Motorcyclist's speeding 'beyond idiotic'

Dunedin police have slammed the ''idiotic'' actions of a motorcyclist caught riding at nearly 200kmh at the weekend.

Senior Sergeant Craig Dinnissen, of Dunedin, said the rider of the Aprilia SV1000 motorcycle was caught travelling at 199kmh by a police speed camera van on State Highway 1 near Waihola on Saturday.

"That's beyond idiotic,'' Snr Sgt Dinnissen said. "I'd hate to have a guess at what your reaction time would have to be."

He said the speed reached was "beyond dangerous" and "unacceptable".

"The risk they posed to themselves and other road users is unimaginable.  Had they crashed, they would have killed themselves and possibly other road users."

Because the rider was travelling at more than 50kmh over the speed limit, they could face a licence suspension and charges of careless, dangerous or reckless driving.

Police inquiries were ongoing to locate the registered owner of the high-performance Italian motorcycle and determine who was driving.

Anyone with information about the incident, or the rider involved, was urged to contact their local station or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


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