Everything was going well util one of the riders behind me rear ended the rider to my right and then turn his front tire into my path and we both went down. I basically coasted on top of the left side of my bike (which was coasting on top of the left side of his bike) until it skidded to a stop. The guy he hit had braked hard since the group in front did so in order to stop at one of the destinations. Really, he had plenty more distance from the group ahead, but he braked hard early. Split second later he got hit and then I was sideswiped my the same person that hit him. My bike is not too bad. Damage is on the right side. Bent handle bars, bend front turn signal and headlight stay, broken off rear turn signal, seat cover singed by his exhaust and the bottom of the Kerker a couple of slight scrapes. Everything else looks good. No body work damaged. For myself, minor scrapes on right hand knuckle , minor burn from his or my pipe, and very small scrape on my right knee. All in all, very lucky. The guy that got hit first (square on the rear fender / tire) managed to set her down easy. No injuries whatsoever. Unfortunately, the guy that hit us had a broken collar bone, 3 broken ribs and a nasty cut on the bridge of his nose. Wishing him a complete and quick recovery. I had just had lunch with these two gentleman for about an hour on the prior stop. The guy that was hit first was about 5 years older than me and the guy that hit us was in his mid to late 20's. He did seem a bit green to anything. But a nice kid. Ironically we had been discussing mishaps during lunch. The ride was a bit faster than I like. I had complained to someone at the prior stop that I was worried about any inexperienced riders on the curves. That they may become target fixated. Never expect this to happen however.
Crap, tough lesson, I hope it dosn't spoil the guy on riding , my wife and I hope he has a good recovery.
Sorry about your beautiful bike Joe, I'm glad that you and her are going to be OK
I worry about whats coming up behind us more then anything else.
WOW! WELL? Too Bad Joe, glad you were not hurt of course! What away to get attention! I was going to type you congrats on the BOM. Still, congratulations!
I love simple, stock, slight modifications! And of course, I LOVE BLACK paint!
Well, good luck getting everything fixed up!. Have you ever been to " TARKS" sea food in FT. Lauderdale? Crazy Place!!!!
I'll be there again next March.
Thanks for my plug and rant!
Marty near Buffalo, NY
Livin in "CheektaVegas, NY
Still have a Kaw! 76 KZ900 Pro-Street.
Went thru 25 of these in 40 yrs.
And The Old Girl, Harley 75 FLH Electra Glide,
Old faithful! Points ign. Bendix Orig. carb.
Good that you're OK. Sounds like everyone else basically walked away. Best outcome, considering.
We don't do group rides much. Five or six other Riders we know well, that's about it. If it looks like there are squids or "bikers" we usually pass. Squids aren't wortythe risk, bikers usually ride obnoxiously loud, cornering-clearance-challenged bikes that just hold us back if they insist on "leading".
slmjim & Z1BEBE
A biker looks at your engine and chrome.
A Rider looks at your odometer and tags.
Glad everybody was able to walk away alive and that to irreparable damage was done.
Having both a KZ and a Harley, I did a few trips myself where we were a dozen bikes and what I was able to understand from them is that the more bikes / riders are involved, the higher the danger of having situations like that happen.
The leading bike must me an experienced rider that will maintain speed fluctuations at a minimum. Inexperienced riders should be paired between experienced riders and a good tail bike with an experience rider is also a good idea.
A lot of times the column gets slow down by a cager and this can create an accordion effect and if only one rider is not vigilant, it can have disastrous effects.
I prefer 5-6 bikes myself, with riders I know. No phones, bluetooth or other distractions and a good lead bike that will maintain a steady speed when we do long distances.
Glad to hear you are okay Joe, bikes can always be repaired or replaced.
I have a 1980 Kawasaki KZ750 Ltd. I bought new. I recently managed to get it out of my garage after 28 years and put it on the road again (2010). I feel like a kid all over again. Since I have acquired 3 78 KZ1000 Ltd, 1 1981 KZ1000 Ltd, and another 1980 KZ750 Ltd. Love the LTD's.
As I see it the guy in front of you wasn't watching what was behind him and the kid was going too fast. In any event him rear ending the bike in front and taking you out at the same time was his fault. You did nothing wrong.
Back around 1980 a lot of people saw how much fun we were having and bough bikes, it got very bad for a couple years, lost a few good friends to rookie mistakes .
Drinking played heavily in the mix among other things...
Back in 74 my best friend bought a CB 175 when I still had my CL 350. It was fun riding around together and I showed him my favorite places I would go to chill on the weekends. A stand of pine trees on top of the Santa Monica mountains where we would have to ride through the Manseneta brush trails like tunnels and other cool places.
He got a job where I worked at the wheelchair factory and it looked like he was doing real good. One day he didn't have money for lunch and wanted one of my chili cheese dogs I got from the roach coach. He lived at home and would bring his own lunch so I told him no. He decided to go home for lunch. We only had 1/2 hour, there was no way he could make it back in time. He was angry at me and went anyway.
He never came back. On the way a catering truck turned left in front of him. His handlebars were bent into a V. He landed face first, busted both arms and a leg. Of course it was my fault he had the accident and lost his job.
From that time on I don't recommend ANYONE buy a bike and I have no interest in having a "riding buddy". It's enough to be responsible for myself without having to worry about others.
When you're on a bike you only have one person to take care of and that's YOU.
Cold sounding I know but it's the truth.
Glad to hear you're injuries are minor. I'm not sure how you guys were situated, but some guys I occasionally ride with insist on riding side by side. That always makes me nervous and I avoid it. The staggered procession gives you more outs.