Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: West Milford, NJ, USA
Re: Two Motorcycles Collide: Virginia Crash Study
Quite interesting, if rather gruesome report. I have never had a chance to peruse such document before and thus I was fascinated by the level of detail. I read it in full.
However: for me, it contained no revelations and I feel that it offered no new information relevant to my riding.
As I saw it: the collision was caused by failure to stay in lane (very likely, as the report surmises, due to the Softail rider becoming distracted by the group traveling opposite). That is about all that we objectively learn here.
The rest of the paper contains very detailed research, stuffed with info overload, that was ultimately irrelevant. As the author confirms, in this direct collision, helmets were of no use: the fact that they were substandard or not compliant did not matter. Judging by the condition of the motorcycles, no protective gear would have helped short of a RoboCop suit.
The same pertains to driver and vehicle history. Based on the conviction/inspection record, the Road King would have been the dangerous vehicle - yet the crash was caused by the supposedly good and experienced rider.
And so on.
So, my conclusion from this particular fatality is: do not stray out of your lane, do focus on your path. Not much more. And thus not very educating for me.
I certainly do not see the reason for the cookie-cutter recommendations listed in the report, as neither DUI nor helmet compliance nor motorcycle endorsement were factors contributing to this particular collision.
Still, very interesting reading - and, ultimately another reminder of our own vulnerability: "Memento Mori".
Tom, thanks for posting the link.
Robert in Northern NJ
'09 R12GS, '08 R12RT, '03 R1150RT, '01 F650GS - time to thin the herd?
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Last edited by rdwalker; Oct 30th, 2009 at 2:07 am.