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Riding a motorcycle with a titanium plate in your head

By James - 5/26/2006

The mailbag gets all sorts, but this was totally out of left field:

I WOULD LOVE TO RIDE AGAIN BUT I HAVE A TITANIUM PLATE IN MY SKULL FROM A PREVIOUS ACCIDENT … IM NO HERO … SHOULD I RIDE AGAIN AND RISK DYING …

Graham,
I am no doctor, although I do have a degree in biology, and I have almost completely erased all that knowledge from my brain. So I have no clue about what would happen if you fell off a motorcycle and hit your head. But I do know that anyone who rides a motorcycle could die at any time. That is one of the risks we take when we pull out of our driveway. We try to minimize the risks and make smart decisions to keep us alive. And in your situation it is no different. You may decide that motorcycling is not worth it and that is OK. But for me life is too short to take the “safe” route. I strive for quality of life, not quantity.

I would say, “slow down” and ease back into riding if you choose to. I don’t know what got you in the first accident but I can only imagine there was a lot of skidding, bouncing, and crushing. Wear a helmet and proper gear and take a motorcycle class. And when listening to the doctors remember, their job is to patch you up; your job is to live your life.

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Why would anyone set a booby trap across a road used by motorcyclists?

By James - 5/18/2006

It seems some neighbors of Robert Barnes, while leading a group of dirtbikers on private land, thought it would be a good idea to sabatoge a dirt road in the South Bay Area with rebar and rope, intended to decapitate motorcyclists legally using the road. At this point it is unclear whether the cause of the terrorist’s actions were because of a previous dispute over Loma Chiquita Road or noise or leaving his trash can out overnight. His attackers threatened him just moments before the incident saying, “We are going to lynch you".

At least these cowards who were hiding behind bushes were caught, although two were released today. I will be watching this case very closely and if anyone would like to contact the Santa Clara Sheriff’s department or the District Attorney here is their contact info:

Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office

Santa Clara County District Attorney: George Kennedy
70 West Hedding Street, West Wing
District Attorney
San Jose, CA 95110
Phone: (408) 299-3099

From the SF Chronicle:

Robert Barnes sat in his Los Gatos hills home Wednesday, his face grooved with gashes, his mouth reconstructed with titanium plates, and wondered: Why would anyone set a booby trap across a road used by motorcyclists?

Barnes suspects he hit a length of rebar or something similar that his neighbors had secured at both ends across the roadway, and only after he had struck that did they pull up a rope for the second rider.

Barnes’ wife, Wendy Barnes, 41, credited the helmet with saving her husband’s life.

“Without that, they said he would have been dead,” she said.

The bizarre incident stunned some law enforcement officers.

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