Guy Gets Bucket-List Motorcycle, Dies in 3 Miles
But he probably went out smiling, says his son
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 17, 2013 3:50 PM CDT

(Newser) – It might help to know going in that Barry Strang's wife isn't angry—she can deal with the way her husband died. But the way that happened is almost too bizarre to believe. The Star-Tribune of Casper, Wyoming, explains: Barry had a lifelong dream to buy a Harley (date nights over four decades included window shopping), and he finally pulled the trigger at age 59. Wife Pam wasn't thrilled, but he was: "44 years finally got one :)," he wrote on Facebook when he picked up the bike and posted a photo. Then he pulled out of the lot and made it all of 3 miles before fatally crashing into a truck.

“It was something he wanted his whole life,” says Pam. “It’s like my son said, ‘Dad went out with the biggest smile on his face.'"

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Jul 20, 2013 12:11 PM CDT
You can't fix stupid.
Jul 19, 2013 7:12 AM CDT
How do we know how much training he received? I think a lot of you are reading or assuming a lot into this. We don't know how the details of how the accident happened either? Oh well, I will make this assumption: Those of you who assumed he had little or no training, you are Democrats! After all, you never look for facts and always lead to conclusions!!!
Jul 18, 2013 9:06 PM CDT
Maybe if he would have taken the time to learn how to ride FIRST? There really isn't all that much traffic in Wyoming. You almost have to try deliberately to collide with anything other than an animal on the road!