Im still a devastated by this incident. I mean damn, Williams didn't mean any harm to anybody, but unfortunately, riders are in twice the danger than drivers. Both of my parents ride bikes, but of course my dad rides as much as he can.
Unless you're riding a bike with high handlebars and a cup holder (
), these sport bikes are MEANT to be accelerated at high speeds...and honestly, it's a bit tempting to try it. My mom doesn't like for my dad to go out and ride like a maniac, but to my knowledge (according his stories), he's twice the maniac behind the 'bars, but doesn't tell her how fast he rides.
I was discussing this story with him this morning, and I got upset and had to stop listening. He's been in an accident before, and was lucky enough to walk away with a hurt shoulder, and a totalled bike. Did I mention that the welfare of his bike was more important to him at the time of the accident?
Hell, he and his rider crew even had an inexperienced rider (one of his employees), ride with them along "The Tail of the Dragon http://jeeps.thefuntimesguide.com/2008/03/..._the_dragon.php
, which is a CRAZY road going up a mountain, that only experienced rider's should take. Long story short, the guy got in an accident, similar to the build-up of Paul's accident, and hurt his arm pretty bad (needed surgery). Oh yeah, did I mention that the welfare of his bike (which was damaged bad) was his only concern at the time of the incident?
Anyway, I got mad because he always tries to sell this image as if he's so cautious on his bike...yeah right. His response to the Williams situation was, "See, the only thing that keeps me riding, is wondering whether or not it was the car's fault, or if it was a rider's error."
Of course I got a little pissed about it, because he was only trying to make excuses to continue riding in the manner that he does, smh. Even at older ages, some people still have that, "It cant/wont happen to me" state of mind...good luck.
Im just saying that motorcycles are like guns, it's not the bike that kills them (or others involved), it's the person that's riding the bike. Sometimes people in cars dont pay enough attention to riders as well, but now that I personally know some riders and how they ride, I feel that some of them just milk that excuse to take blame off of them.
With this said, Im NOT saying that ANY of this is Paul's fault., because I haven't read further into the incident. I was just elaborating on some current experiences as well as discussions in relation to this incident.