As much as we hate to admit it, there's a reason ER staffs call motorcyclists "organ donors." Bikers and knee-draggers have a lot more to watch out for out on the open road... and a lot more at stake if they don't. That often comes down to cars, trucks, pedestrians and even roadside obstacles. But once in a while, that imminent danger is another motorcyclist.

In the video after the jump, a rider who goes (in apparent tribute to the robot in Short Circuit) by the handle Johnny5 was riding his Suzuki GSX-R sport bike on The Snake – a notoriously curvy stretch of road near Los Angeles. Johnny5 was doing alright until an oncoming rider low-sided it and skidded straight into him.

Fortunately, Johnny5 was reportedly alright after the crash, but his bike was a total write-off. Follow the jump for the cringe-worthy footage.



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      Frankie Rose
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm diggin the comments about gear. ATGATT, all the gear, all the time. I think the comments about take it to the track are kinda misplaced, though. if you look at the speedo, Johnny5 was doing 45 at the last frame before the crash and had been doing 59mph at the peak. Not much above posted speed limits in the hills. I would call it brisk, but not track speeds. And on canyon roads there is gravel on the shoulder and possibly the center in places. Novices can lowside at a relatively low pace, at any time. Especially if he's looking at the the rider directly in front of him and not around the corner as he should be. They look up, see something that startles them and target fixate towards it. Plenty of evidence for that here.
      Redline
      • 3 Years Ago
      That's why you gear up, imagine taking that fall without protective gear, scrubbing dirt from the road rash with brushes to get all nice and cleaned up afterwards. *shudder* Sorry about the bike, but at least he will ride again.
      Pandamasque
      • 3 Years Ago
      Not enough replays.
      Jarda
      • 3 Years Ago
      wow, three times on the very same spot! what a bad luck!
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Jarda
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      jefe loco
      • 3 Years Ago
      Ouch.
      dave and mary
      • 3 Years Ago
      Motorcycles scream "ride me hard - it's fun!" Many gravestones of bike riders say RIP. Try to get some life insurance. They ask you: 1) do you parachute; or race vehicles 2) do you fly a private aircraft 3) do you ride a motorcycle? Everybody knows someone who has died in a bike crash. Try this: turn left into your driveway in a Chevy right in front of an oncoming car. You'll look at the dented fender/bumper and say "oh sh*t". Then do it on a bike. Make sure you do the Chevy first.
        meteoravic805
        • 3 Years Ago
        @dave and mary
        I know (1) person that has died in a bike crash and many more that have died in a car crash.
        mmnotyou
        • 3 Years Ago
        @dave and mary
        That's why you turn on your brain, and don't do stupid sh*t like turn left in front of an oncoming car.
      Matt
      • 3 Years Ago
      Drag your knee, not your frame!
      pmarion1962
      • 3 Years Ago
      It only hurts when I laugh. Ha Ha Ha. OW !
      Steve in 44444
      • 3 Years Ago
      I nearly had the same thing happen last summer. A guy on a Harley came at me head-on in my lane while I was leaned over in a turn. I had to set the bike upright and onto the shoulder and allow him to pass, and then get back into the turn quickly before I ended up off the road. Some people need to learn how to ride, or at least to understand their own limitations. Anybody criticising the guy that was hit needs to get a clue. He was doing absolutely nothing wrong. He wasn't going too fast. He was riding within his own limits. The fact that he came through it alright proves that he was wearing the right gear. If you don't ride, you wouldn't understand. I can't blame you because of all the idiots out there giving reponsible riders a bad name, but this guy was not one of them.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      mostchillininsc
      • 3 Years Ago
      So a few comments: 1. Autoblog, PLEASE stop posting motorcycle stories\happenings on this site. If you need a reason, please see the comments below this one... At least on motorcycle sites, motorcycle enthusiast can comment in an educated manner. 2. I'm glad so many have given up riding on the street -- the street certainly can use a few less riders on them... Just sayin'... Hopefully posts and videos like this will get a few more off the road. The squids especially... 3. For a bunch of "former" riders (and I guess for those that don't even ride) it seems like everyone has an analysis of what happened here. $hit happens is what happened. They didn't even go into that run hot... Yes, the lead rider should have been more centered in the lane versus hugging the yellow line but each to their own. Same thing happens in a cage all of the time but you don't see the near uneducated analysis of those situations... 4. Motorcycling is a risk on the street and track. If you don't like that risk, then don't buy one. I love both cars and motorcycles and every time I get on my bike, I understand the risk. For the person who made the comment about 17 times more likely on a bike -- please don't ever buy or the rate will notch up a bit... 5. It may seem as though I'm being an a$$ with my comments but some of the ludicrous comments posted are absolutely ridiculous. So as I mentioned, everyone is entitled to their opinion and these are mine...
        Soccer Mom
        • 3 Years Ago
        @mostchillininsc
        Let me recap what you just said in 5 paragraphs using only 1: Autoblog, PLEASE stop posting stories I am not interested in reading. I come here expecting to see only what I want on the topic I am interested in seeing. I am tired of commenting on the stories I don't like. Your job is to make ME entertained and happy. I DO NOT care about your preferences or those of other readers. You should post only WHAT I LIKE. If you are so freaking dumb that you cannot figure out what I like, then don't make new posts until I personally approved them. If I am on vacation, please expect some delays in approvals.
          mitchman06
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Soccer Mom
          Nicely done, Soccer Mom. @ mostchillininsc GTHO of here, seriously.
          joe shmoe
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Soccer Mom
          mostchillin, who gives a shiit ? If you don't like the thread, DON'T READ IT. let people make stupid comments. Why do you feel the need to control what people say and do ? that's very self centered. This is a public forum. There will be comments of all types, comments you agree or disagree with, etc etc. deal with it.
          Agilis
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Soccer Mom
          In his/her defense, not that I agree or disagree, I believe he/she was stating that the comments on this particular video would be more intelligent and better mannered on a site devoted to Motorcycle enthusiasts than a site like AutoBlog, where it's followed by automobile enthusiasts. That being said... Important advice for him/her: Having an opinion where you want to banish the hearing of others opinions is only going to get your opinion discounted and laughed at, at the same time. In other words, no one will take you seriously.
        BxGT
        • 3 Years Ago
        @mostchillininsc
        Hey mostchillininsc, were you aware that with one simple google search you may come across a website that suits your needs. Thats right, there are literally millions of websites out there for you to discover. Maybe if you step off the high chair and stop complaining you might see something you like out there and as for the autoblog haters, the exit is on your left.
          mostchillininsc
          • 3 Years Ago
          @BxGT
          I sincerely didn't mean to offend anyone -- I truly am being sincere. Simply stating my opinions that were not well received obviously. I will not comment on the topic anymore as to not offend anyone else. If I did offend you, I offer my apology.
        mostchillininsc
        • 3 Years Ago
        @mostchillininsc
        Good points Agilis. I will temper any future comments...
          Soccer Mom
          • 3 Years Ago
          @mostchillininsc
          No worries, mate. We all take something seriously and eventually get nailed for that. Kudos for responding like a self-aware adult - it is a rare feat during this anonymous Internet age. Cheers!
      • 3 Years Ago
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        Gary
        • 3 Years Ago
        Yes, if we could just get them to listen, along with smokers, fast food eaters car drivers, cliff climbers, bicyclists, pedestrians, breathers, etc. All of life is a risk - I bet you partake in some risky behavior too, like "Living".
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Gary
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        Rob
        • 3 Years Ago
        I never thought I'd agree with this guy, but I don't. I have a child, therefor I could not put myself on one and call myself a responsible adult. I know driving cars all these years, the problem is usually the other people on the road. Quite simply the juice is not worth the squeeze.
          Rob
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Rob
          err.. I never thought I'd agree with this guy, but I do. Oops. If I made a mistake on a motorcycle like the last post I might be dead right now. Heh.
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Rob
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