Electric bike guru killed in road smash

Matthew Dieckmann, 29, dies riding the bikes he lived for

Posted: 1 September 2010
by Visordown News

AN AMERICAN electric bike guru who was working with a business in India to promote zero emission motorcycles has died in a motorcycle crash in California.

Matthew Dieckmann, 29, was riding an electric motorcycle earlier this week when he was involved in a collision with a Toyota Prius, driven by a 71-year-old pensioner.

Dieckmann hit the car's passenger side and died at the scene.

The driver was unhurt.

Dieckmann was the founder of Santa Rosa-based Electric Race Bikes.

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Look, I know this is in bad taste, but a story about an electric bike "guru" ironically killed in a collision with a Prius...... must be the greenest road crash in history

Posted: 02/09/2010 at 06:21

Apparently he survived the impact but died of a shock on his way ohm... Very, very, sorry - even worse taste I know, couldn't 'resist'.

Posted: 02/09/2010 at 07:46

"I just didn't hear you mate"

 Can let's all stop.. 

Posted: 02/09/2010 at 08:08

You're quite right, guys: it is in bad taste.  Especially as some of us who read this site knew, worked and raced with this man.  Indeed, Matt was that increasingly rare thing in motorcycling: someone whose contribution to racing and to road-riding went beyond fuckwitted internet comments.

Posted: 02/09/2010 at 12:31

you know what Chris? Its a dangerous game, and I'd hope that most bikers, if heaven exists and if they died on a bike would be looking down and laughing along w/ us if they died in a way where at least a small amount of irony/humor can be extracted. 

 I know I might die on a bike someday, and frankly, if I do if there is any humor to be gained I'd want that rather than Morose sadness. Many bikers I know who died specifically said that in a living will that if they ever died riding, they'd want their funeral to be a celebration of their life, rather than a mourning of their death. 

 Its crap for Chris' family that he was killed so young but life goes on... 

Posted: 02/09/2010 at 12:53

*sorry for Matthew's family, (and yours too Chris if they knew him) 

Posted: 02/09/2010 at 12:53

Fuckwit here, Chris Yates 2. I firmly believe the biking fraternity to be above the norm in genuine concern for others, honesty and honour. I believe in fate, and your friend's time came. He will live on in the memories of his friends.

I am very sorry to have caused you offence in my comment full stop.

The keyboard warrior style antagonistic comments I can do without, however. 

Posted: 02/09/2010 at 18:23

This makes me remember to The Matrix. "Faith, it seems, not without the sense of irony".

Posted: 02/09/2010 at 18:29

Of course we all make jokes about this stuff.  Nothing wrong with that - perhaps we have to.  But I'd suggest they're best made to one another in private, not on a public forum.

And this last week or so has seen other very sad news: tragic accidents at Indianapolis and at the Manx GP, and numerous other unreported ones on the road and on the track.  It's part and parcel of motorcycling - we all agree on that.  But on no forum have I read anyone poking fun at them.  Gallows humour is all very well, if it's dished out on an equal basis.

That said - John, Antimagneto: I appreciate your comments, and I correspondingly apologise for my 'keyboard warrior' excess.

Posted: 02/09/2010 at 22:16

Thank you, Chris Yates 2. Let's all send one up for young Ollie Lindsell. And I take your point fully. All the best.

Posted: 02/09/2010 at 22:38

Sad loss, but well done all for honesty.  Bikers, all of them/us, are a cut above the rest.

We all live with the risk, we appreciate the danger, we take care where we can, but we are not wrapped in cotton wool....sometimes shit just happens.

My thoughts are with all the losses this last week.  One death is one too many.....we all personally know someone who got left behind.

Posted: 03/09/2010 at 02:28

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