Monday, February 26, 2007
Fielding questions about Friday night's crash
From the mailbag: "hey Tim, did you here [sic] anything about the wreck on tanglewood? I herd [sic] there wer [sic] like 5 bikes involved and one guy died. any info?"
First off, the group that crashed was a well-known squidpack whom I do not ride with, so I thankfully was not there. There was indeed a fatality that night, but the death resulted from a separate, single-rider crash on the south side of town. Curious about the details, however, I talked to one of the responders to the Tanglewood mess. He said there were only two bikes involved in the crash, not five, although there was a group of five or six riding together when the accident happened.
According to my source, there was no evidence of a car having pulled out in front of the group, as was reported. Geometrically, and based on the actual crash evidence, all clues point to the likely possibility that the two involved bikes got tangled-up at high speed due to an improper lane change on the part of one of the riders. Four people were injured, one with severe leg trauma.
I also talked to a young female rider yesterday who claimed to be a regular hanger-outer with that group. She said they often "ride crazy" and that there had been near-misses in the past.
I was also told by my source that at least one of the involved riders had no motorcycle endorsement, no insurance, no tags, and no license plate. Gee, I just can't imagine how something like a group crash could've happened with such a responsible, well-trained rider in the pack.
This kind of crap is precisely the reason I won't ride with the teen set. A very sad event, but boringly predictable -- another notch on the bedpost where sportbiking gets screwed by public opinion.
Monday, February 05, 2007
Finally, a warm, sunny day in West Texas!
A day like this is just what our stir-crazy group needed to gets the smiles back onto our faces:
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Saturday, February 03, 2007
And the Idiot of the Month Award goes to...
Friday, February 02, 2007
Honda Riders Club posts $10 million in contingency
From a Honda press release. This is the kind of thing you want to see:
Honda Rider's Club of America 2007 Contingency Program tops $10,000,000
HRC is posting 10 million dollars in racing contingency awards for 2007. The dash-for-cash rewards scores of Honda-mounted professional and amateur motorcycle and ATV riders at nearly 700 events across the country representing all the major racing disciplines, including AMA-sanctioned Supercross, motocross, enduro, dirt track, Supermoto, roadracing, drag racing and ATV.
"The HRCA Contingency Program represents a significant investment in the future of racing in America," said HRCA Manager Bill Savino. "Many of todays top Honda athletes rose through the ranks of their sport with the backing of Honda's contingency program and we're proud to support the many competitors who receive our assistance today."
Supercross tops the payout charts with Pro racers receiving $50,000 for a single race win, and Lites Pro racers can earn $25,000 per win. Of special note, this year Honda is offering a $25,000 Championship bonus for both the AMA GNCC and the AMA GNCC ATV XC1Pro class Series Champions. HRCA will be providing trackside support to all Honda Riders at posted Amateur Nationals.
"Honda is also proud to recognize our sponsor support from Visa," said Savino. "Their debit card program allows instant access to Red Rider Rewards dollars and it's accepted at more than 32 million places." Now in its 7th year, the HRCA Visa program also provides online account access for reward payment and transaction tracking, payment alert via text message or email and 24/7/365 customer support.
For all the details, go to www.hondaredriders.com and click on the "Contingency Program" button in the right-hand column. Downloadable claim forms make it easy to sign up and receive payments. Winnings will be issued through the HRCA Red Rider Visa Rewards Card, a debit card that can be used at any Honda Dealer or anywhere Visa is accepted.
For more information call the Honda Red Rider hotline @ 310-781-5111.