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    Thread: In case you've ever wondered how fast "ludicrous speed" is, it's 85 mph

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      04-10-2011 11:27 AM #1
      Last edited by Kar98; 04-10-2011 at 11:31 AM.
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      04-10-2011 11:29 AM #2
      I hit that speed at least once a day, regardless of legality. Open wide roads + no traffic = why go 65?

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      04-10-2011 11:32 AM #3
      Quote Originally Posted by MustacheGT View Post
      I hit that speed at least once a day, regardless of legality. Open wide roads + no traffic = why go 65?
      85 is the unwritten speed limit on I-20 anyway unless you're driving like an ass.
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      04-10-2011 11:35 AM #4
      Quote Originally Posted by Kar98 View Post
      85 is the unwritten speed limit on I-20 anyway unless you're driving like an ass.
      It's the same on GA400, I75, I85, I285, etc. all around Atlanta.

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      04-10-2011 11:36 AM #5
      Lame arguments. Most people drive according to what they feel comfortable and safe at. Speed limits be damned. Thats why so many people speed. It's not that they're trying to be bad asses, but it reflects the fact that speed limits are set too low. Here in Toronto I'd say the average speed on the highway is 120-140km/h or 75-87MPH. So it's right in the ballpark. Just because the speed limit is set higher, doesnt mean everyone wiill be driving at that speed.

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      04-10-2011 11:37 AM #6
      I rarely hit 80 let along 85 mph but I see no harm in this. It's not every highway that's getting the increased speed limit and frankly most people won't go that fast left to their own devices. I'm sure a lot of articles and op-eds about this will be written in the next few weeks.

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      04-10-2011 11:39 AM #7
      Apparently, if you drive that fast, you turn plaid.

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      04-10-2011 11:40 AM #8
      **** this. It's only 3 mph away from ending up in 1985, and I am NOT going through junior high again.
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      04-10-2011 11:43 AM #9
      I'm in favor of the "yes this is really the speed limit" laws/policies/ordinances that are starting to get passed. No more going from county to county and wondering if the local police treat the speed limit as a limit or a suggestion.
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      04-10-2011 11:56 AM #10
      You have to think that on average people cruise at around 10-15 over the limit. I know I'm perfectly fine cruising at 95-100, as I'm sure most people on here would be. It's the soccer moms in huge SUV's I'm worried about. I say good on Texas for realizing this. It's a start in the right direction.

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      04-10-2011 12:16 PM #11
      Quote Originally Posted by ATL_Av8r View Post
      **** this. It's only 3 mph away from ending up in 1985, and I am NOT going through junior high again.


      I love how the article states that it is already 80 in some parts, but raising it a whole 5mph more is just "ludicrous"

      Not entirely sure where they get that idea from.
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      04-10-2011 12:24 PM #12
      There was already a thread on this in here. If you don't want to go 85, get your ass in the right lane and stay there.
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      04-10-2011 12:27 PM #13
      Quote Originally Posted by MustacheGT View Post
      I hit that speed at least once a day, regardless of legality. Open wide roads + no traffic = why go 65?
      85 MPH burns a lot of extra fuel in most cars

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      04-10-2011 12:27 PM #14
      Ludicrous speed........Sir shouldn't you buckle up ?....eh buckle this! Ludicrous speed now!

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      04-10-2011 12:28 PM #15
      Quote Originally Posted by O_o View Post
      Apparently, if you drive that fast, you turn plaid.
      If it weren't for the fact that Health & Safety folks are the most boring, stuffy people in existence, I'd say it was most definitely a Spaceballs reference.

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      04-10-2011 12:28 PM #16
      Ludicrous Speed! They've gone plaid!
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      04-10-2011 12:32 PM #17
      Quote Originally Posted by curvedinfinity View Post
      I'm in favor of the "yes this is really the speed limit" laws/policies/ordinances that are starting to get passed. No more going from county to county and wondering if the local police treat the speed limit as a limit or a suggestion.
      I think everyone would agree, as long as they make the limits reasonable, which usually would require a dramatic increase in the stated limit.
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      04-10-2011 12:38 PM #18
      Quote Originally Posted by MustacheGT View Post
      I hit that speed at least once a day, regardless of legality. Open wide roads + no traffic = why go 65?
      The flow of traffic in the morning is 85mph, got to love Texas, so I do not see what the problem is with this plan. The limit is getting raised in the sticks so we can cover the hundreds of straight, flat, uninterrupted miles of highway, not so we can drive quickly between starbucks and soccer practice.

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      04-10-2011 12:52 PM #19
      Quote Originally Posted by Dr. Woo View Post
      If it weren't for the fact that Health & Safety folks are the most boring, stuffy people in existence, I'd say it was most definitely a Spaceballs reference.
      The spokesperson most definitely was unaware of the Spaceballs reference. But it made me snicker. Especially since he WAS unaware of it.
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    20. 04-10-2011 01:26 PM #20
      I spent 4 years traveling on a monthly basis from Syracuse, NY to NYC. Most of the road is two lanes of winding hills, not very well taken care of and pretty busy the entire time. For most part the limit is 65 mph, but I found that the safest most comfortable speed was 80 mph. Slower than that and you have semis riding your bumpers most of the way and people swerving around you. This was in a 1989 Camry station wagon. Newer vehicle with all the safety equipment and stability they have should be able to cruise at 85 on strait open roads with no problems at all. It did help though that I know every possible place where the troopers used to hide.

      The problem is these lawmakers are a bunch of geriatrics who probably get chauffeured to most places they go and are completely out of touch with reality.

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      04-10-2011 01:44 PM #21
      Quote Originally Posted by boosted03 View Post
      Ludicrous speed........Sir shouldn't you buckle up ?....eh buckle this! Ludicrous speed now!

      What's with all of this preparing? Just GO!
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      04-10-2011 01:52 PM #22
      Ah buckle this... Ludicrous speed... GO!

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      04-10-2011 02:00 PM #23
      Quote Originally Posted by O_o View Post
      Apparently, if you drive that fast, you turn plaid.
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      04-10-2011 02:24 PM #24
      Classic movie!

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      They didn't cite one source or provide any facts to back up their opinion.
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      04-10-2011 03:37 PM #26
      Quote Originally Posted by Jetty! View Post
      85 MPH burns a lot of extra fuel in most cars
      My time is worth more than the gas I spend doing 80ish.

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      04-10-2011 04:40 PM #27
      Compared to Oregon, 85 is in fact ludicrous speed ...

      I miss having a vehicle that couldn't exceed the speed limit.
      Having one now and being excited to hit 45 seems like such a waste.
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      04-10-2011 04:52 PM #28
      85 is a mellow cruise in my S6... 100 is when you start to notice you MIGHT be going a bit faster than you should... by 120 you've settled into a new comfort zone that you shouldn't be in.
      I haven't seen the right side of 120 though... There's definitely more to be had though. I can see this being comfy up to about 140mph if the roads allowed it.

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      04-10-2011 05:04 PM #29
      People will drive as fast as they are comfortable regardless of the speed limit.

      In my company vehicle, I am only allowed to drive 5 over the limit. I frequently drive highways that have posted 55 and 65mph speed limits. I stick to the right lane with the cruise set to 60 on those 55mph marked roads and rarely pass anyone. Most people pass me doing 65-70.

      On the 65mph marked roads, I set the cruise to 70 and find I pass 75% of the other drivers who are still doing the same speed as the 55mph highway.

      They need to crack down on those not following the keep right except to pass laws more than anything...

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      04-10-2011 05:13 PM #30
      Quote Originally Posted by Chapel View Post
      85 is a mellow cruise in my S6... 100 is when you start to notice you MIGHT be going a bit faster than you should... by 120 you've settled into a new comfort zone that you shouldn't be in.
      I haven't seen the right side of 120 though... There's definitely more to be had though. I can see this being comfy up to about 140mph if the roads allowed it.
      Right. Even the slow-assest cars I've had, like 1.2 liter rear engined Skodas cruised at 85 just fine. 100 is where a few of mine maxed out (Golf II with a 1.6, and E21 316), but any car made within the last decade and a half should not have a problem at that speed.
      Right at around 90 is when fuel consumption starts to rise exponentially due to air resistance as opposed to overcoming inertia. 85 is fine.
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