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Terrifying Mulholland motorcycle crash nearly kills cyclists

Posted Apr 30th 2013 4:00PM

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Motorcycle Bicycle Crash on Mulholland - screen cap

Now for a lesson in target fixation. As we're sure most of you know, your vehicle tends to go where your eyes go, and that's doubly true for motorcycles. Lock eyes with something you don't want to hit and invariably, that's precisely what you'll do. One rider in California recently found that out the hard way when he was confronted with a pair of bicyclists pedaling up Mulholland Highway. The rider exited a corner with plenty of angle left in his bike at a completely reasonable and legal speed, but panic apparently took over when he finally spotted the cyclists (was he distracted by the cameraman who caught the accident?). Rather than continue to lean, and thus turn, the rider grabbed a foot full of brake, stood his motorcycle upright and rammed both bicycles from behind.

All we can say is, it was a miracle no one was seriously injured in the crash. Everyone appears to have walked away with a few scrapes and bruises. You can watch the video below to see the whole disaster take shape, just be warned that the clip isn't for the weak of stomach. There's no serious gore, but watching the cyclists play Gumby is a terrifying sight all the same, and there's some explicit not-safe-for-work language, too.

As riders of both bicycles and motorcycles, we sympathize with both parties. Yes, the motorcycle rider is clearly at fault here, and yes, the bicycles have a right to be on the road as well. They were even well to the shoulder as they should have been, but part of riding a bicycle is choosing where to do so safely. Sure, Mulholland is a mecca for both bicyclists and motorcycle riders, but the winding canyon road is far from a safe stretch of asphalt for slow-moving vehicles of any ilk.

Click here to watch.

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EssayRoss

I'll bet that first cyclist is pretty glad he's not someone who thinks they don't need a helmet because they never crash. See that melon bounce? No helmet, and you are dead, my friend.

May 01 2013 at 2:57 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Grey

Title says cyclists nearly killed, article says just some bruises. Make up your mind or stop posting youtube viral vids days after we've already seen them. Your not jalopnik, your supposed to bring real news.

May 01 2013 at 10:55 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
F-erenc Szabo

The writer of this article is a fool when he attempts to assign some blame to the bicyclists. The motorcyclist is obviously at 100% fault in this. This is the kind of mentality that assigns a tiny bit of blame to rape victims if they weren't wearing beekeeper's outfits in the middle of a crowded area.

May 01 2013 at 10:47 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
torreacres

What a ridiculous summation. Zach Bowman, you do an injustice to reporters. In no way can the cyclists be blamed for or accused of riding in a unsafe environment. The road is known for all types of vehicles, slow and fast. The motorcyclist is 100 percent at fault. He is most likely a rider who has too little experience and is riding a motorcycle and road above his ability.

May 01 2013 at 9:44 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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dboiani

Exactly. He rear ended them. How can there be any issue of fault?

May 01 2013 at 5:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
David

"As riders of both bicycles and motorcycles, we sympathize with both parties. Yes, the motorcycle rider is clearly at fault here, and yes, the bicycles have a right to be on the road as well. They were even well to the shoulder as they should have been, but part of riding a bicycle is choosing where to do so safely. Sure, Mulholland is a mecca for both bicyclists and motorcycle riders, but the winding canyon road is far from a safe stretch of asphalt for slow-moving vehicles of any ilk."

It's terrible that you think it's okay to blame the victim by prefacing it with a statement saying that you're not blaming the victim. The cyclists were clearly on the outer part of the lane pretty much straddling the external line, and hill climbs are very common in cycling training. There's no need to go out of your way to blame those who were injured.

April 30 2013 at 10:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply