Ryan Bayne died after his Suzuki ZX9 went off the road near Elie on Tuesday night
Ryan Bayne, a 28-year-old father from Leven, Fife, lost his life in a tragic motorbike accident on Tuesday, October 4, 2023. He was riding his green and blue Suzuki ZX9 on the A917 near Elie when he veered off the road around 9.50 pm. Despite the efforts of the emergency services, he was pronounced dead at the scene.
Ryan was riding with another man on a black and yellow Suzuki scrambler style motorcycle, who was not involved in the crash. The police are appealing for witnesses and dashcam footage to help them with their investigation.
Ryan’s family and friends have paid tribute to him on social media, expressing their shock and grief over his sudden death. His partner Tia Louise changed her Facebook profile picture to one of the couple and wrote: “You’ll always have my heart. I love you.” His sister Emma Stephen added: “Rest in paradise. He was an absolute pleasure to have known you. GBNF.”
Ryan Bayne was a loving father and a keen motorcyclist
Ryan Bayne was a loving father to his young daughter, who he adored. He was also a keen motorcyclist, who enjoyed riding his Suzuki ZX9. He had recently posted a picture of his bike on Facebook, captioned: “Love this beast.”
His friends and acquaintances have shared their memories of him, describing him as a friendly, funny, and generous person. Claire Gubby wrote: “I’ll make sure your daughter never forgets how much you love her and remind her of all the great memories you both made.” Louis Low said: “Rest in peace bro,” while Nicole Bayne commented: “RIP brother! Will miss you forever.” Ashley Buchan added: “Devastating news. Thoughts with all the family and friends. So, so shocked.”
Ryan Bayne’s death is the latest in a series of motorbike fatalities in Scotland
Ryan Bayne’s death is the latest in a series of motorbike fatalities in Scotland, which have raised concerns over the safety of bikers on the roads. According to the latest statistics from Transport Scotland, there were 29 motorcyclist deaths in 2022, up from 25 in 2021. Motorcyclists accounted for 15% of all road deaths, despite making up only 1% of all road traffic.
Some of the factors that contribute to the high risk of motorbike accidents include speed, weather, road conditions, visibility, and driver behaviour. The Scottish Government has launched several campaigns to raise awareness and promote safer riding among motorcyclists, such as the Live Fast, Die Old initiative and the Breathtaking Roads campaign. However, some bikers have argued that more needs to be done to improve the infrastructure and enforcement of the roads, as well as the education and attitude of other road users.
Tips for motorcyclists to stay safe on the roads
- Wear appropriate protective gear, such as a helmet, gloves, boots, and clothing.
- Check your bike regularly, especially the tyres, brakes, lights, and mirrors.
- Plan your route and avoid unfamiliar or hazardous roads.
- Ride within your limits and the speed limit, and adjust your speed according to the traffic, weather, and road conditions.
- Be visible and alert, and use your indicators, horn, and headlights when necessary.
- Keep a safe distance from other vehicles, and avoid overtaking or filtering in risky situations.
- Be aware of the blind spots and movements of other road users, especially large vehicles, pedestrians, and cyclists.
- Take regular breaks and avoid riding when tired, distracted, or under the influence of alcohol or drugs.