High speed crash motorcycle crashes in India
With more and more powerful bikes being launched in India, educating riders about the need to follow traffic rules, riding within prescribed speed limits as well as wearing proper riding gear is the need of the hour.
With great power comes great responsibility. A great line, which is very true, especially when you are driving a very powerful vehicle on public roads. With more and more powerful cars and bikes being launched in India, the number of high speed crashes are also on the rise.
But this does not mean that we should ban such vehicles. In fact, it is up to us to use them sensibly. Most of the time, people blame quality of the vehicles for crashes. But the truth is, the rider / driver is at fault most of the time. If not you, then the person you collide with. Most of the time it is human error. Read on to find out about some of the recent high-speed crashes reported.
A few months ago, there was a high speed crash involving Kawasaki Ninja H2. As per a reader, who was present at the venue when the crash took place – The rider was at the venue to shoot for an upcoming drag racing event. The Ninja H2 rider (name withheld on request), is an expert rider of superbikes. This just happened to be his bad day as he misjudged the end of the runway and overshot it. Apparently he was doing over 300 kmph and hit the wall at the end of runway at about 200 kmph.
The rider was not the owner of the crashed Kawaski Ninja H2. It was owned by another individual from the same superbike group. Since the bike is totalled no insurance can be claimed because it was used in a drag race. The rider himself is the owner of Kawasaki Z1000. Rider is in ICU. His collar bone and pelvic bone are badly damaged.
Price of Kawasaki Ninja H2 in India is about INR 35 lakhs. It is powered by a 1 liter supercharged in-line 4 cylinder engine delivering 200 PS and 113.5 Nm torque. Below are more images of the crash.
This accident comes a few days after the sad Ducati Diavel accident which was reported in Mumbai a few days ago. Subhan Baugwala, a 18 year old resident of Mumbai was gifted a new Ducati Diavel as birthday gift. He had turned 18 just 4 days ago the accident. The INR 15 lakh worth bike delivers 162 hp power and has a top speed of over 272 kmph.
Sadly, the birthday gift turned fatal when he was riding the bike along with his friend one morning. Subhan and Sultan Patel (pillion) were on their way to college in Bandra. According to eye-witnesses, the accident took place when the bike skid after it crossed the reclamation bridge junction due to overspeeding. The bike skid for some distance and then crashed into the divider. This resulted in both, Subhan and Sultan being thrown off the bike.
Soon a large crowd gathered and the duo were rushed to Bhabha Hospital. At the hospital, Subhan was declared dead on arrival while Sultan is still fighting for his life in the ICU. As for protective gear, Subhan was wearing a helmet, but Sultan was not wearing any.
It is not clear whether Subhan was an experienced rider, or was new to riding such powerful bikes. Sadly, this is not the first time such a case has been reported, where a young rider of a new powerful bike has died in a crash.
A few months back, Milan Patel, 21, was knocked down by a passing vehicle while returning home. He was out visiting his relatives and friends on his new Harley Davidson Street 750 motorcycle, which he was gifted a few hours before the accident. The impact was such that Patel hit a divider, causing instantaneous death.
Milan Patel was gifted the Harley Davidson Street 750 which costs about Rs 6 lakhs on road, by his father earlier in the day. This was his birthday gift, he had just turned 21. The accident took place at 11.30 pm, when Patel was returning home after showing his brand new bike to relatives on Waghodia Road, Vadodara.
Patel’s family were with him, but were in a car. They they reached home early and eagerly awaited Patel’s return. When Patel did not return home after some time his brother called up his cell phone which was answered by a bystander who informed him of his brother’s accident.
There are no indications on the vehicle which rammed into Milan’s motorcycle but the severity of the accident indicates that both vehicles were travelling at high speeds. Patel, who was to get married later that year, was an engineering student who was also helping his father in his business.
Readers are advised to be careful when riding or driving, especially such powerful machines. When we are in control of such powerful machines, not only we are in danger of causing harm to ourselves, but also to others.