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Motorcyclist clocked at 205 mph on Hwy. 61
Associated Press
September 21, 2004 BIKER0922

WABASHA, Minn. -- 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 today'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 today.

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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and we (sportbikers) bitch about being profiled..........
 

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205mph on a "Honda 1000?" Did he have a turbo 954 or did he already get mods on a 1000RR? I would think both would have to be turboed to get above 200mph (although the stopwatch method might be pretty inaccurate).

Oh, and how the hell did he not get arrested? Maybe the shock of it all made the cops forgiving.
 

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It's usually the people on those damn Gixxers that are causing all the trouble. Surprised it was a Honda this time/ :twofinger
 

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The just start the watch when they go over a line in the road and then again when they go over the next one 1/4 mile later. My physics teacher said to change lanes a couple times if you are speeding to made your distance longer between the two points to throw off the time......Or just slow down.
 

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mercutio80 said:
There has to be a huge margin of error for estimating speed from a plane.
The only margin of error would be between the distance measured as well as the accuracy of the time piece.
It is not going to be exact due to the inability to measure the distance between the two points down to the inch. Also he is starting and stopping the clock by hand.
However, the equation is very simple and gives a fairly accurate velocity. I'm sure there is like a +/- 10MPH margin.
 

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Someone should tell Kathy Swanson that all of the armor in the world wouldn't help you if, at 200 mph, you hit a large tree, or a rock, or a car, or a drainage ditch...
 

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SlowCBR said:
Oh, and how the hell did he not get arrested? Maybe the shock of it all made the cops forgiving.
Since you missed it - 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.
 

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"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."

I wish they detailed these "minor" mods. It is incredibly tough to get 200 out of a bike in the real world. As a matter of fact, he was probably "only" doing about 170-180. 5 seconds in the 1/4 mile is 180.
 

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Baldman said:
Since you missed it - 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.
Wow, I did totally miss that. Now I can rest easy.
 

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I got a kick out of this.... 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.

Then shortly followed up by this..

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.

Ok I am sure talking to the media is last on his list. He's either still in Jail or to busy dealing with his felony charges or talking to his lawyer.
 

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Ok I am sure talking to the media is last on his list. He's either still in Jail or to busy dealing with his felony charges or talking to his lawyer.
Or he is trying to come up with money for a ticket for 140mph over the speed limit :eek:
 

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Just read this

I saw the article and I must admit 200mph is a bit fast. I'm glad I didn't get tagged by an airplane when I was up there, 4 months ago I took my bike up to Minneapolis from Des Moines and back. I think I averaged 95mph on the trip home.
 

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SlowCBR said:
205mph on a "Honda 1000?"
With the advancements of these machines, HP to Weight Ratio, available modifications, 130lbs "soaking-wet" rider, etc.. Not at all impossible. :leghump Look, these bikes by HRC are exceeding 185mph in racing competition. Even if the "speed calculation" is off 10mph........195 is f/n fast lappin'.



Did he have a turbo 954 or did he already get mods on a 1000RR?
Definitely a modded ride. Port, polish, PCIII w/map, full race exhaust, cams (slotted & degreed), possible 100-shot NOS, turbo possible and/or both major "power adders". Maybe he was practicing for one of the ammended AMA PROSTAR or XMRA drag race categories.



I would think both would have to be turboed to get above 200mph (although the stopwatch method might be pretty inaccurate).
Look, John Noonan holds (held) the land speed record on a modified production Busa @ 246mph at Bonneville. THIS IS POSSIBLE! All I can say is............HOLY COW!!!



Take it to the track or the salt flats...........Please!

WEAR PROTECTIVE GEAR!!!
 
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