Meeting Your Maker On A Motorbike

Meeting Your Maker On A Motorbike

What’s the appeal of a motorbike?  I confess, I have never ridden one, although I was involved in the marketing campaign for the newly re-launched Norton Brand some years ago.  Steve McQueen famously found riding a bike a drug. He used a TT Special 650 Triumph painted olive drab to make it look like a WWII BMW for the “wire jump scene” in the movie “The Great Escape”.  They couldn’t use genuine 1943-44 BMWs because they couldn’t take the punishment meted out to them at the speeds McQueen was going.  In fact, he was pushing the bike so fast and hard that the German stuntmen chasing him couldn’t keep up.  McQueen was therefore also required to “double” for his Nazi pursuers, effectively chasing himself.

motorbike accident:
Motorbike accident

Biking certainly seems to make your heart pound and constantly challenges your abilities as well as giving a raw and undiluted sensation of sheer speed, connecting the rider with the environment in a way that you just wouldn’t get cocooned in a car.   While you might be insulated from a true appreciation of the environment, at least if you are surrounded by a safety cage with crumple zones and the like accidents in cars are less likely to be serious or even fatal.  That’s not the case on two wheels, where the rider is much more exposed and vulnerable.

Some of the most prominent motorbike accident fatalities include:

T. E. Lawrence (aka Lawrence of Arabia).   This up until then little known British army officer  had what was really little more than a liaison role in the Arab Revolt against Ottoman Turkish rule at the tail end of the First World War.  It was his portrayal by Peter O’Toole in David Lean’s 1963 epic that really made him a posthumous stellar celebrity.  He met his end on 19th May 1935 on a bike in England, swerving to avoid two small boys so the story goes.

Charles “Pete” Conrad Jr. This Apollo era astronaut was the third human being to walk on the Moon in the Apollo 12 mission.  He flew previous Gemini missions and spent  more time in space on  board Skylab, the converted Saturn  SIVB  stage orbiting workshop and make shift -space station that met it’s fiery end across the Australian outback  and  in the Pacific just 5 ½ years after its launch in 1973.   On July 8th 1999 while motorcycling in Ojai, California he ran off the road and crashed. His injuries were initially thought to be minor, but he died about six hours later. He was buried with full military honours at Arlington National Cemetery.

The author works with a company that specialises in no win no fee UK compensation claim cases and is particularly active  in seeking compensation for motorbike accident claims.

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  1. Without a doubt that the experience of riding a fast motorbike is phenomenal. Basically you can reach 200kmh in a blink of an eye. Yes a car is a lot more safer in case of an accident but personally i believe that if you ride your bike carefully and responsibly the chance of something bad to take place is pretty small.

  2. I have been deciding on taking the motorbike drug for years now but for some reason have been unable to pull the trigger, even though I usually like proving people wrong we they say don’t do it?