Biker Loses a Leg

Upon returning home from a ride today, I heard my cell phone beeping as I dismounted the motorcycle. I pulled it out, and retrieved the voi...

Upon returning home from a ride today, I heard my cell phone beeping as I dismounted the motorcycle. I pulled it out, and retrieved the voice mail.

It was from a guy I had ridden with four or five times over the past year, Bernie. He was in the hospital, after having been t-boned by a Jeep Cherokee in Orange County, CA. It happened a week ago.

Then he told me they had to amputate his lower-right leg. I didn't know what to say. I can't imagine what it might be like to lose a leg. I asked him how the accident happened, he didn't exactly remember all the details. He only said that he saw a lot of blood on the street, and that the pain was excrutiating. The sight of so much blood spilling out sent him into a panic. He described a good samaritan who came over, removed his own belt, and used it as a tourniquet.

He said he'll be getting a prosthetic leg and that it would take some time to get used to riding a motorcycle with it. I felt kinda relieved to hear that, knowing that he wasn't going to give up.

It wasn't long ago, maybe a couple of months, that a couple riding an Electra Glide went down on a ride that I was leading. We were heading along Hwy 243 towards Idyllwild. We rounded a sharp curve. I went through first, followed by a buddy of mine, and then this couple. Somehow they wiped out. None of us really knew for sure what happened, but from what I've been told, they've since decided to give up riding.

I can't speak for others on deciding to quit riding, but I know for Bernie, riding is what he lived for. I'm hoping he'll back riding soon.


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  1. Sorry to hear about your friend Bernie. It's certainly a dangerous endevour doing what we do, riding amongst all those idiots out there in their cages. I admire and applaud Bernie's courage.

  2. Our thoughts and prayers are with Bernie.

    Good Luck my friend!

  3. Sorry to hear about Bernie's leg. I also ate it big time on hwy 243 coming down from idywild. I can't recall what happened, I have been riding for 15 yrs with no incidents, and no tickets (not that I didn't deserve one a time or 2 or 15) I wasn't being crazy or anything, there was about 20 of us on the ride I was in the 3rd position, next thing I know I am on my left side, I slid into a boulder at about 50 to 60 mph. I am lucky to be alive. I had severe internal injuries, severall broken ribs, collapsed lung, broken scapula. and lacerated spline. I will make a full recovery. I am in my 40s and felt this was a calling to give up riding. My wife had a close call coming down from big bear a couple of years ago. Still love to ride. I think I ws just forced to prioritize a few things. good luck and be careful of the other guy, and minivans.

  4. There is and ongoing issue in HD motorcycles with the BAS-Bank Angle Sensor. this could be the reason the couple went down for no reason and HD is aware it has been going on in excess of 10 years. If the statute of limitations has not ran out they may need to look into this issue as causing the accident.



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