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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 02-24-2009, 01:33 AM Thread Starter
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Food for though..

Correction, Food for thought.....

A picture is worth a thousand words.

The Honda rider was travelling at such a 'very high speed', his reaction time was not sufficient enough to avoid this accident. Swedish Police estimate a speed of ~250 KM/h (155 mph) before the bike hit the slow moving car side-on at an intersection. At that speed, they predicted that the rider's reaction time (once the vehicle came into view) wasn't sufficient enough for him to even apply the brakes. The car had two passengers and the bike rider was found INSIDE the car with them. The Volkswagen actually flipped over from the force of impact and landed 10 feet from where the collision took place.

All three involved (two in car and rider) were killed instantly. This graphic demonstration was placed at the Stockholm Motorcycle Fair by the Swedish Police and Road Safety Department. The sign above the display also noted that the rider had only recently obtained his license.

At 250 KM (155 mph) the operator is travelling at 227 feet per second. With normal reaction time to SEE-DECIDE-REACT of 1.6 seconds the above operator would have travelled over 363 feet while making a decision on what actions to take. In this incident the Swedish police indicate that no actions were taken.

In other words, they didn't even have time to say, 'Oh, ####!'

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post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old 02-24-2009, 05:34 AM
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Those are very disturbing pictures. Okay, speed is stimulating and the sensation of speed on a bike is probably one of the big attractions of motorcycling for a lot of riders. But 250kph belongs on the track, not on the street. That a-hole took 2 innocent lives and shattered countless others.

I'm actually really surprised this happened in Sweden. When I was there a few years ago I was struck by how literally drivers took their posted speed limits: if it said 100, people drove 100, not 105 and certainly not 120 (or 250, for goodness' sake). I guess it just goes to show, there are sociopaths everywhere.
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