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Old 09-26-2004, 05:15 AM   #221
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Default Re: Dispatch from the scientific ghetto

You mignt not have heard of the Taylor book but I'll bet you've seen it - the front cover has a picture of a locomotive sticking out of the second story of an old train station. An appropos photo for a book on errors in measurement if there ever was one. Taylor does a great job discussing the effect of standard deviation and standard deviation of the mean (which in this case doesn't "converge" ) and the difference between valid and invalid measurements. In this particular case the reaction time is so large to render the measurement scientifically useless. And all the cop had to do was to pick a larger interval over which to make the same measurement and he could have largely solved the problem.



Galiileo was aware of this hunderds of years ago when attempting to measure the speed of light with lanterns. The difference is that the finest minds of the Renaissance were capable of understanding why this doesn't work too well and the finest mind at Boeing, circa 2004, is not. I guess that just goes to show that genetic variation does not always improve the species.



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Old 09-26-2004, 10:37 AM   #222
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I was resisting getting into this and haven't read all the other posts to see if anyone else was geek enough to research this, but if you look up the road on Mapquest, it runs SE to NW in that area. On the Saturday in question, the weather service has maximum sustained winds in the MN-WI area of around 17-18 MPH out of the SE. The ticket says the guy is 5'10" and 155. So a skinny rider who can tuck in, catching a good tail gust could probably exceed the RC-51 top speed by 12 MPH or more.
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Old 09-26-2004, 11:23 AM   #223
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No, if he went to a "counsellor" (no matter what they call them they are all psychologists or psychiatrists) they'd put him on psych drugs and then he'd get even worse.



I recommend a long vacation, no newspapers or TV, long walks in the woods, a good diet and a good regimen of vitamins. Anyone can calm down after a few days or weeks of such a regimen.



The News (TV or papers) is designed to make you crazy. Kook doesn't need any more help in that regard.
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Old 09-26-2004, 01:22 PM   #224
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Old 09-26-2004, 01:23 PM   #225
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Old 09-26-2004, 01:23 PM   #226
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Old 09-26-2004, 01:30 PM   #227
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Default Re: 205MPH on a stock RC-51?

This weekend I finally got the jetting right on my Yammerhammer IT175 for the 7000-9000 ft altitudes I'm using it at now and it runs 205mph too!



Well actually I can get it over the mountain to Huntington reservior in less time than it would take to ride an RC-51 from the same starting point on the pavement to the reservoir at 205mph. So in a way I'm travelling faster than 205mph! That sort of measuring is apparently good enough for the Minnesota cops.
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Old 09-26-2004, 01:37 PM   #228
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You get that Speed Triple yet?
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Old 09-26-2004, 01:49 PM   #229
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Man, I WANT to. Got 4 bikes already and my girlfriend thinks I'm nuts. I think that may be a good reason to go get the Speed 3!
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