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Anyone in the UK know him ? ?

The fastest convicted speeder in the UK was Daniel Nicks, convicted of 175 mph (282 km/h) on a Honda Fireblade motorcycle in 2000. He received six weeks in jail and was banned from driving for two years.
Suppose to have happen here in the USA also.. Texas-I heard....
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Motorcyclist cited for going 205 mph
Updated: 09/21/2004 08:36:04 AM


WABASHA (AP) - With a State Patrol airplane overhead, a Stillwater motorcyclist hit the throttle and possibly set the informal record for the fastest speeding ticket in Minnesota history: 205 mph.

On Saturday afternoon, State Patrol pilot Al Loney was flying near Wabasha, in southeastern Minnesota on the Wisconsin border, watching two motorcyclists racing along U.S. Highway 61.

When one of the riders shot forward, Loney was ready with his stopwatch. He clicked it once when the motorcycle reached a white marker on the road and again a quarter-mile later. The watch read 4.39 seconds, which Loney calculated to be 205 mph.

"I was in total disbelief," Loney told the St. Paul Pioneer Press for Tuesday's editions. "I had to double-check my watch because in 27 years I'd never seen anything move that fast."

Several law enforcement sources told the newspaper that, although no official records are kept, it was probably the fastest ticket ever written in the state.

After about three-quarters of a mile, the biker slowed to about 100 mph and let the other cycle catch up. By then Loney had radioed ahead to another state trooper, who pulled the two over soon afterward.

The State Patrol officer arrested the faster rider, 20-year-old Stillwater resident Samuel Armstrong Tilley, for reckless driving, driving without a motorcycle license - and driving 140 miles per hour over the posted speed limit of 65 mph.

A search of speeding tickets written by state troopers, who patrol most of the state's highways, between 1990 and February 2004 shows the next fastest ticket was for 150 mph in 1994 in Lake of the Woods County.

Tilley did not return calls from the newspaper to his home Monday. A working number for him could not immediately be found by The Associated Press on Tuesday.

Only a handful of exotic sports cars can reach 200 mph, but many high-performance motorcycles can top 175 mph. With minor modifications, they can hit 200 mph. Tilley was riding a Honda 1000, Loney said.

Kathy Swanson of the state Office of Traffic Safety said unless Tilley was wearing the kind of protective gear professional motorcycle racers wear, he was courting death at 200 mph.

"I'm not entirely sure what would happen if you crashed at 200 miles per hour," Swanson said. "But it wouldn't be pretty, that's for sure."



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MadB.. I saw this report, Yet it didn't mention which exact Honda 1000 -Tilley was riding.
2000 UK was riding a RC-51 (my reference point)

Is there not another report of a high speed chase/motorcycle speeding in texas??
Thought I had read some article about the incident..
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That's pretty insane speeds. While it's certainly tempting to see what our scoots are capable of, why on public roads take the chance of severe legal (dollars) repercussions and loss of license as well? I'm no angel, but 200 mph on a public road is beyond stupid IMO. Try and get insurance after having that on your abstract And 170 is only moderately less crazy.

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140 miles per hour over the posted speed limit of 65 mph
I wonder how many times this poor bastard has heard the question: was it worth it? My gawd that's gonna cost him a lot of money over the next few years...

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I guess this is what happens when you give an immature 20 year old kid a liter bike.
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Interesting - That the question Thread was post "the fastest speed you have got to on your bike" with-in 24 hours....
We are all speed, adrenaline junkies.....
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I guess this is what happens when you give an immature 20 year old kid a liter bike.
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October 14, 2004 On September 19 this year, Minnesota (USA) motorcyclist Samuel Armstrong Tilley set what is believed to be a world record for speeding on public roads. No doubt people have gone faster on public roads, but Tilley had the misfortune to do so without noticing the police plane above him, and was officially clocked at 205.11mph by a handheld stopwatch. The ticket has made news around the world, with many people proclaiming the speeding ticket must have been a mistake as motorcycles simply don't go that fast.


Tilley topped the previous highest known speed recorded in a traffic infringement, set by New Yorker Dr. William Faenza in a 1997 Lamborghini Diablo at 182 mph in a 55 mph zone.

With so many experts casting an opinion on the fine, and all of them stating that the ticket had to be a mistake on the basis that motorcycles simply don't go that fast, we're weighing in with an opinion too.

Firstly, Tilley's bike was a 2003 Honda RC51 motorcycle which the highway patrolman who pulled him over has gone on record as stating was "highly modified."

Tilley claims the bike only had a set of aftermarket mufflers fitted. In standard form, the bike makes 128 bhp and if the bike had only had exhaust mods, it would certainly not be putting out any more than 135bhp and would struggle to reach 160mph.

We don't know for sure what level of internal modifications had been performed on the bike but we DO believe that an RC51 is capable of being modified to run 205 mph.

The RC51 is the bike which won the 2002 World Superbike Championship in the hands of Colin Edwards. Superbikes are based on roadbikes, and can be modified according to a strict set of rules. Honda actually sells all the bits to take a standard RC51 to superbikes specs, though we suspect they keep a few horsepower up their sleeve for the likes of Edwards' factory machine.

Just for the record, the array of HRC-designed racing engine components available from a Honda showroom includes crankshaft, cylinder heads, valve train, camshafts, drive gears, pistons, connecting rods, clutch, generator, radiators, exhaust system, ECU and much more. If you are deemed to be the right class of racer, you can also buy a production version of the race bike, which sold for US$107,000 in 2002.

Estimates of the horsepower output of Edwards' 2002 title winning machine vary from 180 bhp to nearly 200 bhp, and the race versions over-the-counter are believed to be in the 175bhp area - enough to push the bike past 200mph.

Edwards was regularly clocked at over 300kmh during the 2002 racing season, and he did not have the advantage of a long straight road to achieve that speed - he had to get around the corner at the end of the straight.

Chicanes have been added to all the high speed circuits around the world in recent years because speeds have continued to climb with technological advances, and the speeds were simply getting ridiculous.

For a top speed run, you ideally need several kilometres of straight run-up and plenty of space after the speed traps to slow down.

Given a couple of kilometres run-up, plus Honda Racing Corporation engine internals, the right gearing, a coat of polish and a damned good tune-up, a Honda RC51 is capable of running 205mph.

All that said, there's still something that doesn't add up.

One possibility is that the pilot got it all horribly wrong and pressed the stopwatch at the wrong time. Apparently the pilot managed to clock both Tilley and his accompanying friend (booked for 111mph on an MV Agusta F4i) at the same time, using two stopwatches - while flying a plane. This suggests that error is one distinct possibility.

Now Tilley claims his bike is not capable of more than 145-150 mph. Yet the pilot timed Tilley over a quarter mile at 4.39 seconds, giving him the speed of 205.11 mph.

Had Tilley been doing say 145 mph (what he claims is top speed of his motorcycle), the stopwatch should have stopped at 6.2 seconds, so there's a discrepancy of nearly two seconds between the two times - 4.39 against 6.2 seconds.

So if Tilley can prove his motorcycle was unmodified beyond the mufflers, then the mistake was human error and with such a margin that it has ruined any credibility which the Minnesota Highway patrol might claim for their speed detection methodologies.

Tilley's ticket has been posted on the web, as has the previous speeding record by Faenza

Tilley goes to court later this month and will no doubt be hoping he doesn't spend any time in the slammer, which would be very likely in most countries.

As an aside, Tilley may hold the new record for the fastest speeding ticket, but his $105 fine pales in comparison to the world's most expensive speeding ticket which was issued in Finland earlier this year.

In Finland, traffic penalties are linked to the offender's income, and Finnish millionaire Jussi Salonoja was fined US$216,900 for speeding in a 25 mph zone. It topped the previous record, again from Finland, of US$190,000 given to one of the country's wealthiest people.

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