In 2000 I thought I would try and see if I had what it takes to join the 200 mph club.
To do this you have to set a new land speed record in a class where the record is over 200.
I bought a new Suzuki Hayabusa and started working it up.
Worked with a current record holder on technique and tuning.
Got my bike up into the high 190's before I regained my sanity.
I no longer (if I ever did) have the cojones to fly this low.
A tuck on a bike and a tuck on skis is pretty similar as far as what you see.
That's where the similarity ends.
Anywhere over 160 and the wind is like a wild beast that is trying to rip you apart.
The shriek of the wind and the 180 hp between your legs makes this the most intense speed sensation I have ever experienced.
Speed in a car is nothing compared to speed on skis or a bike.
The comments about stopping as a bad strategy for avoiding incidents is entirely correct.
At 200 on a bike it takes about a mile to stop but 60 to 0 only takes about 130 feet.
I've been over 70 on skis and it feels like about 150 on a bike.
Kiss your ass goodbye if things go wrong.