Lou LL: I to have done twatish things on the road, but the day it was just too close for comfort just involved me and I walked away. However I got a smaller bike and just plod away enjoying two wheels.
I think the expression is 'there but for the grace of God'........
Its damn sad all round. Yes the guy was stupid. Yes he was probably selfish more than unlucky, yes its a tragedy for the family and yes a damn shame because forever one couple will always hate us. And yes I too have ridden like that. The only difference is I woke up before it was too late and bought a Thruxton Which yes occasionaly I ride like a madman possessed. Which on a thruxton is generaly at lower velocity than a honda fireplace. It could god forbid still happen but because I don't ride like that every day every time on a what is essentialy a race bike the odds are a lot less that it will.
The fact is when I was hooning about there was a lot less traffic then than there is now - used to fly across the A64 flat out with out stopping fairly regularly, looking back now it was an insane thing to do & all I feel now is guilt because my sisters boyfriend who was a nice sensible lad was killed on his bike just becouse he was in the wrong place at the wrong time
I too was foolish in my younger days, riding a '75 kz 1 on bald tires around the bypass with no hands laying down on my back and riding home to drunk on a sat. night. almost kissing a utility pole one night. Lucky to be alive. Now that I am older I can still understand a you person ignorance. I lived it myself. That right hand isn't always connected to the brain when you are young. Sorry to here of your friend my heart goes out to everyone involved. Now that I'm old I understand that you take chance at every intersection and ever curve.