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Old 08-09-2010, 01:03 AM
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Originally Posted by jeffnles1 View Post
In that same trip, we also saw 2 motorcycle accidents in the park. Both were on rain slick roads and both were in curves. I didn't see either accident happen and neither case did it appear anyone was seriously injured, but given the rain and location of the accidents, I would seriously guess excess speed for conditions contributed to the wrecks. One of the wrecks had a ranger already on the scene and the other had 3 or 4 cars stopped with folks helping so there was no need for us to stop but both riders were standing next to the downed bike so I don't think there were serious injuries involved.

I know there are a lot of bikers out there and I believe some of the guys here are riders. Be careful out there. For me, I want some steel between my face and whatever I'm about to hit.

Probably a combination of inexperience on twisty roads, rain, and speed. A lot of the cruiser wrecks I wouldn't consider speed related as most of them are going under or at the speed limit. A lot of them just don't have the experience on a twisty road to be able to maintain posted speed limits or curve advisory limits. Inexperience is a big issue around here though. We draw a lot of out of towners with very little twisty road experience when we have some of the most technical roads in the country.

If it's a sportbike, yeah it's probably speed related, no doubt about it.

As for the speed limit. The US321 section should stay as is being a 4 lane/turn lane US highway. 45 mph is probably the suggested engineer rating for that section and that would make sense. I could see the stop light all the way to the speed limit drop in the park going to 35 though. Maybe get river road and old 73 connected all the way along the river as an option for slow vehicles like electrics.
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