I-84 The perfect place to go 138 mph. Not.

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  1. Robert_W

    Robert_W Been here awhile

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    4 NY Motorcyclists Clocked Going 138 Mph

    http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/police-ny-motorcyclists-clocked-138-mph-19732001


    Authorities say four motorcyclists in upstate New York were clocked driving nearly 140 mph on an interstate and issued speeding tickets.
    State police say the four men registered 138 mph on a trooper's radar gun in a 65-mph zone on Interstate 84 on Sunday morning in Greenville. The town is on the New Jersey border 60 miles northwest of New York City.
    Other troopers farther east on I-84 were alerted and stopped the bikers in the neighboring town of Wawayanda. Police say the four men ranging in age from 32 to 45 were ticketed and ordered to appear in court on Aug. 14.


    Having lived back there for a good part of my life I can't EVER imagine doing this. Even at 3 in the morning there is traffic. And all they got were tickets? Didn't they used to haul your ass to jail for this kiind of thing? :huh
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  2. JimVonBaden

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    That is what I was thinking!

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  3. psychopompos

    psychopompos Been here awhile

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    They were doing it wrong, taking I-84 instead of 6.
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  4. viverrid

    viverrid not dead yet

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    But they were making much better time.
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    On a sports bike that's not terribly difficult to do. On an 1199 or a BMW s1000rr -- whoops I'm doing 138! They probably weren't riding GS's.
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  7. Jim Moore

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    Middle of teh night with no one else on the road? Shrug. I mean, they deserve a ticket, but not "OMG 138 mph! String 'em up!"
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  8. 100mpg

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    ya know what? I bet they beat it. Your honor, there is no way the four of us could be traveling together at 138 mph. At that speed it is impossible to ride together in one lane, on the roads in NY.
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  9. JimVonBaden

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    They couldn't have been. The GS tops out 15 mph slower than that.

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  10. KX50002

    KX50002 NooB, my ass

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    Maybe they shoulda pushed it up to 205, then they wouldn't have gotten caught! :D
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  11. LuciferMutt

    LuciferMutt Rides slow bike slow

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    Honestly, who gives a shit.

    There is not one of us who hasn't hauled ass down some road, somewhere on a motorcycle. These guys just got caught. Why is this news?

    Going 138MPH and causing an accident is a different story.

    :dunno
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  12. SloMo228

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    I read that article, all I can say is that this language from the police union president, arguing against firing the cop that was doing 149, is pretty telling:

    "All they fired him for was speeding," said Jim Gilbert, union president. "Based on an infraction that any common citizen could get, they fired him."

    :norton
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  13. O.C.F.RIDER

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    138mph on that section of road is way too easy to do. If you ride along there at 100, it feels like your going about 50. Until you come up on some cars that is. In particular, the ones with lights on top. :lol3 That's the reason I'm trying to unload my very tricked out ZX11, too easy to go waay too fast.

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  14. High Country Herb

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    I don't know what the big deal is. Just about any sport bike over 600cc can do that without breathing heavy. If they weren't causing any danger to others (clearly they weren't, or they would have got more than a ticket), let them have their fun.
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    At one point in my life I had a big lapse of judgement and was doing 120 through somewhat thick traffic, whitelining with a foot to spare on either side all because I had some ribs waiting for me and glimpsed a Busa behind me.

    He still hasn't caught up to me :lol3

    And this was on a Buell with a busted CV carb!
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  16. JimVonBaden

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    The big deal is that we have to count on people who obviously can not be counted on to ride in a safe manner! This is why we have laws that cater to the LCD!

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  17. High Country Herb

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    If the road was empty, they were riding in a safe manner. If they were doing that around other cars, I agree with you, though.

    I'm just assuming the road was empty, hence only a speeding ticket. Then again, maybe one of them had a Fireman's sticker on their bike or something? I know my CHP buddy has written tickets to LEOs and Fireman when they are doing something really dangerous.
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    Again, we do not know if these guys were using good judgement or not. Traffic laws are not, and never have been, written for those who use good sense in their driving. They are written for the majority who, without speed limits, would kill themselves and others.

    Whether or not these guys were doing their race track riding safely or not is irrelevant. They broke the law, and they got popped, as it should be. Without these laws the squids pulling wheelies down the freeway in rush hour traffic would be a hundred times worse.

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    Yup!
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  20. espacef1fan

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    Were they breaking the law? Yes.

    Were they being "unsafe"? Not enough info to tell.

    Going 138 on a empty highway isnt that nuts. Who is to say they didnt run it through 3 gears and then let off? That can all be done in well under a half mile and just over a quarter mile.

    You ever go 60mph around a corner with great sightlines when the speed limit is 45? You are just as much of a terrorist as these guys.

    They broke a law( that is less about safety these days than it is money...) Any they got a ticket. End of story.

    In other news... A woman has a baby!!!
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