The social media adventures of a 157mph squid

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The Pinal County Sheriff’s Department reports that, early on the morning of December 19, 2010, a 19-year-old Noe Marcos Colazo of Tempe, Arizona “lost control of the 2004 Yamaha YFR motorcycle he was riding when he was unable to navigate the gradual turn in the roadway.” Seconds earlier, police had clocked the bike at 157mph. Pictures from the scene clearly show a disintegrated red Yamaha R1. Well, it turns out that a 20-year-old Noe Colazo of Queen Creek, Arizona has a Facebook page, on which he publicly discusses this and previous police chases. Let’s take a look.

All these screen shots of material that Noe chose to make public on Facebook were taken this morning, January 3, 2011.

Perhaps most disturbing are these exchanges from December 17, just two days before Noe’s fateful crash.

So what can we learn from this? Well, most of us already know that there’s a lot of young guys out there riding motorcycles with a lot of testosterone and not a lot of skill. Hell, most of us were one of those guys at some point. While Noe’s crash hopefully serves as a warning to people who think motorcycles are a consequence-free toy, we think the person with the most to learn is Noe himself. In fact, most reformed squids cite a lack of knowledge as the main reason they grew tentacles in the first place. So, let’s teach Noe something.

Noe,

First of all, those HIDs do look great on the R1. In fact, the whole bike looks great, it’s impressive that someone as young as 20 was able to work hard and save up the money to buy such a nice bike. Of course, it’s also a shame that the bike you worked so hard for is now a pile of scrap in the Pinal County evidence locker.

Having had major crashes on bikes ourselves, we understand how strong the temptation is to simply give up riding afterwards. Once you see those medical bills and once you’re put in front of a judge, you’re going to be thinking that you simply can’t afford to ride ever again. We hope that’s not the case, as fellow bikers we hope you get back on.

But, when you do eventually get back on a bike, we hope that you learn to do so in a more responsible way. We’re not saying don’t speed, we’re not claiming to be angels ourselves, but there’s a big distinction between using a motorcycle skillfully and responsibly and what it looks like you’ve been doing.

The first step to becoming a real motorcyclist is learning how to ride better. This isn’t a case of simply attending a riding school (although that’s a great first step) or reading one of Keith Code’s books (although that’d help too), it’s developing an understanding of the challenges motorcycles pose and setting out on the lifelong pursuit of meeting them.

Failing to negotiate a “gradual curve?” That’s just pathetic.

Start on a smaller bike and learn how to wring the most out of it before moving up to something a little faster, gradually working your way to being able to exploit a superbike. Buying a smaller bike will hopefully leave some money in the budget for trackdays, where you’ll learn an unbelievable amount in an unbelievably short time. Bonus: trackdays don’t have cops. Wear real riding gear. It doesn’t just look way cooler than played-out white sneakers and those WalMart jeans, it’ll help you control the bike better too. Of course, it’ll also help you survive your next crash without relying so heavily on luck. Start riding dirt bikes, again, you’ll learn a lot in a relatively safe environment.

Most importantly, you need to develop a healthy respect for not only your own life, but that of others. If you’d hit a car full of children during that police chase at those speeds, do you still think your buddies would be laughing it off on Facebook? The stuff we do on motorcycles has consequences. Learn how to be a man and take responsibility for your actions.

Good luck with the recovery, good luck with the judge and good luck getting back on a bike. Just do so responsibly this time,

Hell For Leather

  • markbvt

    I dunno, Wes, I think you’re being a little too understanding. Personally I hope this dumbass never touches another motorcycle; some people just don’t belong on bikes.

  • RSassi

    I learned to ride on those highways around Phoenix, Tempe, Scottsdale, and the surrounding desert mountain roads. They’re often scarcely peppered with cars at night or Sundays, very wide. very dry, very clean, and comprised of long banked sweepers that are hard to resist. In fact, I think composing yourself as anything near a responsible rider in Arizona shows great restraint so it’s understandable that a kid let go to the power, space, and mystique of his appearance. The asphalt and local culture combine to fill you with a sense of adolescent grandeur.
    I understand why this trail of bragging and machismo riding falls behind these kids (that is an awesome bike for somebody that age), but they need to understand what they’re doing to everybody else who doesn’t want to be treated like a criminal on the lamb every time they’re pulled over for going ten miles an hour over the limit, or, more importantly, potentially doing to others who have the right to use the highways safely without the danger of this 20-something terror turning his toy into a weapon.

    Given what I’ve experienced about the unsympathetic application of the law in that state I’m sure his and his parents expenses and his subsequent driving record will be teaching him lessons about this for years to come in the Copper State. He’s obviously insanely lucky to still be walking.

  • RSassi

    But to clarify, with all his macho bulls**t and talk about god, I do think this kid is total douchebag and doesn’t deserve to be riding.

  • Nick

    “This Wes guy doesn’t know me, I’m hardcore. If that stupid pebble on da road didn’t wreck me I’da made that turn. Now to go on craigslist and find me a faster bike cuz those chicks ain’t gonna dig me if I’m on a ninjette lolz and a high-viz loser jacket!”

  • Trev

    Holy shit, I never thought about this when I saw the other thread; but I have ran into this guy going to the other way on the way to one of the local walmart’s in Queen Creek/San Tan Valley. I know it was him because of the hoodie and the glasses.

    In each of the two times that I saw him, he always got on it to pass traffic (which is kind of stupid at that intersection). Well, hopefully he cant walk anymore.

  • noone1569

    Hmm I think this is a great piece for HFL and for this kid. We all have exploited our bike once or twice, but probably not continually in such a squidish fashion. Maybe, just maybe this will help someone stop trying to be the coolest douchebag and start trying to be a real rider before he ruins riding for everyone.

    And failing to push through the curve, lame nick, lame.

    • noone1569

      Er Noe not nick

      Can I get an edit button lol

  • Trev

    Wait, why didn’t stupid overe here make his profile completely private?

    • Trev

      *over

  • http://www.facebook.com/beastincarnate BeastIncarnate

    Well-written, Wes. Condemning fellow riders isn’t the answer, though it is the easy one. Like you said, none of us are perfect.

  • smoke4ndmears

    Well said. Likely to be brushed off but well said none the less.

  • stephan

    not everyone gets second chances. lets hope he uses it.

  • http://www.thisblueheaven.com Mark D

    First of all, kudos to HFL editorial staff for not screaming in all caps about, “What a waste of life this loser squid poser low-life thug-wanna be” is. He’s 19. If you don’t do stupid things when you’re 19, you’re doing it wrong.

    This is a perfect case study for why a tiered licensing system should be implemented. A 19 yr old with at most a few years of experience should NOT be riding around on an R1! Navigating a “gradual curve” flat-out on a CBR250r would be ~95 mph, right? Compare that with 157 mph. Not to sound like an angry old man, but 19 is simply too young to handle the responsibility of riding a 160 hp sport bike on public roads. Hell, its probably too much for EVERYBODY, but at 19, your brain is physiologically wired to lack the required self-control.

    Good luck to the kid going forward; given the fact that he’s still alive and walking, I’d say he got a very, very cheap lesson.

    Also: don’t boast about running from cops, then taunt them about having a “lack of evidence” on a public social media site!! ::face palm::

    • wwalkersd

      Wanna take any bets on whether Noe actually HAS a motorcycle license?

      I’m in favor of tiered licensing, too, but I’m not sure it would do any good in cases like Noe’s. Hell, sometimes I think nobody under 35 should be allowed on a streetbike. Or maybe they should have to pass some sort of patience/self-control/maturity test.

      • noone1569

        That would be interesting and easy enough to find out whether or not he has one.

        I am also in favor of tiered licensing. I don’t think your 35 year old limit is realistic though. I think it should be knowledge and experience based. I started riding dirtbikes at 4 years old and am now 26. 20+ years on bikes, but still I find something new to learn everytime I ride.

        • http://www.thisblueheaven.com Mark D

          As practical and fair as a knowledge/experience basis for licensing tiers would be, its pretty unrealistic. Can anybody shed some light on the EU system? I would imagine a US system would simply be under-18 can only ride <250cc, under 21 can only ride <500cc, with AMA race licensed riders being over to leap-frog one tier.

          • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

            I grew up with tiered licensing. At the time (in the UK) it was 16: 50cc, 17: 125cc, two-years’ experience or 21: 33bhp, 21 + extended test: anything.

            Expensive, performance-based insurance also kept young people mostly off fast bikes.

            • Roman

              That makes alot of sense. Wonder how AMA would react to such a proposal?

              • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

                They’d probably get sand in their vaginas like usual.

                • http://www.thisblueheaven.com Mark D

                  “THEY TOOK URRRR BIKE!”

          • http://pics.zenerves.net/index.php?gallery=vehicules tropical ice cube

            France is about the same, bearing details, as UK… Except for the 100bhp max output rule!

  • ike6116

    2 Fast
    2 Furious
    2 Fast

    ACT A FOOL!

  • slowtire

    I hope the kids survival of this mess doesn’t bolster his macho, I’m indestructable, attitude.

  • Myles

    Not to condone the behavior, but there’s a common argument that I don’t really understand. The whole, “going fast on a bike is a super safety hazard for everyone else on the road” thing. Is it really? How many automobile deaths are motorcycle riders responsible each year? How many 500lb missiles REALLY kill the family in the 5,000lb SUV?

    For the kid, hope he feels better. Hope he gets back on two. Hope he learns a lesson, and his friends can learn from his mistakes also.

    For the bike, goddamn, what a beautiful bike. I wish insurance rates were lower on sport bikes. . . . .

    • adrenalnjunky

      you realize that this kid, his accident, and thousands like him each year are a direct contributor to the reason sportbike insurance is so high?

      That’s another thing tiered licensing would fix – since assumedly more experienced, more mature riders would be the only ones legal on the bigger more expensive bikes, there won’t be any inexperienced 19-20 year-olds out there totalling/damaging them as often.

  • Keith

    So at 19 he can’t make good decisions? OK…he should loose his bike licence for 5 years. Obviously can’t handle a bike.
    Want to kill yourself, fine but this is a blatant disregard for others.
    Might as well stand on a street corner and randomly fire a pistol. Maybe you hit someone, maybe you don’t.
    Wouldn’t put up with that, would we?

  • Allan

    If this fellow is this caught up in his own narcissism I not sure any advise or future restrictions are going to do much. If the guy is hard-wired for speed then the judge, his parents and those that actually care what happens to him should tell him to purchase a set of leathers and the only riding he can do is at the track. It will be a quick jolt to his ego when he realizes how slow he is. This may not even help as I have seen kids show up with friends and all they want to do is race each other for bragging rights – in the “beginner group” naturally. At least it’s a controled environment and they will only (hopefully) hurt themselves.

  • RSassi

    The subjective relative matter of whether or not bikes are more of a danger to an SUV soccer mom or the other way around is irrelevant. Its impossible to determine absolutely what string of minute events will cause and determine the outcome of a crash. People of all ages driving racing bikes on public roads in this manner is bad for everybody somehow eventually. Tiered licensing would be a great preventative solution but we’re unlikely to see it in our hysterically “anti-socialist” society. All we have to fear is…

  • RSassi

    Well, we’d rather not infringe on the “God given right” for stupid people to make life as expensive as hell for the rest of us. Think of all the poor lawyers and insurance companies, really.

  • GuessWho

    Wes, you put this poor kid and his Facebook page on HFL, call him a 157mph squid and then you have the fuckin’ balls to friend request him on Facebook. Hahahaha.

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      I’m just trying to help the poor guy!

      • noone1569

        Oh that’s hilarious.

    • ike6116

      What a cheeky bastard. I think I’m using that brit slang correctly ;)

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      Oh, and you forgot the part where I tagged him in this story’s facebook post, so it appears on his wall :)

  • Archer

    Send him to NYC to join your buddies doing 153 on the LIE… at night… ;)

    • GuessWho

      It’s 175mph+ and it’s not the LIE.

  • http://rohorn.blogspot.com rohorn

    I’d rather see an idiot like this on a bike than in a car – with a car, he’s a lot more likely to kill people.

  • Deltablues

    Oh, Noe! He is just a Walk Away Noe. I wonder if his doctors Noe his prognosis? Attempts to get to third base will be met with ‘Noe!’. Noe chicks dig a ‘tard like this. They were looking at you and shaking their heads ‘Noe’ because you look like a douche with those white trainers on. Future Finance and Insurance companies will say ‘Noe’ to future financing of motorcycles. I hope Noeone allows this fool near another motorcycle. There are Noe limits to this guy’s inflated sense of worth with the bit about “done with Queen Creek” and “starting a new life”.

    • http://www.thisblueheaven.com Mark D

      Well done sir; well done.

  • Richard

    He survived the crash, good for him. Now quick, someone castrate this fool so he doesn’t pass on the Dbag gene he is obviously carrying.

  • http://www.firstgenerationmotors.blogspot.com Emmet

    Too much pride for one person. Hopefully he learned that.

  • http://www.postpixel.com.au mugget

    Well said.

    I know at first thought it’s easy to think that the guy should never touch a bike again. That was kinda what I was thinking, along with alot of others from the look of it. BUT he made a mistake (big mistake), we all make mistakes. The thing is whether or not we learn from them.

    • Deltablues

      He brags about running from the cops several times on his Facebook page and pulling wheelies between cars on the highway…that is not a ‘mistake’. He knew what he was doing.

      • Deltablues

        Maybe that was too harsh. But I see this type of rider a lot here in Little Rock hanging around Cycle Gear. They stay in motorcycling long enough to flat-spot the rear tire with burnouts, sell the bike back to the place they bought it, and then spend the next 5 years saying stupid shit like “I had to sell her man, I was gonna kill myself.” As if he was some fierce beast-man who was born with the Warrior Gene.

      • Trev

        Sadly, Ironwood is not a highway; but more of a road in a small stretch of desert, which has some communities off of it every now and then.

  • CafeDucati

    I think his “LOOK AT ME”, “Yo Yo G” attitude is not really all that positive for the riders that do take the serious speed to the track.

    Sure, I have done stupid things in the past, most of it is what makes bikes fun and the risk taking feeds the appreciation for life, but I am no fan of running from the cops or wheelies in traffic so all of the Cagers can stereo type the majority of Bikers.

    I think he needs a role model and a very very large amount of humility.

    But I fear he will be back on a bike in more than just arogant – stupid form.

    It is a shame.

    • robotribe

      I think the bare-chested self portrait is an obvious signal to the profile you describe.

  • Ian

    One issue with squiddery of this level is the possibility of causing enough injury to oneself to become a permanent burden on family and friends.

    I’ve known a couple of people who’ve become brain injured, which effectively changes resides a persons personality. One guy injured his frontal lobe, turning him into the biggest asshole you could ever imagine. This hurt the family ( to put it mildly) and guaranteed that he would never have any meaningful human relationships with anyone other than those paid to put up with him.

    This isn’t always the case, but it’s enough of a risk that keeps my behavior on a bike in check.

  • http://bloodfalcons.blogspot.com motoguru

    Wow. Just wow.