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09/22/2004 4:29 AM
    [url="http://news.google.ca/news?hl=en&lr=&ie=UTF-8&tab=wn&ncl=http://www.startribune.com/stories/484/4992111.html"]MN 205 mph ticket[/URL]

    [url="http://news.google.ca/news?num=100&hl=en&lr=&ie=UTF-8&tab=wn&q=205+speeding+ticket&btnG=Search+News"]google news[/URL]
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    09/22/2004 9:21 AM
    wow.

    And it was a /honda/.
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    09/22/2004 1:16 PM
    COOL
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    09/22/2004 1:19 PM
    I think itwould be worth the fines, jail time, and years without a license to be able to say you got a speeding ticket for doing 205 mph :cool:
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    09/22/2004 1:20 PM
    I think that this was my favorite quote from the article in the Star Tribune

    "e;Quite frankly, the guy is even lucky to be alive,"e; said Smith, the Public Safety spokesman. "e;Think about it, one bad move and that's it. I have two words for that guy and anybody else willing to do something like that -- Speed kills."e;

    Shouldn't it acutally read "e;stupidity kills"e;?
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    09/22/2004 1:51 PM
    damn, you'd think it'd be hard to get pulled over at 205mph....
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    09/22/2004 2:05 PM
    He slowed down to a mere 100.
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    09/22/2004 2:19 PM
    heh, It's hard to get pulled over when your going 80mph.... you might have to hang out in a certain Magna Bank parking garage for a little while, but it beats a ticket, eh?
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    09/22/2004 2:26 PM
    [QUOTE]Originally posted by Jeff S:
    heh, It's hard to get pulled over when your going 80mph.... you might have to hang out in a certain Magna Bank parking garage for a little while, but it beats a ticket, eh? [/QUOTE]OK everyone...remember to feel real bad for Jeff the next time he gets on here b*****'n about getting a ticket :p
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    09/22/2004 2:29 PM
    so... do they still use spike strips while attempting to apprehend motorcycles going 200+mph? or, what? :eek:
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    09/22/2004 2:35 PM
    [QUOTE]Originally posted by PonyTailGT:
    OK everyone...remember to feel real bad for Jeff the next time he gets on here b*****'n about getting a ticket :p [/QUOTE]Hey, I have no problem accepting a ticket when I am doing something wrong. In that case, the police are just doing their job. :)

    I bitch when they lie, cheat, and steal my money (becasue that is all they are usually after). :)
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    09/22/2004 3:30 PM
    I have a very hard time believing a bike at 205mph unless seriously boosted/fogged. The GP Superbikes have only been over 200mph for a year or so and they are much more aero friendly than street bikes which is very important at those speeds.
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    09/22/2004 3:37 PM
    Andy that's what I was just thinking. A few people down at the monster mile in Texas run their bikes @ 180-185 on a nice flat conc. runway. 200mph might of been an estimate, since it was the airplane that clocked the bike over a certain distance with a stopwatch.
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    09/22/2004 4:55 PM
    I never did like the stopwatch from the plane thing - the plus/minus factor is too great and at those speeds a little mistake on each end could up the numbers a good bit.
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    09/23/2004 4:50 AM
    [QUOTE]Originally posted by Kim Humphries:
    I never did like the stopwatch from the plane thing - the plus/minus factor is too great and at those speeds a little mistake on each end could up the numbers a good bit. [/QUOTE]Heh, I actually got bored enough to run the numbers. If someone wants the spread sheet let me know. I had to guess at some of the unknowns though. Here is what it looks like for someone actually doing the limit.

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    Actual speed (mph) 65
    Marker dist (m) 100
    Timer error (sec) 0.15
    Could be measured (mph)
    62.28 - 67.96

    So that is about +/- 2.7 mph of error if the person doing the timing is off by about .075 seconds per click, or about %4.3. Not a precise reading, but good enough to establish if someone is really leadfooting it or not. (note to self: if I ever get a ticket like that, FIGHT IT)

    Let's give our biker friend the benefit of the doubt and see how slow he might have been going.

    Summary
    Actual speed (mph) 180
    Marker dist (m) 100
    Timer error (sec) 0.15
    Could be measured (mph)
    160.61 - 204.69

    So, with my guesstimates he could be going as slow as about 180 mph. But, any numbers can be used to support any conclusion. If I was the biker's lawyer, I'd probably use some numbers like these to cast the accuracy of the timing into serious doubt:

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    Actual speed (mph) 205
    Marker dist (m) 50
    Timer error (sec) 0.3
    Could be measured (mph)
    132.27 - 455.34

    455 MPH?!? :eek: Obviously this system of measurement is absurd and should be distrusted. But, when you look at more realistic numbers...

    Summary
    Actual speed (mph) 192
    Marker dist (m) 200
    Timer error (sec) 0.15
    Could be measured (mph)
    180.38 - 205.2

    I think he was probably doing at least about 185, which is still quite impressive. And breathtakingly stupid.

    :AR15firing: :action-smiley-083:
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    09/23/2004 9:22 AM
    [QUOTE]Originally posted by Jason McNew:
    Marker dist (m) 100[/QUOTE]The article says that they clocked him over 1/4 mile, so it would be a little more precise. But still, if the were just a few tenth off (the time was 4.39s), he easily could have been going less than 180mph.
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    09/23/2004 11:15 AM
    plus i doubt he was travelling at a constant speed through that quarter mile.


    lets see, with the numbers Reto provided, it would be 1mile/17.56s, which, just eyeballing it, would be less then 180mph, yes? if he was going 180mph, he would have covered the distance in 15s.
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    09/23/2004 11:55 AM
    Their math was actually correct, I was skeptical enough to check it: 0.25 / 4.39 * 3600 = 205.011. At 180mph, you would cover a mile in 20s (1/3 of a minute, because it's 3 times as fast as 60mph).
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    09/23/2004 1:21 PM
    [QUOTE](1/3 of a minute, because it's 3 times as fast as 60mph).[/QUOTE]doh! you're right. i halved and halved again. that's why you're the Doctor :)
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    09/23/2004 3:05 PM
    You all have too much time on your hands. You should be using your powers for the good of mankind.
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