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**TRUE moped race 75+mph!! 500 people**

Postby Micronaut » Fri Mar 04, 2005 5:35 pm

WOW!!
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/4309831.stm
Ouagadougou's moped madness!!
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By Catherine Fellows
BBC, Ouagadougou

The bikers lie flat on their machines to give them speed

Ouagadougou is famous for its mopeds. In every corner of this dusty, rust red city you can hear the not very frightening roar of 50 cc bikes.

They are the perfect mode of transport for this small African capital, especially considering that many here can't afford to own a car.

So, 11 years ago, one of Ouagadougou's more dynamic citizens, Thiomiano Moustapha, was inspired to start an annual moped race around the city.

Mr Moustapha is also the man who established Burkina Faso's first independent radio station, Horizon FM.

Moped madness

This year, some 500 young men - and one woman - risked their skins for the big prize - a brand new bike.

Ouagadougou's motor bike race is held every year

Many were awake at 0300 perfecting their skills on the empty roads.

They have more or less equal engines, so the speed is all in the rider's style.

To make themselves more aerodynamic, they lie horizontally on the bikes, heads down, legs straight out behind and this in nothing more protective than T-shirts and flip flops.

This year and last year, however, helmets were compulsory.

At 0600, all 15 miles of Ouagadougou's main thoroughfare, l'Avenue Charles de Gaulle, was lined with people.

At the starting point, people climbed trees to get a better view, and the roofs of buildings were packed.

Excitement

In fact, there was such a throng, and no barriers, that at times the crowd spilled over onto the road and was beaten back by police truncheons.

Finally, at 0900, it was time for Mr Moustapha, flamboyant in his Stetson, to start the race. Photographers were nearly mown down as the 500 jostle for position, and several came off.

Thiomiano Moustapha established the race 11 years ago

The bikes have to do five rounds, and the excitement builds with each one. Miraculously no one was seriously hurt, despite the acrobatics of the riders, and the closeness of the crowd.

As the winner drew in, it was claimed that he travelled at 150 km per hour. He was 20 years old, and this was the sixth time he had entered the race.

So, how did he manage to win this time?

"I prepared myself mentally and physically."

Another thing, he'd come to avenge being beaten into third place last year.[/img]
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Postby duck » Sat Mar 05, 2005 1:01 am

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Postby don-ohio » Fri Apr 01, 2005 8:13 pm

Good GRIEF! That's pretty bold! Those engines are hopped up! And the riders must be crazy! don-ohio (:^D
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Postby dierwulf » Tue May 31, 2005 6:06 pm

alright whose buying me and smitty a pair of tickets to africa LOL
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Postby MoPeD_BuRnOuT » Fri Jun 24, 2005 4:09 pm

that is awesome and for them to go 70+?? i wanna know wut they got in those things...
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Postby Smitty » Sat Jul 16, 2005 11:29 am

dierwulf wrote:alright whose buying me and smitty a pair of tickets to africa LOL


I hear that 'wulf!!!!!
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Postby Targa5150 » Tue Aug 02, 2005 1:14 am

lol.... those are some nice motorcycles there. ;-)

75mph is pretty good for a 50cc motorcycle. (keeping in concideration that mopeds are limited to 30mph & up to 2hp)

I want one!

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Postby Micronaut » Fri Aug 12, 2005 12:29 pm

After reading this article many times the part I love the best is that police were beating the people in the crowd to make way for the mopeds.

Yield to the mopeds or get beaten up by the cops.

awesome.
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Postby dierwulf » Thu Nov 24, 2005 2:22 pm

yeah. all i know is, i seriously wanna head over there and do that! we can start a donation drive for say 3 guys to go over there as an MRA team maybe?
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Postby dierwulf » Thu Nov 24, 2005 2:33 pm

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Postby Cyberian » Thu Nov 24, 2005 3:13 pm

As the winner drew in, it was claimed that he travelled at 150 km per hour.


That's like 93 MPH - I'm sure they are fast, but I don't think they are that fast!1
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Postby dierwulf » Fri Nov 25, 2005 3:04 pm

heh... ya never know man...
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Postby crxforever » Tue Mar 07, 2006 6:55 am

uote="Cyberian"]
As the winner drew in, it was claimed that he travelled at 150 km per hour.


That's like 93 MPH - I'm sure they are fast, but I don't think they are that fast!1[/quote]
this speeds are true for mopeds.but only modified ones.in turkey there are illegal moped races at the average speed of 140km.but all the engine parts are changed.
reamed transfer ports bigger carb.und open egzausts.
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