I guess if we're all admitting how dumb we were back in the day I might just have the odd story as well.
It's the late 80's and the wife and I are driving the Coquihalla highway in British Columbia on a trip to visit the in-laws for the first time since getting hitched. I'm understandably a bit tense. And you know what relieves tension really well when you're driving with your gal?
Ha ha...you were thinking some sordid act while driving, weren't you? NO. That's not it.
Anyway, we're in an '86 911 Turbo and up beside us cruises a Yamaha FJ1200 (at the time the fastest bike on the road!) He looks in and we thumbs up each other. He makes some generic 'Let's do this thing' gesture and it's on. I may have jumped the start a bit but that was fair because he was so fast. We cruise side by side up to 168 mph on the speedo and my needle hits a pin stop. The tach gains another 800 rpm after this. I have no idea how fast we got to but I know those gauges read high so not as much as I'm making it sound here. We are still rocketing and he's one-handing it as he drives a foot from my side mirror. Thumb on his left hand is up still. Geeeez..... I get so afraid he's going to go down that I can't take it any more and I let off.
We coast down in speed and over a hill. You guessed it. The law.
We get waved over and one cop to me, the other to him. 120 mph+, says the lady officer. My wife is not impressed. The other cop comes over and tells me to take it easier the rest of the way. No ticket.
Why, you ask? It turns out the bike driver was also a cop and he got us a free pass. Interdepartmental unwritten freebie rule shared at the time between golf pros, bartenders and cops is what I was told.
Needless to say I learned my lesson that day. I have never raced an FJ1200 since. Nor have I ever turned down a tilt with a police officer since there is absolutely no danger to myself, the public, my opponent or my pocketbook as clearly there is nothing illegal in this. Note: This may not be the case in America where different rules may apply, so don't do this in America.
By the way, this was by no means a 'race'. I believe he just cruised along with me and that he could have left at any time. It was just a spirited bit of driving by a couple of dudes enjoying the open road. I do not advocate racing on the street as it could possibly be dangerous or illegal or both (depending on where you live).
For anyone who has driven the Coquihalla highway you know it's impossible not to speed. It's so open and inviting. But anyway, a belated sorry for being such a dumba.ss.
All the best.