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Aug 11th 2019, 07:47 PM   #1
 WarpShatner7's Avatar
  Jan 2016
  NW Oregon

  R1200ST, CB350
The story behind that photo of the Pinto in front of the Mt. St. Helens eruption

i figure it goes here since there's a bike in it.
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Aug 12th 2019, 05:33 AM   #2
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  Apr 2016
  Washougal, WA

  Yamaha FJR 1300AE
Cool picture and story. I had not seen it before. I was eleven at the time and still recall our neighbor in Milwaukie leaning over the fence to tell us the mountain was erupting. We went inside and watch the news coverage on tv. Later that day we drove up King Road to a spot where the mountain (at that time) could be seen. The sky east of the mountain was completely black/gray.
That IT looks to be around the same vintage (78') as the one I had during high school.

Edited by unicycle on Aug 12th 2019 at 05:37 AM
Aug 12th 2019, 07:01 AM   #3
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  Jan 2016

I am doubting the bending of the forks just a bit. Maybe twisted them in the triples. I think they say the forks are bent because it is sitting at an angle, but that is the nature of that type of mount. I built a couple of hitch mounts like that and backing up if you weren't careful the bike would lay over and skid along but it really wouldn't damage anything. But, then again, he was in a hurry to get out and may have bumped against the dirt or tree on the side of the road.
My brother and I happened to be standing in an open garage door and watched the mountain blow. Of course we knew it might happen but when it did my brother said, "That's a weird cloud. That's not a cloud. I have to go." as he lived down that way and depending on which way it blew his house was really going to get hammered. The cloud went East so we all got a 'dusting' of ash and my folks that lived 500 miles nearly due east got about an inch.

Edited by Parilla125 on Aug 12th 2019 at 07:03 AM
Aug 12th 2019, 07:51 AM   #4
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  Jan 2016
  Custer, WA

  Suzuki 09 GSXR 1000 Suzuki 09 DRZ 400SM 1970 Yamaha 250 DT1 Enduro
Nice pic
Aug 12th 2019, 08:03 AM   #5
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  Jan 2016

  2006 FZ1, 1999 R1
That guy was twice blessed. He survived the volcano and an exploding Pinto. He lived dangerously.
Aug 12th 2019, 09:06 AM   #6
  Aug 2019

  2014 BMW F800GT
Interesting story. I was just up at the Johnston Ridge Observatory. I'm heading down FR 25 in a couple weeks and will make a stop in to the Windy Ridge side.

Aug 12th 2019, 10:43 AM   #7
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  Jan 2016
  Washington County

Originally Posted by Transported
That guy was twice blessed. He survived the volcano and an exploding Pinto. He lived dangerously.
"When contacted by the Washington Post, the NHTSA had no comment."

Edited by 307T on Aug 12th 2019 at 06:01 PM
Aug 12th 2019, 04:09 PM   #8
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  Jan 2016

  Ducati Diavel, Aprilia Scarabeo
Fascinating! I remember this photo from before I knew what Seattle was, or even thought of moving to USA. It's one of those images that stick to your memory...

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