Was on my way to Gary's accident location and came up on the site of this second fatality, I saw the damaged Red Lotus and the Harley (maybe it was a chopper or custom I didn't get too close), it looked like a pretty bad incident although the Lotus was actually not very badly damaged, it added to the overall sadness of the day. As code3ryder says (I guess he was one of the LEO's there) Lotus was going uphill in what was a left hander for it, the damage was to the front left of the Lotus. I surmised there and then that bike was coming down hill in what was a right hander for it and drifted wide, its not a difficult corner, I don't want to speculate too much more.
Grabbed this pic with my phone.
A scary reminder for us with 4 wheels as well.I'm one of those that firmly believe that a lot can be learned from this situation as well. Let's start with yesterday's impromptu memorial ride from the 76 Station to the accident site which had it's fair share of mishaps.
It was a "speed limit" ride with 50ish cyclist gathering to pay respects. I, as well as others got passed; or better yet, some jockeyed for a better position. The "competitive mentality" was still alive even during the mists of this incident. Being tail gated kind of sucked as well, I finally waived one rider by as I didn't want to get ass-packed if we had to stop quickly, which we did a few miles later. While going the speed limit, a fellow biker making a right hander (at the speed limit) had trouble holding his line right in front of me, and nearly went into on coming traffic. I heard that when the group split-up someone went down as well. Unfortunately none of this is surprising.
I tend to shy away from Group Rides for the most part, they tend to be testosterone filled mini-track days. I have found that riding with 1 or 2 trusted buddies allows for that camaraderie, but not the wind-up and antics. I've also found that having female riders along for the trip can help sometimes too.
Lastly, as most of you already know another biker was killed yesterday on the same road as Gary.
Two simple things we can all do:
1. Ride well within your limits
2. Take it to the Track