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Interview with 205mph motorcycle rider

Discussion in 'Members' Lounge' started by jeffie7, Oct 23, 2004.

  1. jeffie7

    jeffie7 Wrong Whole! VIP

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    October 20, 2004

    A motorcyclist who set jaws dropping across the nation last month when he was
    stopped for going 205 miles per hour south of the Twin Cities tells a reporter
    for Midwest Quick Throttle Magazine in an upcoming issue that he was going
    closer to half that speed, said magazine editor Pat Andrews.

    The interview was apparently the first for media-shy Samuel Tilley, 20, of
    Stillwater, who has not spoken publicly about his record-setting ticket since he
    was stopped near Wabasha on Sept. 18.

    "He's beside himself about the whole thing," Andrews said Tuesday evening.

    Tilley said in the interview that he's not sure exactly how fast he was going
    because he was watching the road and another rider who was nearby, said Scottie
    Ard, who wrote the story for Quick Throttle. The other rider was ticketed for
    going 111 mph.

    "He doesn't know how he could have been going 205 miles per hour, especially
    when the guy he was with was going 111," Andrews said.

    A Minnesota State Patrol pilot saw Tilley from the air and used a stopwatch to
    time him as he passed quarter-mile markers along Hwy. 61. The pilot's reading of
    4.39 seconds translated into Tilley's 205 mph speed.

    Tilley's ticket, posted on the Internet at www.thesmokinggun.com, has fueled
    heated conversations among motorcycle enthusiasts, with many doubting that
    Tilley's Honda RC51 could reach such high speeds.

    Tilley told the Quick Throttle that tests conducted recently at Hitman Motor
    Sports in White Bear Lake revealed his bike's top speed to be 159 mph. "You
    strap the bike down and power it up," Andrews said. "You check horse power,
    power curve and max speed on it. It doesn't lie."

    Tilley has turned down repeated requests for interviews. Andrews said Tilley
    finally spoke to Quick Throttle reporter Brett Dahl after the two saw each other
    at Treasure Island Casino, where Dahl works. Dahl, an "extreme motorcycle
    enthusiast," found Tilley inside the casino after someone told him he was there
    with friends. Dahl then promised to portray him kindly, said Andrews.

    Andrews said Tilley has been embarrassed by the notoriety of his ticket. "He
    doesn't want to be known as the person who was giving motorcyclists a bad name,
    or causing insurance rates to go up or even being a reckless individual," he

    Tilley showed up at Yarusso Bros. Italian Restaurant in St. Paul on the
    restaurant's "bike night" on Oct. 6 to sign T-shirts, Andrews said. The money
    raised was sent to Gillette Children's Hospital.

    "He was the belle of the ball," Ard said. "Every rider there wanted to speak
    with Sam Tilley."

    Tilley is scheduled to appear in Wabasha County Court on Oct. 25.

    Some people on the sidecar list where I found this are wondering hown come the cop isn't being pulled on the carpet for writing the ticket.
  2. jamesA

    jamesA I'm a gun addict now. VIP

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    Aug 10, 2003
    I do recall saying that hand timing someone with a stop watch was inaccurate at best. :)
  3. Battle Pope

    Battle Pope New Member

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    Southern Oregon Coast
    "hand timing" is hard to do when you're flying a plane with one hand a jerkin' it with the other... :p
  4. liquid00meth

    liquid00meth Senior Member

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    I can't even believe "hand timing" stands up in court. Fucking wack if you ask me. People argue the accuracy and calibration of laser rader guns - never mind some fat pig up in an airplane with a stopwatch.
  5. Loco Honkey

    Loco Honkey Banned

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    No shit. In the original article, the airpig was quoted with saying something like, "I did it twice because I was unsure of my first reading." Goddamn, get any law hack and that'd be solid proof to dismiss the ticket.
  6. StealthMode

    StealthMode Kung Foolin'

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    Thornton, CO

    I'd tell the cop to go ride the bike that fast. Then pull his fat ass over and give him his own damn ticket based on hand timing.
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