A rider died today

Discussion in 'Face Plant' started by Ritalin Boy, Jun 12, 2012.

  1. Ritalin Boy

    Ritalin Boy Petroconsumptivitius

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    So sad....

    I'm at Laconia Bike Week. Earlier today I had what was too close to a front row seat to a horrible wreck.

    New Hampshire is a choice state, you can choose to wear a helmet or not. As you can imagine many people ride sans lid. There's a ton of traffic that will only build, scantly clad women lining the road, bikes everywhere and makeshift bars under tents. A situation ripe for distractions.

    We're at a place called the Funspot which is on rt 3 a main road to rally central. This afternoon a guy on a custom cruiser got going a little too fast, got a little to distracted and center punched the back of a mini van. He bounced off the van and tumbled down the road with a few head smacks. The bike exploded. Literally, as in big boom. I suppose custom bike builders don't think about crumple zones or keeping the gas in the tank in the unlikely event of a crash.

    The girl serving pizza heard him screaming in pain, then he was quiet as he bled out from a massive head wound. From riding to dead in just a few minutes.

    It made me mad.

    Right about now a mother, father and perhaps wife and kids are being informed that he's gone. Sometime soon the word will spread to his friends and co-workers if he had any.

    All those people now have to deal with the loss and for his immediate family the void that will never be filled. That to me is more tragic than the death of the rider, he made a selfish choice and will never ride again.

    I support your right to choose to wear a helmet or not. Granted I believe that a helmet is one thing that never gets ignored and riders who choose not to wear one are to some degree playing Russian Roulette with their lives. I bet this guy felt he was a highly skilled rider and he would *never* have a problem, especially at bike week where it's hard to go more than 30 within 10 miles of Weir's Beach.

    But he did.

    Next time you exercise your right to choose not to wear a helmet think not of what may happen to you but think of all the people who care about you or depend on you and imagine what it would be like for them to get the call or visit from the police to inform them you're dead. Or think of the young lady selling pizza who heard a horrific scream and got to watch a man die for really no good reason.

    Fuck.
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  2. Augie

    Augie Nincompoop

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    Thanks for the reminder Rob, I too choose to wear a helmet. We both have been places where Helmets are optional and still we choose to wear one.

    I send out my condolences to his family and friends. Any loose of life buy a rider is a sad event.
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  3. Forty Years Ago

    Forty Years Ago I'm not an alcoholic.

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    I agree with you 100% but you know the ABATE folks are gonna flame you.

    A week ago Sunday I went down hard on my pedal bike. Totally unexpected. Cracked my Giro helmet. Without it I would be dead.
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  4. apeirce

    apeirce So I was following Andrew

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    Well stated. We all take risks, some of us take steps to mitigate them. Also sorry that you had to bear witness to his poor choice.
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  5. Twilight Error

    Twilight Error Going nowhere slowly

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    Abate can go to hell. A man is dead, for what? What does the world gain by this tragedy that the ABATE drones can crow about? He died doing what he loved? No, he died screaming in pain, bleeding out from a head wound.
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  6. Pantah

    Pantah PJ Fan from Boston

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    I say fuck them all. If they don't care, nobody cares. Not even those so-called loved ones. Motorcycles are mostly for idiots and the idiots have nothing to offer and nothing to lose.

    Anybody into the sporting aspect of motorcycling wears protection because they expect to fall off the thing a lot. Fuck the others.
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  7. Ritalin Boy

    Ritalin Boy Petroconsumptivitius

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    I live in a world where everyone has someone.

    Even you I bet.
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  8. turnenem

    turnenem TBD

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    Word!
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  9. g®eg

    g®eg Canadian living in exile

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    very sad
    nicely written Rob
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  10. opium89

    opium89 Long timer

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    Selfish, indeed. To me, this is just Mother Nature's way of cleaning the gene pool. The stupid are simply not meant to survive.
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  11. Go-4-It

    Go-4-It Been here awhile

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    I think the point is that this was a needless death that hurt the vibe there. Nobody expects to die but it doesn't hurt to prepare for the worst. I've ruined 2 helmets and never thought about the cost either after I thought of how close you can come and still survive. ---------------------- A death scream is hard to forget.
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  12. fhowell55

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    i know a person who was /is the top officer of Oklahoma Abate.
    she was leading a helmet protest on the steps of the state capitol.
    of course, she was shown on tv, railing about the right to choose.
    (Okla is a choice state)
    i personally know this person. she works for my local public school
    district. when i spoke with her, she proudly stated that she opted out
    of the school health insurance. too expensive.

    my gut feeling is that a high percentage of ABATE members have
    no health insurance. they let us pay for their vegetative states-of-being.

    Oklahoma. always competes for #1 in football, per capita incarceration,
    obesity and teen pregnancy. ALWAYS bottom four in education spending.

    most of us okies are glad to have mississippi in the union, so we
    have a state with worse problems than we do.
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  13. Colt03

    Colt03 Been here awhile

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    Rob,

    It never is pleasant to experience what you and the Pizza girl did. As you know I am ATGATT and I do believe in the right to chose if you want to wear a helmet or not. But I do believe with proper education, Everyone or at least 99 % would wear protective head gear.

    A girl that works for me was killed in a car accident last night, she was 23 was a passenger in a car that overturned and wasn't wearing a seat belt, she was thrown from the vehicle and was DOA. So wear ATGATT and fasten your seat belt when an 4 wheels.

    RIP Jessica
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  14. nevermind

    nevermind sLOW Rider

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    Why are there so many who want to force others to act, speak and walk in the manner they prescribe? Is it basic human nature or an indication of small-mindedness?
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  15. NJ-Brett

    NJ-Brett Brett

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    Large groups of bikes are always high risk and I avoid them.
    I choose to wear a helmet, even with no other gear, heads are important and damage easy.

    But people will do what they will, there are a lot of unsafe bikes out there, choppers and low bikes that can not lean, but that is no worse I suppose then going really fast dirt riding, or racing.
    Or riding in rush hour traffic.
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  16. nedley

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    The problem I have is...where do you stop when legislating rights away? Riding without a helmet - a choice some make knowing the risks - risks they are willing to take - may not be your choice or my choice - but it may be someones. Admit it - riding a bike - even ATGATT - is riskier that riding in a cage - but we elect to exercise that right and take that risk. T-bone a car at 45 and even with your gear - it may not be survivable. So...if you want to make others wear helmets because you fear for their lives and deem their behavior as risky...how about those that deem our bikes as risky? Should we ban them? We would all be safer for that choice...and lives would be saved. Just saying....
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  17. Murf2

    Murf2 Been here awhile

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    nevermind, I think it's both.

    Murf2
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  18. DC2wheels

    DC2wheels Castle Anthrax troll

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    I know where this happened, I live an hour north of Bike Week.

    As was posted above- ABATE can go to hell. Sometimes I really hate N.H.- no helmet or over-17 seatbelt required.



    RIP to a fellow rider no matter what his choice :cry
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  19. eatpasta

    eatpasta Lawnmower Target

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    I totally agree with the OP for sure. A horrible tragity that absolutely could have been avoided.

    However from the sound of the rider, I dont think gear would have mattered too much in the long run. It's what's going on inside the helmet (or lack thereof) that really matters.

    We ALL know that we have to ride smart - defensively - practice - never get complacent - take classes - improve - and this is how we all stay alive.
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  20. Faunus2011

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    Indeed, sorry you had to witness that Rob. Ive been at the scene of an ugly non motorcycle ride where someone didnt make it. It does something to you that you cant just shake off immediately. To those who insist on turning this into a soapbox for one point or another, I just dont understand. When someone dies, why cant we just put the bickering aside for long enough to show some respect to the victim, witnesses, and family? I do always wear a helmet, but for now I'm just gonna say a prayer for everyone involved.
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