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Motorcyclist leads police on I-70 chase that hits 170 mph
Observer-Reporter ^ | 06/06/2005 | KATHIE O. WARCO

Posted on 06/06/2005 8:12:11 AM PDT by Responsibility1st

Rico Lamar Porter doesn't have a license to drive, but apparently he thought he had a license to fly Wednesday afternoon.

Porter, 27, of 25 Dyer Drive, Hickory, was arrested after leading state police on an eight-mile, 170-mph chase on traffic-congested Interstate 70.

That's no misprint. Commonly referred to as a sport bike or "crotch rocket," an aerodynamic motorcycle like the one Porter was operating is capable of speeds of around 200 mph.

Trooper Martin Gonglik was running radar about 4:20 p.m. near the Dunningsville exit of the highway when he clocked Porter going 120 mph.

Gonglik activated the lights and siren on his police car and attempted to stop Porter, but the motorcylist instead took off. With the trooper in his marked police cruiser in pursuit, Porter weaved in and out of eastbound traffic.

At times, he drove on the berm to get around vehicles. And not surprisingly, Porter didn't use his turn signal during lane changes.

Porter got off the highway at the Centerville exit and momentarily lost control of his slick speedster. Gonglik swerved to avoid a collision, hitting a guard rail. Porter again tried to flee, going south on Route 481, but ended up hitting the side of the police cruiser. Porter, who was wearing a helmet, was slightly injured and taken to Washington Hospital for treatment.

District Judge Jay Weller initially thought police had made a mistake when he read the criminal complaint filed against Porter.

"When I asked about going 170 mph, he just nodded his head," Weller said of Porter. "He was very forthright about everything. He said he just got the bike two weeks ago and hadn't even made the first payment."

Porter told Weller that his bike-riding days were over.

"He said it was a good thing that the trooper caught him because he probably would have killed himself," Weller said. "He was trying to catch up with some friends. He wondered why he caught up with them so quickly, but they had seen the trooper and slowed down."

Porter was arraigned before Weller on charges of reckless endangerment, fleeing and eluding police, driving with a suspended license, having no registration, having no insurance, driving off the road, not using his turn signal, failing to drive at a safe speed, speeding, careless driving, reckless driving and not having the vehicle inspected. He was placed in Washington County Jail on $2,500 bond.

A preliminary hearing is set for Tuesday before District Judge Curtis Thompson.


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To: Responsibility1st

???

It would have to be a dynamometer with a wind tunnel attached, since they only measure force (or horsepower).


51 posted on 06/06/2005 9:29:57 AM PDT by zipper ("The fear of God makes heroes, the fear of man makes cowards."-- Sgt Alvin C. York)
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To: AdamSelene235

Uh, you'd be surprised (speaking hypothetically)


52 posted on 06/06/2005 9:31:11 AM PDT by zipper ("The fear of God makes heroes, the fear of man makes cowards."-- Sgt Alvin C. York)
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To: martin_fierro

I don't know this for sure, but I may know the guy who submitted that video. He's submitted videos to a number of web sites.

Speedometers are nortoriously "optomistic," although if this is an earlier 'Busa that's had just a bit of work done, then 200MPH+ is quite possible.

They guy is nuts...

Mark


53 posted on 06/06/2005 9:31:12 AM PDT by MarkL (I've got a fever, and the only prescription is MORE COWBELL!!!)
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To: STFrancis

I think "this guy" passed me just a few miles west of Needles, CA about 9 months ago. I was doing 80 and he zipped by me like I was standing still.


54 posted on 06/06/2005 9:32:13 AM PDT by Loud Mime (Murderous Tyrants are NOT the Answer)
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To: zipper
Unless your byline "Shirtless at the 7-11" means you ride without a shirt

Au contraire.

55 posted on 06/06/2005 9:32:34 AM PDT by martin_fierro (Shirtless at the 7-11)
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To: martin_fierro

LOL


56 posted on 06/06/2005 9:33:32 AM PDT by cyborg (I am ageless through the power of the Lord God.)
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To: zipper
205 takes at least 77 percent more energy than 170, on the same motorcycle (205 squared divided by 170 squared)

Psst. 205 squared divided by 170 squared = 1.45

Secondly, its not a matter of KE but rather power vs drag.

57 posted on 06/06/2005 9:34:12 AM PDT by AdamSelene235 (Truth has become so rare and precious she is always attended to by a bodyguard of lies.)
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To: martin_fierro

cool! I want one for my 56 year-old frame!


58 posted on 06/06/2005 9:36:39 AM PDT by Loud Mime (Murderous Tyrants are NOT the Answer)
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To: Responsibility1st
I don't believe an unmodified bike will do 170 on a dynometer or even a test track, let alone heavy traffic on the interstate.

Before the manufacturers put limiters on them, the Kawasaki and Suzuki were both clocked by motorcycle magazines on test tracks at over 190MPH, and IIRC, one hit 197MPH.

However, the EU threatened to slap a 100% tarrif on the bikes if they could exceed (I believe) 300KPH, so they added limiters to keep the speed "down to" about 180 - 185 MPH.

Mark

59 posted on 06/06/2005 9:37:42 AM PDT by MarkL (I've got a fever, and the only prescription is MORE COWBELL!!!)
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To: scab4faa

Ring ding ding ding ping


60 posted on 06/06/2005 9:41:36 AM PDT by BulletBobCo
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To: AdamSelene235

Oops! Must've Oh well, it amounts to probably another 67 horsepower (45 percent of 150). Not likely without a turbo or nitrous.

Yeah 77 percent more would've been 226 MPH.

square root of ((170x170)x 1.77)= 226

I looked at the video-- he appeared to be in sixth gear at about 11,100 rpm. I think we could figure out his real speed based on gear ratios, provided of course his sprockets and gearing are stock.


61 posted on 06/06/2005 9:50:29 AM PDT by zipper ("The fear of God makes heroes, the fear of man makes cowards."-- Sgt Alvin C. York)
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To: zipper
dynamometer

TYVM for the clarification

62 posted on 06/06/2005 9:50:52 AM PDT by Responsibility1st (Spurs in 5)
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To: DarkSavant
One of my co-workers brags that he hits 120 on the highways when he needs to let some steam out, don't think I believe him but he does seem like he'd be the type.

I've got a Ducati 900SS, and I was clocked at 125MPH on the front straight a Heartland Park raceway in Topeka KS. That was as fast as I wanted to go, because it's the 1/4 mile track used for drag racing, and then there was a sharp right, then an immediate sharp left turn at the end! You'll see it in this photo at the left, about 2/3 of the way down the straight.

The worst part of the track (the first time I rode it) can be seen on the right side... Notice that it seems to be straight, then there's a litle "chicane" (a jog, to help keep the speed down), then another short straight... What you can't see in this photo is that both strights are going slightly uphill, while the chicane is flat and level. That means you can't see the chicane until your're practicly on top of it... My first time there, I managed to do a bit of "dirt tracking," going straight, missing the chicane altogether! It was a serious "pucker factor" moment!

the last time I was there, Heartland Park didn't seem like a terribly safe track for motorcycles... The track surface was pretty bad (there were different surfaces at some of the points where the bike was leaned over, and traction would change), and there was limited "run-off" space, especially at the top of the photo, where the road course merges back with the 1/4 mile drag course, where if you ran wide, you would wind up hitting concrete barriers! It's been a while since any major races or riding schools have run there because of those conditions.

Mark

63 posted on 06/06/2005 9:52:11 AM PDT by MarkL (I've got a fever, and the only prescription is MORE COWBELL!!!)
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To: martin_fierro; JoeSixPack1
Porter was arraigned before Weller on charges of reckless endangerment, fleeing and eluding police, driving with a suspended license, having no registration, having no insurance, driving off the road, not using his turn signal, failing to drive at a safe speed, speeding, careless driving, reckless driving and not having the vehicle inspected.

All of this before he made his first payment no less. Welcome to the world of your average Boy Racer crotch rocket rider. This is why I'd rather ride with the RUBs than the Rocketeers. At least the RUBs know they aren't Superman and won't inadvertantly take you out in their quest to become another grease spot on the pavement.

64 posted on 06/06/2005 9:56:54 AM PDT by BraveMan
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To: STFrancis
That Busa vid is cool... Now, how fast do you think he was really going..? About 200MPH??? (Do you actually believe the odometer?)...

I don't believe the mechanical speedo on my bike, having calibrated it by stopwatch at both 60 and 120MPH. I DO believe my electronic tach, and the readout from my GPS.

65 posted on 06/06/2005 9:58:07 AM PDT by archy (The darkness will come. It will find you,and it will scare you like you've never been scared before.)
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To: Responsibility1st
I don't believe an unmodified bike will do 170 on a dynometer or even a test track, let alone heavy traffic on the interstate.

It's people like you that killed Tinkerbell. I've seen a new bike that was less than 4 hours out of the crate at the dealer's that turned in an honest 188 mph, as measured with triple stopwatches over a 2-mile stretch.

It then went home where the owner began the upgrades intended to see 200, in hopes of eventually hitting his goal of 222.

66 posted on 06/06/2005 10:02:55 AM PDT by archy (The darkness will come. It will find you,and it will scare you like you've never been scared before.)
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To: AdamSelene235
energy = 1/2 M x V (squared)

drag = Cd x R x V(squared)/2 x A

Cd = coeff. of drag

R = density

V = velocity

A = area

??? Absolutely it's a matter of power vs. drag, and as you can see from the drag equation (second one), the power required to equal the drag at any given speed is proportional to the square of the velocity.

67 posted on 06/06/2005 10:06:56 AM PDT by zipper ("The fear of God makes heroes, the fear of man makes cowards."-- Sgt Alvin C. York)
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To: Responsibility1st
I don't believe an unmodified bike will do 170 on a dynometer or even a test track, let alone heavy traffic on the interstate.

Believe it. Your average Suzuki Hayabusa will do this right off the showroom floor using pump gas. Many more models will do the same with a simple swap of the ECU IC. The dealer will hand you the keys without any skill test, sanity check or even a license check. All you need is enough cash for a down payment. You too can be Superman!

Don't forget your helmet. You'll need at least one body part intact for identification purposes. Dental records work the best . . .

68 posted on 06/06/2005 10:07:17 AM PDT by BraveMan
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To: AdamSelene235
its not a matter of KE but rather power vs drag

Put another way, the kinetic energy is not much of a factor-- if the Hayabusa weighed 2,000 pounds, the horsepower requirement would be the same because the frontal form factor would still be the same, so the top speed would be-- the same! The kinetic energy at the same top speed would be much higher (also a function of the square of the velocity), but that only means the bike would take longer to achieve the speed. (Assuming the tires would take the extra weight, discounting the additional friction, etc.)

69 posted on 06/06/2005 10:15:26 AM PDT by zipper ("The fear of God makes heroes, the fear of man makes cowards."-- Sgt Alvin C. York)
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To: BraveMan
Dental records work the best . .

Yeah, but what if one tooth is at mile marker 185, another at 186, 3 more 1/4 mile east of there, etc.

LOL

70 posted on 06/06/2005 10:18:07 AM PDT by Responsibility1st (Spurs in 5)
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To: Starwolf

The bike was probably heavily modified.


71 posted on 06/06/2005 10:23:21 AM PDT by sheik yerbouty
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To: STFrancis

"First of all top speed for a Hayabusa right now is 183MPH"

If and only if you haven't replaced the speed limiter chip.


72 posted on 06/06/2005 10:23:55 AM PDT by Poser (Joining Belly Girl in the Pajamahadeen)
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To: sparkomatic

I went to Bonneville in 1954, in the very early days of Speed Week. There were a number of guys there with stripped Harley bikes, big engines of course. They ran stretched flat on the bike, chin on the handlebars and feet over the rear fenders, no helmets as I recall, hitting around 140-50 across the salt (which was like extremely coarse sandpaper). I wonder how many of them are still with us today.


73 posted on 06/06/2005 10:25:54 AM PDT by 19th LA Inf
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To: STFrancis

"Also would like to add that I want to know what the trooper was driving that he could keep up with him at 170MPH...."

No kidding. The BS meter is pegging on this article.


74 posted on 06/06/2005 10:26:36 AM PDT by monday
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To: Responsibility1st
Porter was arraigned before Weller on charges of reckless endangerment, fleeing and eluding police, driving with a suspended license, having no registration, having no insurance, driving off the road, not using his turn signal, failing to drive at a safe speed, speeding, careless driving, reckless driving and not having the vehicle inspected.

They forgot littering.

75 posted on 06/06/2005 10:29:59 AM PDT by savedbygrace ("No Monday morning quarterback has ever led a team to victory" GW Bush)
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To: BraveMan

If my memory serves me correctly, back in the early 70's following the unveiling of the Kawasaki 900 monster bike of it's time, federal legislation was introduced to limit horsepower-to-weight ratio on all motorcycles. Luckily the AMA & every single manufacturer was all over it and beat the proposed legislation.

Now moving forward to our time of WoT, WoD, no-knock raids, helmet law changes nationwide, motorcycling enthusiam, TV shows, massive weeklong bikefests, etc. etc. etc., are we in for another round of restrictive laws aimed at the 200+ mph crowd?

The only other consideration that is an accepted norm is that cage drivers have little to fear from a 500lb motorcycle and driver. But the hazmat scrape and removal teams are staying busy cleaning flesh, blood and fuel spills after a high speed crotch rocket squish. At triple digit speeds the only thing a helmet does is crack like an egg and retain DNA samples.


76 posted on 06/06/2005 10:31:15 AM PDT by JoeSixPack1
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To: STFrancis

http://www.streetracersonline.com/videos/i4.php

R1 doing 180 in traffic at night............


77 posted on 06/06/2005 10:36:23 AM PDT by jmq
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To: zipper
think we could figure out his real speed based on gear ratios, provided of course his sprockets and gearing are stock.

You would also have to account for the increasing tire size due to the additional speed.

78 posted on 06/06/2005 10:39:11 AM PDT by sparkomatic (I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me. Phil 4:13)
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To: DarkSavant
"One of my co-workers brags that he hits 120 on the highways when he needs to let some steam out, don't think I believe him"

120 is easy. In fact anything up to 130-140 is fairly easy for most sport bikes. Anything over 150 is only possible for top of the line bikes and is pretty scary besides.
79 posted on 06/06/2005 10:42:46 AM PDT by monday
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To: Right Brother
0-60 2.5s
80 posted on 06/06/2005 10:45:54 AM PDT by SC DOC
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To: monday
120 is easy

Yup. My 1986 500 interceptor would go 120mph.

81 posted on 06/06/2005 10:46:47 AM PDT by sparkomatic (I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me. Phil 4:13)
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To: sparkomatic

Yeah, slightly-- the z-rated street tires are rated for "over 149 MPH" but 220? Maybe some race tires.

Here's the URL for that turbo-Hayabusa video and many more-- the Hayabusa "night" video is INSANE

http://www.uponone.com/listvideos-speed-viewed-10-10.php


82 posted on 06/06/2005 11:07:39 AM PDT by zipper ("The fear of God makes heroes, the fear of man makes cowards."-- Sgt Alvin C. York)
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To: sparkomatic

Correction make that the "Hi_Speed_Pass" video


83 posted on 06/06/2005 11:10:47 AM PDT by zipper ("The fear of God makes heroes, the fear of man makes cowards."-- Sgt Alvin C. York)
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To: zipper

That just killed about an hour of time here at work.


84 posted on 06/06/2005 12:07:08 PM PDT by sparkomatic (I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me. Phil 4:13)
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To: Revelation 911
are these things in a risk pool of their own ?

Yeah, and it's really not unusual for the insurance on a squid bike to be more costly than the payment. Deservedly so I might add. Then again, I'm probably biased in my dislike for them.

85 posted on 06/06/2005 12:11:53 PM PDT by Melas (Lives in state of disbelief)
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To: zipper
"...without a helmet and appropriate attire."

Oh yeah, I buy that. "Gee, occifer, if he'd only been wearing a helmet when he centerpunched that concrete overpass support, he would be ok today -instead of just a big stain coating it."

(/sarcasm)

86 posted on 06/06/2005 12:12:03 PM PDT by Utilizer (Some days you're the windshield. Some days you're the bug...)
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To: Responsibility1st

Lots of bone stock bikes will pass 170. Currently, the Jap manufactures are voluntarily putting 300kph electronic governors on their bikes. Defeating the gov is the first mod a lot of these guys do now.


87 posted on 06/06/2005 12:16:00 PM PDT by Melas (Lives in state of disbelief)
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To: DarkSavant

120 is easy to hit. I've hit 120 on my Sportster.


88 posted on 06/06/2005 12:16:42 PM PDT by Melas (Lives in state of disbelief)
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To: JoeSixPack1
. . . are we in for another round of restrictive laws aimed at the 200+ mph crowd?

Perhaps they'll bring back the Saint Joan of Claybrook (the DOT head under the Carter administration that brought us the "Backwards Bike") federally mandated 85mph speedometers!

89 posted on 06/06/2005 12:20:58 PM PDT by BraveMan
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To: Responsibility1st
This lad needs to soup up his bike a few more hp to keep up with the following:

Motorcycle world abuzz at biker's 205 mph ticket

MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota (AP) -- People across the United States are shaking their heads over the kid ticketed for allegedly riding his motorcycle at 205 mph -- some out of disapproval, others because they doubt he went that fast.

Ever since a State Patrol pilot clocked Samuel Armstrong Tilley's 2002 Honda RC51 going a quarter-mile in 4.39 seconds on September 18, people in chat rooms, garages and biker bars from Sturgis, South Dakota, to Los Angeles have been buzzing about the alleged feat on Highway 61 near Wabasha.

State Patrol pilot Al Loney, a 27-year veteran, and his superiors stand by their report.


90 posted on 06/06/2005 12:27:01 PM PDT by deport (Women always get the last say in an argument.. anything after that is the start of a new argument)
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To: deport
This guy took a 1967 Chevy to new heights.......

JATO Assisted Chevy


The Arizona Highway Patrol were mystified when they came upon a pile of smoldering wreckage embedded in the side of a cliff rising above the road at the apex of a curve. The metal debris resembled the site of an airplane crash, but it turned out to be the vaporized remains of an automobile. The make of the vehicle was unidentifiable at the scene.

The folks in the lab finally figured out what it was, and pieced together the events that led up to its demise.

It seems that a former Air Force sergeant had somehow got hold of a JATO (Jet Assisted Take-Off) unit. JATO units are solid fuel rockets used to give heavy military transport airplanes an extra push for take-off from short airfields.

Dried desert lakebeds are the location of choice for breaking the world ground vehicle speed record. The sergeant took the JATO unit into the Arizona desert and found a long, straight stretch of road. He attached the JATO unit to his car, jumped in, accelerated to a high speed, and fired off the rocket. The facts, as best as could be determined, are as follows:

The operator was driving a 1967 Chevy Impala. He ignited the JATO unit approximately 3.9 miles from the crash site. This was established by the location of a prominently scorched and melted strip of asphalt. The vehicle quickly reached a speed of between 250 and 300 mph and continued at that speed, under full power, for an additional 20-25 seconds. The soon-to-be pilot experienced G-forces usually reserved for dog-fighting F-14 jocks under full afterburners.

The Chevy remained on the straight highway for approximately 2.6 miles (15-20 seconds) before the driver applied the brakes, completely melting them, blowing the tires, and leaving thick rubber marks on the road surface. The vehicle then became airborne for an additional 1.3 miles, impacted the cliff face at a height of 125 feet, and left a blackened crater 3 feet deep in the rock.

Most of the driver's remains were not recovered; however, small fragments of bone, teeth, and hair were extracted from the crater, and fingernail and bone shards were removed from a piece of debris believed to be a portion of the steering wheel.


91 posted on 06/06/2005 12:33:05 PM PDT by deport (Women always get the last say in an argument.. anything after that is the start of a new argument)
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To: Responsibility1st
I do not buy the 170 either -but well above 100 yes. Back when I was working and living in Los Gatos, I used to ride every weekend up Hwy 9 up to Big Basin. Loved all the nice curvy sections -even when sometimes a tree or rockslide had dropped across the road and I had to do a bit of 'offroading' to get around the section. I used to get passed by often by ricerockets taking those same curves at high speed and lean angles. I just shook My head at what the idiot's antics were likely to get them. EVERY WEEK, the local paper listed the number of them that went over a cliff because they overshot a turn, or hit a cager going the other way. And some of them were wearing shorts, t-shirts (optional, apparently), and sneakers.

One guy even made the front page because he went over a cliff, and was severely injured with at least one broken leg that I can recall. His friends noticed that he did not come back the following Monday, and on Wednesday notified authorities he was missing. They finally found him a couple of days later when after going back and forth along Hwy 9, one of them happened to stop over a particularly narrow section where he noticed a long skid mark leading to a broken guardrail and thought he heard something when he called out the guys name. They wound up having to chopper the guy out -and only later found the bike.

About thirty feet straight up, lodged in a tree.

(C)San Jose Mercury News, about... '88 or so.

92 posted on 06/06/2005 12:33:30 PM PDT by Utilizer (Some days you're the windshield. Some days you're the bug...)
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To: martin_fierro

Who~~~~a. He had it on one wheel up to 130mph, that's nuts. At first I thought the speedo was in kmh but no, kmh is on the inside row of numbers.


93 posted on 06/06/2005 12:38:14 PM PDT by Lx (Do you like it, do you like it Scott? I call it Mr. and Mrs. Tennerman chili.)
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To: BraveMan

'Backwards bike' Haven't heard of that boondoggle in years.


94 posted on 06/06/2005 12:39:16 PM PDT by Lx (Do you like it, do you like it Scott? I call it Mr. and Mrs. Tennerman chili.)
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To: MarkL; Responsibility1st
I don't believe an unmodified bike will do 170...

I don't doubt that they can. Here in Mobile, AL I was cruising to work the other morning at around 85 mph. I was passed by one of these crotch rockets, traveling on only his rear wheel, leaving me in the dirt. He was leaving me so fast it looked like I was in reverse.

Cordially,
GE
95 posted on 06/06/2005 1:21:05 PM PDT by GrandEagle
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To: Lx

When I'd first read about the contraption in Cycle magazine (remember them?) I thought to myself, "Not even the government could be that stupid." Turns out I was wrong. They really did build it. I read where one of the DOT testers ended up breaking a collarbone trying to ride it.

I'd actually found a picture of the thing on the internet a few years ago. It was cobbled up from remnants of an RD350 if memory serves. Alas, they seem to have disappeared. I've been looking . . .


96 posted on 06/06/2005 1:28:03 PM PDT by BraveMan
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To: Utilizer

I used to work with a guy in the Bay Area that was a motor cop who patrolled the Woodside area, and he had a lot of biker crash stories to tell. They usually featured the bike or the rider in a tree, and the other party up to 300 ft. away.


97 posted on 06/06/2005 1:29:53 PM PDT by Disambiguator
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To: deport

from your link:

Claim: The remains of a smoldering JATO-assisted Chevrolet Impala were found embedded in the side of a cliff in the Arizona desert.

Status: False.


98 posted on 06/06/2005 1:42:55 PM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: Responsibility1st

Ive had this one up to 180

99 posted on 06/06/2005 1:44:08 PM PDT by woofie ("Plunk your magic twanger, Froggy!!")
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To: sheik yerbouty
It was 1000cc RC51 Honda. Only mods were exhaust systems. A fast ride, but not a 200mph one.

This was posted at Motorcycle Consumer News at the time, and is a pretty fair description of what most likely happened:

Actually this guy has been posting on sportbikes.net and he said that he was riding a Honda RC51 with an aftermarket muffler, otherwise it's stock. That bike is by no stretch of the imagination capable of 200mph. Apparently the cop was in a plane using a stopwatch and was timing 2 bikes going different speeds with 2 stopwatches at the same time. He was timing them from hash mark to hash mark a 1/4 mile apart. Apparently the cops were patroling the area they knew a bike ride was occuring on.


More here http://www.mcnews.com/anforum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=61533&whichpage=1

100 posted on 06/06/2005 1:45:45 PM PDT by Starwolf
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