• ETC
  • May 9, 2013
Just imagine for a moment that you're driving across a long stretch of secluded desert highway, and suddenly you see a hand waving at you from inside the vehicle in the rearview mirror. While this might seem like the stuff of scary urban legends, it is exactly what happened to a man last week as he was driving his Nissan pickup through California's High Desert.

According to the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, a motorcycle rider rear-ended the man's pickup at a high rate of speed, throwing the rider into the bed of the truck. Since it was a rough stretch of road that was under construction, the driver mistook the impact for road debris. Witnesses claim the motorcycle rider was traveling "in excess of 130 miles per hour," and while the rider sustained "minor to moderate" injuries, we imagine that things would likely have been much worse if he hadn't landed in the back of the truck...


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      Israel Isassi
      • 1 Year Ago
      Why did the rider hit the truck? Because he was an idiot.
      Ariste
      • 1 Year Ago
      LETS GET IT ON MYTHBUSTERS! I could believe it, witnesses saw the bike doing an excess of 130, doesnt mean that how fast he was going when he hit the truck. he could have slowed down to close to the same speed before impact and in that case the driver could honestly mistake a thud for a road bump.
        k_m94
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Ariste
        Yeah, 130mph bike into a 60-70mph pickup, the driver wouldn't just hear a thud and keep going. That bike would be like a 400lb cannonball, and quite possibly would destroy the rear diff and a bunch of the rear suspension on the truck, so that it would be impossible to keep on driving anyway. Pretty sure the bike's forward mounted gas tank would have gone boom as well. As for the rider, assuming he escapes being sandwiched by the two vehicles or smeared on the road, he wouldnt land in the pickup bed, but fly over the front of the truck and promptly get run over.
      John
      • 1 Year Ago
      How many people truely know what 130mph looks like? When I was in the police academy we had to sit on a live road with an intructor and guess the speeds, some peoples averages were more than 10mph (failing grade) on a 40mph marked road. In construction with traffic he may have been moving at a high(er) rate of speed and doing so in a wreckless manor but 130mph is probably a bit high. On top of that, the driver of the truck was clearly not paying attention. If you get hit even at a 10-20mph delta, most likely for a force that large you would've seen something on the road first and typically it doesn't feel likely you're getting hit from behind. Add to that the fact that he didn't see the bike, no other drivers notified him and so fourth... this story doesn't add up 100%. It may have happened but I think theres more to the story, possibly such as a brake check from the truck driver.
        Knox
        • 1 Year Ago
        @John
        Good points. I'm a little hazy on my high school physics - Don't smaller objects (motorcycle vs. car) appear to be traveling faster while larger objects (train vs. car) appear to be traveling slower? It seems like I heard this as an explanation of why so many people try and beat the train.
          John
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Knox
          You're correct. I ride a GSX-R 600 & I have had several people in my 25MPH neighborhood tell me I was flying by or that I need to slow down when I was doing exactly the posted speed limit and lugging along in 5th or 6th, same speed in 3rd or 4th & I hear it even more. To most people bikes always seem fast.
      RudyH
      • 1 Year Ago
      rough stretch of road and doing 130 MPH on anything? Someone deserves a coffin then the horse shoe up their butt
      mitytitywhitey
      • 1 Year Ago
      Drivers in the area saw the bike driving recklessly. He could have braked before impact, making it only a 10-20mph delta. AB's comment that it could have been worse holds true in that case. Had he hit something stationary, he'd be a smear. If all the details of the story are true of course.
      k_m94
      • 1 Year Ago
      The only way to say with any confidence the bike was going "in excess of 130 mph" would be either with a handy radar gun or if you were following at say 120mph and the bike was pulling away. He was probably going 100, braked to probably 80, then hit the truck doing 60 or 70.
        jtav2002
        • 1 Year Ago
        @k_m94
        In which case he was still in excess of the speed limit by probably 30+ mph. What's the difference?
          Zeus
          • 1 Year Ago
          @jtav2002
          60mph is the difference of 130 and 70. Do you have any other questions for the class? :P
      dodge
      • 1 Year Ago
      My problem with the scenario is the bike doing a supposed 130 on rough roads. Bikes that can go fast over rough surfaces tend to have a lot of ground clearance and that kills their top end. Most adventure touring bikes have a practical top end of about 120. If the rider was on a GSX-R it's BS as presented. If it was a hotted up GS1200R, maybe.
      Actionable Mango
      • 1 Year Ago
      I feel there must be a huge exaggeration here somewhere. As a motorcyclist I'm having extreme difficulty picturing a motorcycle doing 130 on a rough road under construction. To the human eye and judgement, smaller objects tend to look much faster than larger objects going the same speed. I suspect the German tourists were telling a tall tale even though they believe they were correct. A construction zone will have a reduced speed limit of, I assume, 50-60mph at most. Assuming the truck wasn't also driving like a maniac but might have been speeding a little bit, there would be a 50-80mph speed differential at the point of impact. The rider would be pretty messed up.
      SloopJohnB
      • 1 Year Ago
      One word. Squid.
      michigan
      • 1 Year Ago
      I will never understand why anyone would want to ride a motorcycle. They are death traps
        Israel Isassi
        • 1 Year Ago
        @michigan
        I personally know more people who have died in cars and trucks than motorcycles.
          michigan
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Israel Isassi
          I'll take my chances in a car over a motorcycle any day
          Chunky
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Israel Isassi
          I personally know more people who have died or been seriously injured in motorcycles than in cars.
          Peter_G
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Israel Isassi
          I know one who died while sitting in their garage :(
        Actionable Mango
        • 1 Year Ago
        @michigan
        What's the point of living if you aren't out there living it? Personally I think people are too sheltered these days. There's more to life than being safe.
        Bryan Rex
        • 1 Year Ago
        @michigan
        And you like Michigan...
      m_2012
      • 1 Year Ago
      Also calling BS! The area was under construction so speed of the truck was likely lower than 70, but for sake of argument lets say 70. That's a 60MPH delta. If a motorcycle hit your truck at 60 while you were stopped, would you notice? It would have sounded and felt like an explosion going off.
      Jim Lowe
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm calling BS on this. How on earth could a bike traveling "in excess of 130MPH" hit a truck and have it mistaken for the rough roadway?
        Peter_G
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Jim Lowe
        Ever driven in a dirt old pickup truck where the suspension was shot to sh!t?
          m_2012
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Peter_G
          Yes, I have. The explosion of plastic and flying parts would have been insane.
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