CHOPPER CRASH: Police investigate a motorbike crash on the corner of Langton and Hall Rds Tuesday night. Photo Craig Warhurst / The Gympie Times
CHOPPER CRASH: Police investigate a motorbike crash on the corner of Langton and Hall Rds Tuesday night. Photo Craig Warhurst / The Gympie Times Craig Warhurst

Mechanic crashes motorcycle

A MOTORCYCLE mechanic taking an imported custom chopper on a test run lost control of the "monstrous" motorbike while turning the corner of Hall and Langton Rds in Gympie's industrial area.

The rider told police the motorbike slipped out from under him on the intersection's loose surface and he could not see the surface because it was dark at the time; about 6pm.

He had jumped from the chopper as it launched over a 60cm drop off the side of the road and smashed into a tree.

Gympie Ambulance paramedics treated the 47-year-old for injuries at the scene and took him to hospital where a broken lower left leg was diagnosed.

Investigating officers said the right-hand side of the chopper "copped a bit of a bashing" and confirmed the loose dirt on the road as the cause.

"It was right outside the driveway of Carter Holt Harvey, so that's why there was dirt on the road. It's a monstrous motorcycle," Senior Constable Adam Laws said.

The rider owns a motorcycle business that specialises in conversions on imported motorbikes.

The motorbike had been purchased for a customer and was being test ridden at the time of the accident.

Motorcycle crash facts

  • The number of motorcycle accidents and fatalities has increased every year for the past decade.
  • More riders over the age of 40 are being killed in motorcycle crashes - a trend reflecting the aging baby boomers.
  • About 235 motorcyclists are killed in Australia each year. In addition, about 6000 motorcyclists are seriously injured.
  • Motorcycle rider deaths occur almost 30 times more than drivers of other vehicles.
  • About 12 female motorcyclists, half of which are pillion riders, are killed each year.
Gympie Times


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