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Motorcycle Safety Expert Dies in Motorcycle Accident
Trib Review ^ | 4/12/06 | Mikey_1962

Posted on 04/12/2006 11:47:58 AM PDT by Mikey_1962

A world-renowned motorcycle safety expert from Squirrel Hill was killed over the weekend in a motorcycle accident in Texas.

Larry Grodsky, 55, owner of Stayin' Safe Motorcycle Training, died after a deer ran in front of his motorcycle Saturday night in Fort Stockton, Texas.

Grodsky, a Gateway High School graduate, had a decades-long love affair with motorcycles and trained celebrities including Ted Koppel and Mike Tyson on safe-driving techniques.

He was the nephew of Myron Cope, the longtime Pittsburgh Steelers announcer who retired last year.

His mother, Violet Grodsky, also 85, said her son began riding motorcycles while attending Ohio University, where he graduated with an English degree in 1968.

He spent a few years teaching in Ohio schools and doing freelance writing for several magazines before returning to Pittsburgh and opening his training center, Violet Grodsky said.

Grodsky, who was single, traveled the country attending training and safety seminars and was returning from a conference in California when the accident happened. An officer with the Texas Department of Public Safety said he did not know whether Grodsky was wearing a helmet or what kind of motorcycle he was driving.

Grodsky had many friends and valued the work he did for charity, his father said.

He participated in charity motorcycle events and did other volunteer work, Harold Grodsky said.

"That was typical of Larry to always be helping other people and thinking about those who had less or were suffering," he said.

Luke Hingson, president of the Brother's Brother Foundation in the North Side, said Grodsky helped the organization raise money for the victims of the December 2004 tsunami in Southeast Asia and for victims of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

(Excerpt) Read more at pittsburghlive.com ...


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1 posted on 04/12/2006 11:47:59 AM PDT by Mikey_1962
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To: Mikey_1962

Not much of an expert, was he?


2 posted on 04/12/2006 11:48:22 AM PDT by dfwgator (Florida Gators - 2006 NCAA Men's Basketball Champions)
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To: martin_fierro

ping


3 posted on 04/12/2006 11:49:17 AM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: dfwgator
and trained celebrities including Ted Koppel

PAHLEEESE!

4 posted on 04/12/2006 11:50:35 AM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: Mikey_1962
How sad and ironic. You don't have much reaction time when an animal runs out in front of you on a bike. You just hold on and hope for the best.

Prayers going out to his family.
5 posted on 04/12/2006 11:51:03 AM PDT by reagan_fanatic (Someday we'll look back on all this and plow into a parked car)
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To: dfwgator

I've had a mule deer come out of the woods in front of me when I was on my bike. It was like it materialized. Fortunately I was going slow enough to miss, and it helped by the way it got out of the way. But it could have gone much worse, and there was little I could do about it.


6 posted on 04/12/2006 11:51:30 AM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: Mikey_1962
O, Irony
Thou doth hast such
a wicked sense of humour.
7 posted on 04/12/2006 11:52:16 AM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all.)
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To: beowolf; Betis70; BikerNYC; Bikers4Bush; BikerTrash; Bill Rice; blackbag; blackie; Blue Jays; ...
Not much you can do when a deer has your number.


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8 posted on 04/12/2006 11:52:18 AM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: dfwgator
Not much of an expert, was he?

Guess you missed the part about the deer.

9 posted on 04/12/2006 11:52:26 AM PDT by Glenn (There is a looming Tupperware shortage. Plan appropriately.)
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To: Mikey_1962

Poor man. So far it doesn't appear that he was doing anything stupid, like riding without a helmet or under the influence. Not much you can do when a dear jumps out in front of you.


10 posted on 04/12/2006 11:52:47 AM PDT by American Quilter
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To: dfwgator
No need to be crude.

I know many people who have never been in collision with an other vehicle, earned a moving violation, or other wise wrecked their vehicle that have hit deer and run off the road.

Sometimes your the windshield, sometimes your the bug.
11 posted on 04/12/2006 11:52:56 AM PDT by fireforeffect (A kind word and a 2x4, gets you more than just a kind word.)
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To: reagan_fanatic

deer are the scourge of the roads here in MN.(well that and foot deep potholes).

I do my best Evel K impersonation everyday jumping mini canyons on my cycle.

Sooner or later either the giant woods rat is going to get me, the JA on a cell phone, or the giant pothole.


12 posted on 04/12/2006 11:53:28 AM PDT by Rakkasan1 (they love you in Mexico until you pay in pesos.)
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To: American Quilter

Deer! Deer! Not dear.


13 posted on 04/12/2006 11:53:39 AM PDT by American Quilter
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To: reagan_fanatic

I had a good friend retired from the Fire Dept and went on a 6 month motorcycle trip.

In Alaska on a blind curve a car when left of center and killed him.

Motorcycles are, by their nature, dangerous.

I sold my Harley right after his accident.


14 posted on 04/12/2006 11:53:41 AM PDT by Mikey_1962 (If you build it, they won't come...)
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To: Mikey_1962

Unfortunately, a collision between a deer and a motorcycle usually ends up this way.


15 posted on 04/12/2006 11:55:31 AM PDT by b4its2late (There are good terrorists.............. DEAD ONES.)
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To: Rakkasan1

ditto.
the vermin are everywhere in MN.


JA = donkey?? :)


16 posted on 04/12/2006 11:55:48 AM PDT by wallcrawlr (http://www.bionicear.com/)
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To: Mikey_1962
I've never made my living at it, but I consider myself somthing of a Motorcycle Safety Expert.

I tell people: "Don't get on that crazy thing! A deer could come out of the woods! Bam! You're dead! Better you should drive an SUV! Damage, sure, but you're gonna be alive."

I'm considering charging for this. Such a level of expertise is not so widely available.

17 posted on 04/12/2006 11:56:08 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (Never question Bruce Dickinson!)
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To: ClearCase_guy
Better you should drive an SUV! Damage, sure, but you're gonna be alive."

Yep. Much more likely to survive for sure unless the beast comes through your windshield going 75 and hits you just right.

18 posted on 04/12/2006 11:58:10 AM PDT by b4its2late (There are good terrorists.............. DEAD ONES.)
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To: Glenn

I realize that sometimes there is nothing you can do. And I feel sad for the family, it is a tragic accident to be sure.

That having been said, it seems to me part of motorcycle safety is knowing the environment in which you ride and being aware of the possibility of animals darting out at you.


19 posted on 04/12/2006 11:58:23 AM PDT by dfwgator (Florida Gators - 2006 NCAA Men's Basketball Champions)
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To: Mikey_1962

The husband of an acquaintance worked on airbags. After the airbags came out, the motorcycle industry hired him to see if they could make the bikes safer.

Conclusion: NO.


20 posted on 04/12/2006 11:59:05 AM PDT by Battle Axe (Repent for the coming of the Lord is nigh!)
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To: wallcrawlr

ho,ho, you are correct ,sir.


21 posted on 04/12/2006 11:59:54 AM PDT by Rakkasan1 (they love you in Mexico until you pay in pesos.)
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To: Mikey_1962
I sold my Harley right after his accident. - when I was a kid my cousins got minibikes; we almost had Dad talked into one and the neighbor boy down the street tried to outrun a train on his new motorcycle, he lost his head, the police found it in his helmet. We never got our minibikes, but we did not complain too loudly.
23 posted on 04/12/2006 12:00:34 PM PDT by SF Republican
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To: Mikey_1962

man,...go lock yourself in your basement. LIFE is dangerous.


24 posted on 04/12/2006 12:00:41 PM PDT by Hammerhead
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To: dfwgator
it seems to me part of motorcycle safety is knowing the environment in which you ride and being aware of the possibility of animals darting out at you.

You'll live to be 500 years old with abilities like that. It'll doom social security. Keep it to yourself, okay?

25 posted on 04/12/2006 12:00:56 PM PDT by Glenn (There is a looming Tupperware shortage. Plan appropriately.)
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To: ClearCase_guy
Hi ClearCase_guy:

What kind of motorcycle do you ride and what is the engine displacement?

~ Blue Jays ~

26 posted on 04/12/2006 12:01:41 PM PDT by Blue Jays (Rock Hard, Ride Free)
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To: b4its2late
unless the beast comes through your windshield going 75 and hits you just right

As a Motorccyle Safety Expert I stand by my advice to never get on them. Better advice, you'll never get.

This part about deer coming through the windshield of my SUV *shrug* you should maybe talk to an SUV Safety Expert on that one. My area of expertise is just motorcycle safety.

27 posted on 04/12/2006 12:03:20 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy (Never question Bruce Dickinson!)
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To: TXBSAFH
Hi TXBSAFH-

"...There is a reason EMT's call them donorcycles..."


OMG, that is soooo funny! Nobody has ever said that before on a motorcycle thread! Donorcycles...boy, is that sure clever.

~ Blue Jays ~

28 posted on 04/12/2006 12:04:23 PM PDT by Blue Jays (Rock Hard, Ride Free)
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To: Tijeras_Slim
I scooped up an opossum in my crash bar on a long hard left leaning curve a few years back. The next full 1 minute seemed like a 4 round amateur one legged kick-boxing match.

After being declared the winner of that bout, I celebrated with a bike wash & 2 shots of JD. :-)

29 posted on 04/12/2006 12:08:01 PM PDT by JoeSixPack1
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To: dfwgator; Mikey_1962

An engineering school friend of my husband's has served for years as an expert witness for Harley in lawsuits. He says he'd never own, nor ride one.


30 posted on 04/12/2006 12:08:41 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic (An adult convert since 1958!)
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To: Mikey_1962
I was riding my bike (road bike-no motor) going about 20 MPH in rural Georgia when about 30 feet ahead of me a herd of about a dozen deer ran across the street in front of me. I wonder if they had decided to cross the road when I was just then going by if they would have killed me in some kind of stampede?
31 posted on 04/12/2006 12:09:09 PM PDT by GeorgefromGeorgia
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To: Blue Jays

Truth hurts?


32 posted on 04/12/2006 12:09:51 PM PDT by TXBSAFH (Proud Dad of Twins, What Does Not Kill You Makes You Stronger!!!!!!)
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To: TXBSAFH

Get lost you little prick.


33 posted on 04/12/2006 12:10:31 PM PDT by martin_fierro
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To: American Quilter
Deer! Deer! Not dear.

Dont feel bad. I did the exact same thing yesterday on the IRAM thread.

34 posted on 04/12/2006 12:11:48 PM PDT by CougarGA7 (There are no trophies for winning wars. Only consequences for losing them.)
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To: JoeSixPack1
The next full 1 minute seemed like a 4 round amateur one legged kick-boxing match.

Good thing I wasn't there, I probably would have high sided from laughing.

35 posted on 04/12/2006 12:11:48 PM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: martin_fierro
He was the nephew of Myron Cope, the longtime Pittsburgh Steelers announcer who retired last year.

Yoi................. I used to know this guy.

Total bummer.

36 posted on 04/12/2006 12:14:10 PM PDT by beyond the sea (Oh, for the days when "disrespect" was just a noun.)
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To: Mikey_1962

File this in the "Those Who Can - Do; Those Who can't - Teach." category.


37 posted on 04/12/2006 12:15:04 PM PDT by TravisBickle (Are you talkin' to me?)
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To: Tijeras_Slim

Hey,, the other 3 boneheads I was riding with did just that!,,,,,,,,,,,, But me,, I was too busy looking for a hiding spot to check my shorts!

(PS: no stain, good to go!) :-)


38 posted on 04/12/2006 12:15:48 PM PDT by JoeSixPack1
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To: JoeSixPack1

Adrenaline is brown... don't ask me how I know this.


39 posted on 04/12/2006 12:16:39 PM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: martin_fierro
Btw, I did not wish to sound as glib in my last post .............. he was one great guy. There are mnay great stories about Larry.

Peace.

40 posted on 04/12/2006 12:16:41 PM PDT by beyond the sea (Oh, for the days when "disrespect" was just a noun.)
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To: dfwgator; martin_fierro
Not much of an expert, was he?

Get your sh*t together, jagoff!

41 posted on 04/12/2006 12:18:54 PM PDT by beyond the sea (Oh, for the days when "disrespect" was just a noun.)
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To: Hammerhead

Yes, life is dangerous, but I no longer temp fate since I now have children.

I owned three Harley and 4 dirt bikes, but No more Harley's for me.


42 posted on 04/12/2006 12:19:23 PM PDT by Mikey_1962 (If you build it, they won't come...)
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To: dfwgator; martin_fierro
That having been said, it seems to me part of motorcycle safety is knowing the environment in which you ride and being aware of the possibility of animals darting out at you.

Very true.............. that is what our excellent (and NUTS) swimming coach said to us back in 1963.................... stay off the DAMN motorcycles.................. or I'LL chop off your legs for you! (he was an old marine from WWII)

43 posted on 04/12/2006 12:22:10 PM PDT by beyond the sea (Oh, for the days when "disrespect" was just a noun.)
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To: Puppage

Ted Koppel rides a motorcycle? That explains the helmet hair.


44 posted on 04/12/2006 12:22:34 PM PDT by hometoroost (TSA = Thousands Standing Around)
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To: martin_fierro

I saved this thread before the mods got ahold of this gem, if anyone needs it...


45 posted on 04/12/2006 12:22:45 PM PDT by Publius6961 (Multiculturalism is the white flag of a dying country)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

SMART!


46 posted on 04/12/2006 12:23:15 PM PDT by beyond the sea (Oh, for the days when "disrespect" was just a noun.)
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To: Mikey_1962

47 posted on 04/12/2006 12:23:33 PM PDT by seawolf101
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To: TravisBickle

baloney


48 posted on 04/12/2006 12:24:13 PM PDT by beyond the sea (Oh, for the days when "disrespect" was just a noun.)
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To: Battle Axe
Well, Honda has an airbag equipped version of the 2006 Gold Wing coming out this summer, so someone must have figured out something.

Admittedly it is designed to deploy in head-on crashes only. Sensors are in the front forks, deploy only on front and not side impact.

Of motorcycle accidents involving another vehicle, head-ons into the side of a vehicle that's turning left and across the path of a motorcycle are the most common.

49 posted on 04/12/2006 12:25:49 PM PDT by ReaganCowboy (History books are written by winners.)
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To: dfwgator

I just pulled back from a very ugly post to you.


50 posted on 04/12/2006 12:28:48 PM PDT by 68 grunt (3/1 India, 3rd, 68-69, 0311)
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