By July 21, 2008

Rest in peace, Dennis

Motorcyclists are an odd community. I describe most of us as “social loners,” who want to be in a degree of isolation but still remain connected to other individuals. We may ride alone (or with a passenger), but for the most part we are active in the motorcycling community. Some attend “Bike Nights” or benefit rallies. Some belong to local or regional groups. Some just bust out the motorcycle wave. I, and thousands of other motorcyclists, connect through the Internet, typically on forums like Adventure Rider or Sportbikes.net. Neither my BMW K 1200 LTE nor my Yamaha FZ6 are “common” bikes. Without sites like these I wouldn’t know a fraction about my bikes (or motorcycling).

I am fairly new to ADVrider.com, but even then I appreciate what it is like to be part of a larger Web community. I’ve been on Sportbikes.net for awhile, long enough to see riders come and go — either by moving on to other rides or passing away under various circumstances. Unfortunately this post is about another such passing, that of Dennis Sherod. He was 56 years old and a husband, a father, and a valued contributing member of the motorcycling Web community.

The accident appears to have been caused by a woman running a red light at an intersection. Dennis was not speeding, was wearing safety equipment, and was an experienced rider.

I am not sure why this has effected me so deeply. Motorcyclists crash all the time, some times because they are fucking off and crash in a turn, or dump a bike while trying to wheelie on the road. Some times I even poke fun at them, or think that they deserve it. But when a family man is on his way to work, obeying the laws of the road, experienced in the saddle and reasonably protected … it reinforces that motorcycling has a luck component as well as a skill and gear component. Sometimes all you can do isn’t enough to keep you safe, and that fucking sucks.

ADVrider.com has a thread about Dennis’s passing. There is a sunset memorial service scheduled today, but since I can’t be there I will be remembering Dennis on my motorcycle commute today.

Motor on, Dennis, motor on.

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  1. Desiree says:

    Dennis was my dad and I miss him deeply. He was a fantastic man that has left everyone he’s touched with a great void in their hearts. As one friend said at his service “you just liked the man” and that statement couldn’t be more true. I don’t know what I’ll do without him.

  2. Giorgio says:

    Sorry if i will write in Italian.
    Denni era una persona speciale, e questo lo sanno tutte le persone che hanno avuto l’onore di conoscerlo ed essergli amico.
    Una persona sincera, semplice e un grande Signore.
    Purtroppo quella mattina al semaforo la sua vita é stata improvvisente spezzata.
    Io lo ricorderò sempre sorridente e sereno , con quel suo carattere tranquillo.
    Ciao Dennis