This has nothing to do with shooting from the weekend. It's a thought I've had after photographing a few crashes on Palomar Mountain and the resulting reactions from people who see the photos. 

Yes, Palomar Mountain is a dangerous place. So is the 15 freeway. Yes, Palomar is more risky then your average cruise through the hills. You can do things to minimize the risk, just like you do on a regular road. Just like you wouldn't put yourself in a sketchy spot between two cars, don't put yourself on the double yellow through a turn. 

Not everyone can afford the track EVERY weekend like they can afford to head out to the mountain for a few hours. I've noticed most people who ride Palomar, DO ride the track or have the intention of going to a track day. So spouting off "You need to take it to the track" is just wasting your breath. If you don't know the risks you put yourself into when throwing your leg over your bike, you're being a squid, and that has nothing to do with Palomar. 

Unless you were riding behind the person that crashed and have it on video and can tell  EXACTLY why they crashed, maybe you should keep your generalized, blanketed statements to yourself. 

Also, chewing people out, calling them a newbie or other foul names,  for crashing is just wrong. They just dumped their bike, give em some time to get back into a positive mind set before you rain on their parade. You want to be an asshole, that's one thing... don't add insult to injury. If you want to help them out and give them pointers, props to you for helping out a fellow rider, but be constructive with your criticism. 

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Rider was ok. Got up, dusted herself and the bike off and rode home. She is a little unsure on what caused the lowside. She assumes it was a little to much angle without the momentum. Maybe add some new tires not fully scrubbed in. Either way, glad she was good to go for the ride home. 

Now that I got all that out of the way, on to something a little more positive. 

Saturday May 10, 2014 Gallery

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  • Ray Kau

    on May 13, 2014

    Someone might suggest Frame sliders for a low side could have saved the fairings not always as I can testify to but usually they help :D

  • 1904Photography

    on May 13, 2014

    The bike has a single sided fork!!! I've never seen that before!

  • Josh Merrill

    on May 13, 2014

    Very well said! Everyone loves to preach on the interwebs, but a lot more people need to just shut it. If someone crashes, help them.

    That mountain biker is FLYING down!

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