"21-year-old" + "taking a curve at high speed" = dead squid
What his family must be going through.
I did a search on the guy's name and noted that this news has made a lot of publications and blogs. Further details note that he was riding a 2008 Suzuki Hayabusa [2008. Hmm. Wonder how much experience he had on it] and the crash occurred at 8:50 pm [almost dark. on a challenging route. smart
] Apparently he locked up his rear brakes. Also "The motorcycle and its driver’s body rolled more than 25 feet down an embankment, where authorities found them". One blogger had this benediction "Proctor wore a helmet, but that didn’t save him."
I checked the Tail of the Dragon site; the season has had a bad start:
April 25-27: A very busy Friday and Saturday with mostly motorcycles on the area roads. A large group of Busas were crossing the Cherohala Friday morning when one went down and the following bike hit it. Two riders were flown out with serious injuries. Sunday rains slowed traffic.
I know that Killboy had a famous wipeout (he had/has pictures of the wreck, as it occurred, on his website), but he and other devotees of the road are advocates of taking speed to the track, where it belongs. I've seen postings of his where meets are organized -- I think somewhere in Georgia.
I did the road just to say I did
, and got my pin, but for riders who think it's the be-all and end-all to great roads, they're missing some other great routes. Or, maybe it's best that the squids stick to The Dragon. It makes the other cool riding spots less crowded and dangerous