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Old 09-06-2009, 09:42 AM   #1
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i've known this guy thru the I-net for the last 8-9yrs, just turned 40. i was planning on meeting him for the first time next week when i go p/u the bike and i was gonna stay at his house.

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My best friend moved from basically my backyard down to Pittsboro NC a few years back when he lost his job in Greensboro. That didn’t stop us from riding almost every Saturday though as we would either meet in the middle or he’d come up my way, or I’d go down there.

LAST Saturday I went to him…so THIS week, he came to me. We wanted to hit the hard twisties near the parkway so it was a motard day. And since you don’t ride those an hour on the hiway, he came from Pittsboro, NC in his truck loaded with his KTM 950 SM.

He drove and hour and a half to my house where we unloaded at 10am and headed up Number 8 to unity church. We hit Squirrel spur and then had lunch at meadows of dan. At about 12:30 pm we hit the parkway and then shot down tuggles gap.

We were going along at a good clip. I was in the lead, and Brian was following doing his usual antics….wheelies on the straights. That KTM would bring the front up at 60 with just a bump of throttle.

About down the mountain at about 1:20 I lost sight of his headlight, so instantly I stopped.

I’ve NEVER lost sight of Brian’s headlight behind me, as he’s MUST faster/better rider than I am

When I stopped I heard a “POP” in the woods. Like that of a tree limb breaking. My heart sunk. I turned around and within 100 yrds of where I stopped was a black mark 100ft long going straight off the road after a hairpin turn. I leaped off my bike to see Brian lying face-up on top of his bike 75 ft down the ravine. I tried to call 911 but got no reception. I ran down to him where his head was cocked to the side, face shield off, helmet cracked eyes wide open and the normally sky blue eyes, a milky white. His face was pressed up against his helmet where it looked like he wouldn’t be able to breathe. He wasn’t. I slapped his exposed stomach and yelled for him to wake up, but no response. I breathed in his nose and started chest compression, but as I breathed in, the exhale was gurgling and blood started flowing from his mouth.


I knew he was gone.

I ran back up the hill, jumped on the bike, and headed back up the road a mile to a little shack. A Mexican male answered the door and I yelled 911. He handed me the phone, and I called it in. Jumped back on the bike to be by his side. I continued CPR when the guy who’s phone I used arrived. He didn’t speak English but asked if her could help in what little spanish I knew. I asked for him to stay up there to flag the EMS.

We were only 4 miles form the EMS so they arrived in less than a few minutes.

2 nurses first, from a close by hair salon.

They got to work on him.

5 minutes later 20 more volunteers, medics, and fire.

2 troopers soon arrived.

After 20 minutes they pronounced him dead on the scene. Broken neck, instantaneous. He felt nothing.

After an hour long roadside interview the troopers informed me NOT TO CONTACT his wife. They would do that. So I rode my bike down to the EMS where they made me stay and chill out.

I called my wife and told her we were having a great time and were taking a little longer to return.

After convincing the nurses I could get home (2hr ride when we’re kicking ) I started the trek home. What do I tell my wife? OH …JULIE (his wife) why can’t I call her? If it were ME I’d want HIM to be the one to call HER…what am I going to do?

I got home about 4pm and told Sharon. She fell to pieces….and swore right then I would never get back on a bike. I told her to NOT got there.

We both cried, then she called her parents to come up from Charlotte (1hr away) to help us cope.

They arrived after my shower….and we all talked.

It was decided that Sharon and I MUST drive the 1-1/2 long trip to his home to deliver the news PERSONALLY.

I called the troopers cell phone to see if they had deliver the news to Julie. They said NO, that they don’t like giving the news over the phone and would be contacting the sheriff to go to her house.

Julie didn’t get off work till 5:30 so we would beat her home

We arrived at 6:45 and beat her home. Since she worked in Raleigh her commute was about 45 minutes.

We waited for another 45 minutes when she pulled up. She got out of the car, saw my face and started crying. She said that the trooper had JUST called her in the car, made her pull over and told her. RIGHT BEFORE she got home.

She was in shock. She didn’t know what to do.

We tried to comfort her, but she just wanted to be alone and fall apart in private.

I asked if she knew where the guns were, and would she go there? She assured me she WOULD NOT.

After many hugs and “I love you’s” we left her alone. Her parents would be arriving soon.

PLEASE be in prayer for Julie Harms. As well as Brian Harms parents, brother and sister.

Brian was 42, and they were married for 25 years this past may. They didn’t have any children.

He was my best friend.
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Old 09-06-2009, 09:58 AM   #2
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very sobering read... very sad also.

RIP to the downed rider, and prayers for the family and friends. :(
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Old 09-06-2009, 10:02 AM   #3
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I wasn't there when my best friend passed last year. I don't get on the bike without thinking about him. Doesn't matter how good you are, it can happen to anyone.
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Old 09-06-2009, 10:15 AM   #4
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It doesn't matter what your doing either..when it is your time it is your time, we all get there one day..relationships are the most important things.
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It's a hard thing to do but he went out doing what he loved. It's hard seeing something like that happen in front of your eyes. I don't wish that on anyone.

I lost a friend back in May and will never forget that day.

Godspeed......Brian and Brad!
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The eccense of riding is defying gravity by supplimenting inertia, defying the concerns of loved ones for the therapy of adrenaline.

It is a choice we make to ride and none of us would regret the ride. Unfortunately its the unforseen circumstances that end rides short and make families incomplete.

Thank you for sharing that story with us. You can feel the heart of the rider in it and I regressed to thinking about some of my own situations I had been in over the years.
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The eccense of riding is defying gravity by supplimenting inertia, defying the concerns of loved ones for the therapy of adrenaline.

It is a choice we make to ride and none of us would regret the ride. Unfortunately its the unforseen circumstances that end rides short and make families incomplete.

Thank you for sharing that story with us. You can feel the heart of the rider in it and I regressed to thinking about some of my own situations I had been in over the years.
amen..."defying the concerns of loved ones for the therapy of adrenaline."
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Old 09-06-2009, 11:30 AM   #10
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thats was super heartbreaking to read
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goddman..... sad...but @least he went away doing what he loved... RIP
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Old 09-06-2009, 02:49 PM   #13
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My heart and prayers go out to all those who have lost someone. In the last year I have lost more friends to moto accidents than in all 12 years i have been riding.

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that gave me goosebumps. so sad.
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FWIW I don't think he means MSF as much as not acting a fool when riding.

I also believe when it's your time, it's your time.

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Old 09-06-2009, 08:40 PM   #18
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Very sad! RIP to the fallen rider and prayers to his family and friends.




Everytime I think I miss street riding I read something like this and it only makes me more secure in my decision to keep it on the track!
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Old 09-06-2009, 09:44 PM   #20
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RIP

He is now riding the twisties in the sky that never end.



On a side note. Can we please not turn this into a why I don't ride street anymore thread. Here are the facts:

Speed + Concrete + Sudden Impact = Bad Things

No matter where it happens.
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