Young couple & 100

Discussion in 'Face Plant' started by Bake, Jun 11, 2006.

  1. Bake

    Bake adventurer

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    This is small city of 250,000. Mostly sport bikes and Big Dogs, HD, the like.
    A young couple here died going 100 on their sport bike this week. We have like 3 curves in town, flat, straight and sandy corners are the rule of the day.
    The harshness of the wreck struck me. Is this a common thing, I mean are all other places in the U.S. seeing this?
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  2. viverrid

    viverrid not dead yet

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    Young couples that spend too much time doing 100mph on public roads don't have good chances of becoming old couples.

    Yeah young guys crash sport bikes at high speed from time to time. But then old guys on huge heavy cruisers wreck them regularly too, getting killed crossing the center line and meeting the grille of an SUV.
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  3. mikerd400

    mikerd400 Long timer

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    I patrol Napa County, and we have numerous motorcyles that ride through the area. Mainly up at Lake Berryessa, through the twisties. On the weekends, we have numerous motorcycle crashes. The large majority of the motorcyclists run off road. The motorcyclists that crash are either sportbikes or Harleys. I would say we get a good 150 motorcycle crashes through out the year. About 3 of the crashes are not the motorcyclists fault. During the summer we average about 5 fatality motorcycle crashes. Squids normally too fast, cross over double yellow lines, and head on into oncoming vehicle. Then we have the HD riders that go off road and smack into trees.
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  4. HighwayChile

    HighwayChile greetings from Wa state

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    its too bad the US doesnt require a yr on a 250, and actually learn to ride it.
    probably still have lots of the forementioned morons crashing but it might help.

    plus there would be lots of low mile 250's:evil
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  5. Bill Harris

    Bill Harris Confirmed Curmudgeon

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    For sure. The most at-risk rider rode when he was younger and got a motorcycle again later in life. Rides infrequently so that his reflexes and instincts are not sharp, and although he is "proficient", he is practically a rolling hazard.

    Then there are squids...

    --Bill
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  6. toy4fun

    toy4fun GET out of the way

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  7. 75' Forty

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    Smart people know their limits and restrict themselves by smart/safe riding or bike size.
    Dumb people ignore those limits and cleanse the gene pool early on.

    Outside of an innocent bystander getting injured, I see no problem.
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  8. AdvTraveler

    AdvTraveler Live to Ride

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    Mikerd400 - curious since you patrol the area - are there many deer strikes by motorcycles around the Lake Berryessa area.

    I ride up there all the time and see deer every time.

    Deer have me freaked out since I had a good friend taken down recently by one, but not in that area.

    Thanks
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  9. Sitheach86

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    We get a motorcycle fatality about once a month. 15 or so a year. 9/10 times it's a Harley. They do outnumber sportbikes and other types massively as well. A major factor is the helmet not being required by law. It's actually uncommon to see a motorcyclist with a helmet here.
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  11. just jeff

    just jeff Long timer

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    You guys realize you are replying to a thread that is over 10 years old? I guess not much has changed in that amount of time~:D
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  12. gmk999

    gmk999 ____ as a Rotax

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    Great Info there!!
    Interesting to see that the “Danger" groups are 20-29 and 50-59
    Also the increase in fatalities in Northern New England, Maine up 180+% (still only 30 compared to other states is little) but NH and VT up also.
    Tourists?
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  13. DukeMButu

    DukeMButu Minister of Culture

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    I enjoy the first person posts by EMTs and LEOs. I also read my local paper closely when it reports all manner of traffic accidents. A lot to be gleaned in details. As with almost all who use this forum, I've had my share of "learning experiences." Fortunately they all remain only learning experiences.
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    The more things change, the more they remain the same.
    Why do we cruise Face Plant? Perhaps it's a macabre reminder to ourselves to stay aware.
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  15. IndigoSouthpaw

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    It's always interesting hearing comments from EMTs. They seem to have an even more sour opinion of the ones who decide to ride naked than the more veteran riders, perhaps though it's because they're the ones who usually have to clean them up off the road.
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  16. swimmer

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    I pay close attention to motorcycle accident stories in the news as well. Rarely is the motorcyclist not at fault in one way or the other, legally or not.
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  17. mebgardner

    mebgardner Been here awhile

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    Why? Because the thinking person knows that it's easier to learn on someone else's shoulders. In this full contact sport, that translates well to "less painful" too. If you can hear the advice given, if you can act on it...
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