It's stayed steady for the last few years, but we're usually No. 9 or No. 10 for fatal motorcycle wrecks. A lot of the dead are middle-aged riders, the News-Leader reports.
"Not only are gas prices going up, so people are looking to motorcycles, but you're getting a lot of re-entry riders, baby boomers who used to ride that are getting back into it," he said.
Many overlook the fact that motorcycles on the market now are heavier and more powerful than those they used to ride, Meyers said. "The bike is twice the size of what they used to ride, and of course our physical abilities are not quite what they were when we were younger."