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Old 06-23-2006, 02:48 AM   #21
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That, or how about getting hit by a falling tree as you are just riding by. That's what happened to this poor woman in NH last week.



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Old 06-23-2006, 03:43 AM   #22
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if he hadn't been wearing his helmet, he would have felt his hair standing up just prior to the hit to know he was a target. he could have stopped and lay down curling up in a ball to avoid the strike......if it weren't for helmet laws this man might be alive today.
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Old 06-23-2006, 04:07 AM   #23
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Like Buz, I too have a story. For once it is short. Year: 1986. Working in yard. Not raining. Typical hot, hazy, humid GA day. No hair standing. No thunder, no visible clouds. Only that awful summer "white sky". BOOOM! Lightning hits very close - about 50 feet away. Scares the crap outta me, ruins perfectly good underdrawers and kills my beloved Sony Trinitrion and my equally beloved Sony Beta. Strange that the tv & vcr got nailed but my old Dynaco PAS-3x & Mark III's skated. Lightning is inscrutable.



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Old 06-23-2006, 04:27 AM   #24
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Yeah,



I saw him leave the BMW dealership on his way to the track day his wife had bought him for his b-day. He was dead less than an hour later.



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Old 06-23-2006, 04:52 AM   #25
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maybe it was a joke, but the plastic wouldn't have done anything to insulate from a lightning strike. Neither do your tires. To be an adequate insulator from lightning, the rubber on the tires would need to be close to a mile thick. In a cage, the metal frame and skin is what keeps you safe from the lightning. On a bike, we have nothing.
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Old 06-23-2006, 05:39 AM   #26
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One of those things that is beyond belief.



This reminds me of a story a number of years ago where a couple were killed on their bike. The headline read "Helmetless bikers killed in highway accident". The details of the story were that a Cessna (sp) had some major problems and crashed onto the highway dircetly on the bikers.



Bad Karma?
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Old 06-23-2006, 06:18 AM   #27
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My Dad told me a story about going to visit Mom when they were first dating. He had a little 350cc motorcycle that he used to get to and from college, which was kick-start only. He was riding toward Dalton, Georgia when it came a driving rainstorm. Dad pulled over to the side, and was huddled under his rain poncho next to the bike next to a farmers field. In this field was this little tree, about twenty yards away, with no leaves on it which looked like Charlie Brown's Christmas tree.



After sitting there for a few minutes, the lightning started getting closer, and next a bolt from the sky vaporized that little tree. Dad swears that was the only time the little bike started on the first kick.
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Old 06-23-2006, 06:23 AM   #28
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Makes you wonder what this guy said when he was cussing out the last cager to cut in on him.

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Old 06-23-2006, 06:27 AM   #29
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My wife was hit by a small discharge of lightning. It hit the metal tip of the umbrella she was holding and melted the umbrella. She was not hurt but she says that she was tickled by the current.
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Old 06-23-2006, 07:57 AM   #30
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Isn't a Can o' tuna steel framed and not aluminum like the more modern sportbikes? If so wouldn't that increase the likelyhood of a strike? My $0.02
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