Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Claudio Castiglioni: “Why stop at 150km/h?!”


Riding one of Mr Castiglioni's finest at a mere 150km/h would be a such a waste...

In an interview with Motociclismo, Claudio Castiglioni (President - MV Agusta) has said that he believes the speed limits on Italy’s roads should be increased to 180km/h, since modern sportsbikes are perfectly capable of travelling at that speed in perfect safety.

The Italian government is already said to be studying the possibility of increasing the speed limits on Italy’s highways (the current speed limit is 150km/h), and Castiglioni says he wholeheartedly supports the idea. However, he adds that speed limits in towns and surrounding areas should be strictly enforced, and higher speeds should only be permitted on the highways.

‘On our highway network, there are some areas with very little traffic, where going at 170-180km/h would absolutely not be a problem,’ says Castiglioni, adding that higher speed limits may actually help, since those would allow riders to focus on their riding, rather than thinking about losing points on their license and having to pay hefty fines.

With a bike like the F4 CC to his name, we suppose Mr Castiglioni would support higher speed limits. But we’d like to know what’s your take on this – please use the comments form to tell us about your views on the subject!

Via Motociclismo

10 comments:

t-rex said...

I'm all for 180km/h. I mean, hey, 150 is shameful for a country that's given the world Ducati, MV Agusta, and Cagiva, not to mention Ferrari and Lamborghini!

Go, Claudio!

Anonymous said...

180 is just as good (or as bad, depending on your point of view) as 150. Does ANYONE really believe 30km/h is going to make any difference to anybody's life?!?

Jamshed Hassan said...

More than km/h, speed is about d/s. That's decisions per second.

On busy roads, with lots of traffic, where your brain is making dozens - maybe hundreds - decisions per second, calculating and recalculating the best route through traffic, avoiding SUVs and steering clear of buses, 50km/h can feel very fast. On a wide, long, empty road, 250km/h feels slow.

Speed is just a matter of perspective. The asses who make the law have complicated the issue endlessly, so they can earn more revenue by fining people who choose to go a bit faster than the others.

bikerette_79 said...

150Ks is plenty fast for anyone on public roads. Anything above that should be reserved for the race track only.

smokeweed said...

Who cares, really... I probably have more fun at 55kph on my 10 year old Harley than most of you cowboys have at 200kph on your rice-rockets.

motorcycling is not about being bent over double, wrists screaming in agony, neck being torn off in a wind blast. it's not about almost peeing in sheer terror, trying to corner as hard and as fast as (im)possible.

bikes are all about chilling out, cruising along, tuning in and... dropping out! take a deep breath. relax. chug along now...

Anonymous said...

there's no debate here - claudio is right. 180km/h should be the minimum speed limit on all highways ;-D

Nathan Muir said...

I'm willing to support Mr Castiglioni if he lends me his F4 CC for the weekend. I promise I won't ride it below 180km/h.

Anonymous said...

well, the actual limit on motorways is 130 km/h.
Said that, the problem is not the speed limit itself but rather the italian drivers. They are not Danish or German, and their reckless driving and impoliteness makes even driving at 50 km/h a constant danger, as they do not care at all about others.

Cheers, a "not so good" Italian

Andrew said...

Claudio Castiglioni for president... now!

Karl_C said...

In that case, why stop at even 180?? Let's go for 320. I may as well use my Hayabusa and Mitsubishi Evo X for once! :-))

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