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.