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07-23-2006 08:25 PM  14 years ago
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ShuttleJock

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Warning to Motorcycle Riders
I was coming back from Lake Murray in Ardmore, OK Saturday. I was Northbound on I-35 just a mile south of the Turner Falls Exit when I noticed a Harley headed southbound. It caught my attention because there was a small fire coming from the motor. The rider began to slow down and pull over. Within just a couple of seconds the bike burst into flames and fire began to envelope the rider. He maintained control of the bike and slowed down further laying the bike over in the grass next to the Interstate. As soon as he hit the ground rolling the grass caught fire. I stopped and called 911. He realized that he was rolling in burning grass, got up again and ran to another greener area and began to roll again. By this time other vehicles in the southbound stopped and the drivers ran to his aid with blankets and fire extinguishers. Last I saw he was sitting up on the side of the road and appeared to be okay.

That had to be one of the most terrifying experiences that I have witnessed. It was sureal. He was in full leathers which I'm sure saved him from more serious burns. His face was uncovered and I don't know what the extent of burns were there. I got to give him credit, he kept a cool head (no pun intended) and stayed in control of the bike.

Nearest I can figure is that he had a ruptured fuel line the spewed gas all over the hot motor. So guys check your fuel lines for wear and make sure that those fittings are secure.
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07-23-2006 08:34 PM  14 years ago
spritefiend

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whoa, feck...
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07-23-2006 09:38 PM  14 years ago
RCfan

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Darn! That's certainly not something we teach in safety courses. Got any detail, newspaper clip or anything else you can find on the incident? Hmmm, gotta convince MSF to let us light students on fire and have them learn this.
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07-24-2006 01:12 AM  14 years ago
EvoFlight50

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thats what happens when you ride a Harley
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07-24-2006 02:03 AM  14 years ago
Micro-Maniac

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Whoa - What's with the Harley Hate? - Did you sabotage his fuel line?

H-D rules the road! - Literally.
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07-24-2006 02:10 AM  14 years ago
AGRAV8

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Actually
it can be applicable to ALL bikes, not just the HARDLY ridden ones. THE immediate action for an under tank fire is to scan for a place to eject, be it freeway or sidestreet. I have yet to see ANY bikes with a fire extinguisher onboard, and if it gets to the 5.5 or more gallons underneath, well....road rash would be MUCH more desireable to deal with. The odds of riding it out and putting the fire out before the tank itself is involved is VERY slim, as every tank setup I've seen has a rubber/neoprene fuel tubing section on the way to the carbs/injectors.

Even riding a Hayabusa, top end speed is about 150 MPH too slow to "blow" the fire out. Get the hell off NOW is the correct action.
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07-24-2006 03:41 AM  14 years ago
wing destroyer

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thats what happens when you ride a Harley
NO, that's what happens when your TOO stupid to maintain your bike correctly. You have to stay on top of everything. A fire won't just erupt out of nowhere. You always check stuff, bikes require so much more maintenance than cars. It's almost like maintaining a dragster or a ferrari.
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07-24-2006 04:20 AM  14 years ago
fritzthecat

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It's not always the maintainers fault. My two months old F150 broke a fueline and sprayed gas all over the engine and exhaust manifolts. Didn't catch on fire though.
Sometimes mechanical things just break. As RC Heli pilots we should be familiar with that concept.

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07-24-2006 05:04 AM  14 years ago
wing destroyer

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Correct. My buddy with a Gixxer 1000 tears down his entire bike and replaces just about everything. Now, I'm not sayin to do that, but its not like a lawn mower, you just put gas in it and expect it to do it's duty.Bike's take A LOT of maintenance, and they definately should only be ridden and maintained by the mechanically inclined.West Valley Heli Club
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07-24-2006 10:00 AM  14 years ago
Nick Jones

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Thats scary
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07-24-2006 02:39 PM  14 years ago
Rotor

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I saw one of those "Friends Don't Let Friends Ride Harley's" bumper stickers the other day. Those darn bumper stickers!My motto is this..Fly...Rebuild...Fly
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07-24-2006 05:01 PM  14 years ago
Camp

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Unlikely to happen on newer bikes as most have got to fuel injection now. Bet that was an older bike and the carb float was misadjusted. Seen that happen a couple of times.
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07-25-2006 03:16 AM  14 years ago
Inspector Fuzz

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Harley poem.
"Buy a Harley, buy the best."
"Ride a mile, walk the rest!"

JEFF
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07-25-2006 04:22 AM  14 years ago
ShuttleJock

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Hmmm, gotta convince MSF to let us light students on fire and have them learn this.
Let me know when that gets approved. I'll be sure to wear my nomex undies

I searched the Ardmore on line paper and couldn't find the story. I wish I had video of it. It would be a great teaching tool. He did all the right things given the circumstances.
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07-25-2006 05:28 AM  14 years ago
Raptor3DPilot

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Ohhh thats a bummer...

I remember the day I went to pick up my MSF card a girl dumped her bike directly in front of me... (ther's ur sign) She didn't get hurt... a car pulled out right infront of her and her front tire skidded out.
Remember when flying inverted that down is up and up is EXPENSIVE!
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07-25-2006 08:51 PM  14 years ago
Jimmi

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Last time I saw a motorcycle accident in front of me the rider wasn't so lucky. They were doing pavement work on the nimitz freeway in hayward ca. and this kid was riding his bike haulin butt when he hit the middle lip of the pavement and he tryed to save it but hit the middle divider and was thrown off the bike. As me and another lady got to him he was a mangled mess and there was no pulse. All we could do was look at his license and his age, he was only 21. I looked at bikes diffrently from that day on and respect them moreso. Jimmi
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07-25-2006 09:23 PM  14 years ago
jfint

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You know I used to be an EMT on an ambulance, and I've picked up after a fair share of motorcycle accidents and I've had a small one of my own on a bike and I don't think it can ever be stressed enough what a difference the propper cothing makes, motorcycle jacket and pants with kevlar and armor and a good helmet make a tremendous difference between people getting up and walking and talking away and riding in the back of the ambulance.
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