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.
Truth! I have only been 120 on a motorcycle. That's plenty fast enough for this kid! I have the most fun on a bike on small twisties where top speed might not ever be over 50 mph.
190! You have big ones! Now you have ultra respect for the Super bike dudes! Be good.