Meanwhile, the NHTSA has authorized a pilot study as preliminary step to that full study. It was supposed to investigate 110 to 220 motorcycle crashes. However, when the bids came in, performing that preliminary research to NHTSA's specifications reportedly would have cost more that $1 million. The agency balked at that, and now we understand the pilot study has been scaled back to less than $200,000 and fewer that 40 crashes, which will make any findings statistically meaningless. A comprehensive study will require that researchers examine about 1000 motorcycle accidents. The good news is that Harry Hurt and some of his team that performed that original study back in the 1970 are involved in the pilot study. Their expertise gives hope that this forthcoming study will provide meaningful information about accident causes and countermeasures that the motorcycle community could enact.