285 mph: Motorcyclist dies in Maine
LIMESTONE, Maine - A motorcycle racer trying to top 300 mph died Sunday after losing control and zooming off a runway at a former air base in northern Maine.You know, it's a shame he died, but damn, if there's any way to check out of this mudball, crashing a superbike at nearly 300 MPH while trying to set a record is a pretty spectacular one. He'd made the run in a mile and a half, and was trying to top 300 MPH in a shorter stretch. While he didn't make it, he was doing something he loved - better to burn out than to rust and all that.
Bill Warner, 44, of Wimauma, Fla., was clocked at 285 mph before he lost control but it was unclear how fast the motorcycle was traveling when it veered off the paved runway and crashed, said Tim Kelly, race director of the Loring Timing Association, which hosted The Maine Event at Loring Air Force Base.
This is one of the reasons I stick to cruisers and tourers for my motorcycles. I've ridden a couple pseudo-sport bikes in my time (Suzuki Tempter, Honda Nighthawk), and the temptation to really wring out as much performance as possible is far too real for me. If I had something like a Hayabusa or one of the CBR RR variants I would be a danger to myself and others. So I stick to the Harleybago - knowing your limits and all that.
I've had my motorcycle license for nearly 20 years now. I've owned three motorcycles - a Yamaha XS850 Midnight Special, a Honda V45 Magna, and the Harleybago. While I would dearly love to have something red and fast like a Ducati or a CBR 900RR, the temptation to get it out on the highway and crank it up to insane speeds would be too great. Ditto trying to flick it through the twisties when the vast majority of my riding has been done on large(r) bikes not built for carving it up.
Maybe I'll take one of those specialized racing courses for my 50th birthday...
That is all.