Those wide turns will literally end the party. Most of us have made the mistake and lived to ride another day.
I took a wide turn on Ortega Highway last year that I am lucky to have survived. I wasn't pushing my speed at all. Really, I was cruising very close to the speed limit, just relaxing. Maybe daydreaming.
I just had a mental failure. I just did't take my line. I knew right then that I skirted disaster.
Everytime on every turn, I make sure my entry speed is right.
If I don't know the road, I always slow down.
That is the problem with groups, everyone regardless of skills or machine differences try to maintain the pace.
I wonder whether the lead biker had the experience to take on this very important responsiility.
I live in NH, and can tell you those winding 2-lane highways are very dangerous. If a driver/rider on either side looses focus for a split second, there is a head-on. Every year at bike-week there are a couple of fatals, and many are on roads like route 9.
Be careful with assumptions about speed and alcohol. Two years ago during bikeweek, a guy from my town was riding up Rt 28 in Barnstead with his 11 year old nephew on the back of his bike when an old guy in a cadilac crossed over the center line and hit them head on. Killed them both with the Aunt and others right behind them to see it all. Nobody on that day was drinking or speeding, but the old guy just wasn't paying attention.
To me a glaring factor is her swerving, then losing control, and then the vehicle rolling. I don't know all the particulars, but that is common for high COG vehicles performing evasive mauvers. I mean- she had to get into the other lane to collect the other vehicles. Would that have happened with another vehicle? I don't know for sure, but I do know that most people who buy SUV's have no idea what they are getting into.
If it happened on 31 in that area.. pretty understandable.
I've done that section of Rt. 9 many times when I used to live in the area... It's not exactly twisty.
This was big time rider error as most of Rt. 9 can be rode far in excess of the speed limit. Maybe the guy charged into the corner at 100+ or something... it'd have to be something that stupid cause even cruisers can travel at very high speeds on most of Rt. 9.