Bandit127 & Timus.
With respect - I'm afraid I saw too many shockingly sad sights in the 23 years I spent as a bike cop (some never leave me). I have ridden sensibly and safely on the highway since the age of 16 (1980). I do rarely make a mistake like all other humans...
Pulling wheelies away from the lights on the highway has always been and still is unlawful (not to forget dangerous for rider and for all other road users). The reason we have laws is to protect the majority from idiots who enjoy putting others in jeapody. If you wish to do then then why not book a track day instead or at least find some sensible (and lawful) private land where you won't put other road users at risk?
Of course you will always get people who break those laws (criminals). This is where fair and robust policing comes in (or at least it used to). Road policing has become unfashionable and consequently thats why we all see so much aggressive driving (and riding) on the UK road network.
I'm no slouch on 2 wheels! Don't write me off as a old codger ready for my slippers and pipe! - I bet if you both and I had a race on similar bikes I would at least be able to keep up with you both if not beat you hands down. I'm a Class 1 Police Pursuit trained rider (Cardington) I admit I may be a bit rusty but I'm still a very safe and capable rider. (no that's not a challenge either lol).
Speed is something I know a bit about both on road and off (racetrack). Whatever you say SPEED kills. I have lost too many good friends to SPEED.
Putting aside the danger element of speeding, have you ever wondered why so many non-riders have such a negative opinion of ALL motorcycles and their riders? It's idiotic acts like you describe above, these and other anti-social acts such as unlawfully loud exhaust systems (my pet hate).
I'm quite happy plodding along on my XT6E at 50 mph. The part of riding I enjoy the most is the feeling of freedom. I actually enjoy seeing how much I can eek from each tankful. It leaves me more money for my other hobbies (war memorials, sea fishing and hunting with shotguns and firearms).
Nevertheless I wish you well and stay safe the both of you.
That's a fine fine looking 1996 model. That's one of the nicest looking (and well cared for) 1996 XT6E's I have seen. Looks awesome.
Triumph Bonneville 800 (2004), Yamaha XT600E (1999), Honda XBR500 (1986).