Skip to comments.Motorcyclist cited for going 205 MPH (going faster than state patrol plane)
Posted on 09/21/2004 9:43:55 AM PDT by Lijahsbubbe
WABASHA (AP) - With a State Patrol airplane overhead, a Stillwater motorcyclist hit the throttle and possibly set the informal record for the fastest speeding ticket in Minnesota history: 205 mph.
On Saturday afternoon, State Patrol pilot Al Loney was flying near Wabasha, in southeastern Minnesota on the Wisconsin border, watching two motorcyclists racing along U.S. Highway 61.
When one of the riders shot forward, Loney was ready with his stopwatch. He clicked it once when the motorcycle reached a white marker on the road and again a quarter-mile later. The watch read 4.39 seconds, which Loney calculated to be 205 mph.
"I was in total disbelief," Loney told the St. Paul Pioneer Press for Tuesday's editions. "I had to double-check my watch because in 27 years I'd never seen anything move that fast."
Several law enforcement sources told the newspaper that, although no official records are kept, it was probably the fastest ticket ever written in the state.
After about three-quarters of a mile, the biker slowed to about 100 mph and let the other cycle catch up. By then Loney had radioed ahead to another state trooper, who pulled the two over soon afterward.
The State Patrol officer arrested the faster rider, 20-year-old Stillwater resident Samuel Armstrong Tilley, for reckless driving, driving without a motorcycle license - and driving 140 miles per hour over the posted speed limit of 65 mph.
A search of speeding tickets written by state troopers, who patrol most of the state's highways, between 1990 and February 2004 shows the next fastest ticket was for 150 mph in 1994 in Lake of the Woods County.
Tilley did not return calls from the newspaper to his home Monday. A working number for him could not immediately be found by The Associated Press on Tuesday.
Only a handful of exotic sports cars can reach 200 mph, but many high-performance motorcycles can top 175 mph. With minor modifications, they can hit 200 mph. Tilley was riding a Honda 1000, Loney said.
Kathy Swanson of the state Office of Traffic Safety said unless Tilley was wearing the kind of protective gear professional motorcycle racers wear, he was courting death at 200 mph.
"I'm not entirely sure what would happen if you crashed at 200 miles per hour," Swanson said. "But it wouldn't be pretty, that's for sure."
Patrol Officer: "Do you know why I pulled you over?"
Wel, I had the "informal" record for the fastest speeding ticket in NJ (143mph), but that was back in the 80's, so I don't know if a bigger fool has yet to come along and capture the honor.
I once called 911 when driving home because of a group of kids on bikes riding extremely dangerously and nearly causing a couple of wrecks. The 911 operator told me "We can't pursue motorcycles. There is nothing we can do."
Unless there was some serious motor work done on that bike, it was not doing 205. Maybe 190 give or take but not 205.
"But officer, my speedometer is broken"
Or trooper Loney's math.
What could he wear, a space capsule?
Well 190 is plenty fast for me!
There's no protective gear that can help one iota in a 205 mph motorcycle crash.
He was probably only doing 160, and the cops were just trying to make quota.
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A Suzuki Hayabusa, a 1300cc Sport Bike, can hit 200mph out of the box. Sport bikes today are incredible machines. Some times all you have to do is change the sprockets to increase top speed.
It's just hard for me to imagine controlling a bike with the wind on you at that speed. (I'm no bike rider).
LOL. Reminds me of a time I was pulled over unfortunately doing over 100MPH. The officer asked me if I knew how fast I was going. I told him I thought I might have been going a little over 55 MPH. He got a kick out of that.
It seems there are alot of instances where there is nothing they can do. :(
Not possible. It takes a lot more horsepower to push a motorcycle through the air at 205mph, than a street able Honda 1000 owned by a 20 year can put out. Loney should put down the donut and and pay attention to what he's doing.
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Nice invitation for others to try to break the record for the notoriety. =^/
We can safely say it wasn't a Harley! :-)
Suzuki Hayabusa GSX 1300 R. The fastest production street bike ever, supposedly 193 mph.
Under IDEAL conditions a 'Busa will hit 200 (again, give or take) and does so with superior aerodynamics but no "Honda 1000" I know of will.
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I was a witness just one week ago to a headon crash between a motorcycle and a pick up (both travelling approximately 70 mph). I can tell you it wasn't a pretty scene for the very dead bike rider. Since he looked like ground hamburger, I can only imagine what a bike crash at over 200 mph would do - perhaps liquification, biker go poof!!
Must have been downhill with a tail wind and a lighweight rider...either that or the cop hit the stopwatch early...I wonder what wheel wobble would feel like at that speed....stick your arms out and go flying...
Tilley's cojones are inversely proportional to his brains. Any bets on his highest birthday? My bet is he has had his last one!
Cool that this happened on Highway 61!
Oh God said to Abraham, "Kill me a son"
Abe says, "Man, you must be puttin' me on"
God say, "No." Abe say, "What?"
God say, "You can do what you want Abe, but
The next time you see me comin' you better run"
Well Abe says, "Where do you want this killin' done?"
God says, "Out on Highway 61."
Well Georgia Sam he had a bloody nose
Welfare Department they wouldn't give him no clothes
He asked poor Howard where can I go
Howard said there's only one place I know
Sam said tell me quick man I got to run
Ol' Howard just pointed with his gun
And said that way down on Highway 61.
Well Mack the Finger said to Louie the King
I got forty red white and blue shoe strings
And a thousand telephones that don't ring
Do you know where I can get rid of these things
And Louie the King said let me think for a minute son
And he said yes I think it can be easily done
Just take everything down to Highway 61.
Now the fifth daughter on the twelfth night
Told the first father that things weren't right
My complexion she said is much too white
He said come here and step into the light he says hmm you're right
Let me tell the second mother this has been done
But the second mother was with the seventh son
And they were both out on Highway 61.
Now the rovin' gambler he was very bored
He was tryin' to create a next world war
He found a promoter who nearly fell off the floor
He said I never engaged in this kind of thing before
But yes I think it can be very easily done
We'll just put some bleachers out in the sun
And have it on Highway 61.
I agree. I actually (stupid) street-raced bikes a fair amount until (emarassingly) recently.
Motorcycles are EXTREMELY fast at accelleration . . . power to weight ratio being dramatically above that of a car.
Hence, 0-60 times in the 2.5 second range is common.
BUT bikes (actually the rider) is an aero-dynamic nightmare. Hence, top speed is often less than extreme automobiles.
I frequently hit 160, 170 mph. But I doubt 205.
Oh, and full leather/kevlars will protect you if you lay your bike down over 100 mph . . . . assuming you hit nothing (that is the big assumption). . . . you just skid along the highway, bouncing along. I, alas, know this, also.
A front page story on today's Chicago Tribune covers something that's been on the radio a lot lately; motorcycle deaths are skyrocketing in Illinois. The problem seems to be (1) sales of "crotch rockets", lightweight performance bikes, are climbing, and (2) older riders (> 30, say) are buying them and are going faster than they can handle.
I survived 98 mph thru a brickwall, but 200mph?
I don't think so!
Do you know the last thing to go thru your mind when you crash a motorcycle going at 205 miles per hour????
(sorry...I needed a little potty-mouth humor today)
You can guarantee he wasn't on a Harley.....
How do these people find someone to join them in their weird activities?!
140 Over the posted limit, you better have a good excuse. One story which survives from the Cannonball/Baker races is of the guy driving the Ferrarri through Ohio at 160 or thereabouts while dressed like a priest. Cops said"Buddy, we got you doing 160 miles per hour in a 65 zone, where's the ****ing fire?" and the guy supposedly turned around so they could see the priest's robes, pointed towards the ground and said "That way my son, give a priest a ticket for speeding, and you'll find out where the fire is..."
It didn't work but it has to rate an A for effort and originality.
I don't see what the age of the driver has to do with it. And don't forget that this was a handheld timer. A quarter-second error is quite likely, especially in the case of someone who is not used to doing this. Add a quarter second to that time and the speed drops a lot.
Have camera, will travel.
Sounds like a kerry voter.
Oh, boy... I can just IMAGINE the fine for THAT ticket...
"I got a need - a need for SPEED!"