Again, not a Jeep but before I joined the Marine Corps, I worked at the local Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki dealer as a setup guy. I put the bikes and atv's together out of the crate. We had a policy that if you service it, YOU test ride it...I am not being the first one on a bike that someone else put together. Anyways, I would never watch a bike that I serviced ride away but I made an exception one time. A guy bought a brand new 04 GSXR 1000. I gave him the safety brief and asked if he had any questions, to which he replied "I have been riding these things as long as you have been alive, what could you possibly tell me?" Roger that...but just be careful because new tires are slick and greasy before they get scrubbed in good. He chuckles and pulls away. Eases through the gutter at the driveway and WHACKS this thing. It lights the back tire up, gets sideways the catches and highsides him, launching him like a catapult and the bike slams on the opposite side. Totalled and the ******* broke 3 ribs because when he landed, it was on the curb! Tried to say that the throttle hung. Thats funny because I did the test ride and it was fine, the service manager checked it on the spot and it worked, and our lead tech pulled it apart to inspect the cable for frays or damage...none. Thats ok, what could I tell him about riding, right? Anyways, the bike had 3.2 miles on it and our testride loop was 3.1 miles. He made it 6 feet from the dealership parking lot.
That happens all the time, I use to live in a neighborhood behind a motorcycle dealership & their test ride would be through my neighborhood. I would see guys drop the bikes all the time...
When I first started riding street bikes, having never rode a street bike (only dirtbikes) I went out & got a brand new CBR F4I in 2001, rode around the parking lot a few times & went home. I never wrecked that bike!
The company I used to work for had a brand new ambulance being delivered by the upfitter. 12 miles on the odometer. A drunk driver swerved into the path of the flatbed tow truck delivering the rig, causing him to make an emergency turn to avoid the drunk, the flatbed flopped onto its side, and the ambulance came to rest on its side 10 feet from the gate to our parking lot. The only part of the rig that actually made it home was one of the trumpets for the air horn.
Installing HID's in stock housings is bad. Here is why.
"When you see someone who needs help, help them. When you see someone who needs a hug, hug them... Help those who can't help themselves."-Sgt Andrew Tingwall, NMSP. End of watch 6-10-2009
I saw a guy pick up his new Harley…………Rode one block and stopped behind a semi with 40 foot trailer. Truck decided to back up, did not see biker and biker was adjusting his mirrors and did not have the bike in gear. Truck ran right over the bike, biker jumped off and was not injured. Saw it all while I was in my truck behind the biker. Laid on my horn until the truck driver stopped but by that time he was on top of the bike. Total loss…. 2 tenths of a mile on the bike.
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This was a few years ago when I still worked for the Honda dealer in Richmond. I was in minding my business working and all of a sudden I hear a BOOM with an aftershock.
This is a quiet area so naturally I go running to see what happened. I see a Brand new Accord (with the wrappers still on it) molded to a tree on our side lot. An older couple was test driving it on their anniversary (a gift to themselves). They were in the process of taking their belts off and getting out of the car when all of a sudden it takes off. The man driving it didn't put it in park and hit the wrong brake once the car moved when he let off of the real brake. He made a perfect u turn around three parked cars, knocked three other cars out of the way like pinballs and came to rest on the tree with his foot still firmly planted on the gas pedal. One of my co workers had to jump in and turn the key off because he STILL had his foot on the pedal.
His wife broke her knee and my friend salesman hit her face on the dashboard about the same time the airbag went off.