Biker calls it quits after crash
Most motorbike crash victims would prefer to forget the experience, but for Tauranga man Ian Reynolds, remembering what happened would be welcome.
Mr Reynolds crashed his bike on the Weld Pass on Tuesday last week.
After recovering in hospital for a few days and then returning home on Monday, Mr Reynolds was eager to find out what went wrong. The Marlborough Express ran a photo of the crashed bike and he contacted the newspaper yesterday to see if he could learn more about the accident.
"All I remember was glancing over at the mountains and the next thing I woke up with paramedics telling me not to move," he said.
Police who attended the scene said they did not know what caused the accident that resulted in injuries to Mr Reynolds' hands and arms. No other vehicles were involved.
The fate of the bike, a Triumph 955i, is in the hands of insurance assessors, Mr Reynolds said.
"I remember looking out of the ambulance and seeing the bike and thinking what a sad way for it to end up. I've had it for 10 years and done some huge rides and had some great times," he said.
Mr Reynolds was into his second day of a trip from his home to Dunedin for a reunion at the University of Otago.
The accident has spelt the end of his biking days, with plans to buy an adventure bike now canned.
"I've done some great trips but this has been a bit of a wake-up call.
"If it hadn't been for the barrier that stopped me who knows what might have happened."
Motorbike touring was a passion he found later in life after a 30-year-break from riding motorbikes as a young man, Mr Reynolds said.
However, it was now time for him to hang up his riding boots.
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