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
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>>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."<<
Heh, heh. I love my Magna... 8^>
No. A Harley Sportster can be built to go over 200mph. As a matter of fact a Harley Sportster held the single engine motorcycle land speed record of 265 mph for over 25 years.
Pea-sized pebble in road.
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A Suzki Hayabusa can do almost 200mph STOCK. It would not take much to get 205 out of it. Sorry RUBs, your Harleys ARE NOT the baddest bikes on the streets.
I know what you mean. I used to wear skimobile suits to ride with in the winter. The rip-stop nylon allows you to zing along on the pavement quite nicely, having zinged along the pavement once.
My personal best (getting caught) was 152 MPH on Route 22 in New York.
I've topped 167 on my old Fizzer.....
Anything over that is a little too rich for my blood.
Yeah, and some guy got a riding mower up to 60mph at a drag race I saw once.
My little Suzuki Shogun is hiding in shame.
The web site lists a top speed of 200 km/h or about 140MPH
Must have been drying his bike off after taking it to the car wash.
You my respect my authoriti!
The guy was riding a street legal bike. Get things back into prospective.
Building something for a single task is not the conversation.
My kid brother builds hotrod Evo's so I think I have an idea of what can be built. What's possible and what's practical isn't what i had in mind with my initial statement.
The metric's have the market on store bought top end speed.
I've witnessed 2 motorcycle accidents this year. In one, the bike was bumped from behind at about 15 MPH. In the other, the bike made angled contact at about 30 MPH. In both cases the rider was catapulted into the air and rolled head over heels like a bowling ball, for 30 and 75 yards respectively. In a third incident, I observed 2 idiots doing wheelies on the Interstate at 80 MPH. Something Darwinian is going to happen to these crotch-rocket enthusiasts.
At last. Someone that understands torque, horsepower, power to wight, acceleration vs top speed, frontal area and aerodynamic drag coefficients.
On the German autobahns when we were there on our last tour, I regularly drove at about 100-110 mph in the "no limit" areas. I thought it was pretty fast, but I was passed as much as I passed.
Some of the Mercedes overtook me like I was standing still. They had to have been clocking 160-175, it seemed to me.
But the motorcycles -- you'd have thought we were at the Bonneville flats.
Here I am going fast and there's nothing in my rearview mirror, so I pull into the passing lane to go around someone. By the time I'm finished, there's a motorcycle breathing down my neck. And I was easily over 100.
Wrecks in Germany generally aren't pretty.
Since Grainger hurtled his Kawasaki through the Elvington timing lights, at least two rocket-powered motorcycles have made attempts on his record. Both have failed. On the short record strips available in Europe, 200 mph plus is no easy matter.
Reaching such speeds requires prodigious horsepower. The 16-valve four-cylinder Kawasaki is overbored to 1108 cc and runs a Garret T25 turbocharger running at 21 psi. A simple but effective fuel injection system replaces the Kawasaki's carburettors. Power output is comfortably in excess of 300 bhp. To help the engine cope with the enormous stresses involved, it uses 116-octane fuel, plus 50:50 water/methanol injection to cool the piston crowns.
Brian Capper painstakingly built the engine, with lots of special metal treatments, special pistons and con-rods and improved oiling. Since 300 horsepower tears the standard Kawasaki transmission to pieces, a special "Orient Express" centrifugal lock-up clutch, like that commonly used on drag bikes, was also preferred. The power this device produces is simply awesome. Crack open the throttle in top gear at 150 mph and despite a lengthened swing-arm, the front wheel paws the air.
A standard ZZ-R1100, capable of over 170 mph, feels utterly flat in comparison. "I still use it on the road," admits Grainger, as though discussing commuting, his soft Devon burr disguising the terminal speed psychosis beneath. "When I need a fix, I take it for a spin." So, a word of advice: if you should see a blue, white and yellow ZZ-R next time you're in Devon, don't be tempted to play. It could well be the British and European speed record-holder
Nitrous and a short engine life expectancy?
To another poster: re wheel wobble - one of my real regrets was to have gotten away from bikes before today's wheels and tires came about. Remembering avons on freeway rain grooves still makes my teeth hurt.
Finally, I was once 'timed' at well over sixty within fifty feet of a complete stop at entrance gate ... seems we had until shortly before been dating the same lady.
Heres another site listing the top speed at 161
Hard to believe any mod could add 45MPH
And spelling!! :-)
well, I saw a German dude go starfish on the front straight of Daytona at 180....in the early 90's
He got skinned up a bit and sanded through his boot...but walked away.
It is entirely possible to walk away from a 200 mph crash with nothing more than minor abrasions......
remember, when you fall from a motorcycle at 120, 150, 180, 200...you are really only falling at about 6 to 8 miles an hour. Your leathers will smoke like a diesel with a bad injector....but as long as you do not hit an immoveable object while sliding, and you do not tumble too much, you'll walk away. I've walked away from several 145 mph crashes without a bruise.
Yep. That's the same 61 from Dylan's song.
I doubt that the officer was that accurate with the stop watch, and the time entering and completing the 1/4 mile from an airplane at some undetermined altitude at a speed at close to 200 mph.
The officer cites 4.39 seconds, if that changes to 4.99 the bike is around 180 mph.
I've had those trick riding idiots doing high speed wheelies right in front of me on the expressway. Makes me nervous just watching.
A Honda blackbird (1000) with flatslides, an aftermarket exhaust and a change of sprocket will do 205 all day long.
The stock Suzuki GSX-1300R 'Hayabusa' can reach this speed right off the dealer's showroom floor.
I want to be there when he tells the judge he was only doing 190.
Oops, you beat me to it.
SIGN HERE!!!! You hooligan!
Money. It's not likely that a 20yr. old would have the money to put into a Honda 1000 to get it to top out at 205. In any kind of racing, the operative question is not: "How fast do you want to go", but: "How much money do you have". Even so, if the kid had a rich father willing to indulge his son, a Honda 1000 would not be a candidate for power bucks.
Kind of interesting to read.
At one time, I knew an attorney who was from Muncie IN. We were talking about speeding about ten years ago and he mentioned a story of a guy on a crotch rocket who got cited for doing 140 mph by an Indiana State Trooper. The trooper was doing radar when the bike went by in a blur. The trooper didn't catch the biker until later. The biker's neighbor was listening to the police radio traffic on a scanner and saw the biker pull into his driveway in a hurry. The description given by the cop (color of the bike) over the scanner matched the biker. The neighbor and the biker were not on good terms. The neighbor called the IN State Police and the biker was arrested for reckless driving. The biker hired an attorney and got the charge thrown out but it took a while.
Is there a problem, officer?
Harleys are still the baddest, just for sheerly being a Harley.
Go faster all you want, its like a gun vs a well crafted sword. One gets the job done quicker, but the other has a soul.
I got one in Montana doing 142, but it was during the open limit so all i got was a reckless endangerment which is a civil fine verses a motor vehicle fine and did not appear on my record. i actually "had" to drive that fast otherwise i would have missed ship's movement! i had to call the judge when i pulled back into port, luckily he was former navy so he let me off with forfeit of bail and a stern lecture on time management.
ROFLMBO!!!! No doubt!
Have you seen this story Blackie? This kid's an idiot, but the posts are good!
Whoa Nelly! Were you arrested? What was the penalty?
"I've been stranded in the combat zone
I walked through Bedford Stuy alone
Even rode my motorcycle in the rain
And you told me not to drive
But I made it home alive
So you said that only proves that I'm insane
You may be right
I may be crazy
But it just may be a lunatic you're looking for
Turn out the light
Don't try to save me
You may be wrong for all I know
But you may be right "
And maybe no helmet law??
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