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ACT police seek help identifying speeding motorcyclists (240kph on the Parkway).

By farq - 5 November 2008 90

ABC news has this interesting story on motorcycle escapades down the Tuggeranong Parkway.

2 riders, 240kph on the parkway…

Is that some sort of record?

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ACT police seek help identifying speeding motorcyclists (240kph on the Parkway).
The Axe Man 8:05 am 06 Nov 08

p1 said :

240km/h is pretty fast, but 500m? Can anybody verify if that is actually a correct stopping distance for a sports bike?

I think the 500 metres is a bit long as well. This site is in Dutch but you can look at the pictures
http://www.motornet.be/rijden/veiligheid/021011_remmen.html

Break Down of results
Results braketest – on dry concrete road
(vehicle – 120km/h – 90 km/h – 50km/h)

Toyota Avensis – 52 m – 28 m – 8 m
Honda Fireblade – 64 m – 35 m – 8,5 m
BMW R1150RS withABS – 55 m – 31,5 m – 8,5 m

Results braketest – on wet asphalt
(vehicle – 120km/h – 90 km/h – 50km/h)

Toyota Avensis – 46 m – 25 m – 7,5 m
Honda Fireblade – 49,6 m – 25 m – 6,6 m
BMW R1150RS withABS – 45,5 m – 28,5 m – 9,2 m

Thumper 7:51 am 06 Nov 08

Certainly wasn’t me. My bike is pushing it doing 120kph!

BerraBoy68 7:24 am 06 Nov 08

One word sums up these idiots in both their actions and dress sense on a bike ‘pathetic’. It gives those of us that ride bikes legally and safely a bad name. I’d have no problem dobbing them in if I knew who they were.

CHW 6:15 am 06 Nov 08

Oh, eeeeeeuuuuwwwwwww – gooooood look!

Next time someone sees him coming up from behind can we do the world a favour and open a car door as he goes past??

deye 12:19 am 06 Nov 08

Aeek said :

Jeans, T shirt, and bum crack.

Not condoning the speed, but maybe the jeans were Draggin Jeans which have kevlar in them.

Granny 11:57 pm 05 Nov 08

I’m guessing War, Famine, Pollution (Pestilence having retired in 1936 due to the invention of penicillin), and Death.

Ingeegoodbee 11:44 pm 05 Nov 08

I doubt it’s an un-official record. As an undergraduate I recall racing a buddy along that stretch of road and he was pulling away from me and my speedo was showing 250km/h.

It’s hardly suprising along there, I rarely see a frustrated wannabe actually obeying the speed limit or even come close to it along there (i.e. well below the posted 100 speed limit). There’s still the overriding mentality amongst drivers that they’re safer dawdling along on the rigtht hand lane until they notice the backlog in the rear-view mirror and then they apply that great Canberra tradition of speeding up to move into the left land and then trying to pump up their ineviatably japanese or aussie built shitbox to try and outrun you as a desperate attempt to prove to themselves that they’re not ready to hand in their licence for a lawn bowls club membership.

You would think that for a bunch of Canberrans who immediately qualify for the “I’m a cert for the dick-head butt-**** club” – easily identified by their support for the Motorists Party – the way these lame-arse cock-sucking tool bags are always banging on and on about the need for more taxpayer funds to waste on them, you would imagine that they would actually try and promote sensible road use by driving in an even somewhat sensible manner instead of making sure everyone knows they’re an utter tool.

Aeek 11:39 pm 05 Nov 08

I notice lots of motorcycles (in winter many of them have L’s),
but then I ride (bicycles).

adeptacheese 11:19 pm 05 Nov 08

i like that we posted nearly the exact same comment 4 seconds apart haha

Spectra 11:14 pm 05 Nov 08

It’s hardly suprising along there, I rarely see a motorcyclist actually obeying the speed limit or even come close to it along there
Bollocks. You just notice the ones that are speeding. I ride along there and stick, if not exactly on the speed limit, at least very close to it. And there are plenty of other riders that do the same.

There’s still the overriding mentality amongst riders…
No, there really isn’t – there’s just a number of them that give the rest a bad name with crap like this. And non-riders are all too happy to tar them all with the same brush.

These guys are twats, don’t get me wrong, but they’re not of the ilk of riders I know – for a start, as others have noted, that gear is just retarded. Very few riders I know even get on their bike without gloves, boots, protective jacket and pants. And that speed on a public road is far far more than any sensible rider (and yes, there’s plenty of them) would ever do.

Besides, natural selection often takes care of people like this – it’s just unfortunate that they often take innocents with them.

adeptacheese 11:10 pm 05 Nov 08

bd84 said :

There was an idiot who posted a video on youtube a while ago (before speed cameras) of himself doing something similar on a motorbike on the parkway.

It’s hardly suprising along there, I rarely see a motorcyclist actually obeying the speed limit or even come close to it along there (i.e. well above the 110-115 most people do along there). There’s still the overriding mentality amongst riders that they’re safer trying to be the next Casey Stoner as they weave in and out of traffic into 2 metre gaps and ride down emergency lanes. You would think that for a bunch of temporary Australians who always on about “look out for motorcyclists” they would actually try and promote it be riding in an even somewhat sensible manner instead of with a death wish.

i’m willing to bet the only time you note and register seeing a motorcyclist in your memory is when you see one doing something wrong. Im willing to bet you see bikers every day behaving like regular respectable road-users but every time you see a squid doing 240kph down the parkway (or an imagined offense such as lane splitting) you tick off a little mental tally and go tsk tsk. There are dickheads on every mode of transport and im sick of anti-motorcyclist sentiment painting every one of us with the same brush.

p1 10:55 pm 05 Nov 08

It wasn’t me. My bike barely does half that speed flat out.

Police say at that speed it would have taken the riders almost half a kilometre to bring their bikes to a stop.

240km/h is pretty fast, but 500m? Can anybody verify if that is actually a correct stopping distance for a sports bike?

Vic Bitterman 10:24 pm 05 Nov 08

T-shirt provides more than enough protection. Minimum is a wife beater these days.

Aeek 10:09 pm 05 Nov 08

Jeans, T shirt, and bum crack.

bd84 10:06 pm 05 Nov 08

There was an idiot who posted a video on youtube a while ago (before speed cameras) of himself doing something similar on a motorbike on the parkway.

It’s hardly suprising along there, I rarely see a motorcyclist actually obeying the speed limit or even come close to it along there (i.e. well above the 110-115 most people do along there). There’s still the overriding mentality amongst riders that they’re safer trying to be the next Casey Stoner as they weave in and out of traffic into 2 metre gaps and ride down emergency lanes. You would think that for a bunch of temporary Australians who always on about “look out for motorcyclists” they would actually try and promote it be riding in an even somewhat sensible manner instead of with a death wish.

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