Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: Hilton Head Island, SC, USA
Interesting pictures. Laughable commentary on the other site, though. Most of those guys don't have a clue as to what happened. Since this is the internet, I'll offer my viewpoint - which, of course, is 100% accurate and not at all subject to debate. heh heh.
Photo #1 - he's navigating the curve and is already in a lean that his body telegraphs that he really isn't comfortable with. Perhaps he is adjusting his body angle because he's trying to make a better picture - but I'd bet it's because he's not comfortable with the 20-25-30 degree lean he's got going there. Somebody needs to explain centrifugal force and gyroscopic precession to him. He makes the entire thing much more worse by seeing the photographer. He's gotta sneak a peak over there at Joe Photographer - meaning he's taken his eyes off the road. Worse, he has to perform a little Harley Joe Cool wave. He'd have been in a much better position if he had waved with his right hand. The minute he took his left hand off the bars, I'm betting he inadvertently pushed forward with his right hand - thus increasing the lean angle to the point of no return. Note that the far side of the bike is already pretty close to the pavement. Also, I gotta wonder the purpose of the bars on the bottom of the engine, below the footrests? Engine guards? Decorations? Either way, looks like a stupid idea. Look close at photo #2 - this is what is sparking up the neighborhood.
Photo #2 - he still could have saved this with a bit of experience. He's grabbed the left bar and is hanging on for life - staring straight ahead too. One can only guess what he did at this point - did he grab the left bar and try to pull her back upright? Or did he aggressively grab the bars with his left hand, thus exacerbating the lean angle right into the ground? Either way, he's well and truly fucked at this point.
Photo #3 - yeah, life is tough. It's a lot tougher if you're stupid. ATGATT. That tshirt and piece of shit helmet could have killed him.
Anybody know what happened to the dead guy? Uh, I mean, harley rider? (snicker snicker) If not dead, I'm betting major problems.