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Offline bmad

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Biker down
« on: June 14, 2007, 07:31:22 am »
Yesterday afternoon on the NI just after Rivonia Road, a biker was killed and trapped under a bakkie.

Unfortunately i cannot find any more info about it.
RIP to the rider :( and condolences to the family.

My old lady called me in a panic last night to check if i was okay, i got cold chills down my back

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Re: Biker down
« Reply #1 on: June 14, 2007, 07:32:12 am »
Sorry to hear....RIP
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Re: Biker down
« Reply #2 on: June 14, 2007, 10:30:36 am »
Stories like this are not nice to hear :'( I am in the very fortunate position to make use of public transport for commuting every weekday. I don‚??t care how much it lacks in style, image, individuality, taste, ... (call it what you like). It works for me! Today‚??s type of urban traffic in SA, with all the maniacs, criminals, etc. behind steering wheels, is not the ideal playground when you are on your bike. I can just add my voice to the many voices that have been raised before: If you have no other option than riding your bike, ride carefully and responsibly and be wide awake! (My 1 cent worth personal opinion.)
 

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Re: Biker down
« Reply #3 on: June 14, 2007, 10:47:41 am »
Hi Guys.
I had a prang in the same place 4 months ago. Smacked a gum pole in the road at 160 and lost the bike with two completey flat tyres and damaged rims. I was lucky as I managed to get off the road but still ended up under the armco barrier.

The amazing thing was that I sat there for over an hour, being passed by thousands of cars, some who took pleasure in hooting at me because the accident was reported on the radio.

All I can say is be extra careful on the highways, I love my bikes, but I certainly don't want to die on one.

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Re: Biker down
« Reply #4 on: June 14, 2007, 11:40:57 am »
Yesterday afternoon on the NI just after Rivonia Road, a biker was killed and trapped under a bakkie.

Unfortunately i cannot find any more info about it.
RIP to the rider :( and condolences to the family.

My old lady called me in a panic last night to check if i was okay, i got cold chills down my back



Apparently it was someone fron Sandton Harley, RIP.
 

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Re: Biker down
« Reply #5 on: June 14, 2007, 11:44:08 am »
Die eienaar van die Harley Davidson-motorfietswinkel in Rivoniaweg, Sandton, is gister op slag dood toe hy in ‚??n botsing met ‚??n bakkie en ‚??n klein trok op die N1-hoofweg, net n√° die Rivoniaweg-afrit, betrokke was.

Mnr. Brian Wegerle (53) is onder die trokkie vasgekeer nadat die bakkie eers teen hom en hul albei toe teen die trokkie gebots het.

Wegerle het kop- en nekbeserings opgedoen en is op die toneel dood verklaar. Drie van die insittendes in die twee ander voertuie is met beserings in die Sunninghill-hospitaal opgeneem. Volgens hoofsupt. Wayne Minnaar, woordvoerder van die Johannesburgse metropolisie, het ‚??n Hyundai-bakkie noord op di√© pad gery en beheer verloor.

Dit het hierna oor die eiland gery en teen Wegerle se motorfiets gebots. Minnaar s√™ die bakkie het Wegerle teen ‚??n klein trok vasgedruk en hy het onder di√© voertuig beland.

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Re: Biker down
« Reply #6 on: June 14, 2007, 11:51:57 am »
 

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Re: Biker down
« Reply #7 on: June 14, 2007, 12:11:14 pm »
RIP

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Re: Biker down
« Reply #8 on: June 14, 2007, 08:18:38 pm »
sad news. condolences to the family :(
 

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Re: Biker down
« Reply #9 on: June 15, 2007, 09:29:00 am »
RIP ...

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Re: Biker down
« Reply #10 on: June 15, 2007, 09:42:35 am »
how many serious accidents have taken place on that highway in the last 6 months due to a vehicle jumping the centre isle and ending up in oncoming traffic?
i can think of atleast 3.
they should put a concrete barrier like on the section both sides of midrand.
 

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Re: Biker down
« Reply #11 on: June 15, 2007, 09:54:14 am »
Another press report:  RIP brother.  :(

The bright orange and black Harley-Davidson flags at the Sandton dealership flew at half mast, bearing silent testimony to the death of a hero.

Inside Brian Wegerle's dealership, friends and staff consoled each other with passionate embraces and tear-filled eyes as news of his death spread.

Wegerle was known as Mr Harley-Davidson and was said to be responsible for creating a cult following of Harley-Davidson enthusiasts in South Africa.

Wegerle was killed in a horror crash on Wednesday. He was heading to his Bryanston home on his favourite blue Street Glide Harley when he was hit by a one-ton van which veered across the centre island and squashed him against a bakkie on the N1 South.

He died instantly.

On Thursday, friends said Wegerle - who owned three Harley-Davidson dealerships in Joburg and one in Durban - was more than just a biker.

He started a church called The Tribe, of which he was an elder; led a biking club called the Soldiers of Jesus; and also established The Pacific Institute, an organisation specialising in self-improvement and transformation.

Seven years ago he set up the Eagle Wind dealership, which exclusively sells the Harley-Davidson brand.

Gert le Roux, who met Wegerle seven years ago and works at the Sandton dealership, was emotional as he spoke about his friend.

"I am not usually like this, but Brian was a really amazing guy. He had an amazing ability to make everyone feel special, and although I am older than him, he was an inspiration to me.

"He definitely touched my life. He was an excellent biker and did more for biking in this country than anybody ever has. He was a complete biker."

Another person whose life was touched by Wegerle is Victor Lephoto. Since the age of 11, Lephoto regularly attended church with the Wegerle family, and as he grew older, he even stayed with them.

Wegerle encouraged Lephoto to get his bike licence, and when he turned 21, Wegerle threw Lephoto a big party and gave him a Harley-Davidson as a present.

"He had massive impact on my life. When I got older, he gave me a job in his shop and helped so much, always encouraging me.

"I don't think I have ever seen him angry. He has left a massive void," Lephoto said.

Nancy Chauke has worked at the Sandton dealership for seven years, first as a cleaner and later as a filing clerk.

On Thursday she cried every time a familiar face walked into the shop.

She only heard about her boss's death when she arrived for work.

"He was like a father to me and always encouraged me to do better. He encouraged me to get a bike licence so that I could also ride a Harley.

"I did get my learner's, but after this, I don't think I want to ride anymore," Chauke said.

As customers and staff spoke about Wegerle's life in hushed tones, avid bikers Lloyd and Libbi Martin arrived at the shop after visiting the Wegerle family at their home.

As both cried, they were consoled by staff members who cried with them.

Mishka Moller, second-in-command at Eagle Wind and Wegerle's close friend, said: "In fact, he was everybody's best friend. He would always have time to ask a person how they were.

"I am sure that if you could ask him if he would be with us or if he would be where he is, he would choose where he is.

"His Boss needs him more than we need him," she said.

Wegerle is survived by his wife Jenny, and their children Greig, 25, and JoJo, 23.

All three are Harley-Davidson bikers.
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Re: Biker down
« Reply #12 on: June 15, 2007, 11:17:05 am »
This is way sad. :(
 

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Re: Biker down
« Reply #13 on: June 15, 2007, 12:26:55 pm »
So sad.............  :'(
 

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Re: Biker down
« Reply #14 on: June 15, 2007, 05:34:06 pm »
This just makes you all the more humble you need to be when you have just survived a terrible accident and hear this. Condolence to the family. Terminator ( Rat )
 

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Re: Biker down
« Reply #15 on: June 16, 2007, 10:06:49 am »
terrible to die like that  :'( :'(
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Re: Biker down
« Reply #16 on: June 16, 2007, 05:46:45 pm »
 :(  :( :(
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Re: Biker down
« Reply #17 on: June 17, 2007, 06:27:25 pm »
R.I.P.
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Re: Biker down
« Reply #18 on: June 18, 2007, 07:38:53 am »

Not nice to hear...RIP!
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Re: Biker down
« Reply #19 on: June 18, 2007, 08:01:24 am »
Bad news. R.I.P. To family and friends we feel for you.