Food for Thought
May 30, 2008 at 11:40 pm #1440GuinnessParticipant
Vancouver Canucks defenceman Luc Bourdon, died in a motorcycle crash Thursday (May 29/08) in New Brunswick,. Police in New Brunswick said Bourdon was driving his sleek Suzuki GSX-R1000 that collided with an oncoming transport truck. At the same news conference, RCMP Insp. Roch Fortin said Bourdon only got his motorcycle licence two weeks ago. Bourdon’s purchased the motorcycle two days before the accident. Gusty winds may have contributed to the crash. Recently, Bourdon tried to help himself by enrolling in a full-weekend motorcycle course to make sure he knew how to handle a motorcycle.
It makes me wonder if he had a less powerful bike would he still be alive?????May 30, 2008 at 11:55 pm #6827ShannonGParticipant
Someone told me a massive gust of wind blew him into the tractor trailer. I don’t know if anything could have prevented the accident, but your point is valid.May 31, 2008 at 2:16 am #6833megaspazParticipant
Well, if it was a massive gust of wind (it must have been hurricane like wind), a smaller bike wouldn’t have helped him. I’m guessing it was a combination of wind that surprised him, him not being experienced enough, and being on a bike too big for him in that particular situation. Poo poo to the sales guy that let a noobie roll out of the dealership on litre bike.
But yeh, I think I’d have to agree with you. If he wasn’t on a litre bike, he might still be alive.
If there’s anything more important than my ego
around, I want it caught and shot now…May 31, 2008 at 5:18 am #6841AnonymousGuest
“The Fatality rate for high-powered supersport bikes is most shocking: 22.5 deaths per 10,000 riders in 2005, versus 7.5 deaths per 10,000 for registered motorcycles riders overall”
The above is an extract from an article in the latest “Liberty Lines” (free magazine of the Liberty Mutual insurance company).May 31, 2008 at 5:27 am #6842AnonymousGuest
A similar thing happened to inexperienced motorcyclist Ben Roethlisberger on a Hyabusa a year or two ago.
He wasn’t even wearing a helmet riding that monster. Luckily for him, I believe he survived…May 31, 2008 at 5:50 am #6844RobbieJParticipant
I was waiting on the report on what caused the crash. I know I’m going to hear about this from the wife as soon as I get home because, not only am I risking my life in the Army, I also play hockey. LOL. So, this is a big hiccup in me convincing her to let me get a bike. Ha ha
However, he was very inexperienced, only had his permit for a couple weeks, and the bike for only a couple of days. I’m sure he wasn’t prepared for what happened. Especially, seeing how he still hadn’t taken his safety class, yet. I say, class first then ride.
“If silence is ever golden, it must be beside the graves of fifteen-thousand men, whose lives were more significant than speech, and whose death was a poem the music of which can never be sung.” James A. Garfield at the first Memorial Day ceremony.June 1, 2008 at 2:42 am #6871MarshyParticipant
My uncle sent me this article when he found out I wanted to ride a motorcycle. A young inexperience rider on a super powerful bike, sounds like a recipe for disaster to me. Does anyone know if he was wearing any sort of gear or a helmet?June 3, 2008 at 1:02 am #6916GuinnessParticipant
He had to be wearing a helmet, it is law everwhere in Canada. and he did take the course two weeks before the crash. If you pass the course you get your second level licence.
CheersJune 3, 2008 at 12:37 pm #6929uncle_bernieParticipant
I’ve never ridden a GSX-1000 but, considering all that I’ve read about bikes and my few thousand miles of ride experience now I can only imagine the potential problems a new rider could have on one of those beasts. It wasn’t too long ago that 500cc bikes were the largest allowed in sanctioned racing.
In this case, if it truly was a gust of wind and there was an oncoming truck I could easily see trying to do the right thing by doing a quick right swerve, not getting quite enough pressure on the right throttle to get the bike leaned quickly enough and doing what I am still fighting with a bit which is the tendency to roll on the throttle a bit (or even alot) when executing evasive right swerves. I bet that GSX takes off like a rocket when you roll on the throttle, it’s what it was designed to do. Easy to see, that even in the case he tried to do the right thing any number of mistakes could happen. It’s a sad story any way you look at it.
In any case, that is a monster of a bike for an inexperienced rider.
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