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THUD! It was quite a distinctive sound, and I lost my breath when I looked outside the window. Several hundred pounds worth of metals, plastics, and rubber had gone down right outside my apartment, it's rider sprawled out right next to it. A Honda CBR F3 had gone down at the corner on my street. :eek:

No delay in getting downstairs to help. I was right at his side helping him to his feet within seconds. He was already rising up, so I breathed a sigh of relief.

And that's when my mind opened up to the details. No debris trail or marks on the street leading up to the accident scene and the bike wasn't missing any parts; he had gone down at either a really slow pace or from a complete stop. His garb didn't give me anything to smile about, either. Even those who dress for comfort (tee shirt, and sneakers) over safety will wield a good quality helmet. Not this guy; it looked like something you'd get out of a trashcan or a Goodwill (or maybe back to that trashcan). A well-worn fullface with no shield on it, even though it was obvious at one point in history that it had one. The rider... maybe 16 or 17, was sporting a fresh wound on his right forearm, which was readily bleeding.


"You okay?" I asked.

"Yeah," he grumbled.


He stooped to pick up the machine, and I winced even more. As light as I found the F3 to be, a lot of people couldn't get it up the way he was trying - pulling on the left handlebar only. :rolleyes: I stood there, drumbstruck, then helped him with it. Using the technique of having my back to it, one hand on the right bar and the other on the frame, I managed to slowly walk it back upright.

***thanks to... NinjaGirl I think, for that handy post***

From there, I took a wild guess.


"New bike?"

"Yeah. Just picked it up today."

"How long have you been riding?"

"Just started today."


:eek: ***OMG*** :eek:


He then immediately hopped on the bike and started it up. I made the suggestion that maybe he should call someone to help him get the bike back home (ie - someone else ride it for hiim), but he remained determined. Translation - he kicked it in gear and tried to get moving again. Moving... success. At a controlled rate... failed. With way too much gas, he kicked off at a fast clip and immediately lost it. Legs flailing and bike weaving all over the place, he sailed right into the curb at the far side of the three-way intersection that I live on. THUD!!!

Well... perhaps a THUD followed immediately by a couple of smaller ones.

To be honest, I kind of snickered as I ran over. :lol: I was concerned, but it was also comic. It was one of those things that you imagine seeing in a movie, and only in a movie. Yet here it was happening right before my very eyes.

"Dude! Where do you live?" I asked after repeating the 'are-you-okay'-pick-up-the-bike routine.

As it turned out, he only lived four blocks away, so I offered to take him home myself. No... I take that back - I INSISTED. I grabbed the keys out of the ignition and made the point. Somewhat sheepishly, he agreed. It was a rather quiet few minutes with him on the back of his now well scraped-up F3. Well... almost; I was still snickering. :lol:

And I was still snickering all the way during my walk back home. What an adventure today.
 

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Wow...Like procreating, there are certain people who should never throw a leg over any 2 wheeled vehicle. You apparently found one.
 

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Counter-steering - so simple and yet so hard for the n00bs.
 

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Counter-steering - so simple and yet so hard for the n00bs.
Doesn't sound like he had any speed or time to do any counter-steering....more like point and click. He should be glad Slo'poke was able to help him out.....now if there was some way to keep him off it and into a class before he hurts something.
 

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That was cool of you to help him out. 16/17 year old boys don't always have the most common sense.
 

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he played F1 racing on the playstation once...

thats all he figured he needed
 

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Wow...Like procreating, there are certain people who should never throw a leg over any 2 wheeled vehicle. You apparently found one.

he can probably learn.............but I have ridden f3's, they will get squirely if you aint careful.

I still disagree with any supersport for a brand new rider, I know some pull it off, but there is so much to learn, and it is easy for a throttle to get away from ya

just my opinion


good job slo poke
 

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How many people get in a car and try to drive it around on the street having NO instruction? I don't get how some people think they can just hop on a bike and go.
 

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Good job Alex. I hope he learned something (other than thumping the curb). You're a good man to take the keys and take him home,
 

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Own The Day
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he played F1 racing on the playstation once...

thats all he figured he needed
Ha ha! :biggrin: That sounds about right!!!

I DO hope that guy does take the advice about learning properly. Like JB said, he might hurt someone. :( I'm tempted to go back over there and see if his bike is out in the open... then throw a Kryptonite Disc Lock on the front disc!

*BTW - Interesting how an alternate form of the word GRAB, starts with an S and rhymes with CATCH, got filtered out*
 

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How many people get in a car and try to drive it around on the street having NO instruction? I don't get how some people think they can just hop on a bike and go.
Because they learned how to ride a "bike" when they were 5.

Here's my first bike.... yup... a bobber with ape hangers!
Mine was purple.

 

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Good on you for helping that kid out. Sure hope he doesn't kill himself or anyone else on it. Maybe he learned after the second crash.
 

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Hey!

That was cool of you to help him out. 16/17 year old boys don't always have the most common sense.
I'll have you know I was 16/17 once! (yeah the pictures deny it!) and I had plenty of cents! Oh, you meant........:mrgreen: Yeah, your right!
 

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Nice, Alex. At least you made sure he didn't kill himself TODAY. :wink: I hope you mentioned something about the MSF to him. Or at least that the helmet was JUNK.
 

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I actually got to be a witness to a bike accident today. Wasn't any snickering, but... A boy (yeah, probably 17 - 20) RIDING A Yamaha sportie (ain't into them, don't know what kind) was riding towards our traffic lane, in town, going probably 20-25 OVER the speed limit. Turned left and in about 2 seconds became a hood ornament for a pickup truck! Boom! Luckily he sailed up the hood and kind of played "Garfield" where he is plastered across a windshield!! The road runner would have even been proud! The bike, unfortunately (but at least it was JUST the bike) went UNDER the truck and became an instant salvage yard project. No one was hurt but for a change it wasn't the truck driver's fault. Numbnuts, as we shall call the fellow (being extremely lenient and generous) was going probably 55-60 WITH BOTH ARMS CROSSED ACROSS HIS CHEST, AND HIS HANDS IN HIS ARMPITS!! I had to give a statement and the traffic officer asked him if that were true. He said "yes, but only for a few minutes"! Obvious next question from the officer: Why? Because he was COLD!!!!
RIDING A BIKE AT ALMOST 60, LIGHTLY DRESSED, 45 DEGREES, WHO'DA THOUGHT IT??? Wait, thought don't belong in this story! Obviously!
 

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How many people get in a car and try to drive it around on the street having NO instruction? I don't get how some people think they can just hop on a bike and go.
It is very easy! its like a bicicle! except you don't get tired from pedaling right?

ofcourse why should they be concerned, or bothered to learn that a 600cc sportbike has the same performance as a $50k car?

oh I forgot! it is like a bicycle and much smaller than a car and definately not corvette looking....
 

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Good job Alex, Sounds like you did your good deed by helping this guy out. I sure hope he gets into a class soon, before anything really bad happens.
 

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What a scary story. So not only are there car drivers out there like him but there are also motorcyclists??!! I hope you told him to get his but into a MSF class.
 
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