Another Rider Down
I know it's probably the last thing you guys want to hear...
I was riding up toward Winters, CA on a twisty backroad when a CHP officer on a bike passed me with sirens on. About a quater mile down the road, two ambulances were on scene. The rider was lying in the middle of the road while the fire dept. EMT did chest compressions. There was a helo. circling overhead, but soon it was called off as they were unable to revive the guy - I didn't know him, there are a lot of bikes on that road on weekends.
Here's the mixed story of what happened - The bike when I saw it was completely destroyed (front end in pieces, crumpled frame) The rider was on a long straight, no turns in sight, when he hit a huge oak tree. There weren't any other cars involved, or motorcycles for that matter - he was riding solo. I didn't even see anything in the road that may have contributed to the accident. One of the FD members said he thought it may have been a wheelie went bad, another said "high-speed wobble" but that seems far fetched in my opinion.
Anyway, this is the first time I've really felt like giving up riding, we'll see how I feel tomorrow. I know you guys probably have a lot of stories like these, of close friends even, but this is the first time it really hit home for me.