Canadian Speeder’s Yamaha R1 Seen in Now-Famous YouTube Video Sold in AuctionWed, 22 Aug 2012
The Vancouver Sun is reporting on its website today that the Yamaha R1 made famous in a YouTube video featuring the rider speeding along the Trans-Canada Highway was sold recently for $4,651 in an online auction.
According to the Sun the auction was conducted by B.C.’s Civil Forfeiture Office, which can seize property believed to have been used for unlawful activity. The winning bidder, 4x4albert, beat more than 70 bids to claim the 2006 R1. The above photo displays an R1 of the same model year as the one sold in the auction.
The now-fabled video, shot in point-of-view style with the speedometer prominently displayed, surfaced on YouTube in April of this year and soon went viral — likely due to the rider reaching and maintaining speeds in the 299 kph (185 mph) range.
Police in Saanich, British Columbia were crafty, however, and it wasn’t long before the Canadian authorities concluded the rider was 25-year-old Randy George Scott. Scott eventually surrendered to Kelowna police last month and is scheduled to appear in provincial court in Victoria on Oct. 23.
Interestingly, Scott wasn’t the bike’s owner, but rather it was registered in his mother’s name. Scott’s actions in the video managed to garner nearly $1,500 is various citations against the bike’s owner in April, since at that time authorities weren’t able to identify the rider in the video.
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Source: Vancouver Sun
By Pete Brissette
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