Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Las Vegas, NV, USA
The case for ATGAT
Quite a few guys have given me grief about the riding gear I wear, no matter what the season. I believe in ATGAT.
Yesterday was warm and sunny, bright blue skies. I had spent most of the afternoon circulating through some local canyon twisties. Then on the way home I witnessed a really bad bike vs. car accident. I had a front row seat for the whole thing, it was amazing.
I turned right off of the freeway under a yellow light. Saw a bike in the rear views some distance behind me and closing quickly, he ran the red and also turned right. He closed and passed me as I was at the speed limit, 45, he had to be doing 60 or 70 and was on the gas. About 300 yards down the road at an intersection an elderly driver rolled a stop sign. Yes, monster collision. No way he could have avoided it at his speed. He was pitched over the car and landed some 70 feet away--according to the LEO who was there. The car, looked like it was totaled, all air bags went off, both elderly occupants were injured. The rider was wearing a T shirt, jeans, and sneakers. Both shoes flew off of him both ankles bloody and mangled. His lower back looked like the hamburger display in a grocery store, a miracle, his cut rate, cheesy helmet stayed on his head. I asked one of the para medics what he thought, he answered "various broken bones and possible spinal break." And guess what? A first time motorcycle owner, the bike was a K1600GT. Now trash.
Besides a dumb driver, and an even dumber rider, this whole thing could have been avoided. Had the rider been at the speed limit in ATGAT his injuries might had been a simple walk away. Had the driver been more alert and not rolled the sign----and on, and on, and on. It was an amazing thing to see. Wear your gear and stay safe.
2010 R1200 RT, Current Chariot
2007 Triumph Scrambler, Hoodlum
2005 H-D Road King, Trustworthy and fun
1980 R100 RT. Old friend of 22 years, all good
1971 BSA B50 SS, One lung funster
1970 BSA 650 Lightning, Alas, lost to a nasty crash