I don't think people are getting it.
Yeah sure doing 80 in a 30 is silly but he has made the point that it's a silly 30 in the first place.
If the motorways or dual carriage ways where made 30s tomorrow, how many people would stick to 30 dead? Despite the increase health benefits of going slowly?
There's ALWAYS a corner in front of you somewhere, just because he overtook before a blind corner it doesn't mean it's dangerous, he said he had plenty of room to abort or get to safety if something came around the corner, he obviously made a decision to abort plenty of time before the corner. The same way you have plenty of time to stop at a traffic light if it turns yellow.
People are jumping to conclusions that it was a stupid thing to do. From how it's been described by andyvfr1 it sounds like a car pulling up to a junction in front of you is more dangerous.
Yes 99% of the time doing anything more than 35-3rmph in a 30 is 100% selfish and stupid but local conditions should be taken into account, most motorcyclists use their brains and assess the conditions in ways normal driver don't. No i wouldn't have done that myself but i don't think the chances of a crash were increased to the point where it makes much of a difference ( just love a huge safety margin).
1/8 of a mile at 80 takes about 5 seconds, car doing the same speed opposite way would also do it in 5 seconds (adding to 1/4 mile), overtaking a car, say 15 meters of travel relative to the other vehicle on other side of the road before you can move over, takes 0.7 seconds, leaving you 4.3 seconds to avoid the incoming traffic (i.e. move to your own side of the road).
then you can stop from 80mph in 4.1seconds (within your 1/8 mile).
Also what kind of kid would be out at night and watch kind of person would randomly walk into the road in that sort of area described (sounded like the middle of nowhere to me).