I've been tempted to rap on windows but I'm sure I'd startle some livestreamer into jerking into me. Been riding since '78, never seriously hurt, quitting while I'm ahead with many memories and most of my epidermis.
I'd never suggest anyone sell anything they're enjoying, and I'll try to enjoy riding vicariously through you. But even local roads can be deadly if some oncoming Instafluencer wanders into your lane. For me, always being hyper alert has taken too much of the pleasure out of pleasure riding.
Here is the sad truth. The 55 MPH era was a total joke and to think it back again today on products that easily and safely can travel faster is just a foolish venture.
The truth is cars do not kill people, fast cars do not kill people, Ignorant people not paying attention on the road kill people and they do it at any speed.
The old days of 85 MPH speedometers and the like were pure jokes.
The problem is there are places that speed is safe and easy to use the troubler is people will not always put down their Damn'd cell phone long enough to pay attention to the road and where they are going.
Also when it comes to speed some people just do not have the talent either.
We should have reasonable speeds that are fit for the vehicles on our roads and we should should really begin to hold people responsible for their actions. If they are unable to pay attention and cause great harm to another make em pay for it. I for one was nearly killed by a Cell phone texting driver on a 55 MPH limited access road when he turned in front of me blocking my lane.
I would love to have a Motorcycle but I never will due to the fact so many people are not paying attention.
As for the cars not permitted here thank God most of them never made it. These things were crap in Japan and here in Ohio the rust would render them to dust in a few short years. They also would never keep up in traffic and create problems by drivers with no sense of self preservation.
As Brock Yates once said that speed does not kill bad drivers. He also is the one who stated that Ohio is the only state that renders the death penalty for speeding.
Also Brock was one if not one of the best automotive writers out there. Too bad we lost him just a few years ago as we lack some really good automotive writers anymore.
Thank God for Ron or we would still be putzing along wasting time and not have cars build as well as we do today I would gladly give up a crappy Asian Mid Engine Van for a Z06 Mid Engine Corvette.
Many people think that if they exceed 80 mph they will implode and their engines will blow up.
The truth is todays cars with correct tires can run at excessive speeds in the proper areas by attentive skills drivers with out issues.
The real trouble is often the inattentive driver or someone driving faster than an area or road can sustain safely.
Note the weak spot here is the human factor. We even see it on race tracks where there are some drivers that just should not be out there.
Some people just lack skills and judgment in some activities. We see it all the time.
If I'd known you were seeing anecdotal speed feedback, I would have submitted a few thoughts...
In the early 2000s I purchased many a malaise-era cruiser while living in the Phoenix area as an OEM test driver/mechanic. All the muscle cars were gone, but you could still get things like:
1975 Plymouth Duster with a slant-six and cold AC for $1000
1976 Chrysler Newport coupe with plaid seats in a Sun City driveway for $200
1977 Chrysler Cordoba in a JUNKYARD with a botched lean-burn removal for $400
...and an easy 1/2 dozen more with similar stories. I'd buy them, fix their woes, drive them the daily 60 mile round trip from my house in Glendale to the Proving Grounds for a few months and once the bugs were shaken out, haul-ass with them back to Michigan with my girlfriend and I pulling shifts behind the wheel and rarely stopping to sleep. Back in Detroit, these cars were still loved and examples with decent paint/interiors and more importantly; without rust were easy flips for $5000-$8000.
We had the benefit of modern radial rubber, but they were otherwise stock. We probably never did less than 70, spending most of our time around 80; obviously slowing down in urban areas.
In 2006, back in MI full time but laid-off for a few months I made a run to LA with friends who needed to transport industrial sewing machines to re-fit gym equipment. Then we did the same in Vegas. I took them to the airport and stayed around Phoenix a few weeks, winning the "long distance award" at a local Mopar show. They flew back and all of us drove to Minnesota to reupholster yet another big gym, finally ending back in Detroit, about 7500 miles later. Between Vegas and Phoenix, we had long stretches at 100mph with the AC on. I doubt we putted about at much less than 70 on average. Our conveyance of choice? A survivor '73 Imperial with nothing more than 17" rims with then-current Lincoln Town Car Michelin tires. Photo taken randomly after parking next to a cool van at the Avondale Jack-in-the-Box.
My father went to McGill in the 1950s, where his Army-brat self met some very wealthy people, including one who had the use of his father’s 1936 Cord. Dad recalls a trip in that car from Montreal to Toronto at night on the old King’s Highway 1 (before the 401 or “McDonald-Cartier Freeway”), which was two lanes and ran through dozens of towns and villages. They managed the 400-mile trip (miles in those days), which usually took seven or eight hours, in around five. The Cord swallowed the empty spaces between towns at 100 mph plus. Normal people, by the way, did not drive a normal car from Montreal to Toronto in those days, unless they were moving or on an extended vacation; they still took the train to go any longer distance (much faster than you could do it driving a normal car on a two-lane road). That changed only after central Canada’s four-lane highways were completed by the mid-1960s. As for small, weird cars: the first car I really owned was in the mid-1980s in Germany, a tiny Audi 50 (a 1000cc VW Polo with a woodgrain dash) that I could wind up to its peak of maybe 130 km/h when I had to use the Autobahn (I normally avoided it). I agree that we might well benefit from allowing much smaller, cheaper cars, and removing speed limits from limited-access highways outside built-up areas across North America in dry conditions — but then setting a hard limit of 55 mph/90 kmh in built-up and high-traffic areas, and enforcing it seriously. The first place this should be imposed is the section of the 401 that runs through Toronto, the busiest stretch of highway in North America (believe it or not), and one of the widest too.