Rawtenstall motorcyclist killed in Cliviger crash named

Lancashire Telegraph: APPEAL: A police notice at the scene of the fatal accident APPEAL: A police notice at the scene of the fatal accident

A MOTORCYCLIST who died after losing control of his bike while riding near Cliviger has been named as Michael Barker.

Police said Mr Barker, 54, of Rawtenstall, was out for a ride with his two sons when the accident happened on the A646 Burnley Road on Sunday.

Mr Barker died in Royal Blackburn Hospital after losing control of his Honda CB1300 at around 4.45pm.

Police said he had been riding along the road with one of his sons on a bike in front of him and one behind.

The crash occurred on an S-bend on the road and as a result neither son saw the accident happen.

After losing control Mr Barker’s bike veered across the carriageway before coming to rest on the pavement.

He was conscious and brea-thing immediately after the crash and was given medical assistance at the scene by passing motorists, but police saidthat he had slipped out of consciousness while on the side of the road.

He was taken to Royal Bla-ckburn Hospital by North West Air Ambulance bu he died shortly after arriving there.

Police are now investigating the possibility that Mr Barker had an underlying medical condition that caused him to be taken ill while on the bike and made him lose control.

The road between Burnley and Todmorden is a favourite with motorcyclists across Lancashire but campaigners have called for a reduction in the speed limit following a number of crashes there.

Mr Barker is the third motorcyclist to die on that stretch of the road in three years.

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10:57am Wed 1 Sep 10

northernlass05 says...

It wouldnt matter what speed limit was put in place as many bikers ignore them anyway, they know they cant be caught.
I am not saying for one minute speed was the cause in this case but it is in many cases.
I seen for myself the manic way these bikers ride while travelling over Grane Road on Monday.
RIP
It wouldnt matter what speed limit was put in place as many bikers ignore them anyway, they know they cant be caught. I am not saying for one minute speed was the cause in this case but it is in many cases. I seen for myself the manic way these bikers ride while travelling over Grane Road on Monday. RIP northernlass05

3:18pm Wed 1 Sep 10

bikerjohn_uk says...

northernlass05 wrote:
It wouldnt matter what speed limit was put in place as many bikers ignore them anyway, they know they cant be caught.
I am not saying for one minute speed was the cause in this case but it is in many cases.
I seen for myself the manic way these bikers ride while travelling over Grane Road on Monday.
RIP
What utter rubbish. Motorcyclists can be and are caught speeding, but it's like anything else - it's all well and good putting legislation place but enforcing it is a different matter. Unfortunately, the "weekend warriors" (and I'm not for one minute suggesting that Mr. Barker fell into this category) have a very large sense of "it'll never happen to me." The sooner that they wise up and realise that it can happen (and then stop whining like girls when it does) the better. It's not just them that it affects - it's their spouses (because some are women as well), children, parents and siblings too.
[quote][p][bold]northernlass05[/bold] wrote: It wouldnt matter what speed limit was put in place as many bikers ignore them anyway, they know they cant be caught. I am not saying for one minute speed was the cause in this case but it is in many cases. I seen for myself the manic way these bikers ride while travelling over Grane Road on Monday. RIP[/p][/quote]What utter rubbish. Motorcyclists can be and are caught speeding, but it's like anything else - it's all well and good putting legislation place but enforcing it is a different matter. Unfortunately, the "weekend warriors" (and I'm not for one minute suggesting that Mr. Barker fell into this category) have a very large sense of "it'll never happen to me." The sooner that they wise up and realise that it can happen (and then stop whining like girls when it does) the better. It's not just them that it affects - it's their spouses (because some are women as well), children, parents and siblings too. bikerjohn_uk

11:34am Thu 2 Sep 10

northernlass05 says...

bikerjohn_uk wrote:
northernlass05 wrote: It wouldnt matter what speed limit was put in place as many bikers ignore them anyway, they know they cant be caught. I am not saying for one minute speed was the cause in this case but it is in many cases. I seen for myself the manic way these bikers ride while travelling over Grane Road on Monday. RIP
What utter rubbish. Motorcyclists can be and are caught speeding, but it's like anything else - it's all well and good putting legislation place but enforcing it is a different matter. Unfortunately, the "weekend warriors" (and I'm not for one minute suggesting that Mr. Barker fell into this category) have a very large sense of "it'll never happen to me." The sooner that they wise up and realise that it can happen (and then stop whining like girls when it does) the better. It's not just them that it affects - it's their spouses (because some are women as well), children, parents and siblings too.
why is this utter rubbish..... Police dont even attempt to catch a biker speeding as they cant catch them & bikers know that....!

I was travelling on M65 to turn off onto Slip Road to come over Grane Road, 3 bikes flew past me doing close to 90mph (one had a passenger on the back, the other two were single riders), there was a cop car sat on the roundabout overlooking the motorway, they would have seen these 3 morons speeding up the outside lane to cut accross to access the slip road, did they bat an eyelid did they heck WHY because by the time they had got their finger out their nose the bikers would be well away weaving in and out of traffic, something that a cop car cant do and especially on Grane Road.

My point was, it wouldnt matter if this road where this poor man lost his life was a 30mph zone, the majority of bikers (again i am not saying speed was the cause in this instance) would see the bends and long straight roads as a challenge and speed through like the ballons they are.

The roads arnt dangerous, it the drivers who use them, this goes for car drivers as well as the Black Leather Brigade.
[quote][p][bold]bikerjohn_uk[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]northernlass05[/bold] wrote: It wouldnt matter what speed limit was put in place as many bikers ignore them anyway, they know they cant be caught. I am not saying for one minute speed was the cause in this case but it is in many cases. I seen for myself the manic way these bikers ride while travelling over Grane Road on Monday. RIP[/p][/quote]What utter rubbish. Motorcyclists can be and are caught speeding, but it's like anything else - it's all well and good putting legislation place but enforcing it is a different matter. Unfortunately, the "weekend warriors" (and I'm not for one minute suggesting that Mr. Barker fell into this category) have a very large sense of "it'll never happen to me." The sooner that they wise up and realise that it can happen (and then stop whining like girls when it does) the better. It's not just them that it affects - it's their spouses (because some are women as well), children, parents and siblings too.[/p][/quote]why is this utter rubbish..... Police dont even attempt to catch a biker speeding as they cant catch them & bikers know that....! I was travelling on M65 to turn off onto Slip Road to come over Grane Road, 3 bikes flew past me doing close to 90mph (one had a passenger on the back, the other two were single riders), there was a cop car sat on the roundabout overlooking the motorway, they would have seen these 3 morons speeding up the outside lane to cut accross to access the slip road, did they bat an eyelid did they heck WHY because by the time they had got their finger out their nose the bikers would be well away weaving in and out of traffic, something that a cop car cant do and especially on Grane Road. My point was, it wouldnt matter if this road where this poor man lost his life was a 30mph zone, the majority of bikers (again i am not saying speed was the cause in this instance) would see the bends and long straight roads as a challenge and speed through like the ballons they are. The roads arnt dangerous, it the drivers who use them, this goes for car drivers as well as the Black Leather Brigade. northernlass05

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