Here are the facts as reported by the husband of the 'victim':
The wife mounts her motorcycle (a 2003 GoldWing 1800cc beauty) while in her driveway. It is pointing towards the street. She is wearing safety gear including a helmet. She is experienced and has recently attended an MSF class, apparently not for the first time. She plans to ride the bike to the end of the driveway and make a turn into the street at the end. Her husband also has a 2003 GoldWing 1800 and has started his bike just before wife and completed the drive out onto the street where he waits for her to join him.
Something goes wrong. Just as she starts to move the engine begins to race as if the throttle is fully open. The bike moves 58 feet before it hits the curb on the other side of the street throwing the rider off itself and becomes a total loss as far as the insurance company is concerned. The woman is only bruised and buys a new motorcycle with insurance proceeds. According to the policeman who investigated the accident, says the husband, she was traveling at about 40 MPH when she hit the curb.
It should be pointed out that BOTH the husband and wife reported having experienced their motorcycles behave in this way previously. That is, both of their bikes have, after a brief ride and shut down then restart of their engines, experienced a sudden and unexpected 'racing' of their engines. They claim to have reported this problem to their motorcycle dealership and were told there is no known problem with the GoldWing such as they describe. So, of course, according to the husband, neither of them could possibly have expected that the problem might happen again. Further, neither of them could possibly be expected to be prepared to remain in control of their motorcycles if the problem did happen again because if it did it would be totally unexpected and if it took any corrective action on the part of the rider (such as use of the clutch) within a period of two seconds that would be entirely too little time to recognize that something was wrong and do anything other than 'hold on'.
This actually happened recently. (Both the accident described and the denial of ANY responsibility.) There may actually be a serious electrical problem on the newest GoldWing 1800 that causes it to behave this way. It was said that Honda now admits that there is such a problem on their GoldWing and they have instructed their dealerships on how to correct it. I hope that's true because this couple elected not to preserve the 'evidence' so the GoldWing that was a 'runaway' is no longer available to Honda to see what might have been wrong with it.
It may be possible that Honda does not know the problem could be as severe as it
was in this situation and believes that the GoldWings merely have a tendency to
'surge'. Or it's possible that no other
Honda 1800 GoldWings have experienced the problem as severely as did the two which
happened to be owned by the husband and wife that reported it on the WOTI
("the World's Leading Internet Motorcycle Touring organization") news