Low-flying bikers' wings clipped

2012-08-19 22:15

Johannesburg - Six people were arrested on Sunday for excessive speeding on their motorcycles, Johannesburg metro police said.

The motorcyclists were going at 206km/h, 201km/h, 183km/h, 170km/h, 201km/h, and 230km/h, said Chief Superintendent Wayne Minnaar.

"All of the motorcyclists were arrested and taken to the Roodepoort police station and were released on bail of R1 500 each and will appear in the Roodepoort Magistrate's Court tomorrow [Monday] morning," he said.

  • fahim.gutta - 2012-08-19 22:32

    Bloody stupid bikers ...... to get caught. At that speed they should have gotten away from the cops.

      Brett - 2012-08-19 22:33

      LOL I agree!

      nico.loubser.9 - 2012-08-20 06:31

      @akaRags ... I dont think it is bikers that causes accidents. It is rather taxis.

      jacques.stander - 2012-08-20 08:46


      goldwright - 2012-08-20 10:37

      Like I said (my comment seems to have been deleted) - bloody stupid pro speeding bike comments - Is breaking the law a joke? Is speeding at around the 200k mark a joke to some? When it is your close family member or friend that is killed in a accident with a biker going a that speed will you be full of LOL and guffaws then? Do you mean to tell me that all speeding bikers are great riders and can avoid accidents at all costs, and at those speeds they are bound to cause accidents too, what about a sudden obstacle on the road, a goat, a dog, a cow, etc - I read once of a guy going at excess of 200ks and a bird flew into his helmet: he came off his bike, and the bike was a write off, the idiot admitted he was lucky to have survived, but what if he'd hit another car or pedestrian when that happened? Is that REALLY a joke? This country is full of other idiots on the roads, be they taxi drivers truckers and other reckless drivers, that you are playing with your lives and OTHER lives by riding fast, does life mean nothing to you? Yes taxi's are involved in many accidents, but does that mean the traffic cops must ignore all the law breakers on the road? You will complain when your house gets robbed or you get hijacked but by speeding excessively you are also CRIMINALS, because you are breaking the law. Double standards hey. You sort of people should be ashamed of yourselves.

      goldwright - 2012-08-20 10:41

      @rhino - has a biker never caused an accident? I highly doubt it. If bikers want to race/speed, go find a race track and stop endangering other peoples lives - you are no better than all the bad taxi drivers out there.

      jackie.m.dickson - 2012-08-20 11:14

      I have seen LOTS of bikers riding like aholes in the traffic and elsewhere. They are no better than any of us or the taxis! The one thing they have in abundance is arrogance....thats not a good thing!! No one can safely ride at those speeds on normal roads. Find a track D brains

      dewald.scholtz.73 - 2012-08-20 12:47

      Not so easy - I saw three cops the other day on thing that looked like Suzuki Hyabusa's to me....

      Spiral - 2012-08-20 14:45

      who uses the word "guffaws"!?

      goldwright - 2012-08-20 19:11

      @spiral, I never said anyone used the word "guffaws" but it is a noun used to describe an "outburst of laghter" and the the abbrevation LOL was certainly was used by Biker, so I used the word "guffaws" to describe the expression of LOL. LOL - LAUGH OUT LOUD, - which IS a GUFFAW. Like I said, the consequences of going at high speed, (no matter how capable you may think you are, as there are other factors you cannot control on the road) is no laughing matter.

  • hendrikvs - 2012-08-19 22:48

    Ai die stoutgat bikers!

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-08-19 22:54

    Biggest danger on the roads : Traffic cops.

      wesleywt - 2012-08-19 23:17

      How are they a danger, you hardly see any of them. Red light jumpers are huge menace. And they usually drive expensive cars. I am trying to hit one of them, the pay out from their insurance will be great.

      johnwilliam.roberts - 2012-08-19 23:20

      Yes I agree and what's more they talk on cell phones and break the speed limit yet most of the tits don't know how to drive unless they have had a barrel of Kentucky fried chicken !!

  • Sylvester.Mohloli - 2012-08-19 23:08


  • johnwilliam.roberts - 2012-08-19 23:17

    Shame nothing else better to do you to scared to stop taxis in case they kill you wanker wannabe cops !!!

      Brett - 2012-08-19 23:30

      So true!

      berthram - 2012-08-20 00:15

      Speed kills. It doesn't discriminate against your vehicle of choice. Whether you're speeding in a taxi or on a bike, you're putting your own life, and the lives of others in danger.

      akaRags - 2012-08-20 00:26

      So jw.roberts what are you trying to say, its okay for bikes to speed? Taxis are a curse on the road at the best of time, but speeding motorbikes are just as dangerous.

      kenny.bianco.7 - 2012-08-20 05:33

      Lawlessness is lawlessness and it must be dealt with

  • Gerald Jordaan - 2012-08-20 02:12

    Bikes taxis cars et al..obey the rules of the road and stop being as*holes !!

      trevor.bush.9655 - 2012-08-20 06:12

      I agree but, do you have a drivers licence...if so, then stop the double standards cause at some stage in your life, you broke the speed limit NO MATTER HOW "slow" you were going, the law is the law as you say.

      Andre Sales - 2012-08-20 07:05

      to the idiot bithing about bikes going faster than 120 on the highway, open your eyes have u seen how fast some of the cars go on the hiway and the when they see a bike coming those drivers are spitefull and trying to cut the bikes off, and the taxi's break all the road rule nomater where they drive and u say the bikers are bad, wake up man

  • jakes.cakedregs - 2012-08-20 02:46

    Those fines are far too light and should at least be quadrupled. What is the cost of losing one human life? Let THAT be the fine for such reckless speeding!

      maseratifittipaldi - 2012-08-20 06:06

      Yes. Once you go beyond 120 km/h there is suddenly much death and destruction.

      trevor.bush.9655 - 2012-08-20 06:12

      Cost of life, go ask the ANC about the 34 people they 'killed" means nothing in Africa.

  • Sharon - 2012-08-20 03:28

    Well done to the police. The other thing that needs checking is the lack of number plates on motor bikes and also the sound levels. Most of them are illegal these days.

      zaatheist - 2012-08-20 04:09

      Right on Sharon. The bastards deliberately try to create as much nuisance and anti-social noise as possible.

  • jeremy002 - 2012-08-20 05:16

    A clear case, this time around, of "You takes yer chances, then you pays yer money"

  • Johan De Beer - 2012-08-20 06:27

    The law is the law... for everyone alike. Including the blue light brigade.

  • carl.lutzer.3 - 2012-08-20 07:58

    Rather govern goverment/blue light vehicles to do only max 120 km's per hour - at least then they will start planning their day instead of trying to make up time on the road by doing 200

  • - 2012-08-20 08:46

    give them 5 years in jail then hang them high.

  • jacques.stander - 2012-08-20 08:46

    They make such a big deal over nothing, 200on a bike is like 120 in a car. We cruise at 200 all the time. It's their job to catch us,and our job to get away. Easier to make money behind a camara,than keeping the roads safe by...removing unroadworthy cars,unlicensed drivers etc ....eich it's to hard work!!!

      goldwright - 2012-08-20 11:06

      When you are lying broken and dying because of something you couldn't control, even if you think you are so good and capable of going at 200ks/hr, you won't be so full of it. This is not a first world country, where everyone has decent cars/bikes and people generally have a better road sense - there are too many idiots on SA roads, you are being stupid if you think you are safe going at speed like that, however capabale you may believe you are. Go find a race track, and if you don't you obviously have no respect for other peoples lives, and must enjoy the adrenaline rush of speeding on our dangerous SA roads.

  • michael.barns.1 - 2012-08-20 08:55

    My car can also do 250km/h, but the fact is I dont do it on public roads, if I want to I pay X amount and go tear around Zwartkops or Kyalami or Tarlton etc. Use some df people.

      jacques.stander - 2012-08-20 09:24

      My bike can do 300 but that's left for track or deserted roads. Comparing a bike & car is your first mistake. They are nothing alike. First try it before you want to speak about the subject intelligently!!

      michael.barns.1 - 2012-08-20 09:50

      oh really dimwit, so you think a car and bike with regards to speed cannot be compared and therefore it is A OK for a bike to do 250km/h but a car not? Hate to be the bearer of bad news but the law of the raods was put up for both bikes and cars and trucks etc, unless you know better. What is your reason because clearly your intellegence is lacking. Please think about your answer and try to muster up all of your 50 IQ points.

      gareth.perkins.52 - 2012-08-20 11:45

      @Sarel HA HA HA HA You are so right, The fun only starts at 250......And yes you goto know what you doing to ride like that. Any F*&%( in a car that goes faster than 200 thinks they are the S*(&^

  • rob.ashton.357 - 2012-08-20 11:48

    A lot of people in SA (and worldwide) give Bikers a bad name. The legal speed limit is 120kph so anyone (bikers or cars) doing over that needs to be arrested. Bikers are particularly guilty by doing way in excess of that on the roads. Blaming the cops is just plain ignorant.

  • irma.white.9 - 2012-08-20 13:38

    You bikers must get over yourselves. What makes you think you are above the law? I hear you guys going at way more than 60kms past my house- what if a cat runs into the road, or you slip on sand? There have been three bikers deaths on the road that I live on (that I know of) because you drive too fast and you drive into the back of cars and trucks. I know a guy that managed to go at such a speed between two sets of robots (no more than 200m apart) that when the car in front of him stalled, he didn't have time to react and boom, instant death. Actor Antonio Summerton died on his bike after smashing into a street pole about the same distance away from the intersection that he turned from (no more than 200m away) - this was right in front of the house I was living in at the time. You think you are cool, yet you are just hurting yourselves and others. The rules of the road state you can drive between traffic, not speed.

      goldwright - 2012-08-20 19:24

      Well said Happyness - these bikers who speed think they are just so capable of doing high speeds on their high tech bikes (like that will stop accidents alone) and when anything happens it is NEVER their fault is it? As I have been trying to say & like you say, what if a cat runs out etc? Crashing into a pole - I guess that was poles fault for being in the way........It will always be someone elses fault where these speeding bikers are concerned. Like you say - these bikers must get over themselves.

  • Numzi - 2012-08-20 14:07

    Don't ask people to 'Think Bike' when you are clearly, at 200km/h+, not Thinking about Cars, Trucks, Buses or any other Vehicles for that matter

      muderdollz - 2012-08-20 14:38

      Think Bike means look out for not only motorcyclists, but bicylce users as well by the way! One thing for sure is that motorcyclists have to look out for cars far more than the other way round. Put it this way, when a motorcycle drives at 200+ kilo's an hour, he isn’t on his cell phone, or changing the radio/cd in his car, or disciplining his kids, or reading the newspaper, or doing their nails (I could go on, and yes I have seen it all) as car drivers often do. The lack of road manners from both parties is often uncalled for. However when a motorcyclist drives fast, he is driving, not doing any of these other extra-curricular activities. The biggest problem is that cars DO come with indicators, so use them!

      Numzi - 2012-08-20 15:00

      The fact is bikers shouldn't be doing 200km/h on a 120km/h road regardless of whether driving is the only thing which they are doing at the time or not. Your response seems to try and transfer responsibility back to the car driver for the bikers behaviour. If a biker is travelling at the recommended speed (120, 100, 80 or 60) then he'd have much more time to react to any given situation. This article is after all about 6 bikers who thought themselves above the law, not about drivers of cars' 'habits'.

      goldwright - 2012-08-20 19:40

      Exactly Numzi, - the law is the law, the speed limit is 120k's/hr and in some other safer countries with lower road accidents, the speed limit is 100k's on highways and 50k's in town, and most people do obey those laws, but not int his country hey....... Bikers CANNOT point fingers at car drivers being on cellphones, doing their nails etc and breaking the law, when they themselves are also breaking the law by speeding and often excessive speeding - if you know there are so many drivers out there who use cellphones, do nails, read, eat, etc, then WHY take chances? SA has a high enough accident rate as it is. That we all know. The law is not there for some to break, just because others break it, - the law is there for EVERYONE, bikers AND other road users, to OBEY. Trying to justify otherwise is actually pointless, because then we might as well say let's just scrap all laws, and then we can do whatever we want without regard to conseqences or loss of life.

  • kamal.vanmari - 2012-08-20 14:26

    These bikers straddle lanes and damage vehicles. With no plates the cost falls on the innocent driver. I no longer watch out for bikes. If I want to change lanes, I only loom for other cars. If clear, I go. Bikers think they own the road. Screw them and their bikes. Isn't it illegal to straddle lanes?

      irma.white.9 - 2012-08-20 14:32

      It isn't illegal for them to weave in and out of the traffic, but I agree with you that bikers think they own the road. I cannot tell you how many times I have had to swerve in MY lane because of a biker driving into on coming traffic. The amount of bikers I see speeding through red robots... I had a biker once come from my left side (when I was turning right) and and drive right infront of me (he also turned right)- I had to break suddenly to make sure I didn't hit the guy.

      sarel.brits - 2012-08-20 16:30

      Lol been losing mirrors hey? Most probably because your driving like ass hole don't worry keep on cutting us off one day you will cut off the wrong biker and come off 2nd best at the red light.

      goldwright - 2012-08-20 19:45

      I am a biker, and that is one thing I don't do is straddle lanes - it is NOT safe, no matter what other bikers say. I have seen other bikers weaving/straddling in between lanes and who don't indicate and then get upset when they have near misses. However if EVERYONE drove/rode properly, without pointing fingers and playing a game of tit for tat, we wouldn't have all this s*"t on our roads. I have seen bad drivers AND BAD riders. Wake up people.

  • John - 2012-08-20 23:10

    Has anyone ever examined why some LAWMAKERS decided that the national speed limit should be 120kph. I hated the idea back then because in 1969 I thoroughly enjoyed travelling from Durban to JHB at l60 when there was no limit. Oh yes, it was the fuel restrictions and we got stuck with them ever since! Now it is a money making racket. Keep at the drunk drivers. I believe that the majority of serious collisions are alcohol related. Tell me if I am wrong!

  • John - 2012-08-20 23:16

    I see whole lot of drunk drivers were nabbed. Well done, these are the real danger on the road. Those who do not keep their full attention on their surroundings while travelling are most likely to have a collision. Be AWAKE and AWARE!

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