'He was a good rider': Trainer praises killed motorcyclist
THERE have been a tragic number of deaths on South Burnett roads in recent weeks.
Kingaroy motorcycle trainer Col Rogerson has felt the emotional effects as much as anyone in our region.
But the one that left the biggest void for him was the tragic death of motorcyclist, Kendall Lederhose, who died after his bike collided with a ute at the Haly St, Glendon St intersection late last month.
In December last year, Mr Rogerson trained Kendall at his purpose-built rider training facility in Kingaroy.
He remembers the 43-year-old as a competent rider.
"The Kendall that I trained wasn't overconfident or a rev-head," Mr Rogerson said.
"He was a good rider."
Mr Rogerson assessed Kendall during the training and the assessor was confident he did all that was required to receive his open R class license.
A class R motorcycle license means the rider can legally ride any engine size motorbike.
Prior to that riders must hold an RE license for two years which means riding a learner approved 250cc size motorcycle.
Mr Rogerson remembers Kendall as a cautious and sensible rider.
When Kendall first bought his new motorcycle from Brisbane, he sent his former trainer a text message concerned about riding in the rain.
"It had forecast storms and he said he didn't wish to ride a foreign motorbike in dodgy weather," Mr Rogerson said.
Kendall never had a car licence but at the time motorbike riders were not required to have one.
The rule that has since been changed by the Queensland Department of Transport.
Kendall Lederhose's death sent a huge shockwave throughout the community.
Mr Rogerson will remember him as a wary and watchful rider.
"He was a cautious person," he said.
"His mother told me he was always staying three seconds behind."
"He had all the gear."