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Abe_Froman 07-15-2003 03:47 PM

Re: Biker jailed for 157mph ride in U.K.
"He informed the police and both men voluntarily attended Milton Keynes police station where they admitted being the riders of the motorbikes, exceeding the speed limit and driving in a manner that could be dangerous."

Rule #1 for beating a speeding ticket: never admit guilt. You don't even have to lie, just don't say anything. I really don't see how they were able to identify the license plates of these guys at 150MPH anyway.

Jail time for speeding is ridiculous. You might be booked for reckless driving in the USA, but there's almost no way you will do time for a first offense unless you insult the judge or something.

Speed limits, especially for freeways, suck. The speed limit for a young man on a ZX-12 should not be the same as for an 85-year old driving a Mercury Medicare sled. I don't care what anybody says and what their reasons are, speed limits suck. They're mostly used as a revenue generating device anyway.

NoKneeDown 07-15-2003 03:48 PM

Re: Biker jailed for 157mph ride in U.K.
I'd be the first to say these two are really stupid.....buuuuuut, it sounds like something I'd do. And boy, jail sure does suck.

seruzawa 07-15-2003 03:53 PM

Re: Biker jailed for 157mph ride in U.K.
Was he wearing only a pair of sandals and a T-shirt also?

The amount of force available if a bike hits a car at that speed could be deadly to anyone this idiot hits. This is the sort of thing that could result in more anti-bike legislation, should this idiot or anyone like him wack an innocent person.

I'm as guilty of speeding as anyone, but 157 mph on public roads? No way. Not even close. Find a race track or a dry lakebed, moron.

Oh, that's right, there aren't any dry lakebeds in perfidious Albion. Too bad, ducky.

Randy_P_Moran 07-15-2003 04:39 PM

Re: Biker jailed for 157mph ride in U.K.
On the one hand, 157 is entirely too fast to be going on public roads. On the other hand, F*** the police.

I'm conflicted.

zxr250cc 07-15-2003 04:45 PM

Re: Biker jailed for 157mph ride in U.K.
I recently sold my ZX-12R because it kept singing a little song to me when I was on it: 'Go faster, I love it."

I knew I would lose my license or worse if I kep ti. I do miss it though, not for the speed but the overall quality of the bike.

kowalke67 07-15-2003 05:09 PM

Re: Biker jailed for 157mph ride in U.K.
Yeah, 15 days in jail would suck but worse is 2 yrs without driving. To be able to handle a bike at 157 leaned over means you have some skill which means these two having been riding for a long time which means they are like most of us riding motorcycles- we NEED to. Give me the full 30 days in jail but please don't take my license for 2 yrs!

Bad move for sure by these two. It's one thing to kill yourself but at those speeds time and distance are out of whack to other drivers. It's easy for someone to pull out in front of you or change a lane on you because they won't realize how fast your gaining on them. It won't just be the biker who's hurt and yes it just gives the anti-motorcycle legislators more fuel for the fire.

Jail time is surprising. I live in Chicago and a rider was busted here doing 167 mph and received a serious fine but he definitely didn't get even the threat of jail time and I don't remember hearing he lost his license either. That's one stiff penalty the Brit's handed out but, I have to say, I'm a believer of stiff penalties. A slap on the wrist sends no message and doesn't prevent the same future behavior.

kowalke67 07-15-2003 05:19 PM

Re: Biker jailed for 157mph ride in U.K.
Ah, dude, you're an idiot. Please vacate the Earth.

Grappelli 07-15-2003 10:08 PM

Re: Biker jailed for 157mph ride in U.K.
the reason this made the news was this was the forst time it had happened. I must admit though as someone who has opened up a liter class bike in the UK that this would seriously suck.

buzzbob 07-16-2003 02:31 AM

Re: Biker jailed for 157mph ride in U.K.
These guys definitely weren't thinking before riding. Those speeds in traffic are dumb, I believe that for this type of incident, there are a few states that have laws that could give you Jail time. Virginia used to have, and may still have, a max speed law that could get you booked for something like 'attempted manslaughter'.

Alaskan18724 07-16-2003 02:56 AM

Re: Biker jailed for 157mph ride in U.K.
Second the motion. All in favor?

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