Lets ride a little smarter everyone
I haven't posted in a long time, but I've been witness to some exceptionally stupid behavior lately and I feel the need to remind everyone to think about what they are doing out there.
This morning, around 11:30 am., a rider was reported ripping through traffic. He wound up running into the back of an SUV. He flew about 75 feet through the air before landing on a parked car occupied by a mom and her two small children. The rider died on the scene and fortunately no one else was seriously hurt. Of course the children will have quite a story to tell.
Last night around 10:00 pm., while cage bound and heading to watch a friend sing with his band, we were passed on a freeway off ramp by a rider doing about 100mph. He was closely followed by an undercover car, several cruisers and as we found out later, a helicopter. The guy stopped at the top of the ramp and the HP surrounded him. We were stopped at the light right next to them. The only gear the rider had on was some light gloves and a flack vest. His passenger, who was obviously pregnant, was decked out in capri pants a tank top and flip flops. At least they both had on helmets. From listening to the cops as they pulled up, the guy was racing another bike and was clocked at 106+. Who knows how long you have to exhibit this kind of behavior to get a helicopter escort. When the light changed, the rider was on the ground and cops were still pulling up.
Now I'm no safety Nazi and I, on the rarest of occasions, have found myself redlining 6th gear, but ripping through traffic at speed, especially with someone on the back, is a bit foolish.
I guess all I want to say is that lets just think a bit when were out there and remember that old line about this not being a video game and there is no reset button.