I can't stand it any more. I have remarked about it privately to friends, but this is my first public comment on the matter. Don't ask me why this thread, or why today, right now.
Why do people post their public road speed limit breaking habits in an Internet forum, where they can be easily identified by law enforcement, accident investigators, insurance companies, and others? ... and where their postings can be used to establish a pattern of reckless, risky behavior?
We are not talking about track days here. We are talking about the public roads and highways that we share with others. In the eyes of the real world, riding at speeds that far exceed the speed limit is considered reckless driving. In my eyes, boasting about it on the Internet is risky, too. You don't know how far into the future it might come back to bite you.
Many people have posted photos of their speedometers and GPSs taken while they were riding at 120+ mph speeds on public roads. These are the very same riders who get angry at the people who text and drive. Of course, those riders were on a straight and level empty open highway out in the middle of nowhere, just like this person:
The examples you post do not help your friends who want to change the public perception of our riding passion, establish new laws for the benefit of all riders, and block proposed laws that increase restrictions. I don't know which bothers me more, the behavior itself or the lack of foresight in publicly posting on the Internet about it. Stupid is as stupid does.
(Personal note: Many of you have been my friends for many years. Forgive me for writing what has been in my heart for a long long time. Those who know me know that is painful for me to watch family and friends leave permanent trails on the Internet that can have long-lasting consequences.)