Skip to comments.Motorcyclist dies after crashing at nearly 300 Mph
Posted on 07/15/2013 4:09:59 AM PDT by DemforBush
BOWDOINHAM, Maine (Reuters) - A Florida motorcyclist known as the "fastest man on two wheels," died Sunday after crashing at just under 300 miles per hour while trying to break his own record for the fastest speed on a conventional motorcycle in a time trial in Limestone, Maine...
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Now he is known as "Art."
I guess he got what he was looking for.
I was stationed at Loring AFB during the 60’s and wouldn’t have thought that runway was long enough for that kind of run on a bike. RIP
Well, yes. One would.
Sad for his family and friends.
He’s with Burt Monroe and Rollie Free now.
How do you bury vapor ?
One morning on the way to work, I happened on an accident. A boy, student at the nearby high school was breathing his last breaths, laying face down in a small stream.
He rode his motorcycle to school every morning and counted coup on the cars he passed. On this morning he did not meet his standard. He told friends he was going back home and start again to better his record.
On his way home he struck a car that pulled out into his path. He flew over the car, across the road and hit a culvert wingwall with his face.
I watched a video of a run he made even faster and was surprised at how quick he got to speed. It was only about 30 seconds from a dead stop to 300+ mph.
My Dad was stationed there in 58-59. Worked on the B-52s. AEMS(?). Was about 3 at the time. Remember living in a rented house off base. It was in a small “town” that consisted of a crossroad bar and a few homes.
Moved from there to K I Sawyer in the UP the summer of 60 and stayed there until 1973.
Was he helmeted?
Actually, I read in Car & Driver of a company that is finally doing this. It's an extremely aerodynamic trike. Estimated mileage? 300 mpg.
I remember reading the account of an attempt to set a land-speed record in an automobile on Germnay’s autobahn back in the thirties. The German guy, Carrraciola, who achieved a speed of about 268 mph said he could hardly make out anything off the road at that speed. I can’t imagine what it would be like on a motorcycle.
Race director Tim Kelly said local authorities were investigating the incident. "Something occurred and he lost control of the vehicle. That's all we know right now," he said.
What kind of bike is this ?
Electric motorcycle, enclosed, gyroscopically stabilized.
..bike veered right, went off course, he was thrown 40 ft in the air close to 100 yds...was conscious and communicating on way to hospital but later passed......
RIP Mr Warner
According to the article it is a “modified, turbo-charged Suzuki Hayabusa”.
Squeegee, ziploc baggie.
You should look up the Monotracer. It's exactly that.
another life just wasted...
Thank you for posting a sensible and tasteful comment. He wasn’t a maniac or a moron, he was doing this in a controlled environment. He knew there could be risks involved, as did everyone else participating. Some of us need a little more excitement in life than can found sitting on a couch watching other people do things on TV, or posting ignorant and tasteless comments in a thread like this.
Have seen Top Fuel bikes run 260 in the quarter-mile
with the front wheel off the ground half the track.
Just guessing he had something break on that run.
Heard a driver say once they aren`t very hard to drive
when they are right.
“Hold mah beer n’ watch this....”
At that speed, even hitting an insect would probably feel like being shot.
He was texting at the time of the accident. “Almost to 300...”
This guy lived about 10 miles from me.
I've surpassed 164 on my bike, and cannot fathom nearing 300. At 150+, any tiny deviation from perfect is a mountain. A piece of pea gravel, a fly, a small bump in the road all have major ramifications. We were in a reasonably controlled environment and it was still somewhat unnerving.
Take note of those sponsors, because every one of them has some blood on its hands.
Yeah its a shame people must push the envelope of their own free will
Prob why he attempted this in Maine, down south hitting a June Bug would like being shot with a .45
Prime South Carolina June Bug
Hardly. Every death id regrettable, but everybody dies. He wasn't sitting around eating potato chips all day on his sofa. I'm not sure what the fellow did in his day job, but given the sponsorships he had on his bike, it doesn't look like he was just a layabout. Folks who do this kind of thing are pushing engineering knowledge. I'm sure that much was learned in the process of developing his cycle.
Just because someone is taking risks, and pushing envelopes doesn't mean they are stupid.
In a previous event, a female rider had fallen from her bike at 211 mph, but survived with only minor injuries.
I wouldn't have thought it possible to survive a fall from a bike at 211 mph with minor injuries.
Do you say the same thing about sponsors of NASCAR?
Well, I think it is stupid to push the limits on a motorcycle like that and he did not have to die. There are many other more reputable ways to make a great living that do not put your life in jeopardy, especially if one has a family! It is tragic enough for our war heroes to die and leave family, but for people like this it is totally avoidable. And no, couch potato is not the other reasonable alternative, so don’t give me that bs.
...After. < |:(~
It is a relatively free country. He was doing what he wanted to do. He’s dead. So?
If he took his dog along, they could call him spot.
I'm so glad we've found an aribter of exactly what exactly a reputable way of making one's living is.
There are a lot of dangerous things in this world. The most dangerous job in America is that of a fisherman.
Personally, I think there are much worse things one can do with one's life than pushing the envelopes of engineering.
“I wouldn’t have thought it possible to survive a fall from a bike at 211 mph with minor injuries.”
As long as you don’t slide into anything solid (tree, barrier, wall, rock, etc), and you’re wearing proper gear (heavy leather, some body armor, etc), it’s quite possible to come off a bike at that speed with relatively minor injuries. Actually, sliding on the hard surfaces aren’t so bad, it’s when you hit something softer, like grass or a gravel trap, and part of your body digs in and starts you tumbling violently that you get a lot of injuries to the extremities. Falling on the street tends to be much less forgiving, since there is almost always something solid to slide in to, or get run over by.
The laws of Physics are unmerciful
1,500psi or higher. LOL.
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