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Title: Tragedy close to home...
Post by: racerrad8 on May 17, 2014, 02:12:12 AM
In more ways than one I'm afraid.

My brother in law was killed today in a motorcycle accident, just a few blocks from my home. I have no details at this point and frankly, I don't really care as ultimately he perished.

The ultimate tragedy close to home in more way than one.

Be careful, and remember everyone driving a car is trying to kill you when you are riding a motorcycle.

Stay safe and be careful.

Randy - RPM


Title: Re: Tragedy close to home...
Post by: weymouth399 on May 17, 2014, 02:27:52 AM
Amen randy, that is how I ride. All others are out to get you, do the same in the race car. Sorry for your loss.

Bob w


Title: Re: Tragedy close to home...
Post by: Alf on May 17, 2014, 02:29:48 AM
My condolences, Randy. I´m very sorry for you. In fact I don´t know what can I say... only that you have a lot of people that value you and that our thoughts are with you


Title: Re: Tragedy close to home...
Post by: TexasDave on May 17, 2014, 02:34:43 AM
I'm sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.  Dave


Title: Re: Tragedy close to home...
Post by: Zwartie on May 17, 2014, 04:28:51 AM
Randy.

Our condolences to you and your family. Thanks for the reminder. Motorcycle season is just gearing up in this area and there have already been too many accidents.

Ride Safely Everyone!


Zwartie.


Title: Re: Tragedy close to home...
Post by: Fj.itis on May 17, 2014, 04:49:03 AM
Sorry to here that Randy, take care. 


Title: Re: Tragedy close to home...
Post by: FJmonkey on May 17, 2014, 05:35:59 AM
I never know what to say when things like this happen, loosing a family member is never easy. My heart goes out to you and your family.


Title: Re: Tragedy close to home...
Post by: Lotsokids on May 17, 2014, 05:43:35 AM
I never know what to say when things like this happen, loosing a family member is never easy. My heart goes out to you and your family.

Same here. Very sorry to hear this. But maybe you should care about the details for future awareness and possible prevention of a re-occurrence. Some things we can learn from, but others are just not preventable.

Thoughts and prayers for you and your family.


Title: Re: Tragedy close to home...
Post by: aviationfred on May 17, 2014, 05:50:30 AM
Sorry to hear about the loss in your family.

Fred


Title: Re: Tragedy close to home...
Post by: roverfj1200 on May 17, 2014, 06:01:00 AM
So sorry for your loss, you and those who feel this pain will be in my prayers.

Richard


Title: Re: Tragedy close to home...
Post by: novaraptor on May 17, 2014, 06:34:50 AM
Condolences..


Title: Re: Tragedy close to home...
Post by: magge52 on May 17, 2014, 06:56:28 AM
Yes, it is difficult to find words at a time like this, my thoughts are with you and your family. Take care

George


Title: Re: Tragedy close to home...
Post by: Derek Young on May 17, 2014, 07:14:26 AM
Randy and Chandra,

You and your family are in our thoughts today. We hope you find strength in each other during this very difficult time.

Derek and Donna


Title: Re: Tragedy close to home...
Post by: movenon on May 17, 2014, 07:18:18 AM
Randy please except Mary and I our sincere condolences.. There just isn't enough words.
George


Title: Re: Tragedy close to home...
Post by: 1tinindian on May 17, 2014, 08:06:07 AM
Terrible news Randy. You and your family are in my thoughts.
Take care.

Leon


Title: Re: Tragedy close to home...
Post by: Arnie on May 17, 2014, 08:25:24 AM
Randy,

Sorry for your loss.  Terrible tragedy when death comes before time.
Take care

Arnie


Title: Re: Tragedy close to home...
Post by: big r on May 17, 2014, 08:47:46 AM
Condolences Randy. There are no words that can really say. Thoughts and praters from our family Big R.


Title: Re: Tragedy close to home...
Post by: Pat Conlon on May 17, 2014, 09:32:23 AM
Thoughts and prayers are coming your way from Palm Desert.....


Title: Re: Tragedy close to home...
Post by: fj1289 on May 17, 2014, 09:37:57 AM
In our thoughts and prayers Randy. God bless and Godspeed


Title: Re: Tragedy close to home...
Post by: poker007 on May 17, 2014, 09:59:34 AM
   Randy,


   Sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, Mark G


Title: Re: Tragedy close to home...
Post by: CanDman on May 17, 2014, 11:01:26 AM
Randy........I'm so sorry to hear of your sudden and untimely loss. May God comfort you and your family at this time. From Jessie, Grace and myself....our prayers and deepest condolences for you and your family.
CanDman 


Title: Re: Tragedy close to home...
Post by: simi_ed on May 17, 2014, 01:44:08 PM
Randy, Our thoughts & prayers are with you and your family in this trying time.  Our condolences.

Ed & Sue


Title: Re: Tragedy close to home...
Post by: Bminder on May 17, 2014, 02:06:43 PM
So sorry Randy, thoughts and prayers with you and your family.


Title: Re: Tragedy close to home...
Post by: BSI on May 17, 2014, 02:37:48 PM
Randy...I am so sorry to hear this, you and your family are in my prayers.

God Bless
Louie


Title: Re: Tragedy close to home...
Post by: racerrad8 on May 17, 2014, 02:43:34 PM
Thank for the kind words of support, emails and PM's. It has been a long and difficult journey so far.. This is the first sudden and unexpected death of an immediate family member we have ever experienced.

Here is the details available, left turn in front of him; DAMN

 http://www.modbee.com/2014/05/16/3344242/oakdale-collision-kills-motorcyclist.html (http://www.modbee.com/2014/05/16/3344242/oakdale-collision-kills-motorcyclist.html)

Randy - RPM


Title: Re: Tragedy close to home...
Post by: Country Joe on May 17, 2014, 03:12:48 PM
Randy,
 You and your family are in my family's prayers. You have my deepest condolences.

 Joe


Title: Re: Tragedy close to home...
Post by: Bminder on May 17, 2014, 03:41:10 PM
I know this is no consolation for you Randy, but I will keep your brother-in-law's crash on my mind as I ride and be even more vigilant and careful.
All the input and advice you guys on this site give have made me a better, more careful rider.


Title: Re: Tragedy close to home...
Post by: spsmith_fj1200 on May 17, 2014, 03:54:10 PM
Randy,

so sorry to read the initial post and the second with the detail. Praying for his family and yours in this time of grief.

Stephen


Title: Re: Tragedy close to home...
Post by: fj johnnie on May 17, 2014, 04:26:05 PM
 Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. John.


Title: Re: Tragedy close to home...
Post by: BadBro on May 17, 2014, 04:45:28 PM
Condolences, my thoughts and prayers.


Title: Re: Tragedy close to home...
Post by: andyb on May 17, 2014, 06:28:15 PM
I feel sorrow for you, Randy.


Title: Re: Tragedy close to home...
Post by: neo297 on May 17, 2014, 07:48:16 PM
Sorry to read bout your loss. Hopefully you both will get some solice from the outpouring of concern and support from all on this board. You have helped and touched many and I know we wish we could do more for you.
Paul


Title: Re: Tragedy close to home...
Post by: Firehawk068 on May 17, 2014, 10:33:21 PM
DAMN!
Very sorry to hear about your family's loss.................Sending warm thoughts from Denver


Title: Re: Tragedy close to home...
Post by: X-Ray on May 18, 2014, 06:26:03 AM
Terrible thing to happen, wishing you and Chandra strength dealing with your loss.


Title: Re: Tragedy close to home...
Post by: Persistant on May 18, 2014, 09:10:52 AM
So sorry for you and your families loss.  Although nothing will ever bring him back, time will ultimately make it easier to bear the loss.  Each day every fraction of a breath will become a little bit easier and eventually you will breath easy, he will always be in your heart.
All the best to you and yours,

Andrew Rivett


Title: Re: Tragedy close to home...
Post by: Pezman4200 on May 18, 2014, 09:33:28 AM
Randy,
Sorry to hear of your loss! Prayers for you and your family.


Title: Re: Tragedy close to home...
Post by: racerrad8 on May 18, 2014, 09:55:48 AM
Thank you all again for the outpouring of support, While I personally "know" only a few of the members of this forum as compared to the membership totals, I still feel a friendship to all of you.

We have been through tragedy, such as Lotsokids accident, and shared the sorrow and pain associated with them; but we survive and move forward.

Everyday will become more tolerable as time heals all wounds. It is just hard to see the motorcycle that I have ridden with so many times, worked on and took pride in helping him get the bike he always wanted.

He was happy and since he purchased that bike last fall, he had already put over 20k on the clock as he rode that thing everywhere, rain or shine, hot or cold, day or night. Hell we just did the 3rd set of brake pads and mounted the saddle bag last week as he was tired of wearing a back pack back & forth to work.

He wore a full face helmet and the proper gear and he was a believer of "load pipes save lives", unfortunately, the proper gear and pipes could not save him.

Ladies and gentlemen, the only thing I can pass along from my personal experience of riding is to treat everyone on the road as the one that will be killing you. People are more distracted daily, by cars that are sound proof, radios, cell phones, texting and they do not see you especially in cites & towns where traffic is even more congested.

Ride defensively, remember the car that turns left in front of you will say to the police, " I never saw the motorcycle".

Ride safe, make sure the ones you love know it and be careful.

Randy


Title: Re: Tragedy close to home...
Post by: CanDman on May 18, 2014, 10:53:49 AM
Thank you all again for the outpouring of support, While I personally "know" only a few of the members of this forum as compared to the membership totals, I still feel a friendship to all of you.

Ride safe, make sure the ones you love know it and be careful.

Randy


 :drinks:


Title: Re: Tragedy close to home...
Post by: axiom-r on May 18, 2014, 11:04:49 AM
Very sorry to hear about this Randy....  Stay strong.

tim


Title: Re: Tragedy close to home...
Post by: Mark Olson on May 18, 2014, 11:12:33 AM
Thank you all again for the outpouring of support, While I personally "know" only a few of the members of this forum as compared to the membership totals, I still feel a friendship to all of you.

We have been through tragedy, such as Lotsokids accident, and shared the sorrow and pain associated with them; but we survive and move forward.

Everyday will become more tolerable as time heals all wounds. It is just hard to see the motorcycle that I have ridden with so many times, worked on and took pride in helping him get the bike he always wanted.

He was happy and since he purchased that bike last fall, he had already put over 20k on the clock as he rode that thing everywhere, rain or shine, hot or cold, day or night. Hell we just did the 3rd set of brake pads and mounted the saddle bag last week as he was tired of wearing a back pack back & forth to work.

He wore a full face helmet and the proper gear and he was a believer of "load pipes save lives", unfortunately, the proper gear and pipes could not save him.

Ladies and gentlemen, the only thing I can pass along from my personal experience of riding is to treat everyone on the road as the one that will be killing you. People are more distracted daily, by cars that are sound proof, radios, cell phones, texting and they do not see you especially in cites & towns where traffic is even more congested.

Ride defensively, remember the car that turns left in front of you will say to the police, " I never saw the motorcycle".

Ride safe, make sure the ones you love know it and be careful.

Randy


I am very sorry to hear of this tragedy , My thoughts and prayers are with you and your wife .


Title: Re: Tragedy close to home...
Post by: Harvy on May 18, 2014, 05:01:57 PM
Randy, just catching up on posts and read about your brother-in-law......... so sorry to hear the sad news mate.
Our condolences to Chandra and yourself.

Regards
Harvy & Peta.


Title: Re: Tragedy close to home...
Post by: Tapartacus on May 18, 2014, 06:47:53 PM
Sorry for your loss Randy, my thoughts to you and your family.

Andrew


Title: Re: Tragedy close to home...
Post by: stua1959 on May 18, 2014, 07:29:06 PM
Randy and Chandra, so sorry to hear of your loss. You have a lot of friends over here that will be thinking of you


Title: Re: Tragedy close to home...
Post by: Tor-King on May 18, 2014, 08:40:13 PM
Randy,
I am very sorry to hear about your loss.  There are times that I myself contemplate the idea of riding as much as I enjoy it.  As you say, it is always those who are so preoccupied with life that we need to worry about.
Take care of yourself and I wish you and your family the courage to deal with such as sudden loss,

Dean


Title: Re: Tragedy close to home...
Post by: Vsekvsek on May 18, 2014, 09:54:32 PM
Sorry for your loss. I grew up racing mx and always swore I wouldn't ride street for this very reason.

But..To put into perspective....My grandfather was in the Guinness book of world records in the early '90's. He turned 100 and had two older siblings alive. My moms side of the family all lived into their 90's, no diseases or anything on either side. Me and my younger brother joked how we would live to 130 with our genes. Well two years ago he got seizures out of the blue. Within 6 months he was in the ground from brain cancer. Nobody in my family had any cancers at all.

Point is I believe when its your time its your time and there's not a dang thing you can do about. Riding motorcycles or not. I know a guy that have rode every day of his live for 40 years with no accidents.


Title: Re: Tragedy close to home...
Post by: jscgdunn on May 18, 2014, 10:42:47 PM
Sorry to hear Randy

Condolences and best wishes


Jeff


Title: Re: Tragedy close to home...
Post by: Capn Ron on May 18, 2014, 11:06:29 PM
Wow...so sorry to hear about your loss Randy.  I lost a good friend in San Diego the same way 25 years ago.  Over the years, the pain of the loss lessens and so many good memories of him will prevail.  You and your family are in my thoughts...

Cap'n Ron. . .


Title: Re: Tragedy close to home...
Post by: Lotsokids on May 19, 2014, 12:58:34 AM
We have been through tragedy, such as Lotsokids accident, and shared the sorrow and pain associated with them; but we survive and move forward.

Yes, I certainly see a parallel with the good people here and their (and your) amazing support.


Title: Re: Tragedy close to home...
Post by: Chromaxe on May 19, 2014, 04:52:53 AM
Be careful, and remember everyone driving a car is trying to kill you when you are riding a motorcycle.

Randy - RPM

Wise words Randy, and the rule I ride by too. Our thoughts are with you, Chandra and your family.

Glen & Nicky


Title: Re: Tragedy close to home...
Post by: 56 CHEVY on May 19, 2014, 06:12:30 AM
I am sorry to hear this Randy.

My condolences to you and your family.


Title: Re: Tragedy close to home...
Post by: JCainFJ on May 19, 2014, 06:33:00 AM
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Jon


Title: Re: Tragedy close to home...
Post by: motohorseman on May 19, 2014, 06:33:29 AM
Randy, add me to the list of those sorry to hear about the loss.

My heart and prayers go out to those effected.

It's that time of the year, we're going to see more than a few riders killed, sucks that much more when it is this close to home....


Title: Re: Tragedy close to home...
Post by: markmartin on May 19, 2014, 10:38:01 AM
That is terrible Randy.  My condolences go out to you and your family.

Mark


Title: Re: Tragedy close to home...
Post by: airheadPete on May 19, 2014, 12:30:02 PM
Shit. Sorry Randy, words fail.
A few years ago my uncle, a great, great guy, was killed on his FJR1300 while out on an afternoon ride. That was a terrible phone call from out of the blue...
I hope you wife weathers it ok. Time will help, but it'll never quite heal.
Good luck; know that the two of you are in all our thoughts. We're all hoping for the best for you.

Pete.


Title: Re: Tragedy close to home...
Post by: andyoutandabout on May 19, 2014, 03:50:33 PM
What dreadful news Randy.
Man, fortunes change on a dime.
Happier thoughts your way
Andy


Title: Re: Tragedy close to home...
Post by: Dan Filetti on May 19, 2014, 04:00:46 PM
Sorry for your loss Randy.

That sucks.

Dan


Title: Re: Tragedy close to home...
Post by: Tiger on May 19, 2014, 08:07:45 PM
Sad, sad news...Condolences from me and mine, to you and your family.

John.


Title: Re: Tragedy close to home...
Post by: Mike 86 in San Dimas on May 19, 2014, 09:08:00 PM
Sincere condolences Randy. I know this is tough to deal with.
Appreciate the safety advice. I don't believe in "when it's your time", I think we have a card in that game. Not that we should live in bubble. Obviously... I ride too. There may not have been anything your friend could have done. I don't know, but this scenario of a car turning in front of a bike may be the about the most common "deadly" accident there is. Don't bet your life that a car sees you, is stopping at the sign, wont change into your lane etc.



Title: Re: Tragedy close to home...
Post by: jvb_ca on May 22, 2014, 06:47:56 PM
Randy please accept my condolences. This is tragic news. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this very hard time. I too was a victim of a left hand turning cager many years ago, and still consider myself lucky to have only suffered a few scars.
Take care....
Jake


Title: Re: Tragedy close to home...
Post by: carey on May 22, 2014, 07:13:50 PM
Randy,

Sorry for your loss.  My condolences to you and your family.


Title: Re: Tragedy close to home...
Post by: Bill_Rockoff on May 23, 2014, 09:45:33 AM
Randy, I'm sorry to hear of your loss. 


Title: Re: Tragedy close to home...
Post by: rusjel on May 24, 2014, 08:23:13 AM
May all of you be close, very sorry to hear your sad news Randy, will try to take your advice.


Title: Re: Tragedy close to home...
Post by: racerrad8 on May 15, 2015, 09:21:47 AM
In more ways than one I'm afraid.

My brother in law was killed today in a motorcycle accident, just a few blocks from my home. I have no details at this point and frankly, I don't really care as ultimately he perished.

The ultimate tragedy close to home is in more ways than one.

Be careful, and remember everyone driving a car is trying to kill you when you are riding a motorcycle.

Stay safe and be careful.

Randy - RPM


Well, it has been one year ago tomorrow, May 16th 2014 that my brother in law was killed in a crash involving a car that turned left in front of him.

I will take this opportunity, as it is also rally season, to start an annual reminder that everyone on the road in or on a vehicle is out there to kill you while you are on your FJ.

I was sent a video a month or two ago where a motorcycle crossed over the double yellows on the Crest Highway causing the other rider to crash.

My son Robert crashed his R6 on a ride we had a month and half ago after swerving to miss a diesel truck tire carcass in the roadway. He ultimately ended up off the roadway and got bucked off. Top quality safety gear did its job as well as his car racing experience are both attributed to most likely saving his life. He was able to choose the fire road instead of hitting a shear wall mountain. He sustained a broken shoulder blade and a severe concussion.  As you can see by the front of the helmet it does look too bad, but when the liner was removed the interior protection foam is cracked in several places.
(http://i1215.photobucket.com/albums/cc517/racerrad8/IMG_1350_zpsqkenafvf.jpg~original) (http://s1215.photobucket.com/user/racerrad8/media/IMG_1350_zpsqkenafvf.jpg.html)
That is him in the reflection sitting in the hospital bed, not the view he started the day out with...
(http://i1215.photobucket.com/albums/cc517/racerrad8/IMG_1351_zpsvztyzni5.jpg~original) (http://s1215.photobucket.com/user/racerrad8/media/IMG_1351_zpsvztyzni5.jpg.html)
(http://i1215.photobucket.com/albums/cc517/racerrad8/008_zpsq2dj1b04.jpg~original) (http://s1215.photobucket.com/user/racerrad8/media/008_zpsq2dj1b04.jpg.html)
(http://i1215.photobucket.com/albums/cc517/racerrad8/007_zpsomruugpw.jpg~original) (http://s1215.photobucket.com/user/racerrad8/media/007_zpsomruugpw.jpg.html)
(http://i1215.photobucket.com/albums/cc517/racerrad8/006_zpsikebbt5i.jpg~original) (http://s1215.photobucket.com/user/racerrad8/media/006_zpsikebbt5i.jpg.html)

We should also remember those members who were lost as well such as Mark Glorioso (Poker007) and Joe Yatras (Wog57)
(http://i1215.photobucket.com/albums/cc517/racerrad8/WOG%20rally%202015_zps3adph9fg.jpg~original) (http://s1215.photobucket.com/user/racerrad8/media/WOG%20rally%202015_zps3adph9fg.jpg.html)


Be careful, and remember everyone driving a car is trying to kill you when you are riding a motorcycle.

Hope to see everyone attending the western rallies in a few weeks.

Randy - RPM


Title: Re: Tragedy close to home...
Post by: Firehawk068 on May 15, 2015, 09:58:56 AM
Excellent reminder Randy!

Riding season has really geared-up full force!

Everyone be safe out there, and be pro-active in your actions!  :hi:


Title: Re: Tragedy close to home...
Post by: FJmonkey on May 15, 2015, 10:22:57 AM
Good timing on the reminder and good reinforcement on ATGATT. I saw and touched that helmet after Robert's dismount, it did it's job well...  It was also good to hang out with him after his crash, he was in good spirits considering the condition he and his bike were in. The other drivers may not be actively trying to kill us, but they are not looking out for us. We are on our own when it comes to safety. Ride defensively, as if they really are trying to kill us.


Title: Re: Tragedy close to home...
Post by: Mark Olson on May 15, 2015, 01:41:02 PM
Good reminder , Keep your guard up .



Title: Re: Tragedy close to home...
Post by: fj1289 on May 15, 2015, 01:56:56 PM
Very timely reminder

One of my favorite quotes I apply on nearly a daily basis -- "Never confuse enthusiasm with capability" by Gen Pete Schoomaker (google him and you'll find he had plenty of capability!)

People often talk about "pushing the envelope" to get better -- in reality you improve your skills and that pushes your envelope out larger.  And improving your skills requires focus and practice - in the right environment.  The environment most of us ride in most of the time is unpredictable and unforgiving -- leave yourself a safety margin and keep your skills sharp so you can use that margin to handle the unexpected, and not waste it on your own inattention, rustiness, riding over your head, etc.  

Oh, and have fun!



Title: Re: Tragedy close to home...
Post by: fj johnnie on May 15, 2015, 03:35:59 PM
 Thanks Randy. Last weekend I came closer to being killed than any other time on a motorcycle.  33 years of riding.We were approaching a couple of cars stopped, waiting to turn left, in the other lane. Some idiot decided to pass the stopped cars waiting to turn left. He came directly at us, we were doing approx. 60 mph and the oncoming car was going very quickly as well. He saw us at the last second and went to the shoulder on our right. Had he not done so we most certainly would have hit him head on. It can happen so fast you cannot even react. The general attitude towards motorcyclist ( not bikers ) is simply terrible. Always, always, always, ride alert. Most people are aware and alert, but the others will kill you.


Title: Re: Tragedy close to home...
Post by: movenon on May 15, 2015, 06:47:16 PM
Good points to bring up.  Everybody please ride safe.  Expect anything from anybody at anytime.  Assume you are invisible and ride accordingly. The invisibility thing does not apply to LEO"S.. Sorry about that.
George



Title: Re: Tragedy close to home...
Post by: Troyskie on May 16, 2015, 03:42:37 AM
Randy, huge condolences to you and the family buddy. You are absolutely right, every cage rider is out to get you, we must look out for ourselves, and ATGATT.


Title: Re: Tragedy close to home...
Post by: jo-sommer on May 20, 2015, 05:46:08 AM
Late concolences to your loss, Randy and all the best for Robert's quick recovery.

I know all this mess quite well; broke my spine just one and a half year ago cause of a picture of a nice landscape, just got rid of all those metal in my back.

Ride safe everybody out there!

Greetz Jo


Title: Re: Tragedy close to home...
Post by: racerrad8 on May 16, 2016, 07:09:02 PM
Well, today I really seemed to be off. I was having issues of all sorts and I just seemed to be misguided. I even told Robert a couple of times today that I was stressed out today.

I had to go home today to meet with a delivery driver. I drove through the intersection where my brother in law lost his life due to a driver of a car that turned left in front of him.

The white paint dots painted on the road indicating the locked wheel skid have been fading now for two years, but today the seemed to really be standing out.

When I got home tonight my wife was quiet...

I asked what was wrong and she reminded me it is the day of the crash...two years ago...right now.

Guys, I want to say it again; please ride like everyone in a car will not see you and then can kill you.

From the distracted drivers, the elderly and the ever increasing impaired drivers.

Ride smart, give every single car a wide berth and just remember...every car is going to turn left in front of you.

Ride safe, ride cautious and ride prepared.

AGATT.

Randy - RPM


Title: Re: Tragedy close to home...
Post by: PaulG on May 17, 2016, 08:21:15 AM
Guys, I want to say it again; please ride like everyone in a car will not see you and then can kill you.

From the distracted drivers, the elderly and the ever increasing impaired drivers.

Ride smart, give every single car a wide berth and just remember...every car is going to turn left in front of you.

Ride safe, ride cautious and ride prepared.

AGATT.

Randy - RPM

This is especially true with those of us who have a prolonged off-season.  It's been at least seven months since I've been on the bike due to winter and maintenance.  This week I will get her out for the first time.

There is always a certain level of paranoia at the beginning - more so with myself as opposed to the bike.  I know it will run fine, me - not so much.  For those who enjoy year round (or close enough to it) riding conditions this may be taken for granted.  The enthusiasm to get out and make up for lost time can  overwhelm your sensibilities.

So take it easy, re-learn what you have forgotton - especially your muscle memory.  Go to an empty parking lot and practice some panic stops, acceleration, and countersteering techniques.  Your body and brain has to get used to doing things usually opposite to how you drive a car.

I'll see some of you guys real soon.

Ciao. 


Title: Re: Tragedy close to home...
Post by: Pat Conlon on May 17, 2016, 07:52:33 PM
Go to an empty parking lot and practice some panic stops, acceleration, and countersteering techniques. 

Spot on Paul :good2:

Practice, practice, practice.....and practice some more.


Title: Re: Tragedy close to home...
Post by: Zwartie on May 18, 2016, 10:35:40 AM
Exactly! That can't be stressed enough. Did anyone mention practice? We tell our students in the motorcycle course that they should take their own bike to a parking lot, empty road or wherever so they can practice braking quickly, swerving and of course slow-speed maneuvers (clutch control and eye-lead). We're fairly early into the motorcycle season here in SW Ontario and there have already been four (4) motorcycle related deaths. Not a good start. There was a recent news article that showed that just over half of motorcycle related deaths are not the fault of the motorcyclist. That being said, if you stay alert and vigilant you can greatly reduce the risk of getting into an accident. Just giving yourself enough space (and time) between you and the other vehicles out there will greatly increase your ability to take evasive maneuvers when required. Keep the tricks and stunts for the track.

Oh, and in case it hasn't been mentioned yet - practice, practice, practice!

Zwartie

Go to an empty parking lot and practice some panic stops, acceleration, and countersteering techniques. 

Spot on Paul :good2:

Practice, practice, practice.....and practice some more.


Title: Re: a memorial and reminder
Post by: racerrad8 on May 15, 2018, 06:51:46 PM
Tomorrow marks the fourth Anniversary since my brother in-laws tragic motorcycle accident that claimed his life.

While time does heal the wound, it is still just as fresh this time of year.

As a memorial to my brother in-law, Travis Wheeler, I again want to say;



Be careful, and remember everyone driving a car is trying to kill you when you are riding a motorcycle.


Be safe everyone and remember, we all have those that care for us and need us in their lives.

Randy - RPM


Title: Re: Tragedy close to home...
Post by: Urban_Legend on May 15, 2018, 10:17:30 PM
Randy, my condolences and heart felt love go out to you and yours on this anniversary.

My daughter got her licence to drive just yesterday. I asked her to please keep a look out for bike riders, because one of them could be me.



Title: Re: Tragedy close to home...
Post by: ZOA NOM on May 16, 2018, 09:50:26 AM
Condolences, Randy, and thanks for the reminder. I know we all can use it. See you soon!


Title: Re: Tragedy close to home...
Post by: Troyskie on May 22, 2018, 11:58:32 PM
A bit late now mate, but condolences buddy.


Title: Re: Tragedy close to home...
Post by: Bozo on May 23, 2018, 02:52:33 AM
 Just read this. Condolences mate from Izabella and John