First published in TWO, Michael was followed by an unmarked police biker as he rode at speeds of well over 100mph.
I did my bike test when I was 17 but my licence started getting fragile, so I went racing. I spent three years winning races at MRO level, set some lap records and broke some bones. I enjoyed it but it got too expensive. I didn’t want to go back to road riding but the deal on the GSX-R was too good to miss. I didn’t want anything bigger than a 600, they are ample and I thought it would keep me out of trouble. The bike wasn’t exactly quiet, it had a full Akropovic system (which didn’t help) nor did the small number plate.
My commute was down lovely open roads that you could fit four lanes down if you wanted to. I left home just after seven in the morning, as normal. There was a CBR600 following me. I wasn’t to know it then, but he was an unmarked police bike. I was brought to their attention a month and a half before, for riding fast on that route. He followed me for about four or five minutes, gaining enough evidence to arrest me.
I pulled into a service station and he waited for me up the road. When I set off he followed me again. He left me a couple of miles from work. I was well aware of him being there, he was riding really close to me, more than any other rider normally would ride. I carried on riding quickly, partly because I didn’t want him that close to me in case he was incapable, and stupidly because I assumed that it was just another one of the bikes I see on my way to work every day.
When I arrived at work there was a police car waiting for me. I was arrested, they seized my leathers, lid and my bike. I didn’t think I was riding beyond my own limit. Watching the video while being interviewed I thought the policeman’s riding was very sketchy. I was kept in a cell overnight because in their eyes I was too much of a danger to the public to be released that day.
I have never been in trouble with the police before and it definitely felt weird trying to get some sleep in a cell. My girlfriend didn’t find out where I was until late at night, her mother logged a missing persons report when I didn’t come home. She called the local hospitals and police stations, she actually called the police station I was being held at and asked if they had heard anything. They said that they hadn’t even though I was being held downstairs.
They held me until I appeared in court, where I pleaded guilty because that was the advice that was given to me by the legal representation that the police provided me with. I got a two year ban, a three month suspended jail sentence and 240 hours community service. I believe the sentence that I got was worse because there was so much evidence. They had me doing double the speed limit in a thirty within the first four minutes of following me and a maximum of 125mph during the chase. When I went to the induction for my community service the kid sat next to me was caught with £1,500 worth of heroin on him, after a caution he was given 80 hours community service and was released. There are certain things you can do to reduce your term of community service, IT courses for example. If you have an education up to GCSE level or have a job you can’t do them. The heroin dealer can do a 12-hour computer course and reduce his sentence by half.
This system has been devised after many years of refining the system to help people, this is supposed to make them better, which is pretty fucked up. I’m pissed off, I can accept the ban for the speeding, it was wrong. The suspended sentence I can cope with as I’ve never done anything wrong before this and don’t plan on doing anything afterwards. But 240 hours of community service when I work six days a week, giving up every Sunday for a year to paint fences with proper criminals isn’t going to do me any good whatsoever.
The police need more education in terms of the theory of dangerous driving, one of the policemen told me that while I was bolt upright, because I was under acceleration that I could fall of at any second. They don’t really understand any other style of riding other than their own. I would love to get them on a track.
I’ve worked my arse of to get to the position I’m in here at work, but I’ll have to take four or five steps back now. I do 16-hour days now that I have to use public transport, which sucks. It would be easier to move closer to my job, but I live ten steps from the beach and it feels like it would be just another thing I have to give up. I don’t feel it’s necessary to ride a bike on the road anymore, a car would do me now. If I had to give a message it would be that you don’t know you’re caught until you’re caught. Always assume that you are being watched.
Posted: 30/09/2008 at 13:51
Posted: 30/09/2008 at 14:00
Posted: 30/09/2008 at 14:13
Ah yes, having watched the video - it was a case of riding dangerously.
From both the persued and pursuer unfortunately! It was apparent from the reflections on other vehicles that the pursuing officer wasn't using blue lights for the majority of this footage.
That could have:
given the biker the impression he had been joined by a fellow biker for an impromptu thrash
encouraged him to ride faster and more recklessly
endangered other road users - it certainly didn't warn them of the danger approaching
Seems like the juicy conviction was more important than public safety!
Posted: 30/09/2008 at 14:21
Posted: 30/09/2008 at 14:24
Posted: 30/09/2008 at 14:26
wow 100 mph , on a 40 mph zone , does he not think about the fact he could kill someone and his self on them roads ?
showing off pulling wheelies ect.. im glad he got banned pricks like that , that give bikers a bad name ..
but my dad always does 140 mph with me on the back .. but on safe roads .. i'm sure other bikers do 140 mph to.
Posted: 30/09/2008 at 14:34
Im glad i cant get my goldwing that fast.
my wife will have kittens.
i also agree with the majority, the copper rode shit,on several incidents.
Should be retrained.
Posted: 30/09/2008 at 14:54
Sam071 wrote (see)
wow 100 mph , on a 40 mph zone , does he not think about the fact he could kill someone and his self on them roads ?showing off pulling wheelies ect.. im glad he got banned pricks like that , that give bikers a bad name .. but my dad always does 140 mph with me on the back .. but on safe roads .. i'm sure other bikers do 140 mph to.
You cant go and call him a prick for doing 140, then say its ok for your dad to do it, with you on the back.. You dont think thats irrisponsible? Your dads a prick if he foes 140 with you on the back..
Fair and square, hes not just putting his like at immidiate risk, but you'rs too.
Safe roads.. Theres no such fucking thing!
Yea i do 140mph quite often, just before i shut off for Gerards.
Posted: 30/09/2008 at 15:03
so you dont think theres a difference between doing 140 mph .. in a 40 mph zone with children crossing roads , and rows of traffic
compared to doing 140 mph on a flat straight country road .. with no cars and no children corssing it ?
Posted: 30/09/2008 at 15:15
my dad aint a prick .hes got a 30 years bike expierience .
Posted: 30/09/2008 at 15:16
so you dont think theres a difference between doing 140 mph .. in a 40 mph zone with children crossing roads , and rows of traffic compared to doing 140 mph on a flat straight country road .. with no cars and no children corssing it ?
Thats not what i said is it.
You called the guy for doing 140 but then you basically said its ok for your dad to do it, with you on the back as long as its on a safe road. There's no such thing as a safe road.
Posted: 30/09/2008 at 15:18
Posted: 30/09/2008 at 15:19
but theres such thing as a road which is a lot more safer than the road he was doing 140mph on .
But its that word at the end.
Have you ever hit a rabbit whilst doing 140? A badger, or even a fox?
Posted: 30/09/2008 at 15:24
Posted: 30/09/2008 at 15:27
Next time your on the back of your dad, doing such speeds, on what you think may be a safe road, just take a second to think...
"what would happen if a tractor appeared rom that farm road"
"What would happen if theres a stone in the road which my dad hits"
Im not saying the guy in the video is right, he's far from it, and ive also done stupid speeds on the road, as most of us have.
But there's not one rule for one and one for another.
That aint how the devil works unfortunatly.
Posted: 30/09/2008 at 15:33
ino , my dad was doing stupid speeds .. but he didnt put other peoples lives in danger .. it was me and him no one else was there.
n of course my dad wasnt right by going them speeds .. but ino for a fact he wasnt the only one in the books to do such speeds..
and theres a big big different between my dads riding and this guys.
Posted: 30/09/2008 at 15:37
ino , my dad was doing stupid speeds .. but he didnt put other peoples lives in danger .. it was me and him no one else was there. n of course my dad wasnt right by going them speeds .. but ino for a fact he wasnt the only one in the books to do such speeds.. and theres a big big different between my dads riding and this guys.
So your life's not worth anything then.
Posted: 30/09/2008 at 15:39
Posted: 30/09/2008 at 15:41
Your not arguing with me, your trying to say your dad is fine to do 140 with you on the back. And im saying he's an irresponsible parent for doing so.
Posted: 30/09/2008 at 15:43
irresponsible ? .. ok .. not even gonna get started on that one .. ill let ya win the arguement if it makes ya feel powerfull and right !
MR MARV IS THE MAN , HE IS THE MAN ! DONT FUCK WITH THE MAN
Posted: 30/09/2008 at 15:45
You know grasshopper
I dont mind people fucking with me... Actually quite nice sometimes
Posted: 30/09/2008 at 15:47
Posted: 30/09/2008 at 15:48
There's no such thing as a safe road, or a cheap racing season!
I had the benefit of Police Class 1 training in my early twenties (as a civilian delivering emergency medical supplies). Without it I doubt if I'd still be riding/have all my limbs/be alive.
Speed needs to be used appropriately, with heed for other road users, in fact mostly for other road users! including badgers.
There's a difference between accidents and idiocy on road and track. This incident was clearly idiocy. The unmarked bike did everything to gain a conviction but nothing to prevent the dangerous riding.
Posted: 30/09/2008 at 15:51
Im not the man..
Im just a man.. well just about.
One day, you'll understand.. But untill then, ill continue to be amused by the way your mind works
I dont hold it against you, i was young and naive once, but you gotta understand, that this place is full of adults, who have opinions based on fact, not fiction.
What im saying is, after a while, most people grow to realise that theres a time and a place for doing things like that. Not everyone realises this, as you see in the video, and other people who dont get it end up dead.
Why do you think the majority of people on here are more track biased than road?
Life changes mate, and so will the way you think one day.
Posted: 30/09/2008 at 15:54
Posted: 30/09/2008 at 15:58
Posted: 30/09/2008 at 16:07
The Sea Dog wrote (see)
consistently riding like a complete prick, deserves all he gets and some more. I do think the copper should have stopped him much earlier though.
Agree with the above 100%
ok mr marv your right as always .. dont have time to argue with a 40 odd year old on a forum .
Posted: 30/09/2008 at 16:11
I think ive aged prematurely.
Posted: 30/09/2008 at 16:13
Posted: 30/09/2008 at 16:22
FatBoyTim wrote (see)
he makes i larff, come on sam give the old falla some more stick LOL
Posted: 30/09/2008 at 16:24
i am just a little bastard whos 16 and doesnt relise the dangers of the road.
only people like mr marv and the correct ones
you are the man , i am a mear grasshopper
Posted: 30/09/2008 at 16:32
Yea you've told me im the man.. Are you trying to come onto me?
I hope you come to the trackday, i want to say hello and shake your hand.
Ive said all i have to say, and i know that in a few years time you'll think back to this moment and think, "man i looked a nob"
I know you will. Ive been there and done it.
get your ass to Mallory and come see the youngest looking 40 year old in the world
Posted: 30/09/2008 at 16:35
BRB - Strapping a video camera to my bike and making a better video....
[Maybe not, I would have my balls removed if i did that eh ]
Posted: 30/09/2008 at 16:36
ino i am a nob im typical teenager who doesnt think about the consequences ..
i wil look back in years to come and go yea " yea that old bastard mr marv with the dodgy hip was right "
and you do track days ! i would very much like to watch u race ! ..
Posted: 30/09/2008 at 16:38
Posted: 30/09/2008 at 16:42
ino i am a nob im typical teenager who doesnt think about the consequences .. i wil look back in years to come and go yea " yea that old bastard mr marv with the dodgy hip was right " and you do track days ! i would very much like to watch u race ! ..
We'll you'd best be around next year then when my R1 makes a mess out of everyone else
Oi, its my shoulder thats dodgy, not my hip..
may i ask father marv , is that you in the signature ?
you have your knee down !! good lad .
Posted: 30/09/2008 at 16:46
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