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Upstate NY biker loses license for 170 mph ride
Associated Press ^ | May 25, 2012

Posted on 05/25/2012 10:37:33 AM PDT by Free ThinkerNY

RAVENA, N.Y. (AP) -- A 25-year-old upstate New York man has admitted driving his motorcycle at 170 mph as he tried to get away from police who caught him speeding on the Thruway.

The Times Union of Albany reports ( http://bit.ly/MqQHl0 ) that Nikkolaus McCarthy of Charlton will lose his license for 90 days and was sentenced to the 20 days he's already spent in jail.

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1 posted on 05/25/2012 10:37:36 AM PDT by Free ThinkerNY
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To: Free ThinkerNY

This is nuts. But I’d like to shake this guy’s hand.


2 posted on 05/25/2012 10:42:47 AM PDT by RexBeach (Mr. Obama Can't Count.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

They plead it down to a misdemeanor? As a former motorcyclist, I am appalled.


3 posted on 05/25/2012 10:42:53 AM PDT by ataDude (Its like 1933, mixed with the Carter 70s, plus the books 1984 and Animal Farm, all at the same time.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

He’ll probably kill himself, which he deserves but hopefully he wont take anyone with him


4 posted on 05/25/2012 10:45:39 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I didn’t see a description of the motorcycle, but would I be right in guessing that the bike and rider probably weigh 700 lbs.? Say he drops the bike at that speed. Subtract the rider (say, 175 lbs.) as he grinds into the pavement, that remaining 525 lbs. is a lot of kinetic energy (featuring a fuel tank, to boot), ready to kill somebody. This schmuck should be serving a lot more time for public endangerment.


5 posted on 05/25/2012 10:46:47 AM PDT by Wally_Kalbacken
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To: Free ThinkerNY

He is a complete idiot. Why didn’t they take the license away for good. I think the 20 days is enough but 3 months for what he did is not enough. Two years might be more adequate.


6 posted on 05/25/2012 10:49:19 AM PDT by napscoordinator (VOTE FOR NEWT!!!!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I didn’t see a description of the motorcycle, but would I be right in guessing that the bike and rider probably weigh 700 lbs.? Say he drops the bike at that speed. Subtract the rider (say, 175 lbs.) as he grinds into the pavement, that remaining 525 lbs. is a lot of kinetic energy (featuring a fuel tank, to boot), ready to kill somebody. This schmuck should be serving a lot more time for public endangerment.


7 posted on 05/25/2012 10:50:12 AM PDT by Wally_Kalbacken
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I didn’t see a description of the motorcycle, but would I be right in guessing that the bike and rider probably weigh 700 lbs.? Say he drops the bike at that speed. Subtract the rider (say, 175 lbs.) as he grinds into the pavement, that remaining 525 lbs. is a lot of kinetic energy (featuring a fuel tank, to boot), ready to kill somebody. This schmuck should be serving a lot more time for public endangerment.


8 posted on 05/25/2012 10:50:40 AM PDT by Wally_Kalbacken
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To: Free ThinkerNY

He’s lucky to be alive. Take it to the bank, if he hasn’t learned his lesson, he should start planning his funeral.


9 posted on 05/25/2012 10:53:25 AM PDT by kenmcg (How)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

170? How did they catch him?


10 posted on 05/25/2012 10:53:25 AM PDT by null and void (Day 1221 of our ObamaVacation from reality [and what dark chill/is gathering still/before the storm])
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To: RexBeach

He’s trying to be like the Ghostrider except he threads traffic at speeds of up to 220mph riding a 599bhp Suzuki GSX1300R Hyabusa.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e0EjLVGDJxQ


11 posted on 05/25/2012 10:53:49 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

If he wrecks at that kind of speed, he won’t even make a good organ donor. There won’t be anything left but some goo wrapped in leather.


12 posted on 05/25/2012 10:56:53 AM PDT by wrench
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Too much jail time, not enough license revocation.


13 posted on 05/25/2012 10:59:15 AM PDT by mamelukesabre
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To: null and void
"170? How did they catch him?"

Probably with the little device they have in their cars that goes 186,000 mps.

You can't outrun that on a bike...

14 posted on 05/25/2012 11:02:31 AM PDT by Abathar (Proudly posting without reading the article carefully since 2004)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

There’s something fishy about that video. Either he’s got a LOT of accomplices sneaking around with video cameras or its fake.


15 posted on 05/25/2012 11:05:54 AM PDT by mamelukesabre
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To: Free ThinkerNY
To those who think this guy did something really horrible....ohhh BS.

Although I wouldn't trust my abilities to do it any more, I have done 170 on the road in the past. Great road, good conditions, great fun. Until the time the rozzers caught me and 6 troopers were arguing over who got the honor of writing the ticket for 100 over on an interstate.

16 posted on 05/25/2012 11:08:04 AM PDT by diogenes ghost
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Jeeez, what a bummer. This 143mph-drunk-LEO got off with a slap on the wrist:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2887400/posts

And a 170mph-biker gets jail time and a fine?

Oh, the inequity of it all.


17 posted on 05/25/2012 11:08:52 AM PDT by carriage_hill (All liberals & most demoncraps think that life is just a sponge bath, with a happy ending.)
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To: Abathar

Sure you can. that device is no good unless someone has a visual on the bike. All he needs to do is go fast enough that no cop can keep a visual on him.


18 posted on 05/25/2012 11:09:42 AM PDT by mamelukesabre
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To: Wally_Kalbacken
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19 posted on 05/25/2012 11:10:10 AM PDT by Clay Moore (The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of a fool to the left. Ecclesiastes 10:2)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I’d say that’s pretty fair judgement. Helmets off for the Judge...


20 posted on 05/25/2012 11:10:10 AM PDT by Errant
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To: null and void

probably a helicopter or airplane


21 posted on 05/25/2012 11:12:46 AM PDT by woodbutcher1963
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To: Clay Moore

Need to capture that picture and use to represent what Obama is doing to the country.


22 posted on 05/25/2012 11:14:51 AM PDT by HereInTheHeartland (We are the 53%. 47% of Americans pay no taxes; end the free ride...)
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To: wrench

just an observation, most crotch-rocket kiddies aren’t known to wear leather. lol


23 posted on 05/25/2012 11:16:44 AM PDT by printhead (Standard & Poor - Poor is the new standard.)
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To: null and void
"How did they catch him?"

I think the original article said he ran out of gas.

24 posted on 05/25/2012 11:19:11 AM PDT by SnuffaBolshevik (In a tornado, even turkeys can fly.)
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To: mamelukesabre

He’s the real deal. But he’s made his rides around various European cities at ridiculous speeds through traffic into videos with the help of his friends.

For the longest time he did not reveal his identity but a few years ago he finally did. Some Swedish guy named Patrik Furstenhoff.
More info here about him.
http://riot-reporter.blogspot.com/2007/06/real-ghost-rider-part1.html


25 posted on 05/25/2012 11:30:19 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: mamelukesabre

In the city or on rural roads yes, but not on a freeway with dividers on it. You usually only have a small window to make your escape or they will box you in.

A misspent youth has taught me many things...


26 posted on 05/25/2012 11:41:49 AM PDT by Abathar (Proudly posting without reading the article carefully since 2004)
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To: RexBeach

But I’d like to shake this guy’s hand.

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Me too. I like to shake the hands of people who are so effing reckless they endanger everyone else on the road.


27 posted on 05/25/2012 11:50:41 AM PDT by dmz
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To: diogenes ghost

To those who think this guy did something really horrible

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So that kind of stuff passes for cool in your world, eh? Cuz you get to tell folks that it took 6 troopers to stop you?

I don’t think it was horrible, it was effing stupid.

Do it on a closed track where the only person you endanger is yourself, hey have at it. On an interstate with other people, it’s a complete ahole move.


28 posted on 05/25/2012 11:55:53 AM PDT by dmz
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To: Free ThinkerNY

“...170 mph as he tried to get away...”

He deserves to lose his lisence for not being able to shake a tail at that velocity.


29 posted on 05/25/2012 12:10:53 PM PDT by PLMerite (Shut the Beyotch Down! Burn, baby, burn!)
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To: driftdiver

That’s the problem with these particular idiot motorcycle drivers, they endanger everyone else around them and they don’t care. When they get hurt they sue other motorists for cutting them off or not seeing them.


30 posted on 05/25/2012 12:33:13 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: driftdiver

Is there a general sense that police chases often result favorably for the rider/driver? I’m wondering what set of statistics go through the perp’s mind as he computes “There’s a cop on my ass and I think I can lose him...”


31 posted on 05/25/2012 12:39:19 PM PDT by Yollopoliuhqui
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To: diogenes ghost

>To those who think this guy did something really horrible....ohhh BS.

>Although I wouldn’t trust my abilities to do it any more, I have done 170 on the road in the past. Great road, good conditions, great fun. Until the time the rozzers caught me and 6 troopers were arguing over who got the honor of writing the ticket for 100 over on an interstate.

Dood! We are not worthy...


32 posted on 05/25/2012 12:42:59 PM PDT by Yollopoliuhqui
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To: Secret Agent Man

I had a 19 yr. old cousin doing 140.

Going that fast he must have hit a small bump but his body separated from the bike. His body made contact with a tree. The tree won. His upper torso was found and his lower half was found…30 yards away.


33 posted on 05/25/2012 12:50:59 PM PDT by skinndogNN
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To: skinndogNN

Stupid and admittedly sad. He probably had no idea what he could have possibly been throwing away. Everyone’s invincible at 19.

Problem is I see people my age doing this crap all the time on the highway, zipping in between traffic and then get home to see the lawyer commercials from shysters saying “better respect us bikers” because don’t ya know all biker accidents with other vehicles are always the other vehicle’s fault.


34 posted on 05/25/2012 2:30:05 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: diogenes ghost

I don’t think anyone said it really “horrible”. That’s reserved more for murders, rapes etc.

I think most people have said he did something really STUPID. And that his stupidity is made worse because it endangers other people on the road not anticipating having to deal with a nut going 170 mph. And wasting a number of cops’ time for no real good reason.


35 posted on 05/25/2012 2:35:53 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: printhead

Most around me don’t wear helmets. In some ways I am appreciative because if they are in a self-inflicted crash it’s game over.


36 posted on 05/25/2012 2:57:08 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: Yollopoliuhqui
"Dood! We are not worthy....

Nice to see someone who does not equate speed with danger 'cuz it ain't always so.

By the way, it was early '69 outside Lansing on an empty interstate at 2 AM. Driving my 69 Hemi Charger 500 (the first NASCAR variant) that had been balanced and blueprinted by the Ramchargers...I still have the car, just under 20k on it.

37 posted on 05/25/2012 5:55:23 PM PDT by diogenes ghost
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To: Yollopoliuhqui; diogenes ghost

Sure cool to risk other peoples lives like that, wow

hurt one of mine doing that and you won’t live to see the next sunrise


38 posted on 05/25/2012 5:58:37 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: diogenes ghost

“Nice to see someone who does not equate speed with danger ‘cuz it ain’t always so.”

It is on a public road. Completely irresponsible


39 posted on 05/25/2012 6:00:26 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: driftdiver
"It's on a public road....and hurt one of mine"

Well doggone it I guess I just oughta scrap that ole heap and buy a Volt with a 70 mph governor.

Uhhh...you DO have a governor on all of your vehicles, right?

40 posted on 05/25/2012 7:21:02 PM PDT by diogenes ghost
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To: diogenes ghost

Yes I have a brain. I choose not to put other peoples life at risk by traveling at 170 mph.


41 posted on 05/26/2012 4:18:55 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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