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Tape trick doesn't work for biker

2012-09-02 22:38

Johannesburg - A 49-year-old man was arrested for speeding on the N1 near Maraisburg offramp on Sunday, said Johannesburg metro police.

"He was caught doing 234km/h on his green Kawasaki Ninja motorcycle this afternoon [Sunday].

He had also covered the two letters of his number plate with black tape in a bid to avoid being caught on speed camera," said Chief Superintendent Wayne Minnaar.

He was expected to appear in the Roodepoort Magistrate's Court on Monday.

Comments
  • wade.terblanche - 2012-09-02 23:09

    another idiot giving bikers a bad name!

      maarten.slabbert.7 - 2012-09-03 00:13

      Enough is enough. I myself ride a GSXr! 25 years on bikes, so I am not one of these Sunday warriors. Simple solution, take the bike and make him buy it back at a public auction.

      sarel.brits - 2012-09-03 00:35

      Ok Mr GSXR \which I doubt\ if you have been on a bike for 25 years and Never broke the speed limit you should rather get another hobby like knitting and this goes for all the self appointed wane bee Speed cops \@ wade\ if you have never gone over the speed limit, never skipped a red-light, never overtook somebody on a white line, feel free to call this man a idiot if not shut the F-up he took his chances and he's paying the price.

      juannepierre - 2012-09-03 04:10

      @sarel, there are roads you can speed on in SA. Lovely secret roads where you can clock three hundred. So speeding home and taping a number plate is hardly the thrill a real biker should be looking for. So I agree with wade, another idiot giving bikers a bad name.

      arthur.hugh - 2012-09-03 09:06

      Hey most bikers (even when speeding) are really ok with me, as long as they know what they're doing and slow down at groups of cars. Bikers that don't give a car any warning etc or zip between small gaps at mach2 are chops. Anyone know what the stats are for a biker causing deaths (besides their own death) on the road? Genuine question.

      bradley.kecskes - 2012-09-03 10:14

      Ja nee Sarel boet...yolo ne..?

  • sarel.brits - 2012-09-03 00:55

    Ja here we go again, one speeding bike caught by the heroic JMPD and the death toll on the roads will be halved, and short on the heels follow the private self appointed Speed cops ready to shoot, hang and further disembowl anything that goes faster than sleepy grandma in her little Korean saloon. We are turning into a nanny state where life is padded, de sanitised and controlled with no personal freedom the state thinks for you and decides what's good and what's not, When are we getting law enforcement where it matters intelligent laws and law enforcers.

      juannepierre - 2012-09-03 04:14

      Personal freedom on a public road? Maybe lay off the steroids bra, they don't just shrink the brain.

      tw2066 - 2012-09-03 05:55

      Sarel, got some issues you need to attend to?? Its obvious you are passionate about something? and have an axe to grind with the JMPD, but cr@pping the world out, and having a go at everyone in general because you are pi$$ed with the police doesnt help you or anyone. Oh and we dony call them nannys anymore - apparently the ANC finds the term derogatory.

      sealan.lingham - 2012-09-03 08:25

      The JMPD should be charged with murder...Think about it would you catch 20 people who speed at 230km/h on an open high way and save no bodies life or catch all the people who go through red robots and save maybe 5 lifes for that day

      sarel.brits - 2012-09-03 08:34

      @tw it will be a cold day in hell when I give a Rats Ass about what the ANC thinks. I have a axe to grind with JMPD, they blow this incident to make it look like they are doing their job when we all know its a fund raising action with no real law enforcement where its really needed. The term Nanny state refers to an international trend where the state tries with legislation to control every facet of life and usually refers to the UK and OZ.

      tatsee - 2012-09-03 09:45

      @sarel,If you read the article SLOWWWWLYYYY-Y you will note that there are no exaggerations,no blowing out of proportions,no sensationalism whatsoever in this article.The wording is 'He was caught doing 234km/h on his green Kawasaki Ninja motorcycle this afternoon [Sunday].He had also covered the two letters of his number plate with black tape in a bid to avoid being caught on speed camera'.Unless you are this rider's lawyer I(and most readers of this article judging by the thumbs dows on your comment) dont understand why you are blowing a vein over this-it is much likely,JMPD did not even call news24 and said we got a story for you-a journo probably has a buddy in JMPD who feeds the journo 'interesting' news bits.(P/S,if you wanna do 230km on your Bigboy,PLEASE do it on your own private road-in this case I prefer ANC to nanny me on this one)

      barker.ruing - 2012-09-03 13:09

      At about 210kmh a motorcyclist hit a Putco bus just in front of the rear axle. The motorcyclist died. The bus fell onto its side. 4 passengers died and 27 seriously injured and taken to hospital. Speed does not kill. Speeding drivers/riders are the killers.

      hector.barbossa.52 - 2012-09-03 14:38

      @ Sarel .. I bet you are one of those guys that want the death penalty back and complains a lot about the "Lawlessness" in the new South Africa. Yet when the law does work you complain because it is not to your liking .. Remember "The Law is an Ass" and you are the hole ...

  • zaatheist - 2012-09-03 05:16

    This criminal activity, and it is criminal activity, will only stop when the criminals - Have the bikes confiscated; Have there licences cancelled for life, and; They go to jail for 5 years. Just do that to one and no one will ever attempt it again. Quite easy, really.

      sarel.brits - 2012-09-03 07:57

      Let's do it for everybody then you go over the speed limit with your car your licence is gone. Nobody's going to be driving then?

  • brionyl.french - 2012-09-03 05:32

    exactly another bad person giving the good bikers out there a bad name... Take his bike sell it and feed some kids,This man should do time for en-dangering himself and others...Anyone knows a bike cant just stop at that speed what freaking idiot! he needs PK!

  • douglas.reid.921 - 2012-09-03 05:58

    You buy a fast bike to go fast. If you have a blade that can do nearly 300 what's the point of doing 120? Might just as well buy a twister and save a bunch of money. You think all those lambos and ferraris are sticking to the speed limit? Speed is a thrill and getting caught is just the risk you take. Best become a polititian and be above the law and speed as much as you like.

  • jaysonpaul.beckwith - 2012-09-03 06:00

    On my way home last night from work, a guy on a bike past me. I was doing the speed limit of 120,, he actually made my car move with the wind force of his bike. As a ex biker myself I fail to see the need to do 250± on a bike on a busy hi-way. If he has such a death wish on his head. He should rather stick a stick of dynamite up his hoo haa,,, light it and see if he can out run the fuse. before putting his and other lives in danger.

  • Henry West - 2012-09-03 06:09

    What a dumb ass! No plates mate, no plates! Its a new SA do as you like. If you can get away with murder you can just aswell get away with speeding!!!

  • robin.stobbs.9 - 2012-09-03 06:16

    Utter contempt for the law and lives of others; throw the book at this pea-brained idiot. If he's as good as he thinks he is then he should try riding with the pros on a race track - not on public roads.

  • sandor.l.varga - 2012-09-03 06:38

    Is he thinking about his family? On that speed he could die or worst: paralyzed for life. Some people are really so stupid!

  • simon.carter.5836711 - 2012-09-03 06:40

    I travel to work and back along Ontdekkers daily into Johannesburg. It's no exaggeration when I say that at least 90% of bikes that go past me have missing or strategically 'broken' number plates. Or plates that are bent upward so the letters face the ground. One guy has his plate stuck to the inside of the rear wheel well behind the rear wheel. I am by far not a fan of the Chicken Licken hiding in bushes picnicking brigade and think that more active policing is the answer. But these bikers deliberately flaunt their arrogance and then demand, 'Think Bike' One guy was wearing shorts and tshirt as he weaved through rush hour traffic at high speed on his super bike. 'Bikers Think' may be more appropriate!? And before I get jumped on by the two wheel brigade. I always watch for bikers and give them space.

      jaysonpaul.beckwith - 2012-09-03 07:11

      Spot on Simon. As I said, I was a biker but always stuck to the rules of the road. There are a lot of good bikers out there. But there are a few lawless bafoons that think the road belongs to them. And yes there are times when you want to give abit more voomaa but not to the extreme that your life will be in danger, Or others.

  • pws69 - 2012-09-03 06:51

    You can hire Kyalami for the day, or hire a long stretch of road in NC for speed runs, overseen by the local cops. Doing these speeds on public roads is unacceptable.

      zaatheist - 2012-09-03 09:17

      It is criminal.

  • thanuj.thulsie - 2012-09-03 06:53

    the law is the law but honestly is this all that metro does on a sunday,arrest speeding mototist,why dont they do something about the lawlessness taxis.wayne minaar you seem to be running a financial gaining institution with your hundreds of hidden cameras all over,please do real traffic policing like the old jhb traffic dept did those years!!!!

      pws69 - 2012-09-03 07:18

      JHB Metro cops issue 400,000 fines a month. Tswane issues 35,000 a month. JHB Metro are not law enforce, but revenue collection.

      linda.horsfield.77 - 2012-09-03 07:53

      If people didnt speed and give the cops an easy source of revenue then they would HAVE to start doing something about the lawlessness of the taxis. But the idiots who speed excessivelyl and talk on their cell phones as just as bad as the taxis because they are also lawless - breaking one law is not better or worse than breaking another law - but South Africans seem to think that they can justifiably break any law they dont agree with.

  • mluleki.simelane - 2012-09-03 07:29

    Breaking the speed limit is not a problem, 140km/hr to 160km/hr is understandable above that is stupid, it's not only dangerous for other road users but also for him, 3 weeks ago I saw a guy in ICU who fractured his legs, arms and worse his pelvic cage, raptured his bladder, he may have damaged his kidneys as well from a bike accident, is it worth it?

      Msika - 2012-09-03 10:01

      Now, that's a well thought comment, I like.

      sarel.brits - 2012-09-03 16:41

      Dude the essence of life is curled up in the folds of speed, life begins at 180km/h

  • douglas.reid.921 - 2012-09-03 07:37

    Good advert for Kawasaki. Could have been a turbo nitro hyabusa doing 400 - see on utube.

  • douglas.reid.921 - 2012-09-03 07:42

    And if you are a biker you will understand that biking isn't dangerous only crashing is and pain is only fear leaving the body.

  • imtiaz.osman.5 - 2012-09-03 07:53

    If they want to control the speed limit all private vehicles need to be governed at 120 kph and public transport at 80 kph and if any of these vehicles caught doing higher speed than it speed limit must be confiscated.

  • Leah - 2012-09-03 07:55

    Going that fast on a bike is not fun. Your head rattles and you have to concentrate 200%. This is giving other sensible bikers a bad name. Every Monday you have at least one of these idiots in the news

  • gillian.sanderson - 2012-09-03 08:22

    what an idiot!

      zaatheist - 2012-09-03 09:18

      What a criminal. I find it amusing that those people who rail on about criminality in South Africa quite happily break the law themselves. Hypocrites.

  • Dru Moyo - 2012-09-03 08:58

    next time... try a thong covers the registration plates so well and never stop for Metro till they bring a chopper

  • robert.starke.98 - 2012-09-03 09:04

    Throw the book at him, fine him the max

  • Hemlock - 2012-09-03 09:32

    What a dimwit!

  • zionpercival.pay - 2012-09-03 10:24

    There are definitely better ways of avoiding the long arm of the law. a well tried and tested method is to drive/ride within the limits of the law. Hang them high and forget about them.

  • zionpercival.pay - 2012-09-03 10:35

    Yesterday returning home from Vanderbijlpark about 12 brand new white BMW overtook me at an estimated speed of 160km/h. I was doing the legal 120km/h. I have to now assume it is ok to screw the speed limit only when in a Bemmer or Merc. In fact many overtook me but mainly those in the higher price class.

  • Johan De Beer - 2012-09-03 10:37

    How did they catch him?

      walter.lebza - 2012-09-03 21:58

      The police were driving at 240km/h. Thats how they caught him.

  • jackie.m.dickson - 2012-09-03 10:51

    Think bike????

      ou.pel.9 - 2012-11-15 18:33

      wahahahaha...

  • ou.pel.9 - 2012-11-15 18:27

    Who is these good bikers everyone is referring to? And my second question, who wants to be one? NOT ME!!!

      ou.pel.9 - 2012-11-15 18:30

      Please give me tips on how to spot a good biker.

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