MBer Med Evacced- Marco Island, FL

Discussion in 'General Questions' started by bamabikeguy, Apr 6, 2009.

  1. bamabikeguy

    bamabikeguy Active Member

    Seems like I've seen that Marco location on someones profile.......


    Man injured in motorized bicycle crash

    By Sun Times Staff Report

    Published: Monday, April 6, 2009 4:13 PM CDT

  2. Happy Valley

    Happy Valley Active Member

    Uh-oh......dreaded words in the MB world.......mechanical failure.
  3. Pablo

    Pablo Motored Bikes Sponsor

    And no helmet.
  4. azbill

    azbill Active Member

    bill wears a skid-lid and you should too!!!
  5. bluegoatwoods

    bluegoatwoods Well-Known Member

    Though I'm thoroughly in love with my motor assisted bicycle, I do worry about the speeds they are capable of.

    On rides of any length I average about 12 mph. I suppose that means that at my peak speeds a "mechanical failure" could be noticeably more dangerous for me than the same failure on a pedal bike. But for most of the ride my actual speed is low enough to be about the same as a pedal bike.

    But I see a lot of people here who say they're doing 30, 35, even 40 mph. Or their averaging, say, 25 on a long haul. I worry for them; even the very best bikes (I don't think) can handle that for long.

    If we're not careful, we could see legislation on the grounds that these vehicles are inherently dangerous.

    Some might say, "they've got no business protecting me from myself." but it won't do much good once they've done it.

    We should slow down.
  6. Pablo

    Pablo Motored Bikes Sponsor

    I agree BlueGoat. My bike will do 40. That doesn't mean I will.

    25-30 is comfortable, 40 is hair raising. I don't have that much hair left.
  7. augidog

    augidog Banned

    "mechanical failure" or "failure to build a mechanically-sound vehicle"...?

    i'm confident we can build a safe 30mph MB chassis, but i'm not confident that everyone who builds & rides one should...

    we recently had a new HT-owner (we have a small "dealer" in town, safety isn't big on his list) tell kevin he doesn't feel a need for lights & helmet. last week he hit a gravel bump in the dark, and he smashed up his head & face pretty good. i'm (sorta) glad, noone else was involved, he'll heal, the bike's ruined and off the road...and it sure beats wasting our breath preaching when he can learn it for himself.

    we held our collective breath for a bit to see if this would have any effect on our local riding "rights"...not this time, but if we get enuff of these incidents (logically predicted many moons ago by this same crowd) we'll find ourselves fighting a losing battle as we're legislated off the road.
    Last edited: Apr 7, 2009
  8. seanhan

    seanhan Member

    Put on those Brain Buckets boys and girls !!!!!
  9. Irish John

    Irish John Guest

    This is sobering news. I always take mechanical failure to mean HT engine seizure because that is the thing hardest to control on my own bike. The next thing that springs to mind is chain suddenly going slack caused by tensioner slipping down and chain getting sucked in and locking as it does.
    I'm beginning to think that not having a freewheel rear sprocket might be foolhardy because it will save you if either of the above happen.
    Isn't it illegal to ride without a helmet?
  10. HoughMade

    HoughMade Guest

    Not most places
  11. Irish John

    Irish John Guest

    I support the philosophy that people have died fighting so we don't have to carry ID cards etc but the public expense of treating unnecessary injuries caused by failure to wear helmets and seat belts sort of overules the freedom philosophy idea.
    My helmet was written off in my accident last January and I dread to think of what might have happened if I hadn't been wearing it.
  12. Warner

    Warner Member

    I am a HUGE supporter of protective gear....and a helmet has saved my life on one of my motorcycle accidents. Wear gloves and a helmet (DOT approved motorcycle helmet) AT LEAST folks.....hitting that big grinding wheel beneath your wheels with bare skin will HURT!

  13. Mountainman

    Mountainman Active Member

    yes -- years ago here in Calif the law did not require the wearing of helmets

    I tore a large piece from my head

    with a helmet I would have walked away from the accident

    instead of a major doctor visit -- more stitches than one could count

    ride the MB THING with a helmet
  14. Ed Johnson

    Ed Johnson New Member

    Had to add to this. Im a newbie, just finished my DACS/ Diamond back 2 weeks ago. Was pedaling down the alley and thinking i was yanking in the new clutch lever accidently yanked my front brake lever, HARD!. Ive made some changes in the positions of every control on my bike since...Yea, it still hurts ( boy it hurts), and that was a week ago...Im resolved to always wearing a helmet and GLOVES!. Also being over 50 it hurts like **** to catapult yourself off your bike at 20 mph. Cant imagine what 40 would do...Ouch!..
  15. bluegoatwoods

    bluegoatwoods Well-Known Member

    Oh, man..... it wouldn't have occurred to me without this reminder.

    Sounds like a good practice to make sure that the clutch and the brake (front at least) are applied by two different hands.

    Thanks for the heads-up.
  16. Junster

    Junster Member

    I know in Longview WA the cops pull over anyone on anything with a motor that doesn't have a helmet on.
  17. loquin

    loquin Active Member

    It's possible to go down on a bike at nearly any speed, and depending what's in the vicinity (curb, rock, light pole, etc.) you could do some serious damage, even at 5 mph. Life altering damage...

    Wear the helmet. My wife worked at a head trauma (non)recovery facility for several years. Some of the stories she's told me do nothing but reinforce my own thoughts on the matter. It's just not worth it to go riding without a helmet, at any speed...
  18. Ed Johnson

    Ed Johnson New Member


    After my spill i went online and found a brake lever that controls 2 cables at once. I installed it on the right handlebar and readjusted my brakes so the front brake grabs at 50% (approx.) of the stopping power of the back brake. Works excellent so far. The Left lever is for clutch only and the right lever when really yanked hard will skid back tire and the front tire grabs but will not skid or lockup. I really like this setup. I get all usable stopping power without the danger of the front brake sending me headfirst into the emergency room. ( my ribs still hurt, thank god for advil.) Anyone out there found a good mod for the "C" clip clutch lever?...I took one and filed the groove for the clip deeper but the clip flopped around. Have it working with a washer but i feel its only time til the thing goes flying. I was thinking of drilling a hole thru the shaft instead and using a washer and cotter pin to keep it from flying into the trees when the clip falls off. Any other ideas??:ack2:
  19. Ed Johnson

    Ed Johnson New Member

    Sorry, im new here and may be on the wrong thread for my question about modifying my clutch lever. Please members be patient with me. Feel free to refer to me as "grasshopper" ( or worse) til i get things figured out. I will learn the proper etiquette of this great website very soon, promise.
  20. loquin

    loquin Active Member

    FYI. I've searched the member records, and I haven't found anyone (who's admitted to) living at Marco Island. Nor do the message searches turn up anything except this thread...