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...