|08-15-2006, 09:19 AM||#1|
Joined: Mar 2006
Location: Freakin AVL
A moment of inattention- The BRP bites another
Or, Why I can't keep people to ride with.
Sunday was a gorgeous day to ride. My pal Gary calls me up to take a ride and we decided to head to Blowing Rock for some BBQ. Up one of my favorite twisties 226a to the Parkway and we were criusing along till we finally got behind a line of 4-5 cars and a bike. We were following a bimmer, and one of the bad things about riding in a train is that one gets lulled by the rolling road at slow speeds. Gary was not really close to the bimmer, but I think he was looking off the side of the road at the scenery when all of a sudden, the train came to a stop so someone could turn into an overlook on the left. I think he saw the bimmer bow up an he grabbed way too much front brake.
He had been complaining about the front shimmying under braking, but I think it locked up, cranked the bars and slid out to the left and he went down. All I saw was the bike going down and he was ass over teakettle.
I pulled aff and wnt to see about him, he was OK but knew he'd messed up his right leg. Lots of people from the overlook came to help immediately waving traffic, and helping him, and there were at least 5 cell phones out calling the ambulances- finally one got a signal and we knew help was arriving. One lady was a nurse practitioner and when I was assured that no one was going to try to move or mess with him, I went to get the bike up and out of the way (and of course take pics ). We cut his jeans up to see how the leg was doing and there was some swelling, but no bones poking through.
Rangers, HP and Ambulances arrived got him situated. Meanwhile, I got the bike out of the road and began figuring out what we would do with him and the bike.
They took him off and I waited with the ranger until I knew who was getting the bike and where it would be. I also got his personal effects off the bike and kept them with me.
They took him to Cannon Hosp and the people there were great- the doc kept me informed so I could tell the family where he would be and what was going to happen.
Prognosis: broken collar bone, rash on his side and arm/shoulder, and the worst was a broken tib/fib just below the knee. He'll be off his feet for a while. They brought him to AVL for the rest of the setting of bones, that'll happen wednesday and I dropped off his stuff wit his kids.
Some observations: He rides NOTGATT- a pudding bucket and a muscle shirt and yeah I've been bitching about it for a while- he did say he'd changed his mind now- I guess that's something. The bucket had some rash high up and back to the right- it's good he hit there and nowhere else. That and the relatively slow speed kept him from being a veg.
Faulty equipment- The Connie has something wrong with the front- the tire is badly cupped on the right side only and there has been a lot of headshake- Now that it's in my garage, I'l try to figure it out as I'm rebuilding his bike. The rear brake was set too high to reach as he never got around to getting the ergos right after the lowering pegs. Anyone got some connie parts to sell cheap?
Inattention will bite you.
When all those factors are present, it makes for a bad combination that exascerbate the situation.
I usually ride alone and don't mind, I guess I'll be doing more of that, but I'd rather I didn't lose riding buds like this, I'd rather piss them off with my caustic wit . That makes 2 friends in the past year......................
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