Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: southern california
Rep Power: 1
Yesterday I witnessed a horrific crash out side my work shop , where sadly a fellow biker lost his life.
At around 10am I heard the scream of the engine from a sports bike and a second later the thump of a crash followed immediately by screech of cars . I knew right away that something bad happened , so I ran out to see I could be of any help , where I saw the mangled body of the biker laying in the middle of the road , his severed arm a few feet away and the bike all twisted up on the side walk about 50' . thankfully there is a fire station within a 100 yards of the accident , and they got there almost instantly and covered his body up soon after determining that he had perished . I took some pictures but I think I'll spare every one the gruesome details.
Apparently the bike made left turn on to the main road going East bound , at the same time a P/U truck pulled out of a lumber yard across his lane trying to go West. and since the bike accelerated so quickly the driver never saw him . and from the looks of things ,it seems that the biker never saw the truck either , perhaps he was looking back as he was merging on to the traffic lanes.
I don't know why I brought this up here, I certainly don't want to spoil anyone's weekend, but this really hit home for me , because , I often make the same turn at the same spot and although I don't hit the rev limiter coming out of a corner , I do accelerate quickly out of the turn when I see an opening, and this has made me pause and reevaluate my riding habits. The other thing was the fact that everyone was blaming the biker for going too fast, and causing the accident and when the police officer got there , she basically agreed and made her mind up rather quickly and even made a comment as to how "stupid bikers cause accidents and deserve what they get" . This really got under my skin, because the bike could not have been going faster than 45mph, because the distance from where he made his turn to the driveway of lumber yard is less than 100' , and I don't think a 600rr can reach more than 40-45 mph from a dead stop in 100', even at full throttle , in my mind the PU pulling out is clearly at fault , but since the biker was not there to defend himself , he not only lost his life, he also got the blame for it , and that is just wrong .
So I am going to say a prayer for the young man and his family , and wish for happy and safe rides for every one .