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Get On Your Bad Motorscooter and Ride Arizona Iraq War Vet Clocked at 150 mph on Highway

In a story which reminds me of the days when servicemen returning from duty in WWII bobbed their motorcycles and hit the open road on a quest for speed and thrills, an Arizona veteran of the Iraq war was clocked doing twice the speed limit around midnight on the highway.

“In the 17 years I’ve been in law enforcement, this is the fastest vehicle I’ve ever seen,” said the officer who made the arrest.

That takes some doing, and it’s going to cost him a bundle of cash to get back on the right side of John Law for his “inattention.”

Abraham Torres, a former Marine, told officials at the scene that he’d just returned from Iraq and had no idea how fast he was going when they began their pursuit. Clocked at 150 miles per hour on his Yamaha R1, more than twice the legal speed limit, Torres was ultimately tracked down and arrested.

The officer arrested Torres, 27, of Tolleson, Arizona around 11:30 p.m. Sunday.

Officials say a department police cruiser followed Torres until the point he exited the highway.

While this video is not of the Torres pursuit, it should give you and idea of what a police vehicle is up against trying to track down an R1 determined to get away:

Yamaha R1 Specs

Engine
Type 998cc, liquid-cooled, 16-valve, DOHC, inline four-cylinder
Bore x Stroke 77 x 53.6mm
Carburetion Fuel Injection with YCC-T and YCC-I
Ignition TCI
Transmission 6-speed w/multi-plate slipper clutch
Final Drive #530 O-ring chain
Chassis
Suspension/Front 43mm inverted telescopic fork w/adjustable preload, compression damping, rebound damping; 4.7″ travel
Suspension/Rear SSingle shock w/piggyback reservoir; adjustable for hi-/lo-speed compression damping, rebound damping, spring preload
Brakes/Front Dual 310mm discs; radial-mount forged 6-piston calipers
Brakes/Rear 220mm disc w/single-piston caliper
Tires/Front 120/70-ZR17
Tires/Rear 190/50-ZR17
Dimensions
Length 81.1″
Width 28.3″
Height 43.7″
Seat Height 32.9”
Wheelbase 55.7”
Rake (Caster Angle) 24.0°
Trail 4.0”
Fuel Capacity 4.75 gal.
Dry Weight 381 lbs.
Other
Primary Reduction Ratio 65/43 (1.512)
Secondary Reduction Ratio 45/17 (2.647)
Gear Ratio – 1st Gear 38/15 (2.533)
Gear Ratio – 2nd Gear 33/16 (2.063)
Gear Ratio – 3rd Gear 37/21 (1.762)
Gear Ratio – 4th Gear 35/23 (1.522)
Gear Ratio – 5th Gear 30/22 (1.364)
Gear Ratio – 6th Gear 33/26 (1.269)

So You Bought A Hot Sport Bike…


If you ride your bike like the guy in this story on the public roads, your insurance won’t help you one iota, but if you had the exceptional taste, refinement and pocketbook to buy the best bike technology money can bring, you still have insurance needs above and beyond the norm. It’s going to cost you some serious coin to get coverage at all, even with a stellar driving record, so be prepared to pay the price for speed.

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  1. February 28, 2012

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