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  • Anonymous

    “Trafton said that charges were likely to be forthcoming.”

    Likely????????

    I’d hope so!!  Maybe she was texting?

    • Anonymous

       I couldn’t imagine anyone being capable of texting while riding a motorcycle. The ‘gas pedal’ is actually controlled by your hand. Thus you cannot keep speed if you aren’t touching it.

    • Anonymous

      yeah, texting…ok…laughable. have YOU ever been in an accident? hopefully not but if you ever are I hope you don’t have uninformed mean people saying things like that about you…it was an honest accident…

  • Anonymous

    Charges may be filed?
    OK.
    But nothing will sting as much as trashing a brand new Harley.
    Right in front of your boyfriend.
    Helmets save lives.

  • ptkitty

    I’ve “NEVER  panicked on a corner” while riding my Harley.

    I have “panicked” when….
    — cars pull right out in front of me at the last second, 
    — on-coming cars turn left abruptly in front of me (never a signal light, of course),
    — cars tailgate me, 
    — cars pass me in my own lane.

    Wear a helmet and attempt to be a responsible rider.  That’s my opinion.

    • Anonymous

      Ever been hit by a Junebug?  That. hurts.

      • Anonymous

        Rain doesn’t feel too good hitting you in the face either.

      • Anonymous

        Hit by a duck once.

      • Anonymous

        Sounds like ptkitty wears a helmet.It lessons the chance of Junebug injuries and others by a lot.

        • Anonymous

          Only if your head is turned to the side.

          • Anonymous

            Not with a full face mask.

          • Anonymous

            May as well be in a car?

          • Anonymous

            Hit the pavement  and u will know u are not in a car..I like my sport touring bike…. and my full face helmet.Does not take away anything from the ride.Just adds safty

    • Anonymous

      Where does it say she wasn’t wearing a helmet?? Just MY question…hmmmm

  • Anonymous

    Motorcycle not registered and most likely not insured = 0ne unhappy dealership or one expensive lesson for Miss Denton.

    • Anonymous

      If she bought the bike from a dealer she would have had to show proof of insurance before it ever left the building, if it was financed that is.

    • Anonymous

      the bike WAS insured…there aren’t many details in this article and a few of them are incorrect. Assusumptions are like…well, you know…

  • Anonymous

    Obviously an inexperienced rider to have panicked on a corner. Unregistered bike, probably uninsured as well. Lucky for her she didn’t not have a passenger.

  • Anonymous

    Only takes a few minutes to register on line, whats with all the helmet comments, never said if she had one on or not??  I do think wearing a helmet or not is called Freedom Of Choice.  

    • Anonymous

      Not a choice within the first year of having your bike license, it’s a requirement in Maine.

    • Anonymous

      Just an FYI, you can’t register new vehicles or motorcycles on line the first time……..

    • Anonymous

      Where’s  my Freedom of Choice when it comes to the Seatbelt Law?  Why do I have to wear a seatbelt, but motorcyclists do not have to wear a helmet?  It makes no sense.

      • Anonymous

        Because when it came time to vote on the helmet law bikers showed up at the polls and voted the helmet law DOWN !

        • Anonymous

          Not a very bright bunch, are they?

          • Anonymous

             Maine had a chance to vote down the seat belt law too…..guess money from the feds and not a big voter turn out……hey… at least the bikers were bright enough to show up and VOTE !!

          • Anonymous

            YAY for UBM!!

          • Anonymous

            I’m not saying I am against the seatbelt law, I am actually for it.  I just don’t understand how motorcyclists seem to blame the driver of a car when they get killed or seriously injured in an accident when a helmet could have quite easily have prevented both.  I think insurance companies should step in and make it a requirement in their policies.

        • Anonymous

          It came down to fed dollars, and Maine does have a helmet law, I agree it should be your choice to wear a seat belt also.  I’m well aware of the helmet law for 1st time riders.  Most state got bribed into passing seat belt/helmet laws by with holding fed dollars.

  • Anonymous

    FYI…it was her husband, not boyfriend. Secondly she was right next to her home, practicing. She was an inexperienced rider, getting some practice so she could drive further at some point. Also, she obviously was not texting….she lost control (if anyone is aware the roads are loaded with salt and sand this time of year. She is luc ky to be alive. As far as charges for the bike being unregistered….that’s a small price considering she still has her life. She was merely practicing right next to her house…helemts DO save lives and she has learned a hard lesson.

    • Anonymous

      So what was an inexperienced rider doing riding on roads that you yourself say are “loaded with salt and sand this time of year”.  Her husband, assuming he is much more experienced, is the one that should be fined for allowing an inexperiened rider to be out on the public roads with an unregistered vehicle,  and when the roads are covered with sand.  Experienced riders know to avoid riding until the spring rain storms have cleaned the roads of sand.  Ifvshe was so inexperienced as to go down on a road “right next to her house”, it’s also likely she didn’t have a motorcycle endorsement on her license either.

      I’m glad she wasn’t badly injured, but this is one of those cases where a little common sense would have gone a log way.

      • Anonymous

        All you need now is a permit to drive a motorcycle, which can be obtained by sitting in a classroom for a day and never starting or sitting on a motorcycle.  Maybe she had the learner’s permit.

        • Anonymous

          Jeeze, I didnt know our licenseing standards had fallen that far in this state.  An MSF course should be a requirement also.

          • Anonymous

            Been that way for years.

          • Anonymous

            Actually, I completely agree with you.  I took the permit course myself.  However, I had been on motorcycles and dirt bikes before years ago, so I did at least know how they handle.  There was a woman in my course who had never even SAT on a motorcycle and it was very scary to think that when we walked out of class that day, she could hop on a motorcycle and drive throughout the entire state if she chose.  The permit course does not in way prepare to to drive a motorcycle.  If you ask me, it simply points out the dangers on a piece of paper and reinforces the rules of the road that we all learned when we got our licenses to drive a car.

          • Anonymous

            I took the class last year.  There were a couple of people in the class who had never even sat on a motorcycle, let along driven one.  The dealership that the class was held at was more than happy to sell them brand new Harleys even though they knew they had no experience.  The dealership even offered to store their new bikes until Monday when they got their license.

          • Anonymous

            And these were full-dress Harleys, not Sportys.  One of them even crashed their training bike during class.

          • Anonymous

            It’s scary, but I guess they figure the motorcyclist has to use common sense too.  I just can’t imagine being legally able to drive on the roads with no skills testing or anything, but, unfortunately, it is usually the cyclist that gets hurt.  They rarely cause harm to others.

          • Anonymous

            Then you would agree on a defense driving course, or driver’s ed for everyone before they get a car license????

          • Anonymous

            Absolutely, 100%.   I bought my first motorcycle at the age of 13 and have had a motorcycle endorsement on my license in every state I’ve lived in, and I’ve been riding for more than 40 years and currently own a 2011 Road Glide Custom.  What’s your point?  Yes, it’s my firm opinion that all drivers (2 wheel or 4) should have some formalized training before they’re allowed to get behind the wheel or handlebars. 

            From the tone of your posts here I assume you’re one of the ABATE followers who believes it’s your God-given right to ride with no training, no helmet, or other protective gear.  You probably also believe that it’s your right to splatter your brains all over the country side and let the taxpayers pick up the huge cost of long term medical care.   

            Two opposing views – America – isn’t it great!

        • Anonymous

          how do you know she didn’t???? someone point out to me where it says ANYTHING about a license or permit in this article…OBVIOUSLY it mentions the registration so if the license were an issue don’t you all think it would SAY so in the article??? Duh!!

          • Anonymous

            Where did I say she didn’t have a license or a permit or anything else?  LOL  Someone made a comment about experience with licensing and I commented that you don’t have to have a license.  That person commented that he/she thought that was a bad idea, I agree and elaborated.  Do you read the posts?

          • Anonymous

            That’s how it’s always worked: you take the written test and get your permit, which makes it legal to go out and practice on the open road. That’s why it’s called a “learner’s permit”. With a permit you have to wear a helmet, you can’t take a passenger and you can’t ride after dark. Once you’ve had sufficient practice you take your road test, which is when you get your actual license, assuming you pass. I’ve been a licensed motorcyclist for 35 years and, according to what was written in this article, this woman wasn’t doing anything wrong, save from not having her bike registrered. Sand and other hazards on the road are part of the game at all times of the year and beginners need to need to learn how to deal with them.

          • Anonymous

            I didn’t see that she was necessarily doing anything wrong either.  In fact, I have no idea how long she has been riding.  I have been riding for 2 years and still consider myself a “learner.”  That being said, I started in my driveway, just getting a handle on the clutch, brakes, etc.  Then I graduated to the big open high school parking lot.  Then to the paved drive that connect the high school and elementary school (on a  Sunday afternoon where I had the whole road to myself).  Then I ventured onto side roads where I would meet other traffic.  Then eventually main roads.  Perhaps she has done the same thing?  The article doesn’t say a word about her experience level and, as I said, 2 years of riding and I am still a learner.  I will probably always be a learner. There’s always a new experience that comes up. I agree that we all need to be prepared for dirt in the roads and other hazards.  There are many no matter the time of year.   It still amazes me, however, that you don’t have to even sit on a motorcycle before you’re allowed to drive on the roads.  I suppose the lawmakers figure that the motorcyclist generally put themselves at far more risk than they would pose to others.  

          • Anonymous

            I always worry about people learning to ride on fairly large street bikes; especially later in life.  I always recommend that people learn on small dirt bikes.  I tried to teach my wife to ride years ago.  She started on a dirt bike and had no problems whatsoever.  When she tried to ride a 650 street bike it was still completely foreign to her and she dumped it in the first 5 minutes.  Some people just can’t pick it up and aren’t meant to ride.  I’m sure if she wanted to ride bad enough she could have mastered it.  I hope this woman heals up quickly and takes one of those motorcycle riding courses.  They really do know how to teach the basics that us older riders just take for granted and may not pass on correctly.

          • Anonymous

            I’m sorry about your wife’s bothersome experience.  I’m not sure how big of a woman your wife is, but I started on my Honda Rebel 250.  It’s a tiny little bike and easy to handle.  I’m 5/7, 170 pounds.  I have since taken my husband’s 650 for a spin, but it took me a long time and lot of confidence building to feel comfortable (and I did have some experience with dirt bikes as a teenager).  Now all I want to do is sell my bike and take over his bike!  I agree with you.  I hope this woman heals quickly and takes a property training course.  Being out there on the road is so much fun.  As our instructor said, you’re already putting yourself at a greater risk than normal just by riding.  Every little thing you can do, including that training, just takes you one step further down that risk ladder.  I hope your wife enjoys getting on the back?

          • Anonymous

            yes!!!! you are correct. thank you.

      • Anonymous

        where do you suggest inexperienced drivers go to practice?? She was on HER own BACK road the country…NOTHING ILLEGAL about THAT. Her husband can not be fined or held responsible either..they went out together on their bikes a VERY short distance…no one gets into a vehicle and EXPECTS to crash!! Accidents happen EVERYDAY….experienced or not, registerd or not….if that’s her crime, well, we should all be “put down”…she will pay the fine…lesson learned. At least she’s alive.

    • Anonymous

      I live in a town with the same salt and sand still on the roads.  I’m so happy to hear that she is going to be ok, but if her husband (or boyfriend) was an experienced rider himself, I cannot imagine why he would have her practicing with all the dirt that’s around right now. I have only ridden for 2 years and I would be panicked if I saw dirt in the roads as well.  It’s kind of like trying to run on marbles.  Kudos to her for wearing her helmet.  She’s far smarter than a lot of the more experienced riders I know!!

      • Anonymous

        I have ridden my Harley on Daytona Beach, now that is sand, you slow down, and pay attention, do not use the front break.

    •  she was ‘practicing’ on a public road, that is ILLEGAL, in front of her home or 5ooo miles away, it is still ILLEGAL   she was operating an ‘unregistered’ vehicle, that is ILLEGAL

      why do i get the feeling when she gets experienced, she will see nothing wrong with speeding and drinking with on a motorcycle

      • Guest

         Nothing ILLEGAL about it if she had a permit.

        • if a vehicle is unregistered, it is illegal to ride it on a public
          roadway , regardless if it has insurance or not,regardless if the
          driver has a permit or license 

          • Guest

            My mistake, guess I better pay closer attention.  :)

      • Anonymous

        Who said she didn’t have a permit or a license?? She was INEXPERIENCED…that is why she was staying on BACK ROADS and off main roads… How do you get “drinking and speeding” out of this??? You have charactorized someone you know NOTHING about and you DON’T have ANY details….so I suggest you get them before you say stupid things…should it have been registered?, yes….people have uninspected, unregistered vehicles that are 1 day, 1 month…etc past due, it happens ALL THE TIME…that doesn’t make them a drunk or a speeder….I’m SURE she’s learned her lesson.  

      • Anonymous

        where do you suggest inexperienced drivers go to practice?? She was on HER own BACK road the country…NOTHING ILLEGAL about THAT. Her husband can not be fined or held responsible either..they went out together on their bikes a VERY short distance…no one gets into a vehicle and EXPECTS to crash!! Accidents happen EVERYDAY….experienced or not, registerd or not….if that’s her crime, well, we should all be “put down”…she will pay the fine…lesson learned. At least she’s alive.

      • Anonymous

        it is NOT illegal to practice on a public road einstein! the ONLY illegal thing was the fact that is was “apparently unregistered”…THAT fact did NOT contribute to the accident, it would have happened anyway.

      • Anonymous

        Practicing on a public road is NOT illegal if one has their permit. That’s why it’s called a “learner’s permit”.

  • Anonymous

    The bike IS insured…she would never have a passenger since she was inexperienced…and you readers can make all the assumptions you want. There is nothing in this article about a helmet, insurance or anything and also they obviously have some incorrect info here since she was with her husband, not a “boyfriend”.  Motorcycle accidents happen no matter HOW experienced a rider is…that’s why they are called accidents.

    • Anonymous

      Was she wearing a helmet?

    • ‘accidents’ are an act of god, foreseen and unavoidable,no person responsible
      a ‘crash’ is an event caused by human error

      have you noticed more and more TV stations and police officers are saying ‘crash’ and not accident

      • Anonymous

        then obviously THIS was an accident…no one in the world intentionally plans on flying off a motorcycle at 40 mph…this was unavoidable….being unregistered does not make it “less” of an accident..

    • Anonymous

      It is never a question of IF you go down……its a question of WHEN you go down….and how bad.      Glad she was able to walk away from it just getting banged up a little 

  • Anonymous

    Even if it was a Sportster, Harleys are awful heavy bikes to be learning on, especially for a woman. I hope she is alright and has a speedy recovery.

  • No seat buckles? makes you wonder why motorcycles are legal.

    • Anonymous

      Many riders have rode their entire life without a helmet.  It can be done if you watch what you are doing and are good at avoiding distracted car drivers.  I wear a helmet 90% of the time.  The 10% when I don’t is on very hot days in slow residential areas.   When the speed limit gets to 50 or 55 I put the helmet on.  I know a lot of people hate free choice, but I will enjoy it as long as I can and then pay fines to enjoy the wind in my hair.

      • look at the statistical evidence seat beats do save lives . People are about 1% more likely to get into an accident in the first place with a seat buckle on . Try dropping a hoe ash of you cigar with a seat buckle on lol. My point is innocent people are also killed because of seat buckles maybe a very small . That number can be debated. If one is stupid even not to where on that should be thier choice. When people are forced to where on is where the problem lies . I bet motor cycles can be the same thing . You can not here the car of see as well.

  • Anonymous

    Dear “bigseeker”…that facebook page is PRIVATE, NOT public. It is only viewable by “friends”. Obviously you are one of those “friends”…and YOU have NO idea what you are talking about, I see you removed your other post that Leslie had written, “in her own words”….and got so many “likes”….rub you the wrong way did it?….I’m sure you have better things to do with your life than be nosy and spread gossip. One thing about living in a small town….everyone thinks they know more about a person than the person themselves seems to know. Some of you really need a life. If none of you have ever driven an unregistered vehicle even one day late…kudos to you…that doesn’t make this a haneous CRIME….for God sake!

    • Anonymous

      Just a question, did she have “motorcycle” on her license?

  • Anonymous

    Leslies words..
      Well…I think most of you know I was in a motorcycle accident yesterday. I was going 40 MPH, no helmet (I know STUPID) and I was trying to slow down for a 90 degree corner. I didn’t realize I was revving the gas at the same time I was trying to clutch and brake. I did not have time to correct myself before hitting the corner. I was thrown 20 feet into the woods. I barely missed a huge tree and a …rock wall. I landed in a thick patch of Alders. No broken bones, no internal injuries, just VERY battered! I am VERY, Very lucky to be alive today, as I was told by the EMTs, Dr’s and onlookers. The first paramedic on the scene was named Larry….a sign? I think so. :) God definitely has plans for me!!! I am SO THANKFUL to be alive! No more motorcycling for me, EVER!! Hopefully, with time my face will look half decent again. My husband was following me and saw everything. He is taking care of me along with some wonderful friends and other family members. On that note, food and volunteers for this week to watch over me and lend a hand may be needed and very much appreciated
    Well…I think most of you know I was in a motorcycle accident yesterday. I was going 40 MPH, no helmet (I know STUPID) and I was trying to slow down for a 90 degree corner. I didn’t realize I was revving the gas at the same time I was trying to clutch and brake. I did not have time to correct myself before hitting the corner. I was thrown 20 feet into the woods. I barely missed a huge tree and a …rock wall. I landed in a thick patch of Alders. No broken bones, no internal injuries, just VERY battered! I am VERY, Very lucky to be alive today, as I was told by the EMTs, Dr’s and onlookers. The first paramedic on the scene was named Larry….a sign? I think so. :) God definitely has plans for me!!! I am SO THANKFUL to be alive! No more motorcycling for me, EVER!! Hopefully, with time my face will look half decent again. My husband was following me and saw everything. He is taking care of me along with some wonderful friends and other family members. On that note, food and volunteers for this week to watch over me and lend a hand may be needed and very much appreciated

    • Anonymous

      So glad you are okay, Leslie!  I don’t know you, but I am very happy your Guardian Angel was on duty that day!

    • Anonymous

      SOOO glad to hear you’re okay!!

    • Anonymous

      A 2012 HD… and Not registered? Did you have a motorcycle license?

      • Anonymous

        Is it possible that whatever temp plates the motorcycles come with (I know it’s 14 day for cars, but not sure about bikes) had expired, and they just hadn’t gotten the permanent plates yet? Or, would they have said expired registration, if that were the case?

         I’m not trying to be a smart alec here. It’s a legitimate question.

        • Anonymous

          It can’t be expired if its not renewable. but who cares? this story isn’t even of newspaper importance!

      • Anonymous

        it’s actually a 2011 not 2012…this article has errors…

    • Anonymous

      I am glad you are okay. Motorcycle riding is risky to say the least, but being on the road in any form is dangerous. One sunny morning a few years back a lady crossed the center line, hitting my vehicle head on at 45 mph. She died as well as my wife. I survived with broken bones in four places and was out of work for 5 months. I asked the Doctor when I could ride my bike again and he said “why don’t you forget about riding a bike they are dangerous”. I said “Seems like driving my car is pretty dangerous” It took some courage to get on the road again in anything. I say this to you from experience. Take your time and let your body and spirit heal. There are no guarantees on tomorrow for anyone and never is along time. As time goes by your fears may go away and will want to ride again.  I have what I call a respectful fear of my bike. I control what I can and the rest is in the hands of a more powerful figure.

  • Anonymous

    if she needed practice he should have told her to wait till the roads were safe to ride then sent or brought her somewhere  for some practice.. and is she supposed to be riding at night in the first place. stuff like this is what makes us all look bad. lack of common sense.. glad she is ok regardless

    • Anonymous

      it happened during the day…don’t know where you got this was night time…it was day…this time of year…the sun is still up at 6, 6:30…7…check it out sometime.

  • Anonymous

    According to the Maine Transportation Committee, upwards of 42% of Maine’s nearly 50,000 registered motorcycles go uninspected each year —
    presumably because the chances of being caught are so low.  Whether it’s the first or the 500th time you take your bike out on the public roadways, you are always subject to those same traffic laws as the 18 wheeler or Subaru Outback coming down that road. So, be careful and follow the safety protocols and find a big parking lot to practice lots of turns on. The Motorcycle Safety Foundation is a boundless resource of good, solid information online at http://online2.msf-usa.org/msf/Default.aspx

  • Anonymous

    all states that let you ride without a helmet require it for permit holders period. some you have to have your license for a year.and you dont practice with 6 hundred pounds

  • Anonymous

    According to a social media site open for public viewing (and statements made by a close relative of Miss Dentons), she had no license, had no permit, had not taken a class, was not wearing a helmet, and the bike was not registered.  I would think that would make it illegal to drive on a public way.  I am glad she was not hurt but also glad she did not hurt anyone else either.    

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