QUESTION...Dose anyone think the type of bike may have promoted this? She won't watch the video, just what I described.
She says type of bike! We've seen em
I say type of inexperience and exposure
Sport bikes do tend to bring out the hooligan in riders. Although I would think being on the sport bike should have made it easier to avoid the collision as they are usually more nimble.
Some people have a propensity for riding fast regardless of what they are riding. That's why I don't own a sport bike, sport touring bike, VMax, Rocket III, etc.....but, anytime there is a passenger involved I ride much more conservatively.
Anyone that's ridden 2up much at all should know the added weight changes the characteristics of the motorcycle, and mama definitely ain't gonna be happy if you hurt her.
As for experience, even experienced riders will occasionally target fixate, make simple mistakes, take foolish risks, and ride over their abilities. I have, my friends have, and I'm sure a lot of others have as well. Unfortunately owning up to our mistakes, and taking responsibility for them are things many are unwilling to do.
Even when it's not our fault, we should still try to figure out what could have been done to avoid, or lessen the severity of the incidents for future reference. This is something I had hoped would come about from this video. It's a lot less painful, and expensive to learn from others mistakes.
Watching them land on the pavement brought back some unpleasant memories for me as well. It's a stark reminder of how quickly a fun ride can turn really ugly in the blink of an eye.
Ride safe y'all.