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Around 9:30 pm, I was at the intersection getting off the expressway stopped at the light. There were 3-4 crotch rockets reving their engines like mad stopped, going west on 23 Mile Road. Their light turned green. All of them took off except one. It looked like he was a brand new motorcycle driver and didn't know anything about a clutch. He pulled a small wheelie once, twice and tried taking off, popped the clutch and the bike flipped over on him. Several people behind him jumped out and came to his aid.

Did anyone see or hear of this? Just wondering if the guy was alright. I've seen and heard of so many accidents on those things and people losing their lives. I've always wanted one, even dreamed of owning one, but never will because I hear and see too many horror stories.
 

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Dave, although I agree with you mostly, I feel I need to add my .02 cents...LOL

Sport Bikes, are an awesome vehicle. I have never owned one myself, but have ridden them. They are beastly machines, and you must respect it. There is a lot of HP on those and they can be dangerous. I have had a few friends either hurt or killed on them. Most of the accidents were faults of their own. With that power comes a rush, which almost everyone will want once they get used to riding. Sport Bikes have a bad rep, mainly because of the few douchebags that want to run the streets like a mad man. One of my friends laid his CBR900RR down in the mountains of Utah @ 130mph when I lived out there. He lived, but was really messed up.

As for myself, I dream of the day I buy mine. I have kids so this has really taken a back seat. If I were to buy today, I would get me a Harley Road King Custom. With the choices of bikes out there in Sport Bikes, I would buy a GSX-R 1300 Hayabusa. The hayabusa is just the right size and riding position for me. Although it is not really considered a Sport Bike, rather a Sport Touring Bike.

This accident sounds like an inexperienced kid whom did not know how to handle the bike. Luckily for him, he just flopped the bike over at a stop light. It could have been a lot worse, especially if he panics and lets the bike consume him.
 

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There was one a$$ on one yesterday as I was heading down Metro Pky to I-94. He must have been doing at least 80-90 on Metro when he could, weaving from lane to lane, went up the EB 94 ramp almost completely on his side, and that was the last I saw of him.
 

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When I got divorced I couldn't decide between a bike or a boat. Eventually brains beat balls and I bought the boat. I decided I would get alot more use out of it and I could take out more than 1 friend at a time.
 

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On a side note, my brother is working on his third week at Detroit Recieving (which is still the same shitthole I was lucky enough to spend a few weeks at when i was in a bad accident) after a bus t boned him in Detroit while he was on his harley. Thank god no brain injry, but from the chest down is pretty bad.

Its the only motor cycle accident I have ever seen and the last one i ever want to even think about!
 

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Had one for 14 years, loved the speed rush, 4 am I-696 can = a fun ride, but there always was that chance of going down. Dropped mine 2 times once just front washed out in a corner (young inexperienced) and 2nd time a van rode me into a curb at 25 mph not fun. No injuries either time but could have been worse, and have seen many hurt and even killed on them. Felt bad to let my 1k go this spring but had to make th echoice to get the boat in the water... Would deffinately buy another if the economy turns back in the other direction
 

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News this morning said a 53 year old man died in clinton township when he laid his bike down on clinton river road. I think bikes are sweet and I have come damned close a few times in my life to buying one. Problem is I personally know 2 people that have died on them and literally every single person I know who has ridden for a decent amount of time has an accident and survival story. Just last summer a good friend of mine was sitting at a traffic light on his Hyabusa when he was launched into the ditch by the car behind him who was lighting a smoke. I don't think the bike is dangerous it is either the rider being reckless or another driver on the road. It is the other driver on the road part of the scenario that has prevented me from buying one SO FAR.
 

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Tony "I don't think the bike is dangerous"..... Guns don't kill people either but they always get the blame.. It's never the idiot behind it.... I personally hate those crotch rocket bikes.... To much power & speed... I had a harley for years back in the 80's & 90"s & loved riding it.. Drove it to work in Farmington Hills & Novi damn near daily (weather permitting in the summer)... Was always a nice ride going to work at 5:30 am but coming home was a different story on 696... Scarred the hell out of me... That was back when people knew how to drive... It's not the same nowadays.... To many yahoos behind the wheel that shouldn't be...
 

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Here's a freaky motorcycle accident that just happened as well..

ROMULUS, Mich. -- A 53-year-old man died in a motorcycle crash in Romulus Sunday night. The man was on a motorcycle traveling northbound on I-275 near Huron River Drive. Police said a pickup truck pulling a trailer was in the lane to his right and a wheel from that trailer came loose and hit the motorcycle. Police said the man lost control of the bike and crashed into the wall.

It doesn't indicate so here, but the tv news story said the wall he crashed into was that of or near an overpass, and he was basically ejected over the overpass.

 

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QUOTE(Capt'n Mike @ Jul 28 2009, 01:47 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Here's a freaky motorcycle accident that just happened as well..

ROMULUS, Mich. -- A 53-year-old man died in a motorcycle crash in Romulus Sunday night. The man was on a motorcycle traveling northbound on I-275 near Huron River Drive. Police said a pickup truck pulling a trailer was in the lane to his right and a wheel from that trailer came loose and hit the motorcycle. Police said the man lost control of the bike and crashed into the wall.

It doesn't indicate so here, but the tv news story said the wall he crashed into was that of or near an overpass, and he was basically ejected over the overpass.



Something like this happened to me. Semi hit a muffler on telegraph, it bounced off his trailer and hit my hand completely breaking my right ring finger in 2 and slicing my middle and pinky. Absolutely no damage to bike rode it out and had my finger peiced back together with pins and a perma bend...
 

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I have owned a bike for 28 years. The last bike I just sold was a 1984 Magna VF700. That bike had no problems with 120+mph. I had that bike for about 13 years. In those 28 years I have never come close to an accident or ever laid one down.

We were at the dream cruise a few years ago and some crotch rocket pulls up next to us at Coolidge and 696. He's dressed in matching purple leathers and helmet. He revs his motor and motions to race.

The wife knew what was about to happen. She barely got her arms around me when I pulled the front end off the ground and blew this guy away. He had no idea.

The wife was a little upset but she was laughing at the guy when he caught up. That Magna was one heck of a sport bike.

Matt
 

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Bill had a Yamaha FZR 700 that was a total sleeper. We lived in RO at the time and he worked in Taylor. He'd get called into work in the middle of the night to fix a program that was running, and if the weather was good, he'd take the bike. No problem hitting 120+ on I-75 at 2:30 am. It was a great vehicle to go into Detroit for concerts, games, etc. because you could park pretty much anywhere and beat the crowds. Bill sold it a couple of years after our daughter was born.

We both took the motorcycle safety class. I was going to get his hand-me-down Yamaha Radian 600, but ended up having a son instead. The class was very helpful and I use what I learned there while I'm driving in a car and riding on the back of a bike (dress for the crash, not the ride).

Bob used to ride. I'd consider getting a bike in the future.
 

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The kid that flipped the bike is fine. Bike is another issue. New rider other 3 were more seasoned riders. They took the bike via pick up truck back to the kids house leaking oil I might add. That is all I know being 800 miles from home but these are the facts as I know them.
 

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QUOTE(Gary864 @ Jul 29 2009, 08:56 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>The kid that flipped the bike is fine. Bike is another issue. New rider other 3 were more seasoned riders. They took the bike via pick up truck back to the kids house leaking oil I might add. That is all I know being 800 miles from home but these are the facts as I know them.

Thanks Gary! Glad he is alright. Have a good time wherever you are
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Just got back from Bike Night in Royal Oak. Rode the Harley, had dinner at Mr B's, walked around and looked at all the other bikes and had an uneventful ride home. Beautiful night - motorcycles aren't all bad.
 

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My almost 24 year old son Adam has a crotch rocket bike. The thought of it scares me all the time. I seen him one day heading down 26 mile rd in a very bad downpour. He waved to me and my wife as he drove by. Also, he doesn't have any health insurance and I am begging him to get some..
And kids wonder why do parents worry all the time......
 

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QUOTE(The Perfect Fit @ Jul 30 2009, 07:39 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>My almost 24 year old son Adam has a crotch rocket bike. The thought of it scares me all the time. I seen him one day heading down 26 mile rd in a very bad downpour. He waved to me and my wife as he drove by. Also, he doesn't have any health insurance and I am begging him to get some..
And kids wonder why do parents worry all the time......

I'd be worried, too. Kids!!


If he gets into an accident, there goes thousands of dollars just for the emergency visit. I wish you luck with that one Rich!
 
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