Charlie in nc
I and the newspaper editor have been doing more research on this event.
In trying to decide what might have happened, I went back up there today with just my 1800 without the trailer. The reason being, that I wanted to try and approximate the speeds at which "Tyler James Rodgers" probably was riding at... how fast, no one knows yet. I will never see the police report unless the newspaper editor can get it.
I will put in a request and see if I can have a copy of it. It is supposed to be Public Information. My purpose of these posts is to Keep Safety In Our Minds Every Time We Ride.
It only takes once to have an incident change our lives. I have used up 8 or my 9 lives in the accident linked to in my Signature. does this make me more sensitive to such things than other folks? Probably.
Anyway, back to that stretch of road. realizing that a 1,000 lb bike with a 275# rider is not going to react like that of a 550 lb bike with a 180 lb 18 year old kid on it.
but, at 105 mph indicated, I should be able to sense what the road surface is like.
I purposely rode down the middle of the seams where the pavement repairs have been joined, I rode across all of the rough looking spots... some of them were just oily looking places from where I remembered seeing an oil tanker getting a Safety Award from the local OK DPS officer.... he was held to that spot for almost 2 hours with that officer sitting there with him.
Anyway, I did not feel anything that should have caused the accident to happen from irregular pavement.
So, what happened? did an animal cross the road and he locked up the front wheel?
Did he actually strike an animal that was able to leave the scene?
No vehicles were on scene when the officer arrived, but someone called 911.
I do know that there has been a huge community response to this event. This boy was the Valedictorian this past June at Graduation Exercises.
He has a Scholarship to a big school.
The funeral was just about the largest attended event of record around here. This kid was well liked.
And it all came to an end in a few short seconds on his last ride home.
I don't know if any of you can use this link to the newspaper article, it is for my personal use via a subscription.