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post #1 of 17 Old 05-15-2013, 01:03 PM Thread Starter
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I saw this on the news today. I'm unsure of what happened. Did he jump off or get blown off when he lifted his left arm or something? It sounded like the bike eventually started winding down. I wonder if it was a stuck throttle? Do they have a "kill switch tether" attached to the rider? I don't know anything about motorcycle drag racing.




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post #2 of 17 Old 05-15-2013, 01:12 PM
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looks like he had a space between him and the "tank" that lifted him up a little bit causing his left arm to be ripped from the bike and throwing him over.

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after watching it again i can almost gurantee thats what happened

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Wow. I've never been into drag racing, car or bike. Hope that guys OK. I have no audio.




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post #5 of 17 Old 05-15-2013, 01:43 PM
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looks to me that when he lifted his left arm, his body turned into a big sail and the wind @370 km peeled him off the bike. looks painful, hope he makes a quick recovery.
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They certainly do have kill switch tethers if you choose to use it. -----I don't remember the name of the noted dragracer who was trying to set a new speed record some years back- somewhere in the neighborhood of 200+mph, when the wind got up under his chin and ended his career with his life. ------My best friend tried to get me to make a run with his bike, but I didn't have the balls..... He was a speed freak since highschool days with a number of high speed get offs in his life, including one on the strip, and then lost his life on a demo ride at bike week in 99'. Leader set speed limit @45mph but signed his death warrant when she unfortunately said that if anyone had the chance to twist the thottle a little, feel free. He was on a heavy road bike unfamiliar to him as he always rode light and fast. BOOM! Was looking for something to go distance riding with me. Gosh how I miss him. a little.
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They certainly do have kill switch tethers if you choose to use it. -----I don't remember the name of the noted dragracer who was trying to set a new speed record some years back- somewhere in the neighborhood of 200+mph, when the wind got up under his chin and ended his career with his life. ------My best friend tried to get me to make a run with his bike, but I didn't have the balls..... He was a speed freak since highschool days with a number of high speed get offs in his life, including one on the strip, and then lost his life on a demo ride at bike week in 99'. Leader set speed limit @45mph but signed his death warrant when she unfortunately said that if anyone had the chance to twist the thottle a little, feel free. He was on a heavy road bike unfamiliar to him as he always rode light and fast. BOOM! Was looking for something to go distance riding with me. Gosh how I miss him. a little.
That is a terribly sad story. Sorry brother.




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Thanks Lockjaw. They didn't call him Wild Willie for nothing. One of those "characters" don't ya know. He had so many near misses that I think he considered himself invincible. Had to quit worrying about him, but knew it was inevitable. He always had the funniest story to tell about the near misses. He left all his friends with some mighty good memories.
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Oh yea, concerning the guy in the video. It could have been something as simple as him lifting his fingers to grip clutch and catching wind.
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Thanks Lockjaw. They didn't call him Wild Willie for nothing. One of those "characters" don't ya know. He had so many near misses that I think he considered himself invincible. Had to quit worrying about him, but knew it was inevitable. He always had the funniest story to tell about the near misses. He left all his friends with some mighty good memories.
I know some folks like that, too. I think the fastest I've ever gone on a bike was 120 and it scared the living shit out of me. My friend Max (Mad Max - no joke) sounds a lot like Wild Willie. He hasn't died yet, but he certainly invites it when he has wheels under him.




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