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Was driving on I-74 east the other day, leaving Champaign.  Traffic became backed up but I thought it was from the football game traffic combined with road construction.  Turns out it was from a motorcycle accident.  Some poor slob was killed when he was merging onto the interestate on his motorcycle.  I didn't expect to actually see anything but as we were diverted around the scene, there, plain as day, was his body under a white sheet with his legs and feet sticking out. I was like "OMG!"  You guys (or gals) be careful out there!!!!

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To drive on the highways here the cars vary speeds day by day. Someday s they do 80 I do 90 someday s they do 70 I do 80 just to stay faster and out of there way. On the Japanese bikes it's easy to get away from the bottle necks. I found myself going faster and faster like my average speed was 100mph going to work everyday. The bike was so smooth it feels like 60mph. I sold the bike because I lost the fear of it, speed was nothing. I had it up to 150mph a few times. At that point the slower cars are actually coming at you. Since I had the dirtbike experience and knew how to use my body English on the motorcycle I was never in any danger but we don't know what the cars will do. Some riders don't fear the cars. Some don't know how to ride and the rocket is or was there first bike. In the local bargain paper there's totalled bikes for parts all the time. They buy a rocket and never rode before and In one month there dead. It is what it is. I had fun but sold it before it killed me the smoothness and speed plus becoming one with a machine can be addicting. It's not how fast you want to go its how fast you can go.

May he RIP.

Of course I survived my motorcycle days but then the cancer got me

go figure. I'm thinking of getting another bike a 215mph. Hayabusa

and burn the tires off of it.

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Drivers should be careful to; next thing you know a pack of motorcycles surrounds you. One stops short and well you know the rest.

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Drivers should be careful to; next thing you know a pack of motorcycles surrounds you. One stops short and well you know the rest.

That video was crazy.

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I seen that on the news. When we all rode together we never bothered anyone. After all the cars are much heavier. I think the driver got nervious and panicked when he was surrounded by the motor cycles. No one respects anyone nowadays.

I walked into a garden supply store once without my leather and no motorcycle. Everyone was nice to me all the clerks talked with me. I forgot to get something so I went back with my bike with my leather jacket on. It was 30 minutes between both visits. Now no

one would talk with me. Go figure.

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I seen that on the news. When we all rode together we never bothered anyone.

I'm sure that is true of 99% of motor cycle riders. I couldn't help being a smart ass.

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I never had a single problem when I had my motorcycle. Lane splitting at 65 with three other bikes was nerve racking though. We usually rode 4 to 6 deep in our pack. I always enjoyed it. Hell I don't think the Harleys we had would get to 115. I never took mine over 90. Sooner or later I will have another one.

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Drivers should be careful to; next thing you know a pack of motorcycles surrounds you. One stops short and well you know the rest.

He didn't stop short. That was intentional.

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I never had a single problem when I had my motorcycle. Lane splitting at 65 with three other bikes was nerve racking though. We usually rode 4 to 6 deep in our pack. I always enjoyed it. Hell I don't think the Harleys we had would get to 115. I never took mine over 90. Sooner or later I will have another one.

I thought that as well. I rode for around 10 years and haven't ridden in around 15.. I'd rather spend my time on the water.

 

Back to the OP. I saw a guy on a Harley T-bone a car that turned left in front of him a couple years ago. They both tried to beat the light. The accident seemed to happen in slow motion and the biker flew around 30 feet and bounced off the pavement. I saw his face turn from flesh colored to blue as he was choking on his own blood. I went to turn the guy over on his stomach and was stopped by some other bystander who decided he was in charge of the accident scene until help arrived. He and another person got in between me and a woman, on our way to the biker, screaming don't move him, you're going to make things worse. I guess he must have learned that watching General Hospital or something. The ambulance arrived within a couple minutes. The guy didn't make it and for awhile I wondered if flipping him over could have helped.  

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I had my motorcycle fix in my early 20's. I had a few close calls and that was the end. I know a handful of guys my age now dead because they were either reckless riders or were unfortunate to reckless drivers.  It is much too dangerous for my liking around our parts for motorcycle riding now.

 

Slonezp, that's a brutal thing to have witnessed.  The light at Iriving/Barrington road early this spring I saw some guy on a harley who collided with a car. He was laying on the pavement lifeless, no ambulances yet but a good crowd standing around.  Not the same incident by chance is it? 

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Army Trail a block east of Gary by Stratford Square.

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Loud pipes save lives.

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To drive on the highways here the cars vary speeds day by day. Someday s they do 80 I do 90 someday s they do 70 I do 80 just to stay faster and out of there way. On the Japanese bikes it's easy to get away from the bottle necks. I found myself going faster and faster like my average speed was 100mph going to work everyday. The bike was so smooth it feels like 60mph. I sold the bike because I lost the fear of it, speed was nothing. I had it up to 150mph a few times. At that point the slower cars are actually coming at you. Since I had the dirtbike experience and knew how to use my body English on the motorcycle I was never in any danger but we don't know what the cars will do. Some riders don't fear the cars. Some don't know how to ride and the rocket is or was there first bike. In the local bargain paper there's totalled bikes for parts all the time. They buy a rocket and never rode before and In one month there dead. It is what it is. I had fun but sold it before it killed me the smoothness and speed plus becoming one with a machine can be addicting. It's not how fast you want to go its how fast you can go.

May he RIP.

Of course I survived my motorcycle days but then the cancer got me

go figure. I'm thinking of getting another bike a 215mph. Hayabusa

and burn the tires off of it.

 

 

The only time you are not in danger on a bike is when its parked in your garage. I was 10 when I got my first dirtbike and when I turned 16 I started riding sportbikes . I consider myself a fairly decent rider, but im no valentino rossi. I know at least 5 people who have been killed on bikes. And too many more that have gotten seriously hurt. The thing that cost most of them was the attitude that they werent in any danger. You can never account for bike malfunctions, pot holes, animals, cars or any other number of things that can ruin your day.

 

 

edit: If you ride a harley you could still be in danger with it in the garage, it could catch fire........

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From day one learning how to ride a bike, I was told "the minute you think you are in control of everything, you will get proven wrong."

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From day one learning how to ride a bike, I was told "the minute you think you are in control of everything, you will get proven wrong."

 

So true.   I ride quite a bit.  I do not go fast nor do any of those crazy things you hear about.  I ride extremely conservative.  That does not remove me from an accident but it helps lower my odds. 

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Yea it's a shame that happened. Here in FL they do not require you to wear a helmet which is ridiculous IMO. But at the same time if you or into a serious enough accident on a bike I don't think the helmet would do too much but better than nothing

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I guess I'm kind of a nut case on a bike

But it's the nut cases who live. Remember when your slow your a target. When your fast your a moving target..... I never had a problem on a streetwise or a dirtbike but that quad is what got me. I broke my ribs three times in two years on the quad. Trust me having four wheels isn't safer than a bike.

My son with all his dirtbike experience in racing dirtbikes too while on his 400cc Suzuki bandit he came around a blind turn and never expected a herd of deer across the road. He thought quick and tee boned one deer. It went up on the handle bars until he stopped. The deer took off but it totaled the bike. When he told me what had happened, I thought he was kidding but the bike was full of fur. The experience in riding the dirtbike paid off. He's been riding a Suzuki GSXR 750 for over a decade now.

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Saw a little old lady left turn in front of a biker in Tucson several years ago. He was trying to beat the light. Lost his life because of it. He tried to lay it down and she drove right over him. To this day the most sickening experience of my life. I have noticed that folks are riding earlier and later both in the day//night and in the seasons. Here in Ohio it is not uncommon to see some diehard bikers riding into december if we have a few warm days. I have also noticed that some...certainly not a generalization....some bikers don't seem to have the respect for what might happen. I have had  a biker pass between me and a semi-truck when the truck was passing me and we were side by side, and it is somewhat common to be tailgated by a biker. To be fair, it seems like most of that dangerous riding comes from the younger generation on the crotch rocket type bikes. I give bikers a wide path if I am following them, I sure don't want to drive over someone if they have an accident.

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It's perhaps inaccurate or unfair to say bikes are dangerous but it's pretty reasonable to say they are "less-forgiving."  No matter how good a rider someone is, it's impossible to account for that deer in the road or being suddently surrounded by tractor-trailers and the semi in front shredding off a tire.  After seeing that body lying there...well, it's just a shame. 

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