£3000 fine and potential bike siezure after 300kph joyride :) (SA)

Discussion in 'UK Motorcycles' started by dwb, Mar 25, 2005.

  1. dwb

    dwb Guest

    I'm guessing a ZX12-R but I guess it could have been a ZZR... blocking the
    N2 is somewhat close to blocking the M4 :)


    Biker Johan Barkhuizen says he enjoyed the "thrill" of trying to outrun
    police at 275km/h while risking the lives of others on the road.

    Already fined R31 000, authorities now want to seize his motorcycle.

    His casual attitude and lack of remorse was described as "outrageous" by
    John Schnell, the director of the Provincial Road Traffic Inspectorate.

    Joking around with traffic officers on Wednesday, the Tshwane businessman
    said he did it "strictly for the thrill".

    'I was just out for a joyride'

    Barkhuizen, 38, was eventually caught after leading cops on a 30-minute
    chase with his Kawasaki 1200.

    He was taken to a roadside court in Park Rynie on Tuesday and fined R31 000
    for evading police and driving at excessive speeds. Yet Barkhuizen seemed
    unperturbed by the fine.

    On Wednesday he even joked with some of the officers who had apprehended
    him - less than 24 hours after he had allegedly made gestures urging them to
    catch him.

    "I was just out for a joyride and driving at speeds in excess of 300km/h
    gives me an incredible adrenaline rush.

    'We have to stop this madness'

    "I can push the bike to 300km/h in fifth gear but the next gear has a speed
    limiter which cuts down the speed." Schnell labelled Barkhuizen's reaction
    to the fine as being "absolutely outrageous".

    "The fact that he had no registration plates on his bike and the licence
    disk in his pocket, gives us the indication he deliberately went out to
    flout the law.

    "Out of all the people who have been caught speeding over the last six
    months, he should be top of the list to qualify for consideration by the
    Asset Forfeiture Unit," Schnell warned.

    Earlier this week minister for transport, Bheki Cele, castigated "the bloody
    fools" who drove at excessive speeds on the province's roads, especially
    during holiday periods.

    Cele said their actions played a major role in the holiday carnage which
    regularly claims the lives of many people.

    Barkhuizen, on holiday in Scottburgh, was caught after the Park Rynie
    traffic department blocked off all traffic near Sezela on the N2.

    "I was driving slowly hoping they wouldn't see me and when they stopped me,
    I just put my hands up."

    The station commander in that area, Aboo Aboobaker, said that Barkhuizen was
    one of five bikers hauled in so far this year.

    "Those with very fast motorbikes and cars think they can outrun us, but we
    are able to mobilise very quickly.

    "Those who speed excessively are putting other people's lives at risk and we
    have to stop this madness," he said.
    dwb, Mar 25, 2005
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  2. It was somewhere around Barstow, on the edge of the desert, when the
    That's about tuppence, isn't it?
    Grimly Curmudgeon, Mar 25, 2005
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  3. dwb

    dwb Guest

    dwb, Mar 26, 2005
  4. It was somewhere around Barstow, on the edge of the desert, when the
    Tennish rand to the pahnd these days? Istr it used to be worth a lot
    Grimly Curmudgeon, Mar 26, 2005

  5. The rand has strengthened a lot in the last year or two.
    The Older Gentleman, Mar 26, 2005
  6. dwb wrote:

    Your countrymen have some really silly names.
    Paul Carmichael, Mar 26, 2005
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