Saturday, 17 July 2010

Motorbike accidents in the media - Part the V12

Knowing that people have put V8 and V10 car engines in motorbikes, it shouldn't surprise you to hear that they've done it with automotive V12s as well. In this case, a BMW V12 in a drag bike, god help us all.
Perhaps the most well-executed monstrosity I have seen for a while, however, is the Millyard V12, a Kawasaki with two Z1300 inline six engines grafted onto a common crankcase to make a 2.6 (or 2.5 with rounding)L V12. Info here, pictures here and video here.
Getting that out of the way, I need to clear a backlog of accident stories again.
Let's see if I can get them in chronological order, this time.
What is with the Mail and their headlines? Also, does it seem wrong to you that "Macgregor" is spelt with only the one capital?
28yo rider, residential neighborhood, thankfully didn't die but did receive head injuries so don't celebrate just yet.
The critical point here is "just before midnight", in winter. Cold, late. Drinking a bit? Dog ran across the road? Cold-numbed? Dazzled by car headlights? Run off road by car headlights?
Three paragraphs does not for a highly informative article make, but they did get a police comment, as uninformative as it was. The headline is really the only thing wrong, here.
July 3: Man loses leg in motorcycle crash (Queensland Times)
First off: Ouch.
This time, the headline is direct and to the point, and then the lead paragraph brings in "sickening". Oh, well.
The 34-year-old was riding his motorcycle at the intersection of Queen Street and Smiths Road at Goodna when he collided with a Kenworth tip truck.
Why, exactly, is the make of the truck relevant?
First off, he was a local, which may have make him a bit cocky and unobservant. Or, the truck stuffed up.
The intersection in question (Google Maps) is major, and a roundabout. Roundabouts should in theory work really well, provided the roads leading in are of roughly equal value, but they introduce so many horror scenarios it's not funny. I'm extremely familiar with this particular roundabout, and it's not my favourite.
The accident happened about 8.20am. Police said the truck driver was unharmed.
Time is probably relevant - rush hour, maybe somebody was running late. Or, the driver of the truck wasn't paying close enough attention and ran over a bike below his line of sight.
However, I am forced to ask again: How exactly could a collision with a bike harm a truck driver?
Touch of over-writing at the start, but a decent article.
This is, typical of a lot of the ABC's short items that don't have a journalist's byline attached, very concisely written.
A man has died after being thrown from his motorcycle on Bathurst Street in Sydney's north-west.
The 56-year-old failed to negotiate a bend and hit a ditch in the road.
Question one: "Was thrown" or "came off"? I'm not sure how I feel about anyone other than owners using language which imbues mechanics with intent.
Secondly, the second paragraph fails on two points: "failed to negotiate a bend" is police-ese not journalism-ese, and what was a ditch doing in the road? Did he fail to make the bend and run off into a ditch, or came around the bend, saw a ditch-sized pothole, thought "OH, SHIT" and been unable to avoid it? Should there, in point of fact, have been signs up? Were there?
Post-mortem will try and determine cause of crash. How, exactly? Short of a heart attack, that's probably a job for accident investigators.
Kudos, however, to whoever tried CPR. Give them a medal, they're a very rare breed.
This article, on the other hand, frustrates the hell out of me. It just leaves too many questions unanswered.
The entire article is:
A 29-year-old motorbike rider has died after a crash in East Brighton, east of Melbourne.
The man hit a parked car after 1:30pm (AEST) today.
A passenger on the motorbike escaped unharmed.
What happened?
I really do question the value of this. It's not enough to make an interesting story, there's not enough detail to inform friends or relatives who may not have heard yet, there's not enough detail to make people sit and up and wonder if perhaps they should keep a wary eye out when they hit the road later.
It's a nothing vignette, existing only to let people know there had been another road accident, and leaving entirely open the baffling question of why someone would hit a parked car in the first place.
July 8: Officer in motorcycle accident (Queensland Times)
Um... Yes? Officer of what?
A POLICE officer from the State Traffic Task Force was injured in an accident on the Ipswich Motorway yesterday.
Oh, right. Police. Why couldn't you say so?
Okay, in all honesty it was probably a reasonable assumption to make and a reasonable headline.
The officer was conducting highway patrols on a motorcycle, which ran into the back of a Subaru sedan on the Brisbane-bound lanes at Redbank – near the Shell service station – about 12.27pm.
Now I, as a motorcyclist who has been pulled over by the police for doing something technically illegal but safe (riding on the verge past near-stationary traffic), am finding it hard not to giggle at this point, with a touch of schadenfreude.
Police officers are extremely highly trained and have extremely good bikes - BMW, Yamaha and Honda tourers that aren't cheap even before all the police gear gets bolted on. Exactly how did he manage that? I'm guessing that if the car did something extremely wrong somebody, a colleague perhaps, but definitely somebody would have booked the driver then and there.
And the Ipswich Motorway is a horribly inadequate road, but midday is not the really busy time.
He didn't require hospitalisation, so it wasn't even a big shunt.
What interests me, however, is that the police have launched a departmental inquiry, not "forensic accident investigators will examine the scene."
Okay, one more:
July 14: Man injured in motorbike crash (ABC News Online)
Ummm... Yes? That's generally what happens.
This story has a byline, and that means we can assume a slightly looser, flowing style of writing, and that's what we get.
This may well be the first article that I really can't fault.
Man lost control in a jump while riding a dirt bike and training for a race, hit a tree, suffered spinal injuries, was taken to hospital. As an added bonus, the helicopter service provided two pictures, although they really don't add all that much except atmosphere.
There aren't any really unanswered questions here. I'm not sure it's of any interest at all outside the circle of locals and dirt bike riders, but it's not a bad little item.

1 comment:

motorbike accidents said...

Motorbike accidents are going to increase day by day and we have to take steps to stop them. As we should follow some very easy safety precautions to avoid accidents or not to get injured. Like, wear helmets while riding, as this is the basic safety rule. I want to include a proverb for this topic that "Precaution is better than cure". So Better a thousand times careful than once dead.

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