Remember that video from earlier this week? The one with the R1 hitting 299 km/h out near Victoria, B.C?
When we told you about it, we warned you not to try this sort of thing yourself, because the police catch up quickly once these things hit YouTube.
Turns out, we were right.
Once police on Vancouver Island asked for assistance in identifying the speeder, the population couldn’t trip over their public spirit fast enough; the police received several tips as early as Tuesday, and by yesterday, had identified the suspected speeder.
There’s only one problem; the suspect only had a learner’s motorcycle driver’s licence (but he does have 27 driving infractions and five licence suspensions, CTV says), and police haven’t yet been able to prove he was aboard the bike for the speed spree. The motorcycle (a 2006 blue Yamaha R1) is registered to the suspect’s mother. It was uninsured, police say.
However, police are pretty confident they have the right bike, saying they matched the scratches on the bike’s cockpit to ones seen in the YouTube video – so instead of putting their suspect in the slammer, they’re doing the next best thing. They fined the suspect’s mother $1,449, and seized the suspected motorcycle, saying someone has to take responsibility for this; if the alleged rider won’t, then the registered owner will have to take the fall.
While it seems unfair to fine somebody who wasn’t likely riding the bike when the video was shot, the fact is, the law allows them to do just that. The B.C. civil forfeitures law will also likely allow the police to confiscate the bike for keeps and re-sell it. Keep your eyes open – there might be a sweet deal on an R1 at a future B.C. police auction, if you don’t mind the bike’s dubious history.