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(Casper Star-Tribune)   After decades of not being allowed to buy a Harley Davidson because his wife felt they were too dangerous, 59-year-old finally gets one and three blocks later proceeds to shoot his eye out   (trib.com) divider line 352
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2013-07-16 09:30:02 AM  
Inexperience was to blame.  If you are over 50 and have never ridden a motorcycle, or if it has been many years since you last rode that little dirt bike, do everyone a favor and take one of those riding courses.
 
2013-07-16 09:41:22 AM  
That really is sad.

"It's on my bucket list," he told her. Not just a motorcycle. A Harley. Pam finally acquiesced, but advised him he would be riding solo despite his enthusiasm to take her for a spin.

Fixed.
 
2013-07-16 09:47:48 AM  
Casper man fulfills lifelong dream, dies three miles later

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2013-07-16 10:57:27 AM  
I'm sure Alanis will be along shortly to tell us how ironic that was.
 
2013-07-16 10:59:38 AM  

Englebert Slaptyback: I'm sure Alanis will be along shortly to tell us how ironic that was.


Good news.  Someone has finally fixed the lyrics of the song to make it actually ironic.

http://now.msn.com/rachael-hurwitzs-its-finally-ironic-finally-corre ct s-alanis-morissette
 
2013-07-16 10:59:45 AM  

Englebert Slaptyback: I'm sure Alanis will be along shortly to tell us how ironic that was.


Came for raaaaiiin on your wedding day, leaving ironically happy
 
2013-07-16 11:00:04 AM  
A wife is always right.
 
2013-07-16 11:00:46 AM  
Weird time to say it, but I want an enduro. Five years ago I was way too immature to be safe. Catusr said take a training course, that's a given. Is there anything else I should know?
 
2013-07-16 11:01:12 AM  

catusr: Inexperience was to blame.  If you are over 50 and have never ridden a motorcycle, or if it has been many years since you last rode that little dirt bike, do everyone a favor and take one of those riding courses.


Especially if he bought one of those huge HDs. You need experience to handle that kind of thing.

And when I was in the USA, I witnessed the exam to get the motorcycle extension. It was a joke. It was held on a parking lot, never in traffic, and the guys basically had to prove them could make a long left turn, a long right turn, and stop on a line.
It was as if the DMV simply did not care that those people, on big HDs, could actually handle a bike.
 
2013-07-16 11:02:40 AM  
I must be a horrible person, because I chuckled. Poor wife and kids, though.
 
2013-07-16 11:03:48 AM  

catusr: Inexperience was to blame.  If you are over 50 and have never ridden a motorcycle, or if it has been many years since you last rode that little dirt bike, do everyone a favor and take one of those riding courses.


At a minimum find a buddy to coach you.
 
2013-07-16 11:03:55 AM  
I knew an over fifty couple that decided to buy Harleys. She had never ridden before and within a few days of getting her new bike it tipped over and she held on to the handlebar. She lost half of all four fingers on one hand.
 
2013-07-16 11:04:00 AM  
 for unknown reasons, collided with the drive axles of a truck tractor, according to Wyoming Highway Patrol report.

collided with the drive axles? lol wut?
 
2013-07-16 11:04:05 AM  
each block is 1 mile long?

those are long blocks.
 
2013-07-16 11:04:16 AM  
I love that headline.
 
2013-07-16 11:04:45 AM  
I'm guessing this idiot didn't take a beginner's course huh?
 
2013-07-16 11:05:27 AM  

catusr: Inexperience was to blame.  If you are over 50 and have never ridden a motorcycle, or if it has been many years since you last rode that little dirt bike, do everyone a favor and take one of those riding courses.

 
2013-07-16 11:05:40 AM  
"Dad went out with the biggest smile on his face"?

No, he went out with the biggest truck on his face. Inexperience can and does kill.
 
2013-07-16 11:06:28 AM  

catusr: Inexperience was to blame.  If you are over 50 and have never ridden a motorcycle, or if it has been many years since you last rode that little dirt bike, do everyone a favor and take one of those riding courses.


^ this ^.   Also, how's the bike?
 
2013-07-16 11:06:57 AM  
He'd spotted The One at a shop in Lander. It was a 2013 model. It was frill-free.
"I don't want fancy stuff," Barry told his wife. "I don't want something I have to clean. It just fits me."

 So...was it a Nightster?  An Iron 883?  There are some smaller-engine, small-body bikes out there...but from the picture, dude needed a big bike to be comfortable.  Lesson to everyone else - take classes, don't just hop on one and think you're golden.

"It was something he wanted his whole life," Pam said. "It's like my son said, 'Dad went out with the biggest smile on his face.'"

Hate to be the bearer of bad news, but I'm pretty sure he wasn't smiling as he went down.

//like rain on your wedding day!
 
2013-07-16 11:07:32 AM  
I had the same reservation about getting my fiance his dream car. Fortunately, a bad traffic accident in which the worst injury was my already-hurt knee got him to calm the fark down.

On the topic of two-wheeled transport, I actually ended up getting my M on my license in California without ever having ridden a motorcycle. In Texas, you can get a motorcycle permit and essentially ride on that forever without getting an actual license. I got on for a Yamaha Vino scooter I bought. When I came to Cali, e DMV interpretted that as a full motorcycle license and gave me the M with only a written.

/would NEVER get on a motorcycle without lessons though. I got the scooter because I wanted to learn to manage two wheels before trying to add shifting to it. The guys at the motorcycle school nodded in approval when I said that.
 
2013-07-16 11:07:50 AM  
You can spend that much for a motorcycle but not the couple hundred bucks for a riding course?
 
2013-07-16 11:08:00 AM  

catusr: Inexperience was to blame.  If you are over 50 and have never ridden a motorcycle, or if it has been many years since you last rode that little dirt bike, do everyone a favor and take one of those riding courses.


I get in enough trouble with bicycles and cars. I'll pass on the motorcycles, even though they look like great fun.
 
2013-07-16 11:08:01 AM  

duffblue: Weird time to say it, but I want an enduro. Five years ago I was way too immature to be safe. Catusr said take a training course, that's a given. Is there anything else I should know?


Yes take a training course. Buy a cheap used beat up underpowered one 1st, buy top shelf safety gear, all of it.  You are going to lay it down at some point, all new riders do take that into consideration when choosing where you ride.
 
2013-07-16 11:08:14 AM  
Hey look at the guy, a heart attack/stroke woulda got him in no time. Why sit there dying in a hospital, may as well get run over by a semi doing what you wanted.
 
2013-07-16 11:09:12 AM  
I only know people who have been ruined by motorcycles.   I've never heard of motorcycles being successfully used for home or personal defense.    The NRA needs to cease, and personal motorcycle ownership needs to be severely restricted with rigorous background checks, at the very least.
 
GCD
2013-07-16 11:09:19 AM  
Google the name "Dr. Don Chow" - I have the honor of saying that I know this man...and largely the reason that I will NEVER own a motorcycle.

In August 2010, he was going to work when a car turned into him, flipping him over the top of his motorcycle and sending his head smashing into the car window. The driver of the car was charged with making an improper turn.

The accident damn near killed him though.

He was in a coma for two weeks, his right hand was completely dislocated off his wrist, along with 10 broken ribs, a punctured lung and bruised heart.

All because someone who wasn't paying attention at the wheel.

I know that anyone that rides will probably rail against me...but I after seeing what can happen in an instant and the fact that I'm not so much "accident prone" as I am "horrific injury prone", I'll stick to vehicles that have four wheels instead of two.
 
2013-07-16 11:09:36 AM  
I gotta have a Harley! Harley this and Harley that. Harley Harley Harley

Learn how to ride? Hell no

Harley Harley Harley Harley boom crash f*ck I'm dead
 
2013-07-16 11:09:58 AM  
"It was something he wanted his whole life," Pam said. "It's like my son said, 'Dad went out with the biggest smile on his face.'"


No, he went out with the biggest drive axles of a truck tractor on his face.
 
2013-07-16 11:10:13 AM  
I knew this couple that bought matching Ducati Monsters.  They had Ducati jackets and Ducati posters in her cube.  They joined the Ducati club and were totally into the Ducati thing.

First bikes for both of them.   My only comment to her about that was "It's going to suck when you drop it."  I got a dirty look for that bit of advice.

Two months later he puts it over the hood of a car and totals the bike.    He got an ambulance ride but was other wise OK.  They sold the remaining bike a bit later.

It's not about if you wreck one, it is about when you are going to wreck one.   The goal is to not exit the world when you do, in the manner in which you entered it... screaming, and covered in blood.
 
2013-07-16 11:10:22 AM  

Rootus: catusr: Inexperience was to blame.  If you are over 50 and have never ridden a motorcycle, or if it has been many years since you last rode that little dirt bike, do everyone a favor and take one of those riding courses.


Semi-friend of mine (long story) wanted to get a bike.  For the chicks.  No, I am not kidding.  He was that kind of stupid ass.
So, he goes and buys a used moto guzzi out in Brooklyn.  Then drives it home, to the north Bronx.

In first gear all the way.

He owned a working motorcycle for exactly 40 minutes before he exploded the engine.


farking idiot had never set ass on a bike before.  And truly, it was probably for the best, cause he likely would have killed himself or someone else if he had actually been able to ride it for any length.
 
2013-07-16 11:10:31 AM  
A big twin is not a good choice for beginners
 
2013-07-16 11:10:39 AM  
Great. I have been doing the same crap with my wife for 20 years, now she'll read this and say, "SEE? Didn't I tell you they were dangerous???"

/Had a bike when she met me
//Should have never sold it
//I sound old and bitter
 
2013-07-16 11:10:42 AM  
My wife's first ride on an ATV ended when she rolled it on her first turn. Fortunately, it resulted in nothing but road rash, so she lived to hear it from me...
 
2013-07-16 11:11:52 AM  
Same thing happened to my co-worker.  His wife wouldn't let him get a motorcycle for the longest time.  Finally, after decades of putting her foot down she finally relented.  He did take the motorcycle safety class (in Oregon if you pass the class you automatically get your endorsement).  The following summer he and a group of friends decided to make the ride to Sturgis.  He never made it there.  Found his body at the bottom of a ravine.

Extra sad thing was that he had just received a heart transplant a few years earlier.
 
2013-07-16 11:12:12 AM  
"It's on is his bucket list," he told her.


/ftfy
 
2013-07-16 11:12:28 AM  
Comin' in hot!
 
2013-07-16 11:12:31 AM  
I should add isn't half the fun almost dying? I know I've almost died a number of times on everything with two wheels and four that one can drive... some boats/watercraft too.
 
2013-07-16 11:12:44 AM  
With over 25 years of motorcycle riding under my belt..

#1 cause of accidents with them I've seen is inexperience and assuming to be better than you really are.

Just like car drivers, everyone believes themselves to be awesome drivers, then lack the respect of the machine and all that entails.

My last motorcycle, a beast of a machine, I took it seriously, I took is easy, took the small streets until I had a serious feel of it, then proceeded to larger roads after a few days... and that was with 20 years of experience.

I still have it, haven't touched her in 2 years thanks to the doubling of the fees for plating and the lack of times that in that last year that I was able to take her out (constant bad weather), plus in too much a rush to bother with the helmet and jackets, etc. that taking the car was easier. (plus getting groceries done after work on a regular basis)

But when I see the mid-life crisis type out there, all with Harleys and similar, that can't handle them properly whatsoever and barely manage to keep them upright, I roll my eyes... they see these bikes as toys and "cool", and have no respect for riding, until they'll eventually roll their bikes, and if they are lucky to walk away, the bike will get sold the next day if it's not too damaged.

The number of motorcycle shops has increase lately, but the plating and insurance fees having been raised to stupid levels, most stores (the newer ones) have already closed and there's a large inventory of used bikes in those that remain open.

So, I somehow can't feel bad about this story as it was a giving that the guy sounded exactly like the type that would do just what he did....
 
2013-07-16 11:13:16 AM  

padraig: And when I was in the USA, I witnessed the exam to get the motorcycle extension. It was a joke. It was held on a parking lot, never in traffic, and the guys basically had to prove them could make a long left turn, a long right turn, and stop on a line.
It was as if the DMV simply did not care that those people, on big HDs, could actually handle a bike.


In the US non-commercial driver's licenses in general are only slightly more extensive in their requirements. If you're breathing you can get a license in the US.
 
2013-07-16 11:13:19 AM  
I bet this guy was a terrible car driver too, but you don't die as easily in an accident.
 
2013-07-16 11:13:19 AM  

Carn: You can spend that much for a motorcycle but not the couple hundred bucks for a riding course?


That, too, was on his bucket list.  It was completely comprised of 'courses'.

Golf course - Check
Inter course - Check
Planning for retirement course - Check
Obstacle course - Checking
Off course - Che
Motorcycle training course -
 
2013-07-16 11:14:06 AM  
Well that's depressing. I can't even picture how he ended up in the axle of a truck.
 
2013-07-16 11:14:18 AM  

Rent Party: My only comment to her about that was "It's going to suck when you drop it."  I got a dirty look for that bit of advice.


In her defense it does sound like you were being a douchebag.
 
2013-07-16 11:14:47 AM  

Rent Party: It's not about if you wreck one, it is about when you are going to wreck one.


My Triumph Bonneville got wrecked while the heads were at the machine shop for a valve job, my wife hit it with her car pulling into the garage.
 
2013-07-16 11:14:54 AM  

Headso: for unknown reasons, collided with the drive axles of a truck tractor, according to Wyoming Highway Patrol report.

collided with the drive axles? lol wut?


As opposed to the non-drive axles, i.e. the rear, weight-bearing wheels.  

tenpoundsofcheese: each block is 1 mile long?

those are long blocks.


It's Wyoming.  Distance is measured in beers, not miles.
 
2013-07-16 11:15:00 AM  

Carn: You can spend that much for a motorcycle but not the couple hundred bucks for a riding course?


He was a big game killer.  A man's man.  Lessons are for pussies!
 
2013-07-16 11:15:18 AM  

bmihura: catusr: Inexperience was to blame.  If you are over 50 and have never ridden a motorcycle, or if it has been many years since you last rode that little dirt bike, do everyone a favor and take one of those riding courses.

I get in enough trouble with bicycles and cars. I'll pass on the motorcycles, even though they look like great fun.


a street bike is 'great fun'... just assume that everyone else on the road is deliberately trying to kill you and you should be reasonably safe (assuming you know how to ride a motorcycle in the first place...)
 
2013-07-16 11:15:33 AM  
I do miss riding a motorcycle. I do not miss the other cars on the road.
 
2013-07-16 11:16:19 AM  

padraig: catusr: Inexperience was to blame.  If you are over 50 and have never ridden a motorcycle, or if it has been many years since you last rode that little dirt bike, do everyone a favor and take one of those riding courses.

Especially if he bought one of those huge HDs. You need experience to handle that kind of thing.

And when I was in the USA, I witnessed the exam to get the motorcycle extension. It was a joke. It was held on a parking lot, never in traffic, and the guys basically had to prove them could make a long left turn, a long right turn, and stop on a line.
It was as if the DMV simply did not care that those people, on big HDs, could actually handle a bike.


Yeah, I took a course before getting my license and what a joke the "test" was at the DMV. Basically a slalom, keep your wheels in a circle at low speed and accelerate through 3 gears. Boom: You can now ride on the freeway, at night and with a passenger!
The stuff we had to do in the course was what actually saved me on the road.
 
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