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Minnesota trooper writes 205 mph speeding ticket
WABASHA, Minn. (AP) — With a State Patrol airplane overhead, a Stillwater motorcyclist hit the throttle and possibly set the informal record for the fastest speeding ticket in Minnesota history: 205 mph.

On Saturday afternoon, State Patrol pilot Al Loney was flying near Wabasha, in southeastern Minnesota on the Wisconsin border, watching two motorcyclists racing along U.S. Highway 61.

When one of the riders shot forward, Loney was ready with his stopwatch. He clicked it once when the motorcycle reached a white marker on the road and again a quarter-mile later. The watch read 4.39 seconds, which Loney calculated to be 205 mph.

"I was in total disbelief," Loney told the St. Paul Pioneer Press for Tuesday's editions. "I had to double-check my watch because in 27 years I'd never seen anything move that fast."

Several law enforcement sources told the newspaper that, although no official records are kept, it was probably the fastest ticket ever written in the state.

After about three-quarters of a mile, the biker slowed to about 100 mph and let the other cycle catch up. By then Loney had radioed ahead to another state trooper, who pulled the two over soon afterward.

The State Patrol officer arrested the faster rider, 20-year-old Stillwater resident Samuel Armstrong Tilley, for reckless driving, driving without a motorcycle license — and driving 140 miles per hour over the posted speed limit of 65 mph.

A search of speeding tickets written by state troopers, who patrol most of the state's highways, between 1990 and February 2004 shows the next fastest ticket was for 150 mph in 1994 in Lake of the Woods County.

Tilley did not return calls from the newspaper to his home Monday. A working number for him could not immediately be found by The Associated Press on Tuesday.

Only a handful of exotic sports cars can reach 200 mph, but many high-performance motorcycles can top 175 mph. With minor modifications, they can hit 200 mph. Tilley was riding a Honda 1000, Loney said.

Kathy Swanson of the state Office of Traffic Safety said unless Tilley was wearing the kind of protective gear professional motorcycle racers wear, he was courting death at 200 mph.

"I'm not entirely sure what would happen if you crashed at 200 miles per hour," Swanson said. "But it wouldn't be pretty, that's for sure."
 

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So how much would that ticket cost? I wonder if they took him to jail on criminal speeding, wow I have no money to sport a ticket like that, and for a second it makes me not want to go fast. Wow, I've heard that here in AZ if you get a ticket for doing a wheelie you will lose your license, due to multiple tickets given, Any body know for sure?
 

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Yes, it's true. They give you several tickets I have known many people to get them. They are like exhibition of speed, wrecklace driving, and something else. You don't want it lol.
 

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Yeah, I know they lie lol. But when you get that fast to make it read that who cares it's fast lol. I have had my Busa indicating 186 on the speedo on a highway before I know it wasn't 186 real speed but who cares lol
 

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The guy that got tagged for 205 mph on MN 61 was riding an RC 51. IIRC, the top speed for an RC is in the 160 mph range, so that tells you how "accurate" the timing tickets can be...
 

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The guy that got tagged for 205 mph on MN 61 was riding an RC 51. IIRC, the top speed for an RC is in the 160 mph range...
Perhaps a stock one. Did his bike have any mods???
 

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Isn't this story a year old? I read it was a trooper in a helicopter that issued the ticket. The trooper used a stop watch and counted the mile markers to come up with 205 mph. Obviously his math is either very bad or he had problems with the stop watch.
 

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I thought it was a little plane... But yeah he stop watched timed him between 2 quater mile markers. At that speed a stopwatch is not a good speed indicator.

Oh, an no its not easy to get a bike past 200mph. Lots of people go to the salt flats, not many make it. Getting an RC to that speed would require some scary turbo mods.
 

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Maybe he had an underlighting kit? Or some tireflies?

Perhaps even with military grade, illegal, extra bright LED's?
 

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No lighting that I recall, but he did have an 'HRC' sticker; that's good for 20 horses and 40 miles per hour on top...:D
 
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