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The Fast and the Faster

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by Transverz, Jun 14, 2005.


  1. Transverz

    Transverz believer of the Low End Theory

    May 3, 2004
    Los Angeles, CA
    155 mph is damn fast for the public freeway:

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/8203067/

    Have you gone faster than this guy on the freeway or public streets? Or is he just insane?


    (btw, now that I look at it, what a weird word! "Fast"...what the #ell? :ninja: )
     
  2. Josh Ryan

    Josh Ryan - that dog won't hunt, Monsignor. Staff Member Supporting Member

    Mar 24, 2001
    Nope, that's nuts. I really want to try it on a track though!
     
  3. Gard

    Gard Commercial User

    Mar 31, 2000
    Greensboro, NC, USA
    General Manager, Roscoe Guitars
    The fastest I've ever gone was 125 on a Yamaha FJ-1200 on I-55 heading north from Hammond, LA.

    I had no idea I was going that fast, honestly. I just got the bike up on the road and let it go....looked down at the speedo when I hit 5th, and :eek: .....damn near jumped off the bike!!!


    This was a WHILE ago, mind you, y'know: young, dumb, fulla...

    ;)
     
  4. Hurley

    Hurley

    Feb 12, 2004
    Cape Cod, MA
    I've gone faster on highways, but only on very rare occaisions (late-night, no one else on the road, straightaway...). I'd never do it during normal traffic hours, and especially not on regular streets. I'm not that dumb. ;)
     
  5. Phil Smith

    Phil Smith Mr Sumisu 2 U

    May 30, 2000
    Peoples Republic of Brooklyn
    Creator of: iGigBook for Android/iOS
    I've gone faster, 175(top speed of my ZX-9 at the time) on the highway, never that fast on the streets, much more dangerous. The problem with going that fast is that you run out of road quickly.
     
  6. Here you go:

    WABASHA, Minn. (Sept. 21) - With a State Patrol airplane overhead, a motorcyclist hit the throttle and possibly set the informal record for the fastest speeding ticket in Minnesota history: 205 mph.


    On Saturday afternoon, State Patrol pilot Al Loney was flying near Wabasha, in southeastern Minnesota on the Wisconsin border, watching two motorcyclists racing along U.S. Highway 61.

    When one of the riders shot forward, Loney was ready with his stopwatch. He clicked it once when the motorcycle reached a white marker on the road and again a quarter-mile later. The watch read 4.39 seconds, which Loney calculated to be 205 mph.

    "I was in total disbelief," Loney told the St. Paul Pioneer Press for Tuesday's editions. "I had to double-check my watch because in 27 years I'd never seen anything move that fast."

    Several law enforcement sources told the newspaper that, although no official records are kept, it was probably the fastest ticket ever written in the state.

    After about three-quarters of a mile, the biker slowed to about 100 mph and let the other cycle catch up. By then Loney had radioed ahead to another state trooper, who pulled the two over soon afterward.

    The State Patrol officer arrested the faster rider, 20-year-old Stillwater resident Samuel Armstrong Tilley, for reckless driving, driving without a motorcycle license - and driving 140 miles per hour over the posted speed limit of 65 mph.

    A search of speeding tickets written by state troopers, who patrol most of the state's highways, between 1990 and February 2004 shows the next fastest ticket was for 150 mph in 1994 in Lake of the Woods County.

    Tilley did not return calls from the newspaper to his home Monday. A working number for him could not immediately be found by The Associated Press on Tuesday.

    Only a handful of exotic sports cars can reach 200 mph, but many high-performance motorcycles can top 175 mph. With minor modifications, they can hit 200 mph. Tilley was riding a Honda 1000, Loney said.

    Kathy Swanson of the state Office of Traffic Safety said unless Tilley was wearing the kind of protective gear professional motorcycle racers wear, he was courting death at 200 mph.

    "I'm not entirely sure what would happen if you crashed at 200 miles per hour," Swanson said. "But it wouldn't be pretty, that's for sure."

    Mike
     
  7. Transverz

    Transverz believer of the Low End Theory

    May 3, 2004
    Los Angeles, CA
    Wow, some of you guys are speed demons! Very cool that you can live to tell these tales! Just be careful though...

    And what a coincidence! The same day I posted this, I get home and what do I see on TV? A police chase involving a crazy motorcycle guy! Man he was going FAST. Of course he dusted all car units easily. Only helicopter camera was able to keep up with him, and even then they were losing him here and there. He was able to hit 135mph with ease. And how could he not? He stole the bike...I'm pretty sure if its worth stealing, its probably fast fast fast!

    Anyway, what was interesting was that he pulled the move I always thought would work, AND IT DID. He blasted his way through the cities of L.A., THROUGH TRAFFIC, and made it to a crowded shopping mall with a parking garage. As soon as he went inside there, it was all over. He ditched the bike, helmet, and jacket. From there, he probably started shopping at The Gap. THE END.

    Hmm...was probably a TB'er who saw my thread! :eyebrow:

    Okay, maybe he read the MSN article... :smug:

    -T
     
  8. 156mph (allegedly):
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/scotland/4072446.stm

    155mph:
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/hampshire/4605999.stm

    159mph (allegedly):
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/shropshire/4559173.stm

    But my favourite has to be this story:
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/3613715.stm

    A Belgian motorist was left stunned after authorities sent him a speeding ticket for travelling in his Mini at three times the speed of sound. The ticket claimed the man had been caught driving at 3380 kph (2,100 mph) - or Mach 3 speed - in a Brussels suburb, a Belgian newspaper reported.

    However, police later admitted that a faulty radar had been responsible for the Mini's incredible feat. The police have since apologised to the man and promised to fix the radar.

    The incident took place in December, but only came to light when Belgian prosecutors were asked to follow up the unpaid fine. "We called the local police to find out what height the plane caught speeding along the Boulevard Lambermont was flying at," a member of the Brussels public prosecutor's office joked to Belgium's La Derniere Heure newspaper. Police also said they had made a mistake in still sending out the ticket, given that it was impossible - even for a doughty little Mini - for a car to have travelled so fast.
     
  9. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    Fastest ever was in my wife's Kia Optima, had it up to 120+. Speedo was buried, so I don't know the actual speed.

    Fastest in my own car was a 1991 Ford Escort GT. 115 mph. It took a while to get from 85 - 115.:D 0-85 was pretty quick, but those last 30 mph were not.
     
  10. WillPlay4Food

    WillPlay4Food Now With More Metal! Staff Member Supporting Member

    Apr 9, 2002
    Orbiting HQ
    My turbo PT Cruiser zips right up to 120MPH then the 'rounded-brick' aerodynamics kick in and keep it from going much faster than 125.
     
  11. You can get the nickname "Spot" real easy at those speeds. :D

    One slip and thats all thats left off you is a spot!!!

    A good freind of my had a hyabusa (sp?) that will do stock 204 mph, his was tuned. Him and a freind were out f---ing around one day, one moment his buddy was next to him, the next he was a spot on a concreat underpass.

    Scared the crap out of my friend who still can't figure out what went wrong....."you were doing 200+ mph on a public road idiot, thats what happened"

    anyway he sold the superbike and now just cruises on a chopper.
     
  12. WillPlay4Food

    WillPlay4Food Now With More Metal! Staff Member Supporting Member

    Apr 9, 2002
    Orbiting HQ
    I had a coworker that hit a sandy spot on an offramp and became a 'spot', so it's not just the speed freaks that end up dead from riding a motorcycle.

    There's a reason bikes are called donorcycles in the medical profession.
     
  13. I used to know a guy that lost an arm and leg when he hit a Disney World sign going well over he speed limit. He used to joke with us about being half the man he used to be...kinda weird, I think I'd be a bit more bitter.

    Mike
     
  14. SuperDuck

    SuperDuck

    Sep 26, 2000
    Wisconsin
    I have a (perhaps not-so-bright) friend who is in the superbike crowd, and regularly takes his modded GSX-R to near 180. One day I asked him why he rode without plates, and he was dead serious when he said, "So I can't get caught."

    For some people, the norm is to run from the cops. There's no way in hell a cruiser could catch a superbike, and with no plates, there's no way to identify who did what.

    He's done a lot stupider things, too, but that just kinda blows my mind.
     
  15. PunkerTrav

    PunkerTrav

    Jul 18, 2001
    Canada & USA
    A buddy of mine spun his tuned VR4 at 270km/h (~169MPH). I don't see the appeal of going that fast on public roads. Especially because most major cities will have racetracks.
     
  16. Mike N

    Mike N Missing the old TB

    Jan 28, 2001
    New York
    Fastest I've been is 136mph in a friends 67 GTO, and it only took me 10 seconds to get there :eek:
     
  17. Transverz

    Transverz believer of the Low End Theory

    May 3, 2004
    Los Angeles, CA
    HAHAHAHA! YOU GUYS ARE GONNA LOVE THIS!

    The conclusion to the local police chase story I reported that I saw yesterday:

    So last we left off, the guy pulls into the mall and goes to the parking garage and gets away, eluding the cops, and making them look like fools.

    Wait for it.............

    The next day (today) he reports his motorcycle missing! The cops told him to file a report so he goes down to the police department, and they recognize him! AND HE GETS ARRESTED FOR CHASE AND FILING A FRAUDULENT REPORT!

    HAHAHAHHA)(@*#)$*@#)($*@)(#*$)@(#*$)@($_)(!

    Holy crap... stupidest, criminal, EVER!

    Galactic karma, strikes again. Damn I love this life.

    Now if only a certain uni-gloved individual could have the same twist of fate...

    :bag:
     
  18. Flanders

    Flanders

    Oct 30, 2002
    Reno, NV
    Speed Kills. You have got to be crazy to want to go that fast. With the conditions of the roads around here...
     
  19. Frank Martin

    Frank Martin Bitten by the luthiery bug...

    Oct 8, 2001
    Budapest, Hungary, EU
    You mean the Suzuki Hayabusha 1300?
     
  20. Frank Martin

    Frank Martin Bitten by the luthiery bug...

    Oct 8, 2001
    Budapest, Hungary, EU
    Hehe... until you've seen the condition of the roads here, you have no right to complain! :p