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Join Date: Sep 2005
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It's not if, it's when.........
No, not me, but I've gotten off a bike the hard way four times before myself.
This was a good friend who I'm visiting in Washington and we went for a ride from Oak Harbor to Winthrop for lunch last Friday with two new friends that I met through the Versys forum.
All was going well and we were headed back. We stopped at the Diablo Lake overlook and shot the bull for about 15 minutes then continued.....less than a mile down the road we came into a sweeping left curve (yellow advisory said 30 mph I think), I was leading and took the curve at about 40 mph. The second rider (my friend) was back about 150 yards. He was going something less than 40 mph I would guess. Apparently he wasn't "looking thru the corner" like he should have been cause he went too wide and got into some gravel. You all know what happened then......all I saw in my mirror was a big cloud of dust. I got turned around and went back and found him unconcious lying not too far from his bike (the Drifter that I sold him about 5-6 years ago for those of you who were on the "Drifting with Duffy" ride). The other two gents who were behind him said it was almost as if he didn't see the corner.
No cell service but the first folks who stopped were an RN and an off duty EMT. The third vehicle that stopped headed down the road to call 911 as soon as they got service. He came too in about 5 minutes or so and said he was OK and wanted to get back on the bike and take off. I had to tell him that the bike was not "ride-able". Ambulance showed up and EMT's decided that due to his being un-conscious that he should take a ride to a hospital. The nearest one is about 60 miles away.
All said and done the bike will probably be totaled by his insurance if he runs it through them. It is repairable without too much difficulty I believe. He came out much better than the bike. Two cracked ribs and some road rash on his nose (3/4 helmet and the shield popped right off) and left elbow. The two gents behind him said that he rolled quite a few times before coming to a stop face down. His helmet was all scraped to crap and cracked up the back. Probably why he was un-concious for a bit.
The moral of the story is it can and probably will happen if you ride a bike for any length of time. He had ridden off and on most of his life (this was his 4th or 5th bike) and this was his first inadvertent motorcycle dismount. Be careful out there folks.........it's a dangerous world and motorcycles don't make it any safer. Dress for the "slide" not the "ride". All the EMT's and bikers who stopped commented on the fact that he was wearing all the right gear and he would have been much worse with out it.
Lead, or follow, but just stay out of my way.
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