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post #1 of 5 Old 04-11-2018, 11:07 PM Thread Starter
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Witnessed a fellow rider crash!

Went for a sunset ride. Another biker came up behind me in a construction zone and when it cleared we both made little time of the traffic to clear the congestion. He rode up next to me and I gave the biker wave then he zoomed off. And when I say zoomed off he was pulling away from me at easily triple didgit speeds. As I looked up in the distance he was rounding a rising turn and lost it into the median. Pulled over once I got there and amazingly he seemed ok. Asked if I could call anyone for him but said no and was already on his phone. I helped gather some of the debris while making sure he was ok beyond the shock of the event. The bike was totaled! One last time I asked if needed anything and he just looked at his bike and shrugged. He said I could go and as I was gearing back up someone pulled up he knew. It was surreal. Like a YouTube video. Obviously speed was one factor but not ruling out oil from the road construction then the rising turn also probably lifted the bike enough to lose some traction. Who doesn’t enjoy the rush of non legal speeds, but man. Time and place for everything. Not sure if that was his normal riding style or was playing the “big dick” macho card. I’m just glad the guy is ok. Or was when I left......
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post #2 of 5 Old 04-11-2018, 11:43 PM
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Lucky guy. It can be really tempting. My 650 moto going 80 feels like a liter moto doing triple digits.

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post #3 of 5 Old 04-12-2018, 04:56 AM
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Based on his reaction it sounds like this happens frequently. I met a guy a few yrs ago who was riding a mid size sport bike, (in a bad state of repair ), said he had been riding less than 2 yrs and had crashed 7 times. Wow! I've been riding 42 yrs and crashed twice, (3 if you count once as a passenger ). Maybe I'm just lucky.

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post #4 of 5 Old 04-12-2018, 07:41 AM Thread Starter
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Just rode by the crash location on the way to work to visualize what he probably did wrong. (besides going way too fast) As suspected where he lost it was at the peak rise section of the overpass entering the apex of the turn which transitions into a gradual decent coming out. Suspect he got light with inertia taking over and got "pushed" off the road. Being on the outside lane didn't give much room to compensate for that either. When not riding at idiot speeds it's a fun transition. I don't trust public road conditions to push anything like that. Hit the track for that fun where you can crash safer-LOL
Everyone knows riding a bike is more dangerous than a car. I wonder what the stats would be if took single rider and alcohol involved accidents out what the % might reflect as those appear to be the bulk of the stats I have read.
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post #5 of 5 Old 04-12-2018, 10:00 AM
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An older gent was coming into the driveway of a location for a rally and the bike got loose in the dirt drive and he ended up pointed at the sky on the rear wheel.
A spectacular get off! as we rushed to pick up the bike and check him for him for hurt he said, "I hate when I do that'" Some folks lose control more than others.
Why does it always have to be me now?
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