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The need for speed?

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FARGO, N.D. -- Three motorcyclists were feeling the need for speed Wednesday night going more than 150 miles per hour along highway 57, three miles west of Ft. Totten, North Dakota. The cyclists were all issued speeding tickets totaling $355-bucks each. 

For the last 15 years, Shane Heilman has been riding on two wheels instead of four. What started as a hobby grew to a passion and now a profession.

"It's fun to work on your bike and get it to go faster," said Shane Heilman.

That need to 'gun it' is exactly what three motorists craved and were slammed with large fines for speeding three times the limit. 

"There is a bit of adrenaline that comes to certain people from doing thing like this," said Heilman.

But, Heilman told us there's no excuse for speeding, jeopardizing lives on the road and not to mention it's illegal. On top of that, the reckless cyclists arrested were driving without a motorcycle endorsement and no liability. Essentially, driving without a license. 

"Safety protocol should be followed at all points," said Heilman. "We do have a speed limit for our safety and the safety of others. There are closed tracks for situations like this. I wish that, maybe they would of taken that to a drag strip."

Most bikes have a top speed of 186 miles per hour. And, while loyal fans enjoy riding them, it doesn't necessarily mean that other drivers enjoy sharing the road with some motorcyclists. 

"I don't really feel comfortable, because they're always speeding most of the time," said Denzel Kla-Diihbah who's from Fargo.

"I'm always looking in back, just for my kid and when you see bikers speed off they think they can have two to a lane or they don't have to have a lane," said new mother, Kayla Webster. "And, they can just speed right by you. So, it's always really dangerous, just for my child in the back and for driving next to them."

But, others like Heilman, feel differently.

"As long as they're driving the way they are suppose to be, which a lot of the times they are," said Fargo native, Terry Ellingson. "So, I don't have a problem with it."

The men were also charged for reckless driving. A class B misdemeanor, punishable by up to 30 days in jail and a maximum fine of $1,500.

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