new rider down on zx10
Today, me and two buddies thought it'd be nice to "hit the road" for a few hours, but little did we know one of us would do exactly that. We live in south Florida and went for a ride out to the indian reservation to escape the heavy city traffic and stretch the throttle cables a bit. The roads out there are almost devoid of any cars, and law enforcement is very light. My only cause for concern was that one of my friends was fairly new to the sport. The fact was, he didn't even own a bike! The third member of our party owned two bikes, an 05 zx10 and an 05 gixxer 1000, and on occasion would let the "new guy" ride his zx10. We had talked often of the danger of a new rider being overwhelmed by the performance of any modern sport bike let alone one that can crack the ton in first gear! He believed that he needed a bike of "at least 1000cc" due to him being 6'8" and 230 lbs. Nothing I could say would change his mind and so eventually I let it go. So, we met at 10:00am and headed out, me on my SV, he on a ZX10, the other on a gixxer 1000. Fast forward a few hours, and there we were getting drinks (no alcohol) and gas before the ride home. The route home had a few nice long curves and some tight turns as well. I was in the lead of our ride when my friend on the zx10 comes by me on the outside just before the first hard right hander. The speed was posted as 30mph, I was going about 60 and he was going maybe 70. If this turn had been on the track I may have taken it around 80 so I had plenty in reserve and he could have made the turn too if he had just stayed calm and looked through the turn. I see him start running wide into the on comming lane then suddenly grab a big handful of brake. The bike stood straight up and off the road he went all the while holding the brakes fo dear life. The front wheel locked as soon as it left the tarmac and busted into a brief tank slapper just before spitting him off the high side. Luckily, only the bike and his ego were hurt. After a few backyard band-aids, the bike was at least rideable. The owner of the bike was not too upset and was much more concerned with the well-being of our friend. Thank God for small favors, cause it could have ended far worse. I hope that people will understand that modern sport bikes of any size are in fact race bike with lights, and should be treated with the same respect as a loaded gun,cause they can kill you just as quickly. Don't think that this is a post against liter bikes, they are great fun and can be very fast, but only if the rider has the skills to wield it. We as riders have to step up and be realistic about our abilities. If we don't police ourselves the government will do it for us, in the form of horsepower restrictions or possibly banning certain models. I am all for free choice and think people should be able to buy any bike they choose. I just wish some would use a little more discretion in making that choice.