Join Date: May 2007
Location: Irvine, CA, USA
HSR is better than an autobahn in the US. U.S. safety standards for vehicles are much lower than Europe. I don't mean new cars, I mean annual safety inspection requirements, which the US does not have. The maintenance level of vehicles that use the Autobahn are, on average, much higher than they are in the US, where all we need is a smog inspection. There's no required limit to when we NEED to change our tires, or if we need to do maintenance. People in the U.S. drive around on bald tires that they bought 2nd hand from a shop that imports. Many people don't keep up with major maintenance for their powertrain since it's "expensive to do a timing belt change for their car." There is NO WAY I am going to be riding my bike or driving at 100mph next to or behind a car that isn't guaranteed to be current on preventative maintenance.
On the road, especially as bikers, it's more about what other people do, and how to protect yourself from other's stupidities.
As for speed limits, people will always break them. post 55, people go 60~65 average. post 65, people go 70~75 average. on the I-5 in the middle of nowhere CA, it's 70 I think, and people got 75~85 average. If you raise the speed limit, people will just go even faster, and it doesn't solve anything.
Besides, I'd rather take a little nap on a train than drive a boring straight stretch of road. :-)
Now, if we implemented a system where there is a required annual inspection, and everyone is REQUIRED to do ALL the preventative maintenance and any fixes as suggested by a honest mechanic, then sure, I'm all for higher speed limits. This system would probably take a LOT of car off the road since it would be too expensive to drive. But we need a much better public transit system before this can happen.
2006 K12R Aluminum - 6/2007~current
-ESA, ABS, heated grips, sport bags.
-PCIII w/ dyno tuned street map
-Leo Vince Ti silencer
-HID main light
-HID aux lights
-dual air filters