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This story starts out slightly humorous but went down hill quite quickly.



My wife and I were on our way to dinner this evening, and when we got in the car to leave, she says to me; "There was a high speed chase last night"



I responded "Really?" She continued, "involving a Harley"



I had to stop her there. I said "whoa....that's like an oxymoron" and began to laugh.



Then she tells me this tool was riding the on the WRONG side of a divided HIGHWAY; Hwy 80.



Exited using the on ramp onto the main road through town, and accelerated to 100 mph going down the hill into town.



Apparently, the rider then went through every single traffic signal controlled intersection with both PD and Highway Patrol chasing him.



Mind you, this is a 4 lane road that is normally very busy and is divided for some of it. It also makes a right hand curve back towards Hwy 80 when it gets to the down town area.



This out of control rider, then failed to negotiate that turn and ran straight on into an industrial area and died. Not but a block away from the court house. Also not far from the police station, two hospitals and the coroners office.



I'd offer more detail but apparently this was all posted to Facebook....and I don't Facebook. Local PD log for last night/early this morning hasn't posted for public view yet...........sean
 

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I'm coming home fro Wal Mart in my SL55 AMG no slouch of a car. when I see in mt mirror a bike weaving thru traffic picking up the front wheel occasionally. As luck would have it we end up side by side at a light. This is a four lane divided highway.
SO I think i'll have some fun.
The light goes green and I punch all 500 horses to life and get a good lead on him, just as he's about to catch me at 120 MPH there is a easy right turn which I all through at 140. he is no rider so he falls back, the on the straight downhill he picks up the front wheel at 140 + and is gone.
My wife at this time is appoplexic so I lift off ( I limited to 155 anyway).
Couldn't tell what the bike was but it had to be 1000 cc or better. and good for close to 200 mph.
I was amazed that anybody with enough cash could own such a beast, regardless of their ability to ride it.
I'm one judging his (I guess it was a guy) lack of cornering ability .
I had to turn off so I don't know, but I expect to read about him someday in the Obits.

FOG
 

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FOG,

That guy was probably just pissed because you embarrassed him. :grin2:



Yeah, so long as you have the money, your bike shop of choice will sell you a bike, any bike no matter how unskilled you are. It isn't like there's a test to buy a bike....maybe there should be?



Our local brick and mortar shop, which closed up long ago sold a GSXR 1000 to a young kid. The salesman tried to talk him out of it, but in the end, sold it to him because if he didn't, the kid would have taken his money elsewhere.



This kid hung around until the bike was prepped, pulled out of the parking lot, and promptly failed to make the right hand turn to merge into traffic. He rode across the 4 lane road, into oncoming traffic, hit the curb and then the street lamp pole a few feet away. Didn't even make it 200 ft from the dealership.



So the story goes anyway, I heard this second hand from a buddy of mine who was there. I confirmed the sequence of events with the salesman later. Except for the outcome which only my buddy relayed to me. The salesman didn't elaborate on that part. I can understand why but he didn't.



My buddy says the kid broke his neck when he hit the pole and was DOA of the ambulance and emergency services. I don't know that it would have saved this kid, but at least in the UK, there are graduated licenses and he'd have had to start smaller.



Still wouldn't have helped him negotiate the right hand turn, but maybe, just maybe with less power he wouldn't have arrived at the pole as fast as he did.Then possibly the event would not have been fatal. Of course, if he'd taken the MSF course, he might not have made a rash decision and gone about things differently. All postulations of course.
 

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There really needs to be some type graduated system. I realize free country and the rights permitted but still...
 
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