Hi all, Mrs. Tone is hassling me to buy a newer scoot (she won't let me have a bike yet ), because she is convinced that a brand new scoot would be inherently safer than my 21 year old Spacy. However, I'm not convinced that a newer scoot would make me that much safer because the rider has a greater influence on his or her safety whilst riding than their bike does. My theory is that as long as I do all I can to be safe, such as wearing the right gear, keeping the scoot well maintained (tyres, brakes, wheels, engine, frame etc) and riding responsibly makes more difference to my overall safety than upgrading to a newer bike/scoot. I know that some of the newer bikes and scoots have extra safety features such as ABS, and would also benefit from being newer in terms of structure - although the Spacy seems bulletproof in this regard - but I think any gains in safety that I could hope achieve would be nominal at best, and certainly not worth a huge outlay. I also reckon that in some cases, a newer bike would be less safe - especially if it was underpowered and/or poorly made. Finally, I believe the most valuable way to improve my safety as a rider is to keep riding and invest more in quality riding gear rather than a newer bike. Just looking for opinions (and ammunition to use next time Mrs. Tone hassles me to buy a new scoot ).