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Old 07-17-2013, 01:25 AM   #1
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Aside from possibly being 205 (jomamma doesn't count DAKEZ), we've seen this time and time again.

In the end they got another bike out the door. Not FAR out the door, but I bet he paid cash

http://gawker.com/man-buys-motorcycl...fter-801737298

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It took some forty years of convincing, but Barry Strang finally managed to persuade his wife Pam to let him buy a motorcycle.

The Casper, Wyoming, man would visit the local Harley Davidson shop every week for the last 38 years, and every week for the last 38 years his wife would put the kibosh on his dream of owning his own hog saying it was too dangerous.

"It’s on my bucket list," Pam recalled her husband telling her.

In a sad turn of events, buying that bike would indeed be the last thing Barry ever did.

After semi-retiring last month, the 59-year-old decided the time had come to set aside his wife's concerns and go to the Harley dealership in Lander with the intent to purchase.

The couple drove to the dealership together, but split up so Pam could "check up on a quilt she had ordered."

They agreed to meet up later at a nearby casino.

But on his way there, just three miles from the shop, Barry lost control of his Harley and struck a tractor-trailer, losing his helmet in the process and sliding underneath the truck.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Before he died, Barry managed to post a photo of his motorcycle on Facebook. "44 years finally got one," he wrote.

His death was so sudden that the last comment on the post telling Barry to "enjoy" the "new toy" he has "earned" was written several hours after the accident.

Pam says she's aware of the "the cruel irony of the situation," but insists she isn't angry.

"It was something he wanted his whole life," she told the Star-Tribune. "It’s like my son said, ‘Dad went out with the biggest smile on his face."
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Old 07-17-2013, 01:52 AM   #2
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Aside from possibly being 205 (jomamma doesn't count DAKEZ), we've seen this time and time again.

In the end they got another bike out the door. Not FAR out the door, but I bet he paid cash

http://gawker.com/man-buys-motorcycl...fter-801737298
That whole 'training' thing is overrated. I mean why would anybody ever want to have a clue what he or she is doing before jumping in with both feet?

You'd think in 38 years the guy would've thought to take a safety course at some point. If he did and still wrecked within 3 miles, they should give his money for the course back.
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Old 07-17-2013, 02:25 AM   #3
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You'd think in 38 years the guy would've thought to take a safety course at some point. If he did and still wrecked within 3 miles, they should give his money for the course back.
Yes, he should be satisfied with that.....
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Old 07-17-2013, 03:31 AM   #4
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How sad. In a way, the fact that Harley Davidson doesn't make fast bikes probably has a lot to do with why this happens. "It's a Harley, what could go wrong?" I guess we should see a lot of squids jump on R1's as their first bike with unfortunately consequences, too, but I personally rarely hear about them. At least, not the first 3 miles.
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Old 07-17-2013, 05:31 AM   #5
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Really sporting of you guys to get your jollies from a sad death just 'cause the poor bastard was riding a a Harley.


May you flat 500 miles from any source of compressed air. You are "adventure riders" aren't you?
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Old 07-17-2013, 05:40 AM   #6
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I had just returned from Vietnam with a bank account full of flight pay. I had been dreaming all tour about a 1970 Z28 and a Honda CB750. I went to the Chevy dealer first and learned GM was on strike and there were no Z28's to be had. So I bought a Porsche instead. Then I drove to Alameda Honda. They had no CB750's, so I bought a CL450 Scrambler in tangerine metallic orange.

Of course I had never ridden a motorcycle before, save a minibike several years earlier. But I knew how the controls worked. I made it the 13 miles back to my parents house OK, but it was eventful.

I kept that bike for about 6 months. I tried to 'scramble' with it off road and promptly got it stuck in every rut I could find. I swapped it straight across for a used Yamaha RT1 360. I actually learned something about riding on that thing, but it was pretty much all on dirt.

When I turned 50 I bought a Ducati sportbike. I hadn't had motorcycles since I hurt myself at Baylands Raceway when I was 31. But I remembered enough I thought. The dealer scrubbed the tires for me and handed me the keys. I swung a leg over and pulled onto the highway, promptly stepping out the back as I accelerated away. Scared the crap out of me. I'd say it took about 2 years to get comfortable riding in the street.

I feel bad for that fellow getting killed on his first ride, but it could happen to any of us.
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Old 07-17-2013, 05:56 AM   #7
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That's horrible, but why do people think they can buy a motorcycle if they have NEVER ridden ANYTHING before, and then go ride it across town?

Very sad. If he'd taken an MSF, he might have made it to the casino, then, who know how much longer he'd have lived. RIP dude.

I agree that there seems to be a thought that an HD seems to be a "Safer" choice than other types of motorcycles. Couldn't be farther from the truth. They are all equally dangerous when you have ZERO RIDING SKILL.
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Old 07-17-2013, 06:09 AM   #8
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Sad story, and of course the lesson is get some training before you ride...

When I bought my first new motorcycle in '94 I had very little experience....rode my friends Kawi few times....no formal training. Had learners permit ( which in FL at the time meant you passed the written test) I told the dealer how little and how long it had been since I rode...He suggested going across the street and get the feel for it in the empty parking lot....its was Suzuki GS500E so it wasn't a power house.....anyway I made it home with my wife following me....I took the MSF class shortly after that.
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Old 07-17-2013, 06:11 AM   #9
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Rip dude....
Sounds like it was the helmet not the bike that got him......but ya he should have taken a course over the 30 something years he waited...
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Old 07-17-2013, 06:57 AM   #10
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Sad Story, This is why I push training on anybody who shows an interest on getting a bike with no experience. It is an easy sales pitch, especially since MSF is free in PA. Explain to them that they can find out if riding is really for them for the cost of a cheap helmet if they don't want to wear one of the loaners, lets them experience riding in a mostly safe environment and they learn something along the way if they decide to proceed. I have had a couple of people who took the course and decided that it was not for them after all...

RIP dude.
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Old 07-17-2013, 07:03 AM   #11
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Let's start with the obvious and necessary caveat that you can die from anything at anytime regardless of skill, training, gear, etc. Which, for the record, is one major reason I ride: if I can die slipping on ice outside a 7-11, I might as well enjoy what life has to offer, like riding! .

I'm also going to assume that he at least had a *license* (would anyone even be able to sell someone a bike without a license?) so this couldn't have been the VERY first time he had been on a bike... right?

That said, based on the limited information we have, it sure sounds as if the poor man had no training, no practice, and no (useful) gear. Which tells me that for all the decades of love he had for motorcycles, he somehow never managed to acquire any *respect* for them.

I mourn the tragedy, but I can't mourn the mistake. All things in life, including riding, involve managing risk. So, like, manage it.
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Old 07-17-2013, 07:23 AM   #12
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I feel bad for this guys family. As for this only happening to Harley riders, I do recall seeing similar stories of guys buying sport bikes and crashing as they left parking lot. The obvious problem here is people riding without getting any training. I think another problem is that people insist on starting on a bike too big and/or too heavy. When I bought my first bike I had less than 10 miles of riding experience and that was around 8-10 years before buying the bike. I never did crash that bike but I think the fact that it was a 36HP, 400cc street bike probably had something to do with it. That and a lot of luck.
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Old 07-17-2013, 07:33 AM   #13
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I get to know something about my customers. If they didn't ride in I make damn sure they know how to ride out.

Here in Oregon they at least force you to take the Basic Rider course to get your license.
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Old 07-17-2013, 07:39 AM   #14
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Here in Oregon they at least force you to take the Basic Rider course to get your license.
Same here in Florida. At least for the last 10 years or so.
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Old 07-17-2013, 07:43 AM   #15
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"...would visit the local Harley Davidson shop every week for the last 38 years, and every week for the last 38 years his wife would put the kibosh on his dream"

^That's the shocking part of the story to me... how do you stay with someone who won't compromise for that long! And, it's not like he mentioned getting a bike once, and she squashed the idea. Getting a bike was a major part of this guy's existence. The fact that it was a Harley is irrelevant to me (even though I don't like HD's). RIP, dude.
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