's more a case of being able to scan, identify, predict and act to ever changing conditions without becoming phased, or even shutting down when overdosed on environmental stimuli.