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(USA Today)   Motorcycle racer hits 285 mph. 285 mph hits back   ( usatoday.com) divider line
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2013-07-14 10:50:52 PM  
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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.
2013-07-15 01:05:42 AM  
2 votes:

Z-clipped: Rent Party: I've been leaned waaaaay over at 100+ on highway 2 between Idaho and Glacier, passed cops going the other way, and didn't even get a blink.

That's because by the time they slow down, stop, turn around, and get moving in the other direction, you're already too far gone.  In fact, most cops won't bother chasing sport bikes at all, because they know they generally can't catch you if you don't want to be caught.  I blow by cops all the time... as long as you're going sufficiently fast (120+), they usually don't even bother turning their lights on.

I can tell you, as a racer for almost three decades, you are a complete and udder asshole.  Sorry.  It's got nothing to do with your talent or the condition of your bike.  It has nothing to do with the fact that you are bad-ass and can handle it.

Guys like you playing Rossi-on-the-road kill other people.  A 'dumbass' who changes lanes into you, or loses a part of their poorly secured load, or a piece of road kill that wasnt there 20 minutes ago can - and does - throw bikes at people in cars and vans and suv's and kills them.

You clearly dont give a shiat about yourself, but we all give a shiat about other people.
2013-07-14 11:45:39 PM  
2 votes:
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2013-07-14 11:22:41 PM  
2 votes:
I'm waiting for the day that arcade driving gets realistic enough that it really feels like you're driving. I'll buy one of those booths for $10k, put it in my room and race to my hearts content. Not doing it irl though. Unless...maybe if I decide to kill myself I'll go out in a car chase.
2013-07-14 10:50:17 PM  
2 votes:
I don't want a pickle . . .
2013-07-14 10:48:40 PM  
2 votes:
At least he died  hero.

Oh wait, he didn't. He died going fast on a motorcycle. That was pretty stupid.
2013-07-14 10:47:21 PM  
2 votes:

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.
2013-07-15 01:16:09 PM  
1 vote:

darch: Shakin_Haitian: I love it when some prick on a bike comes tearing down the road, startling other drivers. It's also fun being behind a car that has to hit the brakes because a bike cut them off. Impatient assholes can't wait ten seconds for cars to pass each other, so they just have to cut them off.

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That's just it- no one driving a car/truck/etc should be startled by ANYTHING on the road. Your attention should be total and complete. But alas, I watch people weave all over the road like they've been on a bender all afternoon and when I pass them- yep- texting.

When  I ride, I assume every single car, truck, pedestrian, animal, motorcycle, bicycle, etc is actively out to END MY LIFE and I ride accordingly.

whole lot of this
but especially the Bolded part - only way to ride

/ride smart & wear your gear
//just surrendered my balls  motorcycle endorsement when I renewed my license.  no more motos for me
///slashy sad face
2013-07-15 12:23:38 AM  
1 vote:
If he was determined to break 300mph or die trying, does this count as success?
2013-07-15 12:04:42 AM  
1 vote:

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

Actually, no but you can give them downforce other ways... but it's probably not downforce that is the issue here.  It's usually harmonics that (baring catastrophic mechanical failure) that cause a crash in a straightaway.

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2013-07-14 11:36:17 PM  
1 vote:
Motorcycle thread???

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My baby.
2013-07-14 11:35:54 PM  
1 vote:
GuidoDelConfuso: 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?

like the difference between being shot to death with a .22 or a .45
Dead's dead
2013-07-14 11:29:28 PM  
1 vote:

Abox: See, this is what happens when 285 bashes your head into the ground and you DON'T have a gun. And don't start with your 'he went after 285'...point is when he got there, 2thugty5 assaulted him.

This is all insane. Nobody would even be talking about this if the runway were asphalt, instead of concrete.
2013-07-14 11:28:37 PM  
1 vote:

Durboloid: It was exhilarating and terrifying simultaneously.

Pretty much the perfect way to describe doing 150+ on a bike. Once was enough for me, thanks.
2013-07-14 11:12:47 PM  
1 vote:
What is the Florida connection that people are talking about? It happened at the former Loring AFB in Maine.
2013-07-14 11:08:10 PM  
1 vote:
That's about 60 mph faster than the top speed nerve impulses travel in your body.
2013-07-14 11:06:09 PM  
1 vote:

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


You're welcome.  I took some math in college. We studied the difference between 200 and 290.
2013-07-14 11:02:57 PM  
1 vote:
Live Fast, Die.
2013-07-14 10:47:57 PM  
1 vote:
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 10:47:41 PM  
1 vote:
What, THIS one doesn't get the Florida tag? Fail.
2013-07-14 10:42:25 PM  
1 vote:
yay progress bars that don't track any actual progress
2013-07-14 09:16:43 PM  
1 vote:
In the game of speed you win or you die.
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