Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Washington, the state
What can we learn from this crash
Here's a news article about a local crash:
A man was hospitalized Wednesday afternoon after he was thrown from his motorcycle.
He was on a red 2013 Harley Davidson when he drifted onto loose gravel along the side of the road, the State Patrol said.
He lost control, and the motorcycle slid about 5 feet into a guard rail.
Bramer, who was thrown about 2 feet from the bike, was taken by ambulance to the hospital.
He was wearing a helmet, said the State Patrol, which listed the cause of the wreck as Bramer driving too fast for conditions.
"Drifted into loose gravel"--does that mean he wasn't watching where he was going? Or "target fixated," saw the gravel, and ended up aiming for it? Or didn't know how to make his bike turn, or was afraid to make it turn?
"Lost control"--does that mean he stomped the rear brake ('cuz every Harley rider knows that the front brake is dangerous) and skidded? Or the gravel was too deep, he tried to steer out, and the too-sharp steer dumped him? Or once in the gravel he had no chance?
"Thrown from the bike"--we don't know if he low-sided, slid into the rail, the bike stopped, and he didn't, or if it high-sided and flipped him off the bike.
"Wearing a helmet"--they write that whether it is a good helmet, or a half-helmet, or one of the plastic salad bowls with a strap some riders wear. Wear all the other protective gear, also.
"Driving too fast for conditions"--more likely driving too fast for his skill level.
--Look ahead for gravel.
--Enter a turn wide, go deep, get the best sight line for your turn exit and to avoid hazards.
--Turn your head and look through the turn, look where you need to go, look at the turn exit.
--Know how to turn your bike sharper (look through the turn and countersteer harder).
--Know how to brake (both brakes on smoothly, ease off the rear as you increase the front, as the weight transfers off the rear and on to the front)
--Know when not to brake (when leaned over in a turn unless you're an expert trail-braker).
--If the rear skids, don't get off the rear brake and cause a high-side dismount.
--If you're in deep or loose stuff, absolutely no abrupt movements or sharp steering.
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Last edited by PTRider; 07-03-2014 at 01:29 PM.