Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: 4 months of frozen hell
I Ride: 86,000+ mile '07 ZZR600
Rider #2 was following too close for his skill level.
The only real exception to it being entirely his fault and partially the leaders fault would be if you knowingly did something totally stupid to cause his crash, or if you knowingly lead a beginner at a speed he was not capable of but as often is the case, too many a young ego gets involved in following the leader and doing what they do---or not being able to do what they did............(as seems to be the case here)
And I say, entirely, as in not to absolve said follower of all responsibility, just a small portion of it.......... say 1% rider #1, 99% rider #2
As a leader you do need to know the skill level of the followers and it is a good idea to ride to the lowest common denominator...... or not ride with the ones you deem "too slow"
Stupid people say stupid things on the internet, so be wary of who those people are. If you solicit advice on the internet, just keep in mind 99% of what you'll receive is not based on fact or science-and likely atleast 95% of it is based on bullshit and bravado regurgitated from some other schlub who also did not experience any of what they claim and are also full of shit. If you don't like my bluntness- too bad. I am not here to please you, so move along, your approval is not desired nor is it needed. So before opening your pie hole and adding more stupidity, perhaps sit back, listen, absorb and learn something. You know that saying, it is better to remain silent and thought a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt!