Was 205-mph ride a goof?: I’m not saying that low-tech methods of calculating a vehicle’s speed are bad, but 205 m.p.h. on a motorcycle? Supposedly, the Minnesota State Police clocked this guy at that speed by timing him with a stopwatch from a Cessna overhead.
They note that if the trooper who timed Tilley were off by a half-second — which critics say is possible given variables such as the altitude, speed and the angle of approach of his Cessna — it drops Tilley’s speed to about 185 mph.
This still would be the unofficial state record for the fastest speeding ticket, and everyone agrees a Honda RC51 can hit that speed. But it’s not the double C-note.
I know that there are production bikes that can hit that speed theoretically, but there are so many real-world factors that make it awfully hard — wind, road conditions, air temperature, etc. Could you find a stretch of road perfectly smooth enough to give confidence enough to hit 205? In Minnesota, no less?
Call me a skeptic, but the police make a good point:
Smith suggested that even if Tilley were to plead his case down 20 mph, it wouldn’t help him beat the reckless driving charge. “Let’s say he was going 186 — that’s still 121 mph over the speed limit. I don’t see the relevance.”
121 m.p.h. over the limit? Never thought I’d hear that. Here’s a road test of bike in question — a 2003 Honda RC51.