Biker caught topping 220km/h

2012-03-12 22:43

Bloemfontein - A motorcyclist was caught going 226km/h in a 120km/h zone near Vryburg, North West, on Monday, the provincial public safety department said.

Spokesman Simon Mmope said the motorcyclist was caught speeding on the N14 about 20 kilometres outside Vryburg on Monday around 11:50.

He also apparently failed to heed a policeman's order to stop.

The man was arrested in town by traffic officers and would appear in the Vryburg Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday.

He faced charges of reckless driving.

  • Gichumz - 2012-03-12 23:04

    Represent!! Thumbs up!!

      Janice - 2012-03-13 07:49

      I heard Gareth Cliff recently bought a motorbike...

      Spyker - 2012-03-13 10:42

      And I heard Julius is getting an honoris causa doctorate from MENSA... The reality is that (supposed) 'speeding' is easy money and it generally targets a certain section of the population - the regime loves it... Late model (excluding the parasite crap from China and alike) motorbikes (and cars for that matter) are safer at 220km/h than the 'coffins-on-wheels' on our 'TRANSFORMATION-alleys-of-death'. Do you ever see overloaded and/or unroadworthy-taxis, overloaded-unroadworthy-trucks-piloted-by-mega-stoned-impi's being 'named-and-shamed' in public..? Yet these weapons-of-mass-destruction, have turned our roads into the most deadly in the known universe, in little over 17 years...

  • matthews.bantsijang - 2012-03-13 00:05

    Thats a sad story for bikers...

      johan.vanhoff - 2012-03-13 07:07


      Schmee - 2012-03-13 07:35

      Ummmmm what part of "He also apparently failed to heed a policeman's order to stop" did you not get Johan?

      Skuiter - 2012-03-13 07:59

      well, biesiesvlei is a quiet town, but staying there for the rest of your life would be crappy....

  • The-madKing - 2012-03-13 00:23

    He must've been late for a meeting .. perfectly justifiable (sarcasm)

  • Drees - 2012-03-13 00:27

    At 220km/h i presume it must be difficult to be stopped by anything, except perhaps a brick wall.

      maseratifittipaldi - 2012-03-13 06:44

      Drees, the brakes on these machines are very effective. This biker would have been able to stop in a shorter distance than a 30T truck doing 90km/h. This is the irony. The trucks don't get caught.

      Raxxis - 2012-03-13 07:04

      Brakes might be effective but how are their reflexes?

      hwagner1960 - 2012-03-13 07:32

      unfortunately Mr Maserati, bikers drink on breakfast runs these days so the reflexes and the concentration are down. That's why a relative of mine lies in a coma for three months now and his wife and children must beg for money on Facebook...

      Skuiter - 2012-03-13 08:01

      @hwagner - and your point? Truck drivers drink 99% of the times, we arent condoning the person act. Maserati made a valid point

      jody.beggs - 2012-03-13 08:07

      @hwagner1960 Generalize much. And breakfast runs are on the weekends. Your friend made a choice then made a mistake now all bikers are classed with the same brush. I wish I could live in la la land and not take life seriously. How many of your friends got drunk and were killed in car crashes or killed someone in a car crash ? If the biker did crash , he'd just kill himself or a pedestrian. But generally people in cars are safe. Beside the last thing the guy on the bike wants is to cut a car in half with his bike. Damn the man.

      Graeme - 2012-03-13 08:09

      @Hwagner Everybody drinks, what matters is what you drink. And to say "bikers drink on breakfast runs" is the same as saying "drivers drink" in the sense that there are irresponsible people that drink and make use of our roads. All the bikers I know, don't drink. Your relative does not represent every biker in the country.

      maseratifittipaldi - 2012-03-13 09:28

      I am sorry to hear of your relative hwagner1960. Drinking and driving however, is a different issue altogether, which we cannot condone. As far as reflexes are concerned, adrenalin (speed) is not as great a problem as doziness is. An adrenalin charged motorcyclist doing 200+ km/h is a safer road user than an overworked truck driver dozing off to his music in the afternoon sunshine.

      James - 2012-03-13 23:05

      If the Guy lives to tell the story at that speed his reflexes are fine. I have been that fast on my Honda Blackbird and things tend to happen very quick.

  • Juan - 2012-03-13 02:21

    With a modern superbike you are just cruising at 226km/h. No surprise, obviously this guy wasn't in a hurry to get somewhere

      Trevor - 2012-03-13 07:17

      He could have only been in 1st will get you to +160km/h...and that is not a joke.

      jody.beggs - 2012-03-13 07:17

      On my r6 that's 4th gear , then 5th and 6th.

      Skuiter - 2012-03-13 08:02

      @jody - i have a Fz6r - 210 then i redline...:-(

      jody.beggs - 2012-03-13 08:37

      @Skuiter stock top end on the r6 is 270km/h. My bike is not stock.

      CallanL - 2012-03-13 12:39

      I took a friends Busa out a while back, was the most awake and alert I felt and I wasnt even redlining it. 240 odd and still had plenty more power in it

  • Blane - 2012-03-13 05:52


  • Zion - 2012-03-13 06:12

    This guy belongs in jail for a long time.

      koo.doyle - 2012-03-13 07:08

      While speeding is irresponsible, no-one was hurt. This is a totally victimless crime. Jail? What rubbish.

      jody.beggs - 2012-03-13 07:18

      Next you'll want jail time for smokers giving off second hand smoke. Have you ever ridden a proper bike ? Damn the man.

      harley1 - 2012-03-13 07:21

      why does he belong in jail ? straight road feeling of freedom you go and play your computer games .

      sean.redmond3 - 2012-03-13 07:29

      But, Government Blue light Vehicles are allowed to do 180k in a SUV, and that is NOT reckless driving, just "Late for a meeting". Oh, come on.

      Graeme - 2012-03-13 08:13

      @Zion next time you break the speed limit remember your statement, you belong in jail, if only for a short time, but still...

      dirk.smit1 - 2012-03-13 08:44

      @Zion - Bit harsh don't you think. If you take in consideration that the top cop didn't get jail time for being caught as drunk as a pauper. So why should a guy who obviously can handle a bike be jailed for life? I agree, its dangerous, but so is walking across the road.

      Zion - 2012-03-13 11:53

      Graeme: I don't break the limits or the law. koo.doyle: You would be smiling on the otherside of you face if any of your family or loved ones were injured or killed by that hero. PhilipV ?

      dirk.smit1 - 2012-03-13 12:17

      @Zion - You're lying. Everyone has gone over a white line, driven in the yellow line or even not stop fully at a stop street. Don't tell people you are a saint.

  • wardan.chen - 2012-03-13 06:12

    I love SA

      dirk.smit1 - 2012-03-13 08:45

      Yes, where else in the world can you do 220km/h.

      jody.beggs - 2012-03-13 09:22

      @DiamondDirk name one....

      dirk.smit1 - 2012-03-13 12:18

      @Jody, you're right, but that is legal.

  • brionyl.french - 2012-03-13 06:19

    throw the book at him, he is giving bikers a bad name

      Trevor - 2012-03-13 07:18

      One problem, you don't buy a Superbike to cruise at 120km/h...that is the hard truth about it...EVERY SINGLE SUPERBIKE OWNER SPEEDS....just depends by how much and that is a fact.

      jody.beggs - 2012-03-13 07:19

      Throw a brick at you your giving woman a bad name.

      Zion - 2012-03-13 07:20

      100% agreed.

      sean.redmond3 - 2012-03-13 07:30

      @Frenchy: Ja, he was going to slow. Disgusting.

      Dries - 2012-03-13 08:44


      dirk.smit1 - 2012-03-13 08:46

      @Brionyl, - You must be new at biking. As a biker myself, he is not giving bikers a bad name, in fact, he will probably get a warm reception at the buffalo rally this year.

  • Mikey - 2012-03-13 06:58

    Think bike!!! Clearly they can't think for themeselves

      jody.beggs - 2012-03-13 07:20

      Before your next brain fart ask someone for advice.

      harley1 - 2012-03-13 07:23

      at that speed he can clearly think a lot faster than you !!

      hwagner1960 - 2012-03-13 07:36

      I'm a biker Mikey...but unfortunately you are hundred percent correct. A huge bunch of super bike riders are yuppie idiots who lack the skill and knowledge needed for riding such bikers. That's why they are killing themselves in droves...and the stupid ones that don't know where its appropriate to ride fast get caught like this idiot.

      jody.beggs - 2012-03-13 08:13

      @hwagner1960. "yuppie idiots who lack the skill and knowledge needed for riding such bikers." No wonder you gave up riding motorbike , you were doing it all wrong and now you now why bikers kept f@#$ing you up. Damn the man.

  • rooshen - 2012-03-13 06:58

    Would that charge hold up in court?.. He was riding.. Not driving....

  • Zion - 2012-03-13 07:19

    The speed limit on any road is a law. Exceeding that limit is a criminal act and the long arm of the law has a mandate to act against the criminal. Only the person himself, speeding, created his own criminality. If it is cool to break the law then why are we shouting so loud when a taxi does the same? Criminals belong in jail.

      sean.redmond3 - 2012-03-13 07:33

      Blue Light Government Vehicles are then criminals, yes?

      dirk.smit1 - 2012-03-13 08:51

      @Zion - You are absolutely right. So why is the MEC who jumped the red light and hit that Matric pupil last year not in jail? And don't say he wasn't driving, he was the instigator, so he is as guilty as the guy driving.

      Zion - 2012-03-13 11:58

      Seanred: Yes. I cannot argue for a criminal government too. Yes he is just as guilty as the driver because he was in charge of the trip.

  • Trevor - 2012-03-13 07:23

    Unless they have him on video, it will be close to impossible to prove it's the same guy and the last time cops tried to stop a biker, they killed TWO of them last year, did we all forget already? Moral is, this is SA, anybody who screams "JAIL"...or "BAD/TYPICAL BIKER"...just look at yourself because for SURE you have broken the law speeding and most will break it EVERY SINGLE DAY...don't care if it's 5 or 10 or 100km/h, you BREAKING THE LAW. This goes for bicycle riders as well who speed in town and yes, they to can speed....I say, you speed well then enjoy because that is why you doing it...if you get caught...face it, don't whine.

      jody.beggs - 2012-03-13 08:23

      If every car owner rode a bike some point in their lives it'll make them better drivers. You are more aware on the road , your life is literally in your hands. Then you'll see cars don't see or care about us , changing lanes without indicating or just behaving erratically. And then the taxis. The best place on the road is where cars aren't and the only way to get there is speed! I speed, usually when I take my bike out of first, I'm doing about 90km/h and then when I change to third I'm over 150km/h. In about 6 seconds..... Damn the man.

      PhilipV - 2012-03-13 10:10

      I had a 1980 Suzuki A100 ... couldn't get above 80km/h ... so I wouldn't know bout the speed part, but I can give testimony that some drivers go out of their way to pi$$ bikers off. Thinking of getting a BigBoy 250 just to get back into things ... cut me off and you'll loose a mirror.

  • Matthew Du Toit - 2012-03-13 07:26

    I am also biker, I love the power of superbikes but to keep the bike from overheat is going over 120 km/h. Its only way to keep bike stay cool.

      Juan - 2012-03-13 20:50

      Good one Mathew lol.

  • jody.beggs - 2012-03-13 07:26

    What the worst that'll happen if a Biker crashes. He kills himself and damages a car.... Big deal ! Damn the man.

  • hwagner1960 - 2012-03-13 07:29

    I am in no way condoning the biker's actions...but Media 24, yesterday seventeen people were killed in yet another taxi accident in Natal but no reports this morning? What's quite interesting is that SABC reported about the accident but were quick to point out that a truck driver was to blame. What they failed to report on was why 17 people were killed in a Toyota Venture that can only carry 9 people...Were the media instructed by government not to put taxi drivers in a bad light?

  • Johan - 2012-03-13 07:47

    As long as they only kill themselves!

  • Willem - 2012-03-13 07:52

    Again the brain washed South African public. Speed is the illusion that the authorities are doing something about road safety. You look at the reaction and publicity speeding gets over skipping the stop street, passing over white lines. Watch any traffic light in morning traffic and you will find droves of people driving over when it is red. An open road with no traffic at a high speed does not have the same effect as the driver of the Cooper s who sees it as to much of an effort to stop at the stop sign. The results to other member of the public is so much more severe. You constantly get the idea that the cop could have been shot, and it would not have reached the news.

  • Robert - 2012-03-13 08:04

    Lock him up, maybe then he will develop some respect for the laws of the land

      jody.beggs - 2012-03-13 08:44

      Does the President have respect for the laws of the land. The country follows the leader. Damn the man.

      Zion - 2012-03-13 12:01

      Now that was the wrong thing to say: this here ouk is a NEWS 24 reader hero.

  • Mc - 2012-03-13 08:44

    I was wondering where to test the speed limit of my new 10 cylinder Dodge Tomahawk Motorcycle. The top speed on the speedometer says 560km/h, Vryburg here I come!!!

  • Irma - 2012-03-13 09:49

    Think Bike.... pleeeeeease what a joke.

      PhilipV - 2012-03-13 10:14

      When I look at that comment .... i think she is one of those that cut off bikers cuz she's pissed off form sitting in traffic .... Loose a mirror once ... never cut a biker off again.

      kenneth.roselt - 2012-03-13 10:25

      Philip, the last biker that tried to take my mirror lamost landed up against the barrier. While i respect bikes, i will not tolerate a biker that attempts to destroy my property. If you want to come up from behind at speed, and i don't see you / misjudge the distance between us because of that - i will put you into the barrier if you attempt to take a mirror off, just ask the Ducati rider that tried, and when he got real agro, i slammed brakes on him too. I have protection, he doesn't.

      PhilipV - 2012-03-13 11:12

      Yes Kenneth, you are one of the a-holes that shouldn't be driving. The only reason you didn't see him is because you were not looking when you changed lanes without an indicator. The arrogance in your comment shows just that.

      kenneth.roselt - 2012-03-13 11:27

      Philip, OK, so i am the a-hole that doesn't deserve to be on the road, i invite you to drive with me anyday you pick, and see that i am fully aware of my surroundings, at all times. Please be my guest, so that you can retract that statement, and swallow your words. Besides, what the hell give a biker the right to destroy my property, so it is you who shouldn't be on the roads, it is you who puts my life in dander with this sense of entitlement, that you're better then me. So please once again, i invite you to ride along with me, and see that you're the arrogant one.

      Barry - 2012-03-13 11:36

      @ Kenneth - I'm a biker and I can sympathise, most bikers don't realise how much quicker they enter space around cars and that in many cases it is unreasonable to assume the car driver should have seen them coming. The law is the law, so if you break it go through the process (but with a good lawyer!) I'm not without fault having been arrested for allegedly speeding before, but the best place to enjoy a superbike is on the racetrack, bikers sign up for a track day, you'll love it & become a better rider.

      PhilipV - 2012-03-13 11:56

      Kenneth, point is that there are so many bikes on the road again these days that people should be aware of them to such an extent that they should not feel the need to take such drastic actions when people change lanes without indicating, or cut them off for pleasure. In that same breath, I do agree that there are some bikers that are responsible for being in accidents by riding like retards. But surely you cant justify the action of putting a persons life in danger vs a small amount of damage, yes it is your property, but can you live with taking a life. Honestly I think it's the retards that do things like this, I don't ride myself anymore, purely because of the dangers it involves, I however do want to start again as it would save me a huge amount in fuel. Nothing stops you from taking down the registration number of the biker, and have your insurance take care of it, and that means more trouble for the biker as it would be classified as a "hit & run", that in itself is a crime. But just think about what you said, you are actually willing to take a life to save yourself some discomfort, endanger your life, your in a car ... really? So you are an aware driver, good, my apologies for my incorrect statement. But I can assure you, if you do put the biker into the barrier, you will have plenty more problems waiting for you, than what you realize. Please, just for a second ... think about what you actually said, without even uttering the words.

      kenneth.roselt - 2012-03-13 11:59

      @ Barry - thanks for actually reading what i said, it seems a few people have given thumbs down to me, well that is their opinion and they are entitled to it. They obviously never read nor understood what i wrote. Just for the record, i also used to ride bike, until i had an accident, i lost all the skin on my face (or rather left it behind on the tarmac), so i know all about bikes and their riders, and the danders on these machines, which is why i now use a car everyday.

      kenneth.roselt - 2012-03-13 12:12

      Philip, apology noted, however, if the mirror breaks, and i get a fright, and swerve right or left, it doesn't matter, what about the other cars around me, what about my daughter in her seat, what about the glass in my face (either from the window or the mirror itself). Now i might have a lot to answer for, but i saw a weapon, and defended myself. As for the numberplates, MOST bikes don't have any, or they are REALLY tiny, hidden above the back wheel and the chances of me seeing that while i have glass in my face / eyes is going to be extremely difficult. i am sure of one thing though, that Ducati rider will never try and take a mirror again, he learnt a lesson from that. Please don't get me wrong in this, but i respect bikers, and almost always where possible give gap - provided i saw you coming, but i reiterate, i will not allow you to damage my property, or my life either.

      PhilipV - 2012-03-13 12:24

      @Barry, note taken. I haven't ridden in years. Like I said in comment higher op the ranks ... my 1980 Suzuki A100 could hardly reach 80, so I would be slower than the cars anyhows. @Kenneth, I completely understood what you said. Perhaps, if people read this thread they will understand both sides of the argument, thanks for the spat, I actually enjoyed it.

  • mholthuysen - 2012-03-13 10:41

    And where is the point? The ANC Blue Light Brigade does that every day.. Zuma Incorporated speeds passed my house to reach his Durban residence with 150 km/h in a 60 zone....

  • theuns.esterhuysen - 2012-03-13 11:26

    Traffic tried to stop me on my Busa doing 265km/h, only got me on the return but could do nothing. Have respect for bikers, some times we need to push that limit. Superbikes are like a granny on a stoep if not ridden to full capacity sometimes. Superbikes fortunately do have superbrakes and only experienced riders should attempt high speeds.

  • Riaan - 2012-03-29 13:39

    Get off the roads boy's and get on the track !!! then see how fast you really are !!!

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