Skip to comments.Motorcycle Safety Expert Dies in Motorcycle Accident
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.
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Get your sh*t together, jagoff!
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.
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)
Ted Koppel rides a motorcycle? That explains the helmet hair.
I saved this thread before the mods got ahold of this gem, if anyone needs it...
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.
I just pulled back from a very ugly post to you.
Why does your tagline say "What Does Not Kill You Makes You Stronger!" if you don't really believe the words?
~ Blue Jays ~
He probably has one, but I'd call him a jerk.
Honda is about to sell their top of the line Gold Wing (pronounced Winnebago :0) )with air bags this summer.
Are we both coveting the same model Gold Wing?
I am crazy but I am not crazy enough to ride a motorcycle. To many ways to get dead.
GWs are really two wheeled cars..
I know your post was said in jest, but you should have shown a bit more discretion before posting that.
The technology is definitely around to incorporate airbags into contemporary motorcycle designs, it's just that most riders don't want to deal with the additional weight of the system or pay for the complexity. I saw remarkable video how airbags would reduce injuries in moderate-speed accidents.
They might find a market with touring bikes and full-sized cruisers...but it would be a difficult sell in the sportbike or standard market where performance holds the most influence.
~ Blue Jays ~
Rest in peace.
I knew I shouldn't have posted this article...
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