While drag racing on public roads can be fun, it can also be very dangerous. Last night there was a motorcycle show here in St. Louis. All sorts of bikes came out, and it was a lot of fun. Well, after about 2 hours of just "hanging" out, the testosterone started to boil over among many of the riders, and we all headed down to a local "drag strip", Hall Street. Hall Street is an industrial road and VERY dangerous. I never race my bike on this road, but have been a witness to bikes exceeding 150 miles per hour on this 45 mph stretch of road.
Last night was the first time I ever saw a motorcycle accident up close and personal.
A guy piloting a Honda CBR 929 was racing a Suzuki GSX-R1000 at more than 100 mph. As they approaced the 1/4 mile mark, a car pulled out in front of the guy on the 929. As you can already guess, DISASTER happened. Apparently, the guy jumped off of the bike right before impact, but I don't think that helped much. I hate to use this word, but he was ****ed all the way up. He and his bike was in the air for so long, I started to think he was drifting up to heaven right in front of our eyes
Seeing this has given me a new found respect for these machines, and reiterated how dangerous they can be while racing on public roads.
Here is a picture of the 929 after landing. The police almost arrested me for crossing the yellow tape to take pictures, but I had to get a shot of this. Honda 929 after landing
Here is the car that hit the Honda 929 Damaged car
Here is a picture of the guy being resuscitated Badly injured rider
Maybe this will be a wake-up call to those who drag race on public roads. Is it really worth the risks???