Biker clocked at 245km/h

2012-04-22 22:09

Johannesburg - A 37-year-old man was arrested for driving over the speed limit on the N1 near Nasrec, south of Johannesburg on Sunday, metro police said.

Spokesperson Wayne Minnaar said the Alberton man was a caught doing 245km/h. 

He claimed that he'd been on his way home after  a "breakfast run".

"He was arrested for reckless and negligent driving," Minnaar said.

He would face an additional charge for not displaying the number plate on the motorbike.

Minnaar said the man was due to appear in the Roodepoort Magistrate's court on Monday.

  • valcooperRSA - 2012-04-22 22:16

    Hell what a fast bike he has.....I guess speedo the cop was faster

      kayley.segal - 2012-04-23 08:53

      You can't outrun a radio...

      Mike - 2012-04-23 09:00

      More proof that speed does NOT kill. If it did then this guy would be dead.

      Gestoffle - 2012-04-23 10:06

      Or @mikey, that it is also proof that accidents are just a lottery really, sometimes you win sometimes you lose.....the thing is though, one has something over the other, if you lose you have no chance of winning....... at 245km/h you are favouring NOT winning.....

      Koos - 2012-04-23 12:09

      Impressive yes BUT I did about 200 once. It was fun BUT I can honestly say it is stupid and you are risking your life and worse, you are risking other people’s lives because you are NOT in control. You are merely along for the ride and if you think you are in control a pothole, stick, person, a car or a million other things might have something else to say about that.

      markmc83 - 2012-04-24 21:38

      At 245 your odds on a bike are slim, at 120 your odds on a bike are slim. Koos, you are not in control at 200 but Valentino Rossi would be bored stiff at that speed. I do realize he's doing it on a track where it's legal, I'm just saying.

  • tokoziza - 2012-04-22 22:21

    Nail him!! Puts not only his own life, but other road/pavement users, on the line. And thinks he can get away with it with no number plates! Glad he was caught - come on cops - there are a lot more of them endangering others' lives - catch them too, please.

      Stewart - 2012-04-22 23:18

      Not so easy too catch

      wesleywt - 2012-04-22 23:34

      Not sure why that comment gets so many down votes. Do you want people driving 240km/h while you are driving your wife and children? At least when I see a moron speeding from red robot to red robot, I think about the R12/L petrol they are wasting.

      Leon - 2012-04-23 06:59

      would it be ok if he was on his way to hospital to see his dying son? would that justify his speed?

      wesleywt - 2012-04-23 07:24

      Another reason why speeders are scum. They are not sitting at their deathly sick son's bed. He is doing breakfast runs instead.

      bluzulu - 2012-04-23 08:04

      Another Evil Knievel ,

      Gestoffle - 2012-04-23 08:16

      Yeh, yeh, thumbdowners, I think you would have thought differently if this idiot had ploughed into your family. I guess it would be fun putting the 245 piece puzzle of your loved ones body parts together..... Very graphic, but anti-speed campaigners know it has slightly helped to curb speeding.

      Gestoffle - 2012-04-23 08:27

      No that is Evel (with a E) Knievel aka Robert Knievel, a daredevil......

      jeremy002 - 2012-04-23 08:52

      Doctors and nurses at trauma units refer to bikers as organ donors. Go figure. A sudden stop from 245kph would probably render the bikers body fit for sluicing only though..........

      Stille - 2012-04-23 08:56

      N1 = No pavement or pedestrians. But yes, i agree.

      Patrick - 2012-04-23 11:07

      @tokoziza. Here's a little reality check for you. If it's other road/pavement users' lives you care about, look no further than the SA taxi industry where the majority of fatalities occur and let's see you be equally as eager to get the cops to clamp down on these cretins!

      heini.falk - 2012-04-23 11:38

      @tokoziza Lets hope his lawyers use ALL the other cases to get him off scot free. Like the Mandel's son speeding case dropped so he could go for counselling or this soccer star doing exactly the same yet he got away with it without any repercussions. What's good for the one is good for the other.

  • Jim - 2012-04-22 22:30

    Confiscate his bike, just as you would confiscate a firearm used dangerously...

      zaatheist - 2012-04-23 04:15

      Yeah. This criminal nonsense will not stop if we pussy foot around. The penalty should be - Confiscate bike. Driver's licence cancelled for life 5 year's jail time. Then lets us see if another retard tries it.

      maseratifittipaldi - 2012-04-23 05:41

      Amazing that you can call this biker a retard, zaatheist. He could well be much sharper than you.

      wesleywt - 2012-04-23 06:57

      What is amazing is that there are so many retards on News24 that think driving at 240km/h is okay. If I see a speeder crash into somebody. I will only help the innocent people he has tried to murder. Then I will testify in court even if it is inconvenient. Once he gets a judgement against him for criminal behaviour I will sit back and enjoy the fact his insurance won't pay a cent. He will have to pay his car off without actually having a car.

      bluzulu - 2012-04-23 12:10

      Mentally challenged,

  • Sanuse - 2012-04-22 22:44

    Yho!!! Z that guy brave or stupid. I know bikes are fast but they also fast in killing as well. Its not safe to do that speed in car, how much more on a bike in a public road

  • Mart - 2012-04-22 22:50

    IQ of 6 and life's a gas !

  • Shimi - 2012-04-22 22:55

    It wil kill wat ws he thnkng?

      Bob - 2012-04-22 23:03

      Is that short hand, long hand, or wrong hand???

  • fretam - 2012-04-22 22:59

    the guy is crazy...awesome! I guess the cops that caught him were doing above that

  • Sylvester.Mohloli - 2012-04-22 23:08

    245km/h on a bike?????! damn i cant even do 5km/h with a bike, that man deserves the Order of Mendi, he is brave....shemmet

  • Lynda - 2012-04-22 23:13

    and we're all supposed to say "think bike" in "think falling meteorite"

      Fussed - 2012-04-23 07:01

      @Lynda. And by the time you "think bike" it's 5km past you

      Michele - 2012-04-23 08:00

      Agreed - I think bike, have a sticker and some friends and family ride. At that speed it's impossible to think anything, let alone bike. Yet it seems some idiots here think doing that speed is cool - until one of their family members get hit by a biker doing that speed.

  • j.c.s.mailbox - 2012-04-22 23:24

    Those criminals must be removed permanently from the road!!

      Stewart - 2012-04-22 23:32

      The last time I looked the criminals were the ones chasing him

  • Ken - 2012-04-22 23:25

    He was waved down by the MEC and her blue light brigade as they where passing him, she was going to a Speed Kills meeting!

      Stewart - 2012-04-22 23:29

      Good one

      Squeegee - 2012-04-23 06:17

      Sharp Ken, but, this speeding has to stop. At that speed you can look in your mirror, see nothing, cross lanes and BHAM!

  • karen.inward - 2012-04-22 23:57

    Glad they caught him.

      Stewart - 2012-04-23 00:10

      So you never break the law. Self rightious \\,t

      Francisco - 2012-04-23 06:13

      If I won’t to drive at 60kh, I will buy a bicycle.

      wesleywt - 2012-04-23 06:42

      Hey Stewart. You are proving my previous post correct. My cousin use to think he can speed everywhere he went. He drove off a cliff and killed 3 of his friends. He was in a coma for a month. He lost his job because he wasn't the same anymore. He wasn't drunk, he wasn't tired and his car was in working order.

  • Emily-Jane Elson - 2012-04-23 00:00

    Idiot. Tempting fate is not good.

      Nayrb - 2012-04-23 01:23

      He tempted fate by stopping - he could have been hijacked or shot.

  • Sechaba - 2012-04-23 00:02

    If Ministers can drive at high speed and their Body guards point guns at us, why can't we speed also. I also speed when I drive from Cape Town to KZN.

      Stewart - 2012-04-23 00:14

      This is true

  • Jan - 2012-04-23 00:07

    @ tokoziza ....At least he did not have 16 passengers or 20 innocent school kids in a unroadworthy vehicle... But yes it serves him right getting caugh, He should have just added 20 km/h and they would not have caught him.. RIDE IT LIKE YOU STOLE IT,,

  • - 2012-04-23 00:50

    Om 260Km ph te ry op die snelweg verby die polisie en nog steeds die stadigste 1 op die pad te wees is iets om aan gewoond te raak. You gotta love the Autobahn ! Kan net nie sien hoekom ons in SA so stadig moet ry nie. So bly ek is nou in Duitsland.

  • David Mdeva-Papa Hloni Rapatsa - 2012-04-23 01:11

    its good thats they arrest him but the government officials get away with murder.

      Sechaba - 2012-04-23 06:06

      So why are you saying its good to arrest him? To me it sounds as if you are happy when you see Jimmy Manyi and Madikizela-Mandela speeding.

  • CoronaSherona - 2012-04-23 03:12

    I think this dumb@$$ can thank the officials who stopped him from killing himself and potentially destroying the lives of innocent road users. I wonder if he spent 1 second thinking about his family, I doubt it. Take his bike and crush it and take his license and burn it and then teach him about the reality of losing limbs, taking lives and the value of life - he is obviously clueless all round.

      heini.falk - 2012-04-23 11:45

      @CoronaSherona - You clearly didn't think this through. If they confiscate his Bike they are liable under Law to pay all outstanding fees in terms of Monthly instalments. Yet again another tax payer gets screwed that way. Then again no one else gets charged with anything, looking at Jimmy Manyi and Madikizela-Mandela speeding. So just because he is a biker that changes everything. Seriously ... What's good for the one is good for the rest. He should get off scot free without any issues just because our wonderful ANC members have set the standards for what happens to you when you speed. Nothing

  • George - 2012-04-23 03:42

    He was just keeping up with the traffic flow!

  • ajjordaan - 2012-04-23 04:06

    If you are doing this speed why stop?

      Stewart - 2012-04-23 07:03

      Must have been old super bike. Newer models would have left the criminals far behind. Can get in excess of 300km/h

  • Freddy - 2012-04-23 05:01

    Hell on 2 wheels. How can anybody feel safe on the road speeding like that?

  • Freddy - 2012-04-23 05:04

    Hell on 2 wheels. How can anybody feel safe on the road with speeds like that? Who is he trying to copy Valentino Rossi?

  • brionyl.french - 2012-04-23 05:31

    They should impound his bike and sell it off in an Auction. If he cant respect the road and the machine he shouldnt have it...Cos he will end up in pieces all over the road for someone to have to deal with. Its digusting

      Eben - 2012-04-23 10:20

      If the Bike makes it to 245 I'm pretty sure he's respecting it, bikes now a days exceed 300km/h so 240 was like cruising for this dude don't think respect is an issue here..

      heini.falk - 2012-04-23 11:57

      @Frenchie - When I read your comment I almost laughed myself to death. Ok so lets stop all technological advancement in every industry in the world and make all cars/bikes/boats/planes not capable of driving faster then 120km/h ... The fact that he can drive at that speed makes him a good driver. If you look at the statistics 97% of all accidents happen at lower than 40km/h ... So you parking your car has a higher probability of making a accident thank him on his bike at 245km/h ... Seriously ...

  • Benji The'Rocker Krieger - 2012-04-23 05:46

    i wonder how he managed to still see the road ahead @ this speed!

      John Wilken - 2012-04-23 08:28

      If you have never been at this speed before on a superbike you wont know.

      Paul - 2012-04-23 11:54

      Try it! you'll LOVE IT!!

  • Frank - 2012-04-23 05:48

    Just some info 245 klm/ h is 153 mph. A Vincent motorcycle could do that speed in wait for it 1952 .

      Bob - 2012-04-23 11:07

      Frank, I beg to differ, I think the Black Shadow Vincent was good for maybe 120mph 130 tops, bikes only started to get seriously quick early seventies, with the Japanese invasion, it's amazing just how fast they can go now.

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-04-23 05:54

    Gee, so many self righteous people. Have you never driven in excess of 200km/h? Why not? If you say "It's the Law" we will understand. You probably supported the pass laws too.

      Francisco - 2012-04-23 06:21

      If I spend R250t buying a bike whit the top speed of 300kh, guess what, I will try to.

      Leon - 2012-04-23 07:29

      @Francisco. i paid R50 000 for my bike and it can apparently clock 287km/h. ive never tried to reach that though. this guy was stupid

  • Ted - 2012-04-23 05:56

    If he was a lawyer, he could have been released on police bail. Remember the lawyer just before easter? Selective application of the law! Not that I condone someone trying to exceed the speed of light.

  • Alfred - 2012-04-23 06:58

    The probability of killing someone else while riding a motorcycle at 245 is still far lower than killing someone in your car traveling at 120km/h. When was the last time you read about a someone killed by a motorcyclist. You need to be a superbike rider to understand that it is not as dangerous, especially to others as it sounds.

      Stewart - 2012-04-23 07:09

      Only when idiots jump in front off you to try and stop you but they also jump in front off speeding cars . Dimwits

      mayer.aly - 2012-04-23 07:52

      most of the accidents happen blow 100khm,so y all the fuss!

  • Robin - 2012-04-23 07:12

    Throw the book at the twit - impound his bike, revoke his licence and incarcerate him. He's obviously too immature to play with dangerous toys.

  • brand0nbradley - 2012-04-23 07:15

    Think Bike!

      jeremy002 - 2012-04-23 08:58

      Think coffin......

  • Cassandra Olivier - 2012-04-23 07:21

    No think of other road users and don't speed

  • Carry - 2012-04-23 07:21


      Stille - 2012-04-23 08:59

      and the stupid ignorant cager asswipes that does the same speed in their bmw's? Naf, sit down before you get put down

      bluzulu - 2012-04-23 12:21

      Stille, What a....THIS article is regarding this Evil Knievel on his bike at 245km/h .....What is the BMW got to do with this article? Take your own advise and read the article. This crim should only be allowed on Buses as a passenger for the rest of IT'S life.

  • Abdul - 2012-04-23 07:33

    Like the many other 'high flyers', when will we realise that this speed is just not safe....???take a look at the pics on the webiste wwwfatalmovesdotcom

  • Colin - 2012-04-23 07:34

    WTF ?

  • Michele - 2012-04-23 07:57

    How the hell did they catch him?

  • Abdul - 2012-04-23 08:12

    get him to work in the casualty section of a hospital over a long weekend, and attend to victims of road accidents....The consequences of speed are just so immense and life changing. Take a look at wwwfatalmovesdotcom

  • Nicholas - 2012-04-23 08:15

    Think Bike!

  • steven.rothquel - 2012-04-23 08:15

    has nobody stopped to ask, how can speed kill if he did 245kmh and he is still alive, just goes to show speed does not kill, suddenly becoming stationary will kill.

      Shayne - 2012-04-23 08:38

      I've always been on the side of ''Speed doesn't kill'' I believe that its not speed that kills, but the mistake that is made while at speed, or more specifically, the idiot behind the wheel. EG,, I am doing 200kmh on a mild bend or over a slight blind rise when another driver does a u turn on that same corner or blind rise. his stupidity will kill us. But with that said driving at speed does limit the control u have over a vehicle when having to avoid an accident and brake from high speeds. My opinion is that it is far to easy to get a drivers licence in this country. More should be done to ensure that people have a better knowledge of driving and the dynamics of a vehicle. Best example of this is the pdp needed for truckers taxi drivers etc,,,they pass a medical and now have a professional driving permit?? How does coughing with your balls on a cold spoon now entitle you to a ''Professional Driving Permit'' total BS!

      Shayne - 2012-04-23 08:39

      I've always been on the side of ''Speed doesn't kill'' I believe that its not speed that kills, but the mistake that is made while at speed, or more specifically, the idiot behind the wheel. EG,, I am doing 200kmh on a mild bend or over a slight blind rise when another driver does a u turn on that same corner or blind rise. his stupidity will kill us. But with that said driving at speed does limit the control u have over a vehicle when having to avoid an accident and brake from high speeds. My opinion is that it is far to easy to get a drivers licence in this country. More should be done to ensure that people have a better knowledge of driving and the dynamics of a vehicle. Best example of this is the pdp needed for truckers taxi drivers etc,,,they pass a medical and now have a professional driving permit?? How does coughing with your balls on a cold spoon now entitle you to a ''Professional Driving Permit'' total BS!

  • bigles01 - 2012-04-23 08:30

    i should get myself a superbike,my golf 1.8Rline is ageing.

      UncleDevilish - 2012-04-23 08:51

      Oh it's fun - believe me!

  • cindy.l.laing - 2012-04-23 08:36

    Its Not the speed that kills, but the sudden stop !!!!

  • khutso.b - 2012-04-23 08:54

    I believe that he stopped and handed himself to the cops...Metro cops are so lazy... what a dumb move

  • pieter.nel.kruger - 2012-04-23 09:09

    It is funny how people always comment on the speed faktor. Take the Autobhan, sure there has been accidents but not nearly as many as we have on the N1 or any road in SA for that matter, The other drivers there respect other road users, they also stay in the correct lanes and don't do 80km/h in the fast lane. I will never say "I never go over the speed limit", atleast I can be honest, I can promise you if I do I do tend to concentrate more than just cruising with traffic and applying make-up. If all drivers/Riders respect all and every road user on the road then we will have safer roads. Speeding is dangerous I agree with that but if a disiplined driver/rider with an open head does this speed it is not nearly as dangerous as someone hogging the fast lane or making a U-Turn. I wonder how many people actually know that the speed limit's was brought in to save petrol and not lives.

      Louis - 2012-04-23 10:41

      Thumbs up to you

  • Louis - 2012-04-23 09:11

    There are some really intelegent comments on this story, they are obviously car drivers with no idea about motorcycle ridding and what we encounter dayly on the roads. It is not safe to do that kind of speed on the highway, mainly because some IDIOT in his or her car is too busy on his/her cell phone or worst even, texting an SMS or emailling while driving, instead of concentrating on their driving. If there were 50% more bikers on our roads, not only there would be hardly any congestion on the roads, but a lot more people would REALLY be aware of motorcyclists.

      Justme - 2012-04-23 14:31

      "If there were 50% more bikers on our roads" ...there would be a lot more accidents involving bikers. I agree bikers do concentrate more on the road than car drivers. Car drivers do fiddle with cellphones, etc while driving. So, knowing the dangers, what is this guys excuse for speeding like this?

  • Riaan - 2012-04-23 09:18

    Musta been a 600 Honda, hahahaha Rather buy a New ZX 10 buddy

      Gareth - 2012-04-23 09:31

      Nope was a yami, My Honda 600 hit 256km :-)

      Justme - 2012-04-23 13:27

      @Gareth-P - That's nothing to brag about.

  • Steve - 2012-04-23 10:16

    Maybe he was dicing the Blue Light Brigade. The big problem is that there are traffic laws, but there is little or no respect for them.

  • Nathi - 2012-04-23 10:35

    I reckon we force all vehicle manufacturers to limit their cars to 100km/h top speed. LOL. The problem is not speeding, it's our driver education. And b4 most of you raise the eyebrow. How many of you had your driving instructor with you coaching and training you on on stopping, overtaking, collision avoidance, etc at speeds of 120km/h? I know my instructor didn't. I only learned to be a proficient driver thru doing advanced driving courses and acquiring my racing license.

      Louis - 2012-04-23 10:38

      Thumbs up to you

      Loo - 2012-04-23 14:00

      Nathi .. end of the day I agree with you. We have too many wannabe racers that will never cut it competitively on a race track hence they try and be "speed stars" on public roads endangering innocent peoples lives even more than it already is by unroadworthy vehicles , incompetent drivers and "dronkgatte" like our stupid ass student danie a bit further down

  • ReportMe - 2012-04-23 10:41

    Log on to to report bad driving. Open the following link to view our Facebook page

      Justme - 2012-04-23 13:31

      And what would the purpose of that be? Will bad driving be reported to the authorities? Or is it a website where people can whine, bad drivers will ignore and nothing ever comes of it?

  • Zion - 2012-04-23 11:30

    Pity this brain dead idiot was not caught in Cape Town. It would mean: Go to Valkenberg, Go directly to Valkenberg and do not pass a single car.

  • Danie - 2012-04-23 11:59

    LOL! My friend was also caught at that same spot yesterday doing 170km/h. There was 3 GTi's at different points that boxed them off.   Any real biker will tell you that speeding in a straight line does not hold a substantial risk if some idiot does not drive in front of him. The only real threat is animals. A bike needs less space to pass through and can stop faster than a car. 245km/h is not that fast (except for all you pansies) because it is all about relative speed (speed of bike minus speed of traffic) which leaves you with a difference of +- 100km/h in this case, which gives you plenty of time to think. Plus the bike seldom has to break hard as it can just slide past without causing any other vehicle to do anything drastic. It is the spineless idiot doing 100km/h that causes accidents. At least this guy was not going about on that speed in residential areas.   The cops only pick on bikers as they seem to be easy prey as they cannot catch any real wrong doers and they need the publicity of getting something right in the public eye. With all this blue light hi-jackings the last few days, I would also have tried to outrun them, no wait, I do it in any case…

      Brett - 2012-04-23 15:25

      There are risks other than animals while travelling at high speed in a straight line, tank-slap, chain lock-up, cross winds, potholes, tyre failure...

  • Jackie - 2012-04-23 12:00

    If this idiot had to hit a car he would most probably cut right through it. He would kill how many people because he has a big bike? (probably to make up for lack of size in other departments) If he wants to drive at that speed public roads are not the place for it. He is endangering lives knowingly. And "may" have charges for no number plate? Excuse me? Isnt that the law?

      Jackie - 2012-04-23 15:03

      Hmmm. Clever girl clap clap