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post #1 of 22 Old 05-16-2011, 08:38 PM Thread Starter
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Lot a crashing going on in here??

Wow, from the topic posts, looks like a lot of crashes lately! I wish it were not so... Gues spring is getting everyone out and cars are just not paying attention. Unfortunately some bikers are not either...

Saw a near wreck Sunday and a wreck. Both on US 74 in the curves at Hickory Nut Gap. My youngest son who wants a bike so bad he can not stand it, was riding with me in my mustang to see a friend in gerton nc.

Hickory Nut Gap gets a good deal of sport bikes because of the curves. We were talking about riding when a squid on a sport bike passes us...on the back tire trying to pass us and one more car in less than 100 feet. He could not pull of the pass and set the bike down HARD still in the oncoming lane. Bike goes into into viloent tank slapping mode and kid luckily got stopped....still setting in oncoming traffic. He was wearing tshirt and, you guessed it...shorts.

My son's eyes got huge! He was amazed at how violent the tank slapping was.

Later that evening on the way back, we get meet several more sportbikes on the yellow line and their bikes in my lane, and he was still in unbelief about how the people were riding.

2 more curves and there sets a car...and a bike. Rider is up so I believe he was ok. Then we passed the rescue vehicles on their way!


I hate to see anyone hurt, but that one day left more of an impression on my 16 year old than my whole ranting and ravings about him riding safely...

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Humans aren't very good at learning from other peoples' mistakes, but I hope your son did learn a good lesson there. Use your head when you ride, and wear you gear.

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As hot as it is, I wear the gear. Thinking about buying MX boots for better shin protection. On my knockdown, the boots I was wearing did not offer much and that's where I got hurt (from scraping the foot peg on the way off).
I've noticed too many folks on shiny new scooters wearing flip flops, sandals, shorts, etc. They will be comfortable till the crash!

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I was going to say something but you beat me to it... It seems to be an epidemic lately ... Looks like I sold my Wee at the right tme... Maybe there's a built in self destruct on V-stroms... Suzuki's way of getting you to buy a new one?...

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Later that evening on the way back, we get meet several more sportbikes on the yellow line and their bikes in my lane,
I really don't care what Darwin candidates do to themselves, but when I'm the guy in the oncoming lane on my bike when they run wide, they make it my problem. Reckless idiots. Doesn't anyone tell these testosterone-fueled clowns about track days??
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Hickory Nut Gap...
Are you talking about Hickory Nut Gap Road from Banner Elk to Newland?
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It has been odd

In the car they have tried to kill me a few times this week

One spun a "Uee" within a block in front on a highway

One guy was backing up at like 30 toward me on a highway

Truck just moved into my lane like i wasn't there

No contact but weird

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Humans aren't very good at learning from other peoples' mistakes, but I hope your son did learn a good lesson there. Use your head when you ride, and wear you gear.
No we're not, we're very suborn creatures that don't like to think anything can happen to us because "were different".


Hopefully your son isn't scared of bikes and still wants to ride, hopefully just a little more cautiously.
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Not only the Wee/Vee's going down here.

One or two riders per day hit the deck in Sydney traffic, most are "assisted" in planting it on the tar by a tin top- but not all.

Weekends here there are two roads I usually won't ride, top bike roads but too many suicidal sports bikes doing speed limit X3.

Three bikes taken out about two weeks ago on one of those roads by a woman in a ute overtaking on double lines around a blind bend at high speed cleaned them up- father and son killed on one bike, other riders injured, she walked away from it without a scratch idiot bitch!

Sadly, life has risks- we still have to try and do the things we enjoy.

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As hot as it is, I wear the gear. Thinking about buying MX boots for better shin protection. On my knockdown, the boots I was wearing did not offer much and that's where I got hurt (from scraping the foot peg on the way off).
I've noticed too many folks on shiny new scooters wearing flip flops, sandals, shorts, etc. They will be comfortable till the crash!
Not to change the thread, but try the Sidi Discovery boots. Great all around protection. I have had mine for 2 years and they still look pretty new concidering they have around 8000 miles.


Back to topic. I past a bike/car wreck a couple weeks ago. Rider was on a GSXR1000 going well over 100MPH (officer I talked to said the guestamated his speed at 120+) in a fairly congested well used 4 lane with center a turn lane. A lady was turning left across his lane and never saw him. He hit the car in the center of the grill and flew 440'. Knocked off his Aplinestar boots. Broke the bike in half and killed him instantly. When I passed it I noticed the guy laying in the road and figured that a drunk walked out in traffic as there was a bar where he came to rest. I then pasted the car. The front tire, forks and bars were now part of the car. The engine, subframe and rear tire was 200' off the road in an empty parking lot. The lady in the car survived with only minor injuries. The rider was wearing full gear, just being stupid and ended his life after what I am sure was a short 24 years.

Hope your son learned something from what you witnessed. My son (17) was with me and I think he learned a few lessons from the sight.

All be safe and ride smart.

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