While there are some specialty machines that are capable of relatively high velocity, your average run-of-the-mill helicopter can't sustain speeds much higher than 100 miles per hour. That said, because of the heli's ability to climb high into the air with cameramen packing extreme telephoto lenses, actually managing to trick a chopper pilot into losing you – in scenes sure to be played out monthly on national news channels – is another matter entirely.

So, what would it take to actually outrun a helicopter? As demonstrated by professional racer Guy Martin in the video after the break, a modern superbike has more than enough speed to do the trick. In the case of Martin's modified Suzuki GSX-R1000, which boasts a terminal velocity in excess of 200 mph, all you'd need is a road straight enough to pin the throttle for a dozen seconds or so...

All of which brings us to the Isle of Man, nestled away in the Irish Sea. Every year, legions of racers and fans line the 38-mile-long Snaefell Mountain Course to watch racers like Guy Martin test the depths of insanity as they seek to outpace their rivals on what basically amounts to closed surface streets. See what it looks like as a helicopter does its best to follow the action in the video pasted below.

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      • 3 Years Ago
      The helicopter won. This title is misleading.
      • 3 Years Ago
      That camera man is fantastic! I was getting dizzy just watching!
      • 3 Years Ago
      aww, I was expecting Martin to actually disappear from the screen, I don't really consider it "outrunning the helicopter" if the helicopter can still see it.
      Andre Neves
      • 3 Years Ago
      Being someone who has followed the Isle of Man/Manx TT, it never ceases to amaze me. I wish Formula 1 would hold an event on the island. :)
        Du K
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Andre Neves
        OMG! that would be the greatest. F1 on the ISLE fTW.
      hey dude7
      • 3 Years Ago
      chuck norris who?
      • 3 Years Ago
      Real impressive riding. But he didn't outrun the heli.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Looks to me like this video proved exactly why you can't ever outrun a chopper. He was never out of sight, and they were loafing around not even running angles on him.
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      I used to love watching the Isle of Man coverage on the old Speedvision channel, what beautiful country side to blast through at insane speeds!
      • 3 Years Ago
      Beautifully serene from a distance. Now go get the on bike footage to see how this is from the rider's perspective. All the comments refer to ferrous balls, but it takes incredible skill and precision here. You can't run wide, miss your line or braking points here without putting yourself into mortal danger. Notice how Mr. Martin flows around the circuit. This is experience. No doubt this takes balls, but if all you have is balls at this place, you will be buried with them in short order. By the way, the TT festival starts May 26th and goes through June 8th I believe. Some one get some good coverage over here. Tired of ordering DVDs after the fact.
      Kesava Anderson
      • 3 Years Ago
      Does he have to get special pants made to accommodate his gigantic balls?
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Kesava Anderson
        I think he needs a special seat to accommodate his gigantic titanium balls
      • 3 Years Ago
      There is a man that no one can talk trash to. Respect.
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