San Mateo motorcyclist killed in crash on Kings Mountain Road
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Stewart Sutter spent his life seeking thrills on skateboards and snowy slopes, but little compared to the rush of racing his motorcycle down a twisty mountain road. It was an obsession that cost the 32-year-old his life Tuesday, but one his older brother said he understood and shared.

“Our thing was, ‘Let’s get muddy. Let’s ride skateboards. Let’s ride dirt bikes,’ ” Joey Sutter told The Daily News. “If we fall, we fall.”

The younger Sutter died in a high-speed motorcycle crash on Kings Mountain Road north of Huddart Park Road at about 5:50 p.m. Tuesday, the California Highway Patrol reported. The San Mateo resident lost control of his 2008 Triumph while braking hard, sailed up a sloped shoulder and collided with a tree roughly 10 feet away, CHP Officer Art Montiel said Wednesday.

Stewart Sutter, who was wearing his helmet, was pronounced dead at the scene.

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‘MythBusters’ asks: Are motorcycles greener than cars?
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A trend is afoot, according to “MythBusters” television host Adam Savage: ”People are trading in their cars and driving motorcycles instead because they believe that’s the more environmentally friendly choice,” Savage said in Wednesday’s season opener of the popular Discovery Channel show. “The logic is because motorcycles are generally more fuel-efficient than cars, they burn less gas and thus they must be better for the environment.”

The question is: Are they really? As the MythBusters have done with each of the show’s previous seven seasons, Savage and his co-host Jamie Hyneman set out to test the theory.

Selecting three motorcycles and three cars that represented popular models from the ’80s, ’90s and ’00s, they put the six vehicles through a 30-minute, 20-mile course. Seventy-five percent was freeway driving; the other 25 percent was in the cit…………… continues on Los Angeles Times

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