Bike rider 'thought he was dead'
A MOTORCYCLE rider has been taken to hospital with suspected broken ribs after colliding with the rear of another motorcycle while they were riding in a group.
Dick Thomas of Roma, riding a Honda Valkyrie, ran into the rear of Boyd Rayner's Triumph Rocket III when Mr Rayner braked on Marian Eton Rd after they both missed their planned turn-off at Hannans Rd.
The two men were riding in a group from Roma consisting of seven motorcycles and one support car, all taking part in a poker run. They were on their way home at about 8.30am on Saturday when the accident happened.
Mr Rayner said "While I was flying over the handlebars I thought I was dead, then I hit the road and I thought 'well I'm not dead', then the nurse (one of the group members) came along and said 'don't move'.
"We missed the turn, the first three or four bikes stopped, we were slowing down, I was nearly stopped, next thing I heard the screech of brakes and I was gone, on the bitumen. It tore one of the pipes off the bike, but it's still rideable."
Senior Constable Craig Myers from Eton police station said it was a relatively low-speed accident.
"One rider has come off and landed on the road quite heavily. He's got some broken ribs, that's the only injuries. It's just an accident, no high speed or alcohol was involved.
"The other rider is okay, one bike is rideable, the other will be towed from here," Sen Cst Myres said.