Hit a barb wire gate at 30 mph *video*

Discussion in 'Face Plant' started by OKlr, Mar 31, 2014.

  1. dirtrulz

    dirtrulz Been here awhile

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    I hit a single strand of barbed wire when I was a kid. Hit me right under the helmet. I thought I cut my throat. Took 54 stitches to sew everything up.
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  2. dirtdobber1959

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    I am like the cowboys. I HATE barb wire!!! And mimes.
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  3. OKlr

    OKlr 25mph gate inpector

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    i was focused on culvert because there had been a couple aready, and i was having fun going over them and having the front end of the bike come up. I was simply riding and enjoying it. Not focused ahead like i should have been.
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  4. OKlr

    OKlr 25mph gate inpector

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    Its cool to think that a lot of people have seen it, but it wasn't my leg work that made that happen.
    Only reason it made the msn page is because i sold rights to it to a place up in canada who deals with them, and it aired on a tv show, so the demand kinda went up for the video. I'm not really getting any compensation for it per view other than it may push a few people to subscribe to my youtube page.
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  5. 2strokemonster

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    wow, lucky you.

    Apparently a few years ago (annapolis) there was a drunk bro on a CBR, he got his GF at the time and they were leaving a bar on state circle. GF was the bouncers sister, bouncer felt she wasn't safe and called the cops. When the cops came behind him he took off with the poor girl on the back. Crested the naval academy bridge going towards RT2 north at like a buck thirty. Got air, lost it into a barbed wire barricade. Supposedly they both just sorta evaporated into confetti...
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  6. High Country Herb

    High Country Herb Adventure Connoiseur

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    Yeah, I would have used a lot more ribbon than that if it were my fence, maybe even vertical pieces of wood connecting the wires.

    Like many here, I've seen barbed wire do nasty things. When I was a teenager, a guy I knew lost one of his twin girls in a Honda Odyssey accident. They were taking turns driving/riding on the back, when the throttle stuck and sent them through a fence. The barbed wire got wrapped in the spinning tires and around one of the girls, turning the fence into a human band saw. Fucking horrible. I won't ride near barbed wire.

    Glad you're alright, dude.
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  7. ncsonderman

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    What an unpleasant surprise! Tough to see that even if looking right at it.

    I still remember a kid showing off on his little dirt bike (late 70sish) in a park when I was around 10. I remember the Wahh wahhhh wahhhh crunch.:rofl. He was too busy looking at us kids and didn't notice the chain link baseball backstop. He didn't have a helmet and this was way before ATGATT, so I'm thinking jeans and a T. Facial cuts and the like is what I remember.

    Anywho, glad you are fine.
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  8. CaptMako

    CaptMako Been here awhile

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    Crap - that is a pretty clear case of negligence on part of the fence owner.
    I don't promote litigation, but when, in my opinion, barely-marked barb wire
    strung across an obviously well-traveled road is not up to the "reasonable person" foundation for negligence. How much worse would a similar wreck have been after dark? Just throwing my opinion out there. :huh
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  9. hfox4

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    I rode into a barbed wire fence at the bottom of a hill once, on a big wheel...the toy...It all started there, haha! Glad you're okay though, minus the bruises.
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  10. FinlandThumper

    FinlandThumper Has Cake/Eats it Too Super Moderator

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    Damn...brings back memories for me. I hit the gate doing about 15 and it clotheslined me (single strand gate). Luckily it hit the bars first (mirrors actually), slowed me down a bit, and then broke the mirrors off, snapped up, dragged across my upper chest and caught on my chin, whipping me back and off the bike. At some point the momentum tore the gate loose which is probably why I didn't die. The bike (a Hodaka Road Toad) was banged up pretty bad but still okay.

    I still have the scars on my neck to prove it but otherwise, I walked away. Thank god I had worn a helmet...it had a divot out of it from a rock and certainly would have broken my skull had I been helmetless. Since I was 14 at the time I could easily have "forgotten" it sinceI was riding on the family farm. I have never ridden a bike without a helmet since.

    Glad you lived! Be careful out there.
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  11. Kawasakirob

    Kawasakirob flick the bean

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    Wow- Makes me cringe.

    I ran into a barb wire fence myself on a PW50. I was 5 and just learning how to ride. Still have the good sized scars on my arm and knees.
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  12. RZRob

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    Clearly.

    RZ Rob
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  13. azshtr

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    Plus that big red box around them. How did you miss that? :evil
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  14. Ironwood

    Ironwood Friday Harbor, WA

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    So take no responsibility for your own actions. Are you suggesting that the landowner is negligant? Next time you try to ride thru there it will be a locked gate. Congratulations. The OP was riding stupidly. He admitted as much. Open your Eyes people. And if you screw up then take your lumps and don't try to find someone to blame.
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  15. CaptMako

    CaptMako Been here awhile

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    Oh my. "negligant"?, you mean negligent. Study some law and see if
    that changes your opinion. People must take account for their actions, yes
    certainly. However, there are mitigating factors that interplay with their
    actions and when those mitigating factors go beyond what a reasonable,
    prudent person would do/expect then there may be legal consequences to the tortfeasor (read wrongdoer) or in this case the landowner. I would opine that
    the rider, the OP, would have seen a closed gate don't you agree. However, to the contrary single strands of barbed wire with minute, otherwise almost
    invisible, pieces of colored tape used to mark the wire may well fall into the
    realm of negligence. You are talking about a heavily-traveled dirt road.
    Why not just dig a huge hole in the road and let everyone ride into it? I guess per your reasoning that would be the OP's fault, too?
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  16. Ironwood

    Ironwood Friday Harbor, WA

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    You sound like a lawyer. What difference does the spelling make?

    Go back and read the OP's opening post and then tell me who is negligent.

    Keep bringing your frivolous torts (read lawsuits) and we will eventually lose all our riding areas.

    Have you ever really taken responsibility for your actions? I seriously doubt it.
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  17. Forde

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    so theres a landowner involved? so you were on somebodys land? not a public road? were ypu even allowed to be there?
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  18. CaptMako

    CaptMako Been here awhile

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    Why is the spelling important - hmmm, maybe because there is no word as "negligant". Seems important don't you think?
    We can argue/discuss the merits of civil negligence 'til the proverbial cows come home. However, you taking a shot at me for either taking or not taking responsibility for my "actions" is absurd and childish. States have certain legal mandates which require various degrees of negligence. Some states have comparative negligence laws; others have contributory negligence. There are a lot of variances and it does not always boil down to what just "one" - the O/P did or didn't do. That's all sir.
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  19. RZRob

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    In this case, that's beside the point. This one's a no-brainer. Any court would find the guy that put the "fence" up liable. He's really lucky the guy didn't die. Then, he'd have real problems.

    RZ Rob
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  20. CaptMako

    CaptMako Been here awhile

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    Thank you Rob. A voice of reason and obviously a learned scholar.
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