Skill, experience failed to save rider

When Glenn Strickland crashed his bike and was found between two crosses marking other road deaths on Julimar Road in Chittering, emergency services held hope he would survive.

Coming around the notorious bend, Mr Strickland, 43, hit gravel and overcorrected but managed to get around discarded road signs before hitting a log.

When his wife Jodye received the call from police, officers assured her he would be OK but the reality could not have been further from the truth.

"Police at the site said they could not believe his skill and ability to get to the point he did," she said. "They obviously thought he was going to live.

"He loved riding. It gave him a huge smile."

Two months on, the hole Mr Strickland's death has left for his wife, daughter Rhiannon and stepson Dyllan is as deep as on the day he died.

"I say to friends it's like I have lost five people - my best friend, my husband, my lover, my soul mate and the father of my kids," Mrs Strickland said. "I miss everything about Glenn, his smell, his voice, his heartbeat, his warmth and his humour."

The diesel mechanic fell in love with riding when he jumped on his first dirt bike at age 10.

He bought a Harley-Davidson at 18 and graduated to a new model at 25. Last year, he added another Harley to his collection.

An unofficial mentor, Mr Strickland, 43, tried to pass on his experience for riding safely.

The West Australian

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