William Shatner Motorcycle Crash Story

Starpulse published a story about William Shatner crashing his motorcycle in sunny Southern California some years ago (probably decades ago)...

Starpulse published a story about William Shatner crashing his motorcycle in sunny Southern California some years ago (probably decades ago)...

"One time, I was driving along and the bike slide from under me, and I skidded across the two lane highway.

"I grabbed the bike hauled it up and got back on. I had to get to Los Angeles. I had a doll to take to my grandchild."

"I got back on the bike and my clothes are shredded. I realized I'm bleeding."

Unfortunately for Shatner, the image of him bloody and bruised riding a motorcycle almost naked, attracted unwanted attention from other motorists.

He adds, "People are driving up and college kids are yelling at me.

"Finally they uttered the ultimate insult, 'Beam me up Scotty,' so I gave them the finger."
Back in the 1980s, before the helmet law was here in California, that's the way I rode my motorcycle, just a t-shirt, a pair of shorts, and sandals. No helmet, no gloves.

It's not that we were stupid, it's that that's how a lot of people rode their motorcycles. We all had helmets, but helmets was something you only wore when the weather was bad.

I mean, we all know that smoking is bad for us, but there was a time when everyone smoked and didn't think much about it. People didn't really put much thought into lung cancer. But our thoughts on smoking has changed dramatically over the decades.

The perspective of motorcycle safety has changed over the years too. I'll bet you that 20 years from now, our perspective on motorcycle safety will change yet again.

Source: StarPulse via Canyon Chasers

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  1. Mr. Shatner was just on the J. Leno show last week and told this story. He made it sound as if it happened a short time ago.

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  2. "I'll bet you that 20 years from now, our perspective on motorcycle safety will change yet again."

    It's got nothing to do with "perspective" and everything to do with physics and risk-assessment. People did not evolve to withstand physical trauma at those speeds!

    Some people's brains just aren't wired for risk perception, so they take the moronic "when your time's up, your time's up!" approach to everything.

    Tell them they aren't too bright and they give you a cooler-than-thou attitude, as if they have some deep insight into who will live or die, that you, the uncool one, could never have.

    On top of motorcycle safety, add global warming, peak oil, etc. to that whole denial bag. Complete lack of foresight is what it boils down to.

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