Yesterday my wife and I were enjoying some time in Southern AZ with a motorcycle ride. We rode down the 83 from Tucson, a "Scenic Highway" by the way, and stopped in Sonoita. It's a gas station and store, not much else. It is a congregating point for bikers. While we were there we say 3 bikes, among many, that would later have a tragedy befall them. 3 Harleys, Husband/Wife and a friend. The Father had the son behind him, about 6 or so. The Mother had the Daughter behind her, about 12 and the friend was pillionless. On the news yesterday night we learned that the woman failed to negogiate a curve and ran off the road hitting a tree. She was killed, the Daughter was Airlifted to the local Trauma Center. The kids were wearing 1/2 helmets, but the adults had no protection on. I hate to see this because another life was lost on a great road. The newspaper said the curve has a suggested speed of 35 MPH, I do it at 55 with ease. I just wonder if she was a "newbie" and paniced in the curve and froze up? If she was a "newbie" this is a great reason to have "graduated" licenses. My wife started on a 250cc bike for a year, then a 500cc bike for another year. Now she has an "Open License" in Australia and can ride whatever she wants. I do fault the parents selection of headgear for the children. The law says those under 18 must wear a helmet, but a 1/2 helmet is next to useless. If it were my child I would have them wearing full-face helmets. The son was wearing shorts even. I guess they didn't really care about their kids to allow them to ride dressed like that. Now before the Harley crowd jumps on me let me state, I have ridden and owned Harleys. I very seldom wore a helmet when I was on my Harley. My passengers on the other hand always wore a full-face, or they didn't ride. I also made sure they had on "proper" clothing, or no ride. I don't mind on adult being stupid, but to subject your kids to your stupidity is criminal. It is a parent's responsibility to protect and look after their children until they reach the age of majority. Take care and ride safe and thanks for letting me vent. We say this trio, but they were on the other side of the parking lot and didn't chat with them. We did however chat with a few folks and had a nice time. Wanna kill these ads? We can help!