Watch and Learn: Ride Fast, Run Wide, Go Down

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Spring brings back motorcycle outings and the great feeling of being fast and free. Unfortunately, spring also brings silly mistakes which lead to crashes, and in some less fortunate situations, such as the one in this video, nasty injuries.
Things could have been much worse, obviously, but this rider went home only with a broken shoulder blade, still more than enough to shorten his riding season by a sizeable measure. If you’ve read my earlier piece on Why We Crash in the Spring, you most likely don’t need too much safety-related explanations. However, a quick recap of this crash might reveal his fellow’s mistakes.

Since it’s impossible to tell how much he has already ridden this year, it’s hard to tell whether his instincts are “awake”. Nevertheless he’s obviously riding a tad too fast for his own good, and the narrow, populated road provides little to no room for correcting errors.

Have the (still) low temperatures providing limited grip to the tires and a guy who obviously is not 100% sure on his line around the corners and you’ve got the perfect recipe for running wide into a ditch. Luckily, the post he hits is made of plastic and is not a metal one…

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