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A little while back I had posted a new topic
'Advice for Newbies' this is why...

The last two years have been the worst two
years in my riding career for injuries and
even deaths of fellow riders. It's very
hard to be unaffected by this escpecially
in the regualarity of the occurences.

Two weeks ago I met one of my life long friend's
cousins for the first time. Really nice guy.
He's a couple years yonger than myself and
my buddy, I would guestimate about 24 - 25.
He had recently purchased a new BMW motorcycle.
It was his first street bike if my memory
serves me well. One of their sport type
cruisers, I think it was a 1200. I don't know
the BMW line up that well. In any case,
we talked at length at my friends parents house
during a family gathering. We talked about
everything to do with motorcycles. From
being a beginner to expert stages and being
squidly. He seemed to be a very level-headed
guy and well reserved.

On Sunday I received word that somehow -
he managed to maneuver his bike into a telephone
pole. On impact the bike burst into flames
and he was killed immediatley. I can only
guess how this could have occured but my best
guess is what a situation like that almost
always is: RIDER ERROR.

I am not exactly the safest rider out there.
Not by a long shot, however, I really feel
that when new riders enter the sport, you
need to be very very self aware just as
the veterans need to be self aware. Any one
of us could ride over our heads with a simple
twist of the throttle at the wrong time and
from there who knows...

Please be careful - I'll try and do the same.


P.S. I truly do not like posting these kinds
of messages, but at the same time it's
better to put it out there.

I really should be working...

Thanks for relaying the story, Chris. Very sad indeed. My condolences to you and the family.

"Four wheels move the body, two wheels move the soul."

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Sorry for the loss of your friend. My thoughts and prayers go out to him and his family. It has been a tough year. Ride safe, all...

Richard M. Poniarski
'00 Kawasaki ZR750F2, a.k.a. ZR-7
AMA #674623
NY S666C
ZR7OA #3
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