Skip to comments.Motorcyclist leads police on I-70 chase that hits 170 mph
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.
Yup. My 1986 500 interceptor would go 120mph.
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
Correction make that the "Hi_Speed_Pass" video
That just killed about an hour of time here at work.
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.
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."
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.
120 is easy to hit. I've hit 120 on my Sportster.
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!
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.
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.
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.
'Backwards bike' Haven't heard of that boondoggle in years.
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 . . .
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.
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.
Ive had this one up to 180
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.
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