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on Aug 8, 2012
I was young once, too, and rode too fast too often, taking risks that not only could have, but should have ended me.
Anyone who straddled a crotch rocket when they were young knows they were lucky: openly lucky to have had the thrill of the experience and secretly lucky to have survived.
RIP, pal. I'm sorry you died, but I know how you felt before you lost it and why you were riding the edge.
Very nicely said Mike!!
The name was released already a few hours after it happened.
31 year old Daniel Vanderhooven of Livermore.
So Very True Mike. The thrill of living can sometime take you to far. 86 Ninja 1000 broke my jaw in two places due to being young and stupid with no helmet. Rest in peace Daniel. Ride to live and live to ride!
We need the Harley guys to keep the BART-using Oakland invaders from feeling too comfortible in our city. When I used to ride with Satan's Demons, we'd go to ante-war rallies and kick the stuffings out of the long hair hippys. Now I live in a city with a hippy mayor. Boy life sure takes some twisted turns.
Steve; not sure what you're talking about, but this is neither the time or place for your bizarre remeniscing. Please keep to yourself and stay off this page, so we can instead show respect to the young man who suffered this tragedy.
Tragedy - I'm not exactly sure why we need to show respect to a man (not a young man if he was 31 - definitely old enough to know better) who basically killed himself and could have killed others. While there are a lot of details missing, driving at a "high rate of speed" at 12:30am usually doesn't conjure up images of someone who deserves a lot of respect. This person may deserve respect for many things in his personal life, but this incident is not one of them.
My point was a simple one. With the trajic loss of this young mans life we loose an opportunity for one more stall-wart to defend our good city from the roughians that invade us from Oakland and other low income housing areas.
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