Joel Hoffmann, 61, of Moundridge was taken to Salina Regional Health Center shortly before 3:30 p.m. Monday after losing control of his motorcycle while eastbound on Interstate 70 as he was exiting I-135, according to Kansas Highway Patrol trooper Ben Gardner.
Gardner said the cause of the crash had not been determined.
“We are yet to determine if it was speed or wind was a factor,” Gardner said.
Hoffmann’s brother, Dale Hoffmann, 58, of Newton said Joel is a truck driver and delivers gas. The brothers were riding to the Petro Salina truck stop, 2125 N. Ninth St., “to get gas and so my brother could say hey to a few of his friends," he said.
Dale Hoffmann said the two got lost while going around the curve off of I-135 to I-70 eastbound.
“He was behind a semi truck going around the curve and I had pulled over to wait on him,” Dale Hoffmann said. “I waited, but he never showed up. Then a woman stopped and told me that the guy I had been riding with had lost control of his bike and rolled over.”
Dale Hoffmann said the “sprinkles of rain” and “the way the curve was” could have been factors in the crash.
“You can see that he went through the grass just before getting onto I-70,” he said. “I’m assuming he overcorrected.”
Dale Hoffmann said Joel Hoffmann hadn’t ridden a motorcycle in a few years and had just gotten his registration for his Honda Valkyrie six-cylinder motorcycle Monday.
He estimated damage to the motorcycle at between $2,000 and $3,000.
Despite the circumstances, Dale Hoffmann maintained a sense of humor.
“Well, no one ever died of a little bit of pain. He had some road rash all down his back though,” he said. “He complained that he thought his left shoulder was broken, but I told him, ‘Hey, you look good for a guy who just crashed his motorcycle on the interstate.’ I think he’ll be fine. He needed some time off anyway.”