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(USA Today)   Motorcycle racer hits 285 mph. 285 mph hits back   (usatoday.com) divider line 218
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2013-07-14 09:16:43 PM  
In the game of speed you win or you die.
 
2013-07-14 09:31:05 PM  
Can motorcycles have aerodynamic downforce stuff, like spoilers, without it making them crash more when they turn?
 
2013-07-14 09:49:26 PM  
No money shot. Dammit so much. You know they have it.
 
2013-07-14 09:51:09 PM  
Damn though, whatta ride.
 
2013-07-14 10:13:21 PM  

staplermofo: Can motorcycles have aerodynamic downforce stuff, like spoilers, without it making them crash more when they turn?


No,
 
2013-07-14 10:42:18 PM  
Ever notice how the media always blames the vehicle when a crash happens? It's a subtle thing, but do notice.

FTA:

when it veered off the paved runway and crashed

not

when heveered off the paved runway and crashed
 
2013-07-14 10:42:25 PM  
yay progress bars that don't track any actual progress
 
2013-07-14 10:42:28 PM  
Jesus. I get nervous at 70mph on my Street Glide. I can't even imagine what 290 must feel like.
 
2013-07-14 10:47:21 PM  

darch: Jesus. I get nervous at 70mph on my Street Glide. I can't even imagine what 290 must feel like.


Probably like your brain is coming out of your arse.
 
2013-07-14 10:47:41 PM  
What, THIS one doesn't get the Florida tag? Fail.
 
2013-07-14 10:47:47 PM  

darch: Jesus. I get nervous at 70mph on my Street Glide. I can't even imagine what 290 must feel like.


Wimp.  I've pinned the speedo on my '99 FXDWG a few times.  Yeah, it gets there...eventually.  But it gets there.
 
2013-07-14 10:47:57 PM  
At least he died doing what he lo....

No fark that bullshiat.  Dumbass.  No doubt he had family and friends who loved him, but instead of his company for a lifetime they get a smear of red on pavement.  fark that twice.
 
2013-07-14 10:48:26 PM  
Speed is just a question of money, how fast can you go?
 
2013-07-14 10:48:27 PM  
Bim Bim

Sim Sim

RRim RRim

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sim...sim
 
2013-07-14 10:48:40 PM  
At least he died  hero.

Oh wait, he didn't. He died going fast on a motorcycle. That was pretty stupid.
 
2013-07-14 10:48:45 PM  

quatchi: In the game of speed you win or you die.


In the world of kung-fu, speed defines the winner.
 
2013-07-14 10:49:03 PM  

darch: Jesus. I get nervous at 70mph on my Street Glide. I can't even imagine what 290 must feel like.


I went 90mph once, and it was a lot louder than 70.  The noise inside his helmet must have been insane.
 
2013-07-14 10:50:17 PM  
I don't want a pickle . . .
 
2013-07-14 10:50:40 PM  
FTA:  The Limestone Police Department and Maine State Police were investigation the crash.

*facepalm*
 
2013-07-14 10:50:52 PM  

PsychoPhil: darch: Jesus. I get nervous at 70mph on my Street Glide. I can't even imagine what 290 must feel like.

Wimp.  I've pinned the speedo on my '99 FXDWG a few times.  Yeah, it gets there...eventually.  But it gets there.



Yeah, I guess. I just have no desire to do that. I love riding my FLHX and... arriving home to bang my wife. You can keep your pinned speedo.
 
2013-07-14 10:52:29 PM  

Superjew: At least he died doing what he lo....

No fark that bullshiat.  Dumbass.  No doubt he had family and friends who loved him, but instead of his company for a lifetime they get a smear of red on pavement.  fark that twice.


Don't be so negative. At 285 I doubt there was much of a smear there.
 
2013-07-14 10:54:27 PM  

ThatDarkFellow: Superjew: At least he died doing what he lo....

No fark that bullshiat.  Dumbass.  No doubt he had family and friends who loved him, but instead of his company for a lifetime they get a smear of red on pavement.  fark that twice.

Don't be so negative. At 285 I doubt there was much of a smear there.


He probably just skipped for a couple miles
 
2013-07-14 10:55:46 PM  
I've been up to 155 on a bike.   On a dark desert highway, cool wind in my hair.  Did not smell any colitas.
It was exhilarating and terrifying simultaneously.
 
2013-07-14 10:55:46 PM  
My record is a GPS-indicated 156mph on a 2 lane backroad outside of Amarillo, Texas. I was on a ZX-14r with saddlebags, tailbag, and a tankbag; so I couldn't tuck behind the windscreen. I clicked into 6th, looked down, and looked up to see I had travelled so far that I had to chop the throttle and give up.

156mph, and I barely touched 6th gear. Unreal.

/switched to Harleys to slow down
//anyone who uses their speedo on a bike to say how fast they've gone is full of it
///thinking of going back to faster bikes
 
2013-07-14 10:57:11 PM  
No Joe Walsh related headline? For shame...

fc08.deviantart.net
 
2013-07-14 10:57:46 PM  
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2013-07-14 10:58:45 PM  
The fastest I ever went was a little bit over 150 and I thought, "oh shiat I'm going to die" and backed it off.  And that was in a car.  I can't imagine going that fast on a motorcycle, and I've been riding longer than I've been driving.
 
2013-07-14 10:59:35 PM  

baka-san: staplermofo: Can motorcycles have aerodynamic downforce stuff, like spoilers, without it making them crash more when they turn?

No,


www.swapmeetmodels.co.uk

They seem to be quite the enigma.  I read a few forums and rear wings seem to be considered totally ineffective because the turbulence coming off the rider would make them ineffective.  Front canards like above are supposedly used to keep the bike from front wheelies or tracks with a lot of undulation.

I guess they can't do something like this:
i85.photobucket.com
For a top speed bike run.
 
2013-07-14 11:00:12 PM  

Savoir-Faire: My record is a GPS-indicated 156mph


How loud is that?  Like, if you lift your head up, do your ears explode?
 
2013-07-14 11:00:13 PM  

darch: Jesus. I get nervous at 70mph on my Street Glide. I can't even imagine what 290 must feel like.


Well yeah, but you're talking about a Harley cruiser. Nothing against Harleys, but the style and configuration of the bike really make a huge difference in how they feel at speed. I rode a Harley hard-tail chopper with forward controls once, and I was getting nervous taking it over 40, never mind 70. But I would regularly get my Triumph sport tourer up to 80 or 90 with no drama. It started getting a little squirrelly once you got towards a buck, and I never pushed it any higher than that, but even a stock Hayabusa or ZX-14 you could probably go substantially faster before you started getting to really pants-crapping speeds.

Anyway, 290 is pretty fast, but I suspect that after a certain point it just becomes a number. When you're on a perfectly straight closed track, and once you're going fast enough that you're likely to be killed if things go seriously wrong, what's the real difference between 200 and 290?
 
2013-07-14 11:01:41 PM  

GuidoDelConfuso: Anyway, 290 is pretty fast


You don't say?
 
2013-07-14 11:02:14 PM  
Warner was conscious and talking after the crash just before 10 a.m., Kelly said, but he died about an hour and 15 minutes later at a hospital in Caribou

Holy shiat, he lived for over an hour afterward. I figured he would've just disintegrated after a few hundred feet.
 
2013-07-14 11:02:49 PM  
I have a Vincent that was supposed to be able to go 183. But anything over 155 and the back tire would flatten out a little and you couldn't keep it on the road. It was like going around a corner in hydroplane conditions. So I cut it into pieces and made a salad bar out of it. It looks real nice next to the pumpjack.
 
2013-07-14 11:02:57 PM  
Live Fast, Die.
-GG
 
2013-07-14 11:06:09 PM  

GuidoDelConfuso: what's the ... difference between 200 and 290?


90.

You're welcome.  I took some math in college. We studied the difference between 200 and 290.
 
2013-07-14 11:06:16 PM  

Durboloid: I've been up to 155 on a bike.   On a dark desert highway, cool wind in my hair.  Did not smell any colitas.
It was exhilarating and terrifying simultaneously.


What does a colita even smell like?
 
2013-07-14 11:06:46 PM  
is there any video of this?

/not that I enjoy snuff films, just never seen someone do a 300 mph cartwheel before.
 
2013-07-14 11:06:58 PM  

darch: Jesus. I get nervous at 70mph on my Street Glide. I can't even imagine what 290 must feel like.


I went down at JUST 50 with nothing protecting my legs arms and hands...still feel it today. Nothing can explain the pain of road rash, essentially the worst burn you can get...a burn any more severe will kill the nerves. Worst experience of my life.
 
2013-07-14 11:07:23 PM  
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2013-07-14 11:07:25 PM  

misanthropicsob: FTA:  The Limestone Police Department and Maine State Police were investigation the crash.

*facepalm*


Glad I'm not the only one who saw that. Proof reading is hard for some journalists, you'd think they would investigation their own stories more.
 
2013-07-14 11:08:10 PM  
That's about 60 mph faster than the top speed nerve impulses travel in your body.
 
2013-07-14 11:09:14 PM  

staplermofo: darch: Jesus. I get nervous at 70mph on my Street Glide. I can't even imagine what 290 must feel like.

I went 90mph once, and it was a lot louder than 70.  The noise inside his helmet must have been insane.


Yeah I always found it funny that cops tried to really crack down on riders with headphones...above 65 I could hear shiat anyway. Above 140 your hearing practically shuts down because your sight is taking so much in so quickly it can't process sounds as well
 
2013-07-14 11:09:37 PM  
It's amazing what a human can survive. And screw the haters, racers know it's dangerous. Just because what motivates them is different than what motivates you or I doesn't mean they are idiots.

Most of the Isle of Man footage is amazing.
 
2013-07-14 11:10:50 PM  

scottydoesntknow: Warner was conscious and talking after the crash just before 10 a.m., Kelly said, but he died about an hour and 15 minutes later at a hospital in Caribou

Holy shiat, he lived for over an hour afterward. I figured he would've just disintegrated after a few hundred feet.


I'm sure there was another race car driver that did the same thing recently.  Can't think of who just now though.
 
2013-07-14 11:11:17 PM  

Repo Man: It's amazing what a human can survive. And screw the haters, racers know it's dangerous. Just because what motivates them is different than what motivates you or I doesn't mean they are idiots.

Most of the Isle of Man footage is amazing.


The Isle of Man stuff is crazy...balls of steel
 
2013-07-14 11:11:24 PM  

Satanic_Hamster: quatchi: In the game of speed you win or you die.

In the world of kung-fu, speed defines the winner.


So... a lot like long distance trucking then?
 
2013-07-14 11:12:47 PM  
What is the Florida connection that people are talking about? It happened at the former Loring AFB in Maine.
 
2013-07-14 11:13:34 PM  

Oldiron_79: Speed is just a question of money, how fast can you go?




I've never been charged for a test drive. Looks like a question of balls.

How big are they?
 
2013-07-14 11:15:09 PM  
Warner previously hit 311 mph on the same course in 2011, using 1.5 miles of pavement...This time he was trying to hit 300 mph using just a mile of pavement, and he'd made several passes before the one in which he crashed, Kelly said.
 Totally worth it.
 
2013-07-14 11:15:32 PM  
It's clearly a case of 285 mph standing the ground. If you disagree you are a frigging racer.
 
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