MMP 11: The Hurt Report – 10 Facts Every Motorcycle Rider Should Know About Crashing [Podcast]

In this session of the Motorcycle Mentor Podcast, I explain why understanding the Hurt Report is one of the most important things ANY rider can do to reduce their risks. The Hurt Report is the most comprehensive study of motorcycle accidents ever conducted. It’s over three decades old, but the data is just as relevant today.

NOTE: I pose a question to YOU at the end of the podcast. I really need listeners (YOU) to answer the question.

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Listen to the podcast by clicking on the play button at the top of the page.

More specifically, in this session you’ll find out about:

  • What is the Hurt Report?
  • Why I believe the Hurt Report is the single most important piece of data for beginner riders and experienced riders who want to reduce their risks.
  • How I used the data from the Hurt Report to survive my first year riding.

Resources and Links

Hurt Report Summary Findings

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And lastly, if you haven’t already done so, would you take a minute to leave a quick rating and review of the podcast on iTunes by clicking on the link below. It would be extremely helpful for the show and I’m aiming for 100 5-star ratings before the end of the year. That would be awesome for a motorcycle related podcast.

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  1. Click here to open the podcast page.
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Thank you in advance for doing this. And thank you for listening. I hope you enjoyed this episode. Please let us know what you think in the comment section below.

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13 Responses to MMP 11: The Hurt Report – 10 Facts Every Motorcycle Rider Should Know About Crashing [Podcast]

  1. Hoss March 2, 2014 at 6:17 am #

    Another excellent podcast.

    To answer your question, yes, PLEASE keep making these unless you’re finding its a source of stress or other hardship. These are the kind of podcasts that will stand the test of time and can be used to help new or returning riders far into the future because the information will always be relevant.

    Thanks for all of the effort you put into these. Your goal of making this a five-star-quality podcast is evident.

    • MotorcycleMentor March 2, 2014 at 1:35 pm #

      @ Hoss,

      Thanks so much for the feedback. I do try to make it a five-star quality podcast.


  2. Ahmed March 2, 2014 at 11:41 am #

    Keep ’em coming David!

    Have already caught up with all your podcasts since I discovered them just yesterday! Learned tons and am looking forward to more! Ride safe…

    • MotorcycleMentor March 2, 2014 at 1:40 pm #

      @ Ahmed,

      I’m glad you’re caught up. Should have another one out soon.

      Also, thanks for the words of encouragement/feedback via email. It really helps.


  3. Jim March 16, 2014 at 2:54 pm #

    I appreciate the time and information you render in each of your podcast, it is obvious you put a lot of time in each one! And I thank you, but make a decision that is best for you.
    For every person that writes a comment a hundred do not!

    • MotorcycleMentor March 16, 2014 at 3:41 pm #

      Thanks for your feedback. I appreciate it.

  4. Leo March 28, 2014 at 12:38 am #

    David to answer your question. I’m going to use your format and we’ll see if your readers can help me. I’ll bet there are more that 5 reasons why we would like your podcast to continue:

    #1 Tone. You have adapted the tone of Ken Condon and the legendary David L. Hough, both authors of Proficient Motorcycling. This is the highest moral ground in the motorcycling world and since you appear to be able to hold that position, go for it. We certainly need the help.

    #2 David you will, maybe already have, saved lives, saved sheet metal, there are jeans that would have holes burned in them except for your good work.

    #3 It’s rare that someone has the talent, the patience, the knowledge and the passion to do what you have done.

    #4 There is so much more to do. OM gosh. I need so much more help.

    #5 Unique, or maybe, no competition. You are the man. Look over your shoulder. Do you see anyone who can take your place?

    #6 Perfect niche yes you are talking to beginners and they need it but I’ve been on a bike for over 5 years and I’m hanging on your every word.

    #7 Anybody want to add to this list?

    • MotorcycleMentor March 30, 2014 at 1:08 am #


      1. That’s funny.
      2. Your comparisons are appreciated, even if not deserved.
      3. Thanks for you encouragement.


  5. christy April 5, 2014 at 11:25 am #

    Just got my license last November and found your podcast when looking for tips. Your tone is helpful, you’re very entertaining and informative. It is *****quality, so please continue!
    Take whatever time you need, we’re patient and we subscribed, so we won’t miss anything.
    Thank you for taking time to share your experience to help others!

    • MotorcycleMentor April 5, 2014 at 11:34 am #

      Thanks for the feedback.

  6. George April 5, 2014 at 2:46 pm #


    Thanks for the work. Like you, I returned to riding after a hiatus. What a difference in technology – LOVE heated jackets and gloves.

    Somehow the new technology has made my muscles stiffer the morning after long rides. I’m not sure I completely understand that….

    I do appreciate intelligent, thoughtful discussions of a bit of the applied physics of riding, also. I’ll just keep your secret about the applied physics part.


  7. Wes July 25, 2014 at 8:11 pm #

    Please continue! Just started listening yesterday. Loving it!

  8. Will Hodges September 5, 2016 at 6:31 pm #

    I got my motorcycle endorsement last year and will be buying a bike next spring. I have found your podcasts to to entertaining, educational and full of lessons learned not by a book, but by your experiences. Thank you for what you are doing and I will continue to listen to you and take my time considering what bike I am getting and saving money.

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