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Old 07-16-2003, 03:01 AM   #11
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Old 07-16-2003, 03:50 AM   #12
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I know what you mean. The mature adult in me thinks that it was outrageous and irresponsible and foolish and dangerous and reckless to operate a motorcycle at those speeds on a public road. But lets have a show of hands: Is there anyone out there who owns or has owned a hi-powered superbike and NOT pushed it well into triple-digit speeds on the highway? Anyone? If you haven't then I admire your supreme self-control. I know I was guilty of that many times during my gloriously misspent youth. In fact, a buddy and I were once both ticketed for going 125mph in a 50mph zone! With passengers on the back!! How's that for stupid and irresponsible?
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Old 07-16-2003, 04:03 AM   #13
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Does anyone find it odd that this guy Andrew Osborne gets his picture in the news and top billing in the story for going 157mph, while the other guy, Neil Bolger barely gets mentioned since he was "only" doing 148mph? Hey Neil! You should have sprung for the pipe and jet kit! Then maybe you could've had the headline!!
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Old 07-16-2003, 04:23 AM   #14
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Complete idiots. Jail em.



And yes, when I owned my VTR1000, I did 150+ also. And yes, I'm an idiot also.
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Old 07-16-2003, 05:27 AM   #15
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I hope that once they complete the penalty period of two years these guys take up riding again. All they need to do is get bikes that are still fun but at less offending speeds.



I sold my Valkyrie and my wifeÂ’s VFR because it was so much fun and so EASY to go fast on them. I was known to hit a buck 25 on the Valk while passing cars and the VFR, well it was just so comfortable at a buck 20 that I would often not realize I was going that fast.



My Harley will stop accelerating at 115 and the ST1100, while still illegal, catches me zipping along at 90 before I think oops and drop it down to 70. No they're not Valks or Viffers but I don't get in as much trouble either.



What can I say; they were time machines which transported me back to 17 years old and immortal every time I rode them. I still have my time machines now but when they offend at least IÂ’m not going to jail. I still plan on getting a track bike to take to the Hallett Speedway for the real thrill. I think I might be able to handle a Ninja 250 but then my wife said I look like an elephant humping a peanut when I rode one so my ego will keep me off of that. HmmÂ… maybe an SV650.

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Old 07-16-2003, 05:28 AM   #16
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"Mr Rogers said Osborne's "grossly excessive" speed was just a short burst to overtake a lorry and insisted he had not been racing with Bolger."



Wow, Mr. Osborne needs to fire his attorney if this is the best excuse he could come up with. Accelerating even a ZX-12R to that speed would take much more than a "short burst", not to mention how long it would take his friend's ZX-7R to get there.
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Old 07-16-2003, 05:33 AM   #17
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Actually, at least in Oklahoma, its 'Reckless endangerment' and yes they can arrest you for it. I just can't imagine a judge ruling actual jail time for a first offence.



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Old 07-16-2003, 05:38 AM   #18
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I agree as well.

I do think that an experienced rider on a ZX-12 can safely ride 160mph, but the reason we have speed limits is so that the old man in the Merc isn't trying to do 105. That's scary.



Can you imagine if all these idiots in cages could drive as fast as they think they can??? All the NASCAR watching pickup truck drivers doing 115 in a F-150??!!?

Let's just say that a motorcycle wouldn't last too long in that environment.
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Old 07-16-2003, 05:51 AM   #19
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When will the motorcycle industry realize that the future depends on the public's perception of us??? Remember how BAD H-D's image was after Hollister? Remember how BAD sales were of H-D's after Hollister??? Why is it that the only time we see motorcycles in the news is when IDIOTS do stupid things on them? When will the manufacturers realize that they are putting themselves out of business by catering to the Ultra Fast latest greatest crowd? They keep making fewer bikes for entry level riders and more bikes for experienced riders. This means that FEWER people are able to get into bikes and ride for 5 years. After 5 years, you're probably hooked. But so few people get to that point because they go out and get the latest badass bike and either wreck or scare the S##T out of themselves. Have you ever noticed all the high-performance bikes for sale by owner with less than 3000 miles on them? Ever wondered why?
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Old 07-16-2003, 05:58 AM   #20
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Please refer to my above statement "I don't care what anybody says".



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