It’s unfortunate when a motorcyclist ends up on the ground, and it’s especially cringe-inducing to watch a motorcyclist wearing minimal gear hit the ground this hard and slide for as long as we see here. A speed wobble can be devastating, and this head-shaking scenario recorded on California’s Interstate 80 near Sacramento is one the rider will never forget. We probably won’t, either… 

 


  • novemberjulius

    How does this start? Low inflation?

    • Alexander Pityuk

      In this case it started from turbulence of the nearby vehicle. Usually this doesn’t happen at low speeds. You need a lot of factors to come together to cause speed wobble, so nobody can tell for sure how it happens. There is also a certaint frequency at which it happens and that frequency is unique to every motorcycle even of the same model.

      • Jon Jones

        Excessive weight on the rear of the bike likely factors in. Weight that is aft of the rear axle is especially bad news.

        • Gruf Rude

          Particularly when it is up high, as on this bike.
          12-pack in a poorly mounted top box does it every time per the late tech guru, Gordon Jennings.

          • Jon Jones

            36 packs are even worse.

            I’ve been told…

      • novemberjulius

        Ths just causes me to be more of a gear nerd. I try to be prepared for the unexpected. Thx

  • TC

    All your gear, all the time. Pretty wild 360.

  • Mark D

    I can hear the Song of the Sausage Creature from here.

  • Lynchenstein

    Dress for the crash, not the ride. Still…poor bastard, just minding his own business and ouch.

  • john phyyt

    Ouch damn… OUCH!!.. Given that most people don’t carry gel dressings and morph .. Apart from pressure on any arterial bleeding. Is there anything to help this zebra until the paramedics arrive?

    • Alexander Pityuk

      Well… a lot of people do carry guns with them. You know how to help an agonizing zebra, don’t you?

      • Mark Chong

        So cruel, so cruel

  • John A. Smith

    The comments to the video on YouTube make clear that the guys who shot the video has been watching the rider wobble on and off for 5-10 miles. Seems like he wobbled every time he accelerated. Despite that, he continued to steer with one hand and didn’t stop to sort it out. IMHO, he had his rear over-loaded (and too high), low rear tire pressure, and was riding into a quartering wind. The front end was light enough, then, that when he caught wind from the truck he was passing, the front started to oscillate, and he tried to accelerate out of it (stupid, in this instance) when he should have thrown his weight forward. Total idiot user error. Criminally stupid.

  • gogiburn

    HARLEY DEATH WOBBLE,DIDNT HE GET THE RECALL

    • Mark Chong

      Not funny but this comment has me LMAO

      • gogiburn

        GUIY WAS A DUMBASS NO PITY FOR HIM.HE WAS RIDING FOR AWHILE WITH THE WOBBLE DID NOT STOP TO CHECK IT OUT ——————————————–

        • toomanycrayons

          You get used to it. Think Donald Trump. OK, either of, or…as.

          • Jo Camp

            what is wrong with people who cannot think of anything but politics,, geez get a life

          • toomanycrayons

            “what is wrong with people who cannot think of anything but politics,, geez get a life”-Jo Camp

            What is wrong with people who think a few seconds of typing equals an entire life? I never thought that of you…before I read your post. See how it works?

            Anyway, like the PTI sign-off suggests, I’ll try to [be more like you] the next time.

  • gogiburn

    DUMBASS!

  • 2chilled4u

    cruiser geometry strikes again. Ride a proper bike!

  • Gruf Rude

    Overloaded rat bike, Interstate speed and no protective gear = UGLY.

  • JMDGT

    Ouch he exclaimed as he went down the tubes of teflon.

  • HeDidn’tWeDid

    Reminds me of whenever I tell Harley riders here in AR about the time I hit a big breeder doe with my Sprint ST. They ALWAYS ask “Did you lay ‘er down?”. They have a serious infatuation with “Layin’ ‘er down”. Nope, I kept control and used the brakes and T-Boned that doe right behind the shoulder blade. Totaled my ride, but I walked away and got a ‘free’ deer-steak dinner, or two. On a more serious note…watching this video was brutal. The way the rider slid, without protection, down that road (VERY abrasive) makes me cringe. That half-helmet sure didn’t protect that face for sure. Much of the pavement here in AR in the Ouachita Mountains is rough sharp rock put down to provide traction for cars/trucks in the rain/snow. It is very nasty if you fall off your ride, even if you are wearing good gear.

  • Matt

    The helmet likely saved his life, minimal that it was. Lucky for him California is a helmet law sate, as he appears to be the type who would not wear one otherwise.

  • Vince Thomas

    It looks like he was riding with one hand before it started. Always keep 2 hands on he bars, especially at highway speeds or on rough roads.

  • Steve McLaughlin

    I can see from here he has too much weight on the back end. Tire pressures can make a difference too. Good thing that helmet completely covered his t-shirt and jeans. Didn’t Harley make a recall about that wobble a while ago. http://www.azfamily.com/story/14896060/some-harley-motorcycles-plagued-by-death-wobble-5-16-2011

  • Craig Hoffman

    From the apparent background info that the rider had been wobbling off and on for awhile before the big one that took him down, and from his one hand on the bars riding style and finally lack of gear, my first reaction is “what a dumbass, he deserved what he got”. Then again, what this rider got was brutal. I can’t imagine the pain from all that road rash, his life will never be the same. In the end I feel sorry for the guy.

    I hope lots of other riders who are also cavalier with the loading and operation of their bikes and their gear (or lack thereof) see this video, understand what happened to this guy, and are at least given pause. I would not wish this fate on anyone. An important part of riding motorcycles is risk management – they can destroy you if not treated with proper respect. Never ignore or doubt that.

  • Sparks Farmer

    Hey! What the F%*k?
    Some guy, doing nothing but tooling down the road, and some of you are LOL’ing like Bozo’s. Harping about “proper riding gear” or that’s what he gets for riding a “saddle-bagged Lazy-Boy lounge chair.”
    Are you really amused by a fellow biker crashing and using the road to peel off his skin like a cheese grater? I hope all you Lookie-Lou’s feel a little bit taller, and proud of yourself. Yes, you are not that dumb, or inexperienced a rider to ever crash or wreck a bike. You never have tried to stretch a double into a triple, let alone run for home. You’ve never would have thought to wave the guy over and explain to him that he has too much weight on his ass-end, or his tires were low. Some want-a-be paparazzi, realized the guy was in serious trouble, but would rather film a guy who could have easily ended up as a fatality, than get involved and save a bikers life.
    Screw all of you!
    I hope you paid good money for that Karma bell you have dangling off your bike cause some people say, Karma is a bitch! I’m sure someone will be filming you, so others can get a little self-righteous boost.
    (My pardon to anyone who actually expressed sympathy or empathy for this guy.)