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post #1 of 48 Old 08-03-2014, 09:13 PM Thread Starter
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Tonight after I ate down at a place near the beach I decided to take a little ride past Archie's (Norman's favorite place in beautiful Fort Pierce, FL) and on the way there I passed three guys on cruisers coming towards me. Not the pirate looking types at all. Jeans & t-shirts, but they weren't playing the part. Anyway, I thought they were going a bit fast, but whatever...people do it.

I cruised past Archie's, made the turnaround and headed back. I was approaching the last roundabout before crossing the bridge to get back to mainland Florida when I saw traffic was backed way up. Once I got up there I found out why. They guy leading those cruisers had gone down and they were in the road trying to move his bike. I stopped, put on the flashers and helped.

After we got the bike off the road I got a look at the guy. He had a big gash in the back of his head (no helmet) that had blood pouring down the back of his neck. Probably take 6 or 7 stitches to close that sucker.His new Archie's shirt was ruined. Depending on how you look at it I suppose. He also had a gash out of his upper thigh and various scrapes on his arms.

I asked one of his buddies what happened & they said he hit the roundabout at about 35mph on a Suzuki Boulevard M50. Way too fast for that bike even if you're going "straight" through the roundabout. And especially if you've been drinking, which I later found out he was. Actually, he was drunk. No doubt about it. So the story goes he was going too fast and his left peg was scraping so hard it pushed him back up which caused him to hit the outer curb of the roundabout on his right. He went up on the curb (splitting his front rim) and "corrected" to the left. Here he jumped the median and the bike hit (head on) the sign pole in the median. His friends said the bike came to a dead stop and he took several tumbles into the oncoming traffic lane. Lucky for him there was no oncoming traffic. The bike hit the pole with enough force to bend it to between 1 and 2 o'clock. His front fender, headlight & left foot peg did not survive that collision.

Eventually one of his friends showed up & they loaded the bike in the back of a truck and took him to the ER.

This dude is lucky to be alive. Very lucky.

Sorry for the sideways pics. Photobucket is being a little beyatch and even though I rotated the pics before saving them they're still showing up this way, even though they're showing right in Photobucket. Whatever.
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Riders like that should have their license revoked...permanently.

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A deal with the devil is only good for so long.

I raced bikes professionally and obviously alcohol was never a part of any of it. After I retired from racing I had a hard time adjusting to "pleasure" riding because to put it simple, it just wasn't a thrill for me. But after 10 years off a bike I got back in it and bought a RC for track days and a Harley for cruising. The pirates I rode with started drinking at 9:00 am and by noon were all pretty buzzed, if not drunk. Yeah, as much as I hate to admit it, I did it too......

But then a buddy slammed a car one weekend while we were riding and it woke me up. I stopped at that point and haven't done a "drink and ride" for many years now. Don't get me wrong, I drink beer on a daily basis, but never before or while riding. Just ain't worth it. If I kill my own stupid self so be it, but I couldn't stand the thought of injuring or killing someone else due to my own asinine self.

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No cops showed up??


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No cops showed up??
My thoughts exactly, to be honest I probably would have called them had I been there.

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Recently we came across a bunch of harley rides that had an old feller down. we called 911 AND GOT A response to get him. He was OK but his ego and bike suffered a bit.
Too bad they polish chrome and not practice skills.
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Nope, no cops showed up. And with 6 dudes there all at least 15 years younger than me, and in much better shape, I wasn't about to do anything other than take a few pics of the bike.

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