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Bike ripped to pieces in crash - man dies

2011-07-17 20:17

Johannesburg - A man died when he crashed his motorbike into a barrier on the N1 highway between the Maraisburg and Randshow off-ramps on Sunday, ER24 said.

Spokesperson Werner Vermaak said paramedics found the 25-year-old's motorbike "ripped to pieces" in the middle of the highway.

The man was flung from the motorbike and had sustained multiple head injuries and fractures.

He died at the scene, Vermaak said.

The N1 northbound highway was expected to be partially closed for several hours while Johannesburg metro police investigated.

Comments
  • USSA - 2011-07-17 20:34

    My condolences to the family. I am a biker myself. In some cases it is literally "live by the sword...die by the sword".

      Worldwise - 2011-07-18 07:13

      Oh yes, and then they want you to "Think Bike". There are old bikers and there are bold bikers but there are no old, bold bikers. I was a biker once and survived despite the derision of others because, although I had a 900, I wouldn't risk riding fast. I am now an old biker.

      Captainmorgan - 2011-07-18 09:39

      Car drivers must "Think Bike" , bike riders must "Think"

      Optimus-Prime - 2011-07-18 09:45

      Wow, a man has died and a family grieves. yet here you people are, mocking and spewing hate. i'm sure not all bikers are what you say they are.

      chanty01 - 2011-07-19 09:46

      too true... there are those that have come off... and those who are going to come off... RIP... to those who have submitted heartless comments after someone has lost their life... i challenge you to think if you would comment like this if it was one of your family killed so tragically.

      Thomas - 2012-01-02 18:43

      @worldwise You are an old "ex" biker, a big difference, @rseh*le ..............

  • Cat Woman - 2011-07-17 20:50

    USSA you must be one of the selfish bikers out their. We all have been a biker family. The regulation to my sons whom ride now is I am not concerned about the bike it can be replaced. It is the rider than can not be brought back for the love of money. Please think of your family when out riding it worse for the family left behind. Condolences to them

      PunkBuster - 2011-07-19 11:16

      Although there is never a bright side to the loss of a life. At least he died doing something he loved. RIP mate...

  • OZNOB - 2011-07-17 21:02

    my condolences to the family - i can only imagine what they are going through

  • Phaedioux - 2011-07-17 21:18

    My condolences to the family, loved ones and friends. I was a dedicated motorcyclist (not biker) for 50 years and, contrary to some of the comments made here, can assure that the vasy majority of motorcyclists are very careful and considerate riders for obvious reasons. Those wild 'bikers' mentioned are in the minority.

      Yoni - 2011-07-17 21:38

      I really want to believe you, but if I look at the disapproving thumbs there's more idiot bikers than I reckoned. Or maybe it's the quadiots who's now lekker "kwaad"... Show us your thumbs!

      Phaedioux - 2011-07-17 21:48

      @Yoni - you should attend some of the events that are held by the BMW Club, Classic Motorcycle Club. Vintage and Veterans Motorcycycle Club and many notable others. You will find that they are all very safety concious and above all are very proud of their excellent rod manners. Just because a motorcyclist wears his club's regalia doesn't mean they are all 'Easy Riders' of Jack Nickolson/Peter Fonda fame. Motorcycles by their very nature are faster than cars - just give way and let them go past, they are not there to harass you.

      Phaedioux - 2011-07-17 21:49

      Motorcycycle Club = Motorcycle Club (to be sure - to be sure)!

      inyoka - 2011-07-17 21:54

      +100 - Too true!

      Susannomore - 2011-07-18 08:38

      @Yoni - there are more humans than you thought. It was not said the circumstances which lead up to the death of this biker. He could have hit something in the road, like a shredded left my irresponsible truck driver. Stop being so nasty. There are as many guilty car drivers as there are bikers.

      dotty_01 - 2011-07-18 08:48

      Phae, You guys are just as careless as the average motorist. I find it truly amazing how you all rally together when something like this happens, and shout the praises of most bikers. You guys are just as rude, reckless and as stupid as the the average car driver. Stop trying to make out that you are any different. This morning, I had an idiot behind me with a GREEN headlight!!!!! WTF!

      Eddie V - 2011-07-18 09:15

      Yoni the amount of thumbs down you are getting are not all from bikers, but from decent human beings who think you are a sick, twisted, piece of human waste who's got the intelect of a sea slug.

      HJS - 2011-07-18 09:19

      Sadly far too many people do not realise that there is a massive difference between a "biker" and a "motor cyclist". Sadly bikers create a bad name & reputation for motor cyclists.

      Paralegal - 2011-07-18 09:24

      @Dotty - perhaps he has a GREEN headlight so that you can distinguish between his headlight and the headlights of the other vehicles so that you know a bike is coming through the traffic? Just a thought. Use it, don't use it.

      dotty_01 - 2011-07-18 11:51

      paralegal, i usually apply the thinking that a motor bike has one light, whereas a car has two. use it, dont use it....

      Warren Pridgeon - 2011-07-18 15:34

      @dotty_01 I guess you don't drive around at night where the roads have more than one other vehicle on... when you look in your mirror you can't tell whether the one light you are seeing is a single cars light sticking out in the traffic or a motorcycle... when the roads are busy all you see are lights... P.s. Green is not a good choice for a headlight... I've seen guys with red headlights... nearly turned in front of him cos he was speeding and it looked like a car braking in the distance... a safer option is amber.

      Carbon - 2011-07-18 15:55

      Dear dotty, a lot of cars, including police vehicles also only have one light. Condolences to the family.

      Yoni - 2011-07-18 19:54

      @Eddie V: Ha-ha! This is conclusive proof that the majority of "bikers" are aggressive, selfish road users. Thanks for all the thumbs down from the brainless sector of the motorcycling fraternity, now I know for sure. I wrote a very balanced, well-reasoned comment at the outset, but the bikers who drive like nutters were onto it like a pack of sharks in a feeding frenzy. If you also drive recklessly I hope next time I read a similar article it is about you, plonker...

  • BlouBal - 2011-07-17 21:40

    Sorry for the chap. I got knocked off my bike a week ago by someone shooting a stop sign in his double cab. Hurt like hell, and bike is almost written off. Cant wait to get back on the road again. Shit happens.

      Phaedioux - 2011-07-17 21:52

      That's the spirit! - just chalk it up to experience.

      Liberty - 2011-07-18 09:06

      @bloubal you are a very lucky chap not to have been hurt. I also love bikes but I am becoming more and more afraid to ride, not because of my riding capabilities, but the actions of other idiots on the road you just cannot predict.

      brannawyn meester - 2011-07-18 09:09

      @BlouBal, I know what you say, I spend 6months in hospital, then my friend died, and I have broken every bone you can think off, this all before I was 18 years old. Now one will never satisfy every one so I can only speak for myself, I`m a proud owner of a BUSA, I drive with fear as what happen to me and my friend was due to car drivers not looking, NOW take note I don`t blame any one but like with some bike riders, you get idiots every where some drive cars some boats, even people walking.The bottom line is If you act with total disregard for life, you will takeout your self or someone else, or both. SO TO ALL PLEASE THINK BEFORE YOU ACT.

  • inyoka - 2011-07-17 21:52

    I have been a biker for more than 40 years! RIP brother - condolences to the family. Who knows what happened? Any one of thousands of things could have gone wrong, from rider error to a "clip" by a cage - been there have the T-shirts. Strongs to the family in these times..

      Jaco - 2011-07-17 22:18

      I have no problems with the sentiments of your post. But using that "cage" reference does your post no good. Cars are necessary and I don't know any biker who doesn't own a car as well. I know it's lekker to feel the wind in your face and it's easy to pity the car drivers who are closed off from the elements, but don't pretend that you're too good to drive a car. Because you do drive a car as well, don't pretend otherwise.

      Cronos - 2011-07-18 08:12

      @ Jaco - I only ride bike Mate. I never bothered getting a car License. So there, Now you know a Biker that has no car license!!

      Protest - 2011-07-18 08:48

      I drive car and bike. When driving the car, you feel safer. I know it is psychological. On the bike, you feel more exposed. Therefore I tend to be far more alert and careful. Therefore I am far more likely to make a mistake driving the car. Most motorists feels a sense of safety in their cars, with ABS, Airbags and all the supposed to keep you safe devices. They forget that bikes are far more nimble and what is insanely dangerous maneuvers for a car, is well within the safety limits for most road-going bikes.

  • BlouBal - 2011-07-17 22:41

    For whatever reason an accident happens, if you gonna ride bike, expect to kiss the tar at some point in time. It could be minor, it could be bad.

      Pupuzela - 2011-07-18 08:45

      Only two kinds of bikers - those that fell, and those that are going to fall.

  • mark - 2011-07-18 06:07

    My condolences! In SA you can write your learners license and then ride a bike without any training or prior riding experience. You only do your practical test after you have ridden your bike for a year - duh!! If you are a 18 year old, this means you can buy yourself a superbike and ride it without any restrictions. You will probably not have enough money left to buy decent kit. Combine lack of experience and training, a superbike, insufficient kit and our roads = recipe for disaster! I am a biker...

      dotty_01 - 2011-07-18 08:53

      mark, this is not the only issue with bikers.... bikers are just as careless, reckless and foolish as any other grouping. in fact, there are many occasions when i would consider saying that they are more foolish..... my favourite at the moment is the array of colourful headlights that these bikes display - i have seen orange, red and green..... it is quite a bizarre experience when someone flies up behind you with a very potent green light blazing in your rear mirror. What next?

      Bridget - 2011-07-18 09:31

      Mark, there are just as many arrogant, stupid, selfish, inexperienced 18year old car drivers out there and the problem with them is that when they get into an accident it is rarely only themselves they hurt/maim/cripple. If a biker gets into an accident, 7 times out of 10 it is because of a car that "just didn't see him coming" and pulled out in front. I have done it myself so know just how easy it is to do. Dotty, maybe this is why they have the bright green headlights - so they are more noticeable to vehicle drivers.

      mark - 2011-07-18 10:47

      Bridget, I am a biker too and have been for 30 years now! I do agree with what you say, but you cannot get onto a machine that does 0 - 100 in 2,4 seconds, has a top speed of about 300 kmh, weighs 200 kg and 150 hp without prior experience! This worked 30 years ago when technology was much different. It is about time we adapt modern licensing systems.

  • Godesha - 2011-07-18 08:03

    To all those who are so quick to condemn bikers. It is not just bikers who are speeding and driving recklessly, motorcar drivers do exactly the same. The problem is that everyone, bikers and motorists alike think that they are untouchable and above the law.

  • Nolene - 2011-07-18 08:09

    RIP Junior. We love you. Thank you to everyone that commented he was my brother and only had his bike for 3 weeks. He was also a new dad and leaves behind a beautiful baby girl of 3months.

      Cronos - 2011-07-18 08:18

      My condolences to you and your family Nolene!

      Paralegal - 2011-07-18 09:28

      Ah Nolene, from one biker to another's family - you and the rest of your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

      Verbatim - 2011-07-18 10:52

      Condolences to you and yours. Yoni, take note. Get a dose of STFU for once.

      Whimsical twentysomething - 2011-07-18 12:14

      My sincere condolences to you and your family - you are in my prayers. May he rest in peace.

      Jennifer - 2011-07-18 12:32

      My heart breaks in peaces for you and your family!!! I have lost my son of 22 years AND daughter of 13 October 2010. Due to a person's ignorance in a Taxi.... My son also had a new baby of 4 months! The people commenting here negative have NO clue as to what we have to deal with other than their stupid assumptions! Wish they would just shut up and leave the bikers alone! We have more pain to deal with than what they can ever know! My only concern is that the more I read the comments here the more I realize that THIS is why so many bikers get killed... If you can comment like this on someone that has died on a bike, what do you do when you spot us on the road???? Remember these people on bikes have a family that know that they don't have a chance against your attitude!

      Soul - 2011-07-18 12:43

      My condolences to you and your family Nolene!

      Bill - 2011-07-18 14:09

      Nolene, So so sorry for your loss, Strength to you and your family.

      MeChirping - 2011-07-18 14:55

      So sorry for you,you're familie and the little girls loss

      JVenter - 2011-07-18 17:07

      Condolences to you and your Family Nolene.

  • Cronos - 2011-07-18 08:10

    @ Jaco - I only ride bike Mate. I never bothered getting a car License. So there, Now you know a Biker that has no car license!! @ everyone ells. Just like you get a-hole Bakkie drivers, or BMW drivers, or even taxi drivers, so to do you get stupid Bikers. Just don't go and judge the rest of us that use our bikes for our daily comute to get to work and back, based on the actions of a few. I am a commuting motorcyclist with a wife and two lovely kids and every day I ride, I pray I will see them again. I am curtious on the roads and keep to speed limits. I will make a gap and let other cars in when I can. I have a legal size Numberplate on my bike with the factory fitted exchaust. All my bikes are in a road legal state and will pass any road worthy test at any time. Now is it fair to judge me along with all the "Cowboy Bikers" out there?? Something to think about: Lane Splitting (to ride inbetween cars) is legal - It helps with the congestion on our roads. Next time you see bikes doing this, let them pass, it's one less vehicle holding you up in traffic. To the bikers: Riding in the emergency lane is not Legal and dangerous. Please stop doing this.

      dotty_01 - 2011-07-18 09:04

      cronos, even though lane splitting is not illegal (or so i am told), this does not mean that you HAVE to do it. you guys always sprout the logic that you are easing congestion. your primary motivation when doing this is not to environmentally friendly or to ease the pressure on the roads. do not try and justify your actions by telling me that you do it out of consideration....you do it because you want to get to your destination faster....plain and simple. i could not care less if you guys it, but surely you have to admit that you are increasing the risk that you may not see those lovely kids of yours? surely saving a few minutes here and there is not worth the potential consequences?

      Dave - 2011-07-18 09:09

      @ IR_Eddie. You're right about taxis. I've telling people that taxis will give way if you ask. Try that with a BMW driving mom.

      RoyoF - 2011-07-18 09:09

      Its even more dangerous to lane split while cars are merging,changing and jostling for postion ...if the space is there ,free and safer to use ...its a no brainer my friend .Its also just a matter of time and I have seen lane splitters get knocked down a few times in front of my eyes ...the motorist usually just says its not my fault and leaves while the biker bleeds .....in a traffic jam Ill take the yellow line or the right hand(N1) shoulder thankyou.

      Martin - 2011-07-18 10:02

      @RoyoF U gonna break your neck dude, i hope. STAY OUT OF THE EMERGENCY LANE ON THE N1

      Cronos - 2011-07-18 11:18

      @ Dotty, Sure I am increasing the risk by just riding a bike. But so do thousands of people everyday by getting into taxis', cars, trains or busses. If you think for one moment you are safe in your car, you have another thing coming. Accidents happen everyday and where we will agree is that on my bike I stand greater chance of injury then you do perhaps. I ride with the motto: Born to Ride, Ride to Live. Everyday when I get on my bike, I remind myself that the choices I make today, might be the deciding factor if I will make it home or not. Because I choose to ride a bike, this somehow gives you the right to sit and judge me? Now Show me where you have walked a mile in my shoes, then by all means, judge away.

      dotty_01 - 2011-07-18 11:57

      cronos, i am not defending anyone, or making claims that any grouping is better than the other. one thing i do know is that i would rather take my chances in a car than on a motor bike.... of course, i am aware that all modes of transport have their risks. judging you? i dont even know you, and neither do i care to... i dont love anyone who hops on a bike, so all this friendly banter is rather unnecessary. to be quite blunt, i dont really care what you guys get up to.... all i know is that i am amazingly grateful that my husband shares my views and has no need to fly around town like a 'manopausal' fool.

      PyroSA - 2011-07-18 23:15

      @dotty_01 There's quite a bit more to consider than the manopausal bits you refer to. A bike is inherently less safe than a car in case of an accident, but a car also manages to 'bore' most people to bits. They often stop paying attention and screw up. You probably also want to drive a huge SUV because it's safer. Great for you, not so great for the light car you pulverise in the process, or your fuel bill... I'm one of the guys that ride bike because it save me time, saves me money and relaxes me. Heck I even manage to get some exercise while I'm at it. I can consistently commute to work in under 40 minutes instead of having up to 2 hours of wasted time. The insurance is a third of my car's and the fuel is half. While I might die in an accident, I'm still more likely to die from heart disease. Sitting on my backside and stressing in traffic won't do me any good in that regard. Even though I don't know or care for you more than anybody else, I also manage to relieve a little bit of the traffic for you, your husband and your family without endangering your lives. Sorry for that.

      Peter - 2012-01-02 23:18

      Rest in peace fellow biker Our thoughts are with you and to Dear Dotty, I commute daily with a motorcycle to work and am courteous to fellow road users , if they grant me a gap I thank them and am on my way . If there is no gap I wait till there is and then pass safely Take a look at all the motorists on their cellphones,women doing there make up , motorists jumping lanes without indicating in their mad rush to get to work on time .etc etc I brave all weather and road conditions to get to work praying that I will see my loved ones If a motorist closes the gap intentionally and or acts aggressively to me he will be met with the exact same attitude even though he is sitting in his air conditioned cage Frankly I don't care whom you are or what you dotty but don't waste space on this column If your husband shares your views why is he not writing his own comments' or is he just as brain dead as you or getting ready to drink his box of Viagra ' Please Dotty do us a favour , hook your husband to the oxwagon and utilise all the backroads from now on Who knows maybe you bump into Tasty and Yoni !!!!

  • Bill - 2011-07-18 08:47

    My condolences to the family. RIP brother....! From a fellow biker.

  • Marshan Gajanand - 2011-07-18 08:47

    Hi All We shouldn't stereo type bikers as many a men have died racing cars. This was a close and dear friend of mine who past away tragically. He was not riding fast nor was he being reskless. He left behing a beautifull baby girl of 4 months and a loving wife. God be with you bru, I love you cuz.............................

  • Siyabonga - 2011-07-18 08:49

    OH Gosh!no matter what I am going to get one myself.

  • Moodles - 2011-07-18 08:52

    Hey baby bro, we really miss you. Trust that God will keep your soul safe. You will always be in our hearts - We all love you. To all those who point a finger - no one deserves to die in this way, speeding or not. There in more to the story, so stop pointing fingers. To the ones who have sent their condolences - my family and I thank you. We have lost a part of us. and no one can understand what we are feeling during this time.

      Marshan Gajanand - 2011-07-18 09:04

      I have sent the link to friends and family to post. Lets make this post a remembrance to him.

      Riva - 2011-07-18 14:12

      Sincere condolences, Moodles. Losing a loved one, by any means, is an incredibly hard thing to endure, especially at such a younge age. May you all find solace and peace. We all have a place on the roads - whether you're on a bike or in a car. Car accidents also happen - tragic ones. The point here is that everyone should start RESPECTING each other - car drivers and bike riders alike! ACCIDENTS happen. Gosh, there is a serious lack of empathy amongst some people!

  • rog - 2011-07-18 09:39

    A good friend of mine posted this ones.Biker riding very fast"THINK CAR"

      Warren Pridgeon - 2011-07-18 15:45

      I just posted: If you don't know the details, shut up. you don't have to be going very fast to rip a bike to pieces.

  • Sean - 2011-07-18 09:44

    There are old bikers and there are bold bikers.But there are no old bold bikers

  • Larro - 2011-07-18 09:48

    There IS a reason why hospital emergency rooms refer to bikers as 'organ donors'.

  • sradsteve - 2011-07-18 10:01

    The headlight issue was adrssed in the seventies . Making bikes use their headlights to make them more visible. Now some fool has gotten cars to do the same therbye making bikes use colored lenses. Sorry but if you cant see a big freaking box in the road no amount of lights is going to change that. The speding thing .......ermm guilty . Bought a scooter on thursday and am going to use my 1000 more for track . Only place there are no people putting on makeup, drinking coffee, talking on phone , indicating left while turning right, no head/tailights , u-turns in front of you, jumping redlights/ stop streets and just generaly getting in the way. Four weeled pilots appear to take valium they drive their decisions are so slow and as someone who has ridden for years I am sure the two wheeled amoungst us will testify that you develop a sixth sence about th cars around you . You think mmm that car if going to do something stupid and boom they do. So to all the road users tolarance and ride/drive safe. Wakeup and concentrate.

      Martin - 2011-07-18 10:05

      Hear hear brother

  • Martin - 2011-07-18 10:03

    N1 and emergency lane riding = STUPIDITY!!!!!!!!!

  • Martin - 2011-07-18 10:07

    Ive actually chatted to a Metro cop who was on the side of the road on Beyers and I told him about the bikes on the N1 in the emergency lane. They are aware of it and will be clamping down on it

  • Nawe - 2011-07-18 10:13

    People should be barred from driving bikes on the Free-way. Bikers are the most uncouth drivers followed by Taxi Drivers on our roads. What i hate most about bikers is how they fail adhere to speed limits & if they crash into & die you must live with the guilt that you killed someone when it was never your fault.

      Verbatim - 2011-07-18 10:54

      And idiots like you should be barred from owning a pc. STFU moron.

      booysenw - 2011-07-18 13:21

      All we ask is that car drivers do what they were supposed to do when they went for the drivers licence...... LOOK IN YOUR MIRROR AND OVER YOUR FREAKING SHOULDER BEFORE CHANGING LANES. My thoughts and prays is with the unfortunate fellow bikers family. RIP dude

      Warren Pridgeon - 2011-07-18 15:48

      Yes Nawe... get off the internet before you hurt yourself.

  • Prime_Evil - 2011-07-18 10:21

    i am for once glad and proud to say i am a dirt biker. I ride my bike far in the bush where i cannot annoy anyone nor be killed by some idiot trying to break the sound barrier. I do take some issue with quad bikers, cause for some reason they ride like maniacs.

      ANCockup - 2011-07-18 11:16

      Im a dirt biker and believe that we should stop using the word quad in the same sentence or paragraph as bike or biker. These tools that cannot ride a two-wheeler do not deserve to be associated with us.

  • Nifty - 2011-07-18 10:32

    Think Bike...Think Car....Think Pedestrian...Think Cyclist...Think Jogger...Think Animal......Think Guy Driving in Yellow lane/making illegal turn/not indicating...Think Barrier on Highway...Think Pothole....Think Guy Selling Plastic Colourful Flowers in Middle of Intersection...Think Burst Water Pipe making road slippery...Think tree branches cut down and left in middle of Oxford Road...Think Tow Truck driver coming up wrong side of road...Think Taxi stopping suddenly....Think Cops crossing highway to go trap from the middle barricade...Think robots now working due to been driven over...Think Blue Light Brigade...Ah, the list is endless....Think Everything!!

  • Virginia - 2011-07-18 11:01

    THINK BIKE, when are these bikers going to listen, that the road does not belong to them. They continuously makea middle lane for themselves and put motor vehicle in danger of hitting them, sorry about the deth of this young man condolences to his family

      Warren Pridgeon - 2011-07-18 15:49

      You know it's legal to share a lane if you are riding a motorcycle right? oh wait... guess you didn't, which is why you posted an uninformed comment.

  • Rightbydan - 2011-07-18 11:04

    I rode for many years, quick bikes too. Idiocy on my part, idiot car drivers aplenty. Bottom line: when you ride something that will spit out supercars, know that you still have to obey the laws of physics; braking and turning become impossible, because you ain't Valentino Rossi. It will hurt (if you're lucky). And when you split lanes, don't go 80km/h faster than the traffic. They really won't see you, specially at dusk when all vehicle lights are on. Guess who the loser will be?

      Cronos - 2011-07-18 11:26

      Agreed. Splitting law states - Not faster then 40km/h when traffic is at a stand still. Once traffic is moving, notmal speeds and traffic laws should be obayed.

      JVenter - 2011-07-18 17:00

      Unfortunately not everyone knows that law because 50% of bike riders don't have licences. I ride almost every day and believe me I have to give way to guys thinking they are on Kyalami. Please guys obey the rules and if you want to race do it at a track.

  • Soul - 2011-07-18 11:56

    I'm not asking anyone to "Think Bike", I'm asking you to "Think Family". The biker that died, no doubt had a family, just like my husband has a family, my brother has a family and my father has a family. They are not riding bike everyday because they are on holiday, they are riding bike everyday, because they have to work and this is the cheapest way for travel lately as well as the fastest way of travel. My husband, father & brother do not sit in traffic with you, becasue they lane split, but because they wake up 2 hours before you so they can leave the house at 6 and be at work at 6:30. I'm asking you to "Think Family" not "Think Bike", because thinking bike, obviously means, do not give them a chance on public roads, knock them off their bikes on a public road and then complain about them on public forums becasue they are "Bikers" and youhave to "Think Bike". I'm asking you to "Think family" because these men are "fathers, brothers and sons" trying to earn a living so they may take care of their family too. So "Think Family".

  • theratlady - 2011-07-18 11:58

    How very sad. My condolences to the family.

  • shane.jacoby - 2011-07-18 12:24

    Condolences... "There are two types of bikers: Those who will fall and those who have fallen..." I have fallen and I'm riding again... I got knocked off despite riding extra carefully. I still ride extra carefully, but there are days when it just does not help... Sure, "Think Bike"... I say "Act Bike!" Its one thing having the sticker on your car, but another driving like its not there...

  • Ajit - 2011-07-18 14:15

    To all the young friends and family we lost along the way. We will live our lives in your honor and make sure that what you lived for is not forgotten. Rest in peace

  • Nolene - 2011-07-18 14:30

    Thank you everyone that posted, I have organised with some of my biking friends that will be at the funeral procession on wednesday. so that Junior will always be remembered for who he was. If any of you in that would like to join the rest of the bikers please contact me via facebook Nolene Naidu and I will give you more info. May you rest in peace Junior with our father. We love you and will miss you dearly!!!!!!

  • trishanta - 2011-07-18 15:35

    my cousin will be missed by all, such a joyfull, smiley and overall awesome person, he leaves behind his 3month old daughter and wife :(

  • MARKZN - 2011-07-18 16:20

    MARK NAIDOO IF PEOPLE WANT TO MAKE SILLY COMMENTS ON SITUATIONS THEY KNOW NOTHING ABOUT, PLEASE DON'T. SILLY COMMENTS FROM FROM IDIOTS WITH NO SELF ESTEEM AND LOW MORAL VALUES. KEEP YOUR TRAP SHUT BECAUSE NO ONE NEEDS EXCREMENT LIKE THAT DURING A PERIOD OF GRIEVING. CONDOLENCES TO THE FAMILY....

  • tintin - 2011-07-18 16:29

    Condolences to the family left behind. May he ride again. I hope I never have the misfortune or bad luck to ever crossing paths with Yoni or Dotty, whether I'm in a car or on a bike. You are both thoroughly horrible people

  • tasty - 2011-07-18 16:46

    Bikers are out of hand, loud inconsiderate thugs, one person waking waking 3 square kilometers worth of sleepers at 3am ain't cool. They've been given the privilege of riding those machines and have thoroughly abused and exploited said privilege, it should be taken away or heavily regulated.

      JVenter - 2011-07-18 17:06

      @tasty : Then cars with Big Sound systems, Gutter pipes, Taxis with no exhausts or even supercars should be banned. Shame - The world will be a boring place. If the sound bothers you get some ear plugs.

      tintin - 2011-07-18 17:32

      And what about people that have loud parties at inappropriate times. Should parties also be banned? And what about industry in general? Factories are noisy, unsightly and they pollute... What's your point tasty? Should we just give up on modern society and go back to the trees? Just like in every aspect of life there are people that are ignorant and anti-social, like yourself for example, but you are not being banned from expressing yourself, even though what you say is incredibly ignorant. If there is a biker in your neighborhood disturbing the peace at 3AM, take issue with him/her instead of trying to impose your narrow minded, self centered, uniformed opinions on society in general.

  • Mgayi - 2011-07-19 15:09

    motorcycle accidents have been on the increase since '94 , hmm I wonder why ?

  • Deon - 2012-01-02 20:17

    Anyone can ride fast, getting to the other end is what matter. Sold my superbike and sticking to tourer typ of bikes. Much more relaxing than trying to break your previous speed record. And I am growing old, an old biker till natural causes take it away from me

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