Date: Mon, 24 Apr 2000 18:28:19 -0600
From: "Christopher A. Nowell" <c_a_nowellnopsamail.com>
Subject: Re: Top Speed reached on your 900SE?


I rarely drive LESS THAN 140 km/h in my 87 900. It just goes.... who am I to stop it? I regularly get "you can hit a moose and get decapitated" speeches from the RCMP. My last speech was hilarious! (Yes, I regularly take them seriously, and try to correct my driving patterns, but in my car it's sooooo tough!) Anyhow, two weekends past, I was going only around 130, when I hit a slab of concrete or something on the highway. My driver's side front aluminum alloy rim got bent and my tire deflated. I easily pulled off to the shoulder and slowed down. The biggest problem I had was getting the little spare tire out with a bike rack with bike on my hatch. I ended up buying a used steel rim (looks awful). Anyhow, on the way back home, I was around 150, when I saw a suspicious car coming my way. I slowed down and my radar detector went off at 139 km/h. The speech I received was "if you get a flat tire at that speed, you'll go into the ditch, and probably upside down." I wasn't brave enough to tell the mountie that I had had a flat tire two days before at higher speeds and pulled over with ease. I didn't also want to tell him that a few months ago, I saw a video clip of a classic Saab rolling down a long ravine, landing on its tires and taking off when the driver got his breath back. Of course the paint wasn't in perfect condition, but the car's body was. SAABs are safe cars. BTW, does anyone have any suggestions for fixing the rim? "David Vincent" <vinda390nopsament.otago.ac.nz> wrote in message news:01bfad95$a20da9c0$ac2284d8nopsamot... > > Which top speed did you reach? How many RPM? > > Which speed did you reach at 5000 RPM in fifth gear? > > Thank you > > Robert > > Again, I'm new to this group, but can I recommend that no-one drives at > these kinds of speeds. At 100+ mph (160+ kph) there is a split second > between driving and having no control. > > Dave.

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