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Old 08-17-2013, 01:50 PM   #1
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Another One Bites The Dust

I had to help a rider out this morning near Jones @ West Road. He was riding a 2009 Suzuki GSX1250. It is his first bike. He bought it last night from a site sponsor. It is his first bike!!! He was fully geared up and he has taken the rider safety course, but he obviously could not handle the bike. It was his first ride on it this morning. He made it about 300 yards from his house until he encountered his first light. He did not negotiate the turn correctly, panicked, and grabbed more throttle instead of brake. Jumped the median curb and slammed the bike into a tree (target fixation). He racked himself as he flew over the bars and landed into oncoming traffic. Luckily, it was early on a Saturday morning (not much traffic) and the cars were able to avoid him. He hurt his foot, his pelvis, and was in shock pretty good for the whole hour I stayed with him. I asked him a few questions about how/why he chose the big bike and he said he liked the way it looked and the salesman seemed to encourage him to buy it - even after he stated that he was a noob and it was his first bike. I'm a little surprised, and at the same time not surprised, that a dealership (especially a sponsor on this site) would not have steered him to something a little easier to handle as a first bike. This guy could have died this morning. The bike is pretty much totaled. I should have took pictures. Front forks broken below the triples. Rim actually broken. Front fairings all busted up and scratches all the way around. We called about 10 tow truck companies and couldn't get any of them to come out. Even a Sheriff tried to get one dispatched to us. Finally, a friend agreed to come and get him and the bike and I recommended he take it to Motorcycles Unlimited. I hope the guy ends up okay. He was completely geared up and it definitely saved him some skin damage.
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Old 08-17-2013, 01:53 PM   #2
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Thats a lot to read but something about a crazy noob
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that sucks. Where'd he buy the bike from?
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He said Wild West Honda in Katy
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Old 08-17-2013, 02:00 PM   #5
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People are gonna buy what they want. Can't stop people from making bad decisions. Maybe this will make him realize that's a bit to much bike for him.
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Yeah, I didn't lecture him. But you would think the dealership salesman would have encouraged him to do something different. When I was in bike sales, I would not sell a big bike to a noob. I would tell them to go elsewhere if they wanted to do that. I didn't want a mistake on my conscious. I guess it's all about the bottom line at the dealership....
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. That sucks. Hope he heals up. You can always post a May Day on here. People have trucks, and ramps.
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My first bike was a Honda xl185s. I would have killed myself on a 1250cc bike. Being poor back then saved my life.
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I have had only two spills, and neither were at decent or high speeds. First one was during the winter, I had this neck and face guard on that restricted my neck movement, and I had stopped into a parking lot to adjust my helmet or something. When I was pulling out of the parking lot I was looking and turning my body to the far left, and foolishly not watching where the bike was with the curb. I skid it, and took a small spill that only broke my front brake lever. Second time was in a parking lot again, hit a sewage drain that I didn't see and caused me to dip to right hitting the throttle and yeah, took a nice slide.

Hopefully this won't deter him from riding, but wise him up. Learned my lessons...bought a less restrictive face guard for the winter, and keep my eyes up until I stop. lol
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Enough of the blame the saleperson bull. This is supposed to be a free country and people need to take responsibility for their own actions and no one else. It's ashame he hurt himself but he'll learn from it.

I guess the government should make more laws to protect riders from hurting themselves, right?
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Enough of the blame the saleperson bull. This is supposed to be a free country and people need to take responsibility for their own actions and no one else. It's ashame he hurt himself but he'll learn from it.

I guess the government should make more laws to protect riders from hurting themselves, right?
And what's wrong with watching out for the fng, trying to make sure someone isn't over their head? Op doesn't say about laws... and I'd rather see more people watch and try to advise fng's than their .5 second 'rip' post...
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Good on you stopping to help out.

agreed on getting a tmax because after he masters that he can ride any old sportbike. Much more skill required to ride a tmax.
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yeah. I thought it'd be like riding with a condescending rossi.
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I dont see how you guys are blaming the salesperson.. weird
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And what's wrong with watching out for the fng, trying to make sure someone isn't over their head? Op doesn't say about laws... and I'd rather see more people watch and try to advise fng's than their .5 second 'rip' post...
Were you there? Did you hear the saleperson encourange him to buy a bigger bike? So you don't think he couldn't have missed a turn with a smaller bike? You honestly think if someone wants what their eyes are set on they will accept something less? How do you know the rider didn't know better and did some research on what type of bike for a first time rider but just wanted that bike more? Immediately it's blame someone else without knowing jack about the situation.
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It's sad. It's sad that its somehow the salesman fault.
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agreed on getting a tmax because after he masters that he can ride any old sportbike.
i understand the sarcasm, but this seems to be true.

Ive ridden an R6, gsxr 600, ninja 250, 929rr and a zx10 afterwards and all them guys trusted my abilities to do so.

riding a sportsbike is more than just using a clutch! haha. thats the easy part.

the hard part is braking, throttle control, countersteering, body position and awareness of traffic etc.

Don't get me on all the technological advancements on a sportbike either: suspension, dampeners, brakes and etc.

So yeah, he couldve learned alot about riding a bike if had a scooter.

again, using a clutchis the easy part.
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