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'Wobble' to Blame for Officer's Death?

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Damning Evidence

Sometimes it is the tool. Sad, whatever the reason.

Pretty damning evidence, a statement from MCN in a review saying the thing was unstable over 85.
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Mark Kircher, a Milwaukee lawyer who is national counsel for Harley-Davidson in the case, said no two-wheeled vehicle is immune to a wobble but that motorcycles can be designed to recover from wobble quickly.

"This model motorcycle was extensively tested and validated," Kircher said. "The investigation suggests that [the wreck] was caused purely by the speed he was riding, the corner he was riding in and the [wind] from the truck he was trying to pass. He encountered a bag of concrete. That's what caused the motorcycle to upset and caused him to come off of it and get injured."

While I have no idea how much "wobble" at elevated speeds your typical Harley has, I would have to say that I mostly agree with the Blood-Sucking Lawyer on this one.

Wouldn't matter if he was on a BMW, a 'Busa, or maybe even in a car - striking an 80-lb bag of concrete (was it still "mix" - or had it gotten wet and hardened while sitting?) while fighting the turbulence in a Semi's wake, on a curve. >shakes head sadly<. Perhaps the wobble contributed to the crash, yes?

Offhand, I would say he was breaking the 12-second rule, or he wouldn't have struck the debris (attack of the 50-foot-stare is one of my own most egregious errors - but I work on it daily). It's even possible he saw the debris in time, but underestimated the ground-clearance of his machine - hard parts are usually a major limiting factor in relation to the tire's adhesion with the road, when cornering hard.

Mind, I'm not beating the man up - he's gone, and is unable to defend himself here. Having recently lost my own Father, I certainly feel for his family; one really wishes he hadn't tried to overtake the Semi where and how he did (I remember reading of this incident when it happened several years ago).
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Without delving further into my own personal problems - when my Father was killed in March, the Lawyers literally came out of the woodwork. Some it took several firm "No's" to get them to go away. My Father believed in personal responsibility - *HE* made the mistake that took his life, and no amount of settlement money will ever bring him back.

I believe that were my brother and sister and I to pursue some lawsuit against his employer, their parent company, or the equipment manufacturer - he would literally whip my A$$ off (were he alive to do so). It was tempting; most of the Blood-Sucking-Lawyers were talking $1M to $4M in settlement (before their cut, I assume). But my Father raised me better than that.

I'm not saying anything about the Officer's Widow - it's not my Family, and not my place, and our decision should reflect in no way on his Family's decisions. This is merely my own situation.
Re: A solution to the problem...

Clever, keeps the "rubber-glide" ride characteristics while improving the stability and handling. Why didn't The Motor Company think of that? I would have gone simpler - poly or delrin bushings, but this probably works better.
Re: A solution to the problem...

Nice. A Panhard bar for a Motorcycle. Much more unobtrusive though.
Re: Death in the Pursuit of Revenue

The deathrate on our highways has been going down. Case in point - the deathrate has been something like 35-45,000/year since I was a child (I'm now 35). Only a fool would think that there are LESS cars and trucks on the road, or that Americans are driving LESS miles per year than when I was 10 or 11.

The number has remained nearly the same, but the RATE has decreased substantially, on the whole.
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