Every year, South Florida hosts the “Wheels Up, Guns Down” motorcycle ride. Motorcycles and ATVs come out in force on South Florida streets. While numbers were down this year due to the pandemic, there was still one fatality that may have been related to the ride. The Miami Herald reports.
According to the report, a motorcyclist was going west on West Hillsboro Boulevard and attempted to perform a wheelie. While his front tire was off the ground, he ran through an intersection and hit a car that was turning left.
Like in many motorcycle crashes, the rider was thrown from the bike. He died at the hospital. Police believe that the rider may have been speeding along with the reckless riding based on the damage at the scene.
Every child has tried to perform a wheelie on a bicycle before, and many have taken a tumble because of it. While this is okay to try in a bike park or a field, tricks like these should not be done on public motorways, especially with a vehicle like a motorcycle. The risks are just too much.
We encourage all riders to take a motorcycle training course to learn how to handle a motorcycle safely and to learn what to do if a crash can’t be avoided. There are techniques for ejecting yourself off the bike or laying it down to reduce the risk of injury and death.