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

Type998cc, liquid-cooled, 16-valve, DOHC, inline four-cylinder
Bore x Stroke77 x 53.6mm
CarburetionFuel Injection with YCC-T and YCC-I
Transmission6-speed w/multi-plate slipper clutch
Final Drive#530 O-ring chain
Suspension/Front43mm inverted telescopic fork w/adjustable preload, compression damping, rebound damping; 4.7″ travel
Suspension/RearSSingle shock w/piggyback reservoir; adjustable for hi-/lo-speed compression damping, rebound damping, spring preload
Brakes/FrontDual 310mm discs; radial-mount forged 6-piston calipers
Brakes/Rear220mm disc w/single-piston caliper
Seat Height32.9”
Rake (Caster Angle)24.0°
Fuel Capacity4.75 gal.
Dry Weight381 lbs.
Primary Reduction Ratio65/43 (1.512)
Secondary Reduction Ratio45/17 (2.647)
Gear Ratio – 1st Gear38/15 (2.533)
Gear Ratio – 2nd Gear33/16 (2.063)
Gear Ratio – 3rd Gear37/21 (1.762)
Gear Ratio – 4th Gear35/23 (1.522)
Gear Ratio – 5th Gear30/22 (1.364)
Gear Ratio – 6th Gear33/26 (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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