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Old 10-13-2012, 01:09 PM   #1 (permalink)
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We've lost a rider...

West of Portland Oregon.. two days ago.. veteran rider going southbound through an intersection. northbound car turns left at the intersection " didn't see the motorcycle " .. and kills the rider in a brutal crash.. not high speed at all..

* I say " we " as recently I've become enamored with getting a Harley.. but I do not have a bike.. so the " we " is a collective reference to the motorcycle community. My wife has resolved even moreso as to not approving of me getting a motorcycle..


Prayers and thoughts to all involved.. a sad day..
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Old 10-13-2012, 01:31 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I believe, when god comes calling your time is up. I truly believe that even if he wasn't on a motorcycle in some other way he would have been killed. Sadly, VERY sadly it was apparently just his time to leave this planet. I don't think you can say that you aren't going to get a bike just because someone died on one. As well as saying you'll never drive a car again because someone somewhere died in one.

I rolled over my truck this summer and climbed out of it unscathed. It works both ways. Luckily for me it wasn't my time, but I could have also been killed.

Your decision isn't any of my business I just wanted to say that though.

Prayers to the family of the rider, its a tragedy and truly shocking. One day the person is their the next they are gone. It is hard to imagine and take in.
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Old 10-13-2012, 01:38 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I believe, when god comes calling your time is up. I truly believe that even if he wasn't on a motorcycle in some other way he would have been killed. Sadly, VERY sadly it was apparently just his time to leave this planet.
Agreed 100%

Also, your wife being scared for you as well as learning from accidents such as the one you posted about will make you a better rider.

My wife and family were very concerned and against me having a bike for many years (with good reason). After my daughter was born I had a fantastic opportunity to get a Harley and I took it. Surprisingly everyone was okay with it. My wife said she is much more comfortable with me riding now because she has seen how much my family means to me and how much more responsible I am.


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Old 10-13-2012, 01:49 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I believe, when god comes calling your time is up. I truly believe that even if he wasn't on a motorcycle in some other way he would have been killed. Sadly, VERY sadly it was apparently just his time to leave this planet.

Yup, agreed. I wrecked my first car at 120+ MPH, landed upside down, roof crushed in around cabin, blacked out for 30 minutes, at night on a remote gravel road, unable to get out without assistance, gas cap sheared off ('68 Charger) gas pouring inside + electrics still on......


I was extremely lucky to be able to walk away from that, after a farmer who had heard the accident, went to investigate and got me out of the car.


If I lived my life in fear of what *could* happen, I'd never would have had another car.
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Old 10-13-2012, 01:59 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Agreed 100%

Also, your wife being scared for you as well as learning from accidents such as the one you posted about will make you a better rider.

My wife and family were very concerned and against me having a bike for many years (with good reason). After my daughter was born I had a fantastic opportunity to get a Harley and I took it. Surprisingly everyone was okay with it. My wife said she is much more comfortable with me riding now because she has seen how much my family means to me and how much more responsible I am.


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Prayers to the family. Never like to hear these stories.

JP I was in a similar boat. My squaw finally conceded that I'm "not as crazy as I used to be", which sealed the deal.
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Old 10-13-2012, 02:00 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I'm a survivor of one of those left-turned accidents. Believe me, it is one of the fastest things you can imagine from start to finish. i can tell you now that I am back in the saddle again that when I approach any intersection that could possibly present a repeat performance, I automatically assume the cage coming the other way is going to left turn me and adjust my ride accordingly. So far so good.
My condolences to the family of the victim of this accident. As has been stated, this is an experience that will make you a lot more aware of the potential for this type of accident and thus make you better prepared as a rider.
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Old 10-13-2012, 02:07 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Sorry for the loss and prayers up for all involved.

Headin' out right now for a ride. Everywhere I ride I carry lost brothers with me, heart and soul.
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Old 10-13-2012, 02:10 PM   #8 (permalink)
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As William Wallace aka Braveheart said, "All men die but not all men live."

if you want a bike, get one. Live your life.......................just be sure you do all the right things, use your head and give it the respect it deserves when it's underneath you.

Prayers to the family. Hope they take some tiny measure of comfort from the fact their loved one was doing what he enjoyed doing.

Sad for all of us when a fellow rider goes down.

R.I.P.
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Old 10-13-2012, 02:17 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Old 10-13-2012, 03:17 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Death is always nearby.......live like its your last. Be prepared.
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