A motorcyclist wearing sneakers, cotton pants and no gloves who was allegedly clocked at 236km/h near Cromwell has been charged with dangerous driving.

Otago Lakes-Central road policing unit head Senior Sergeant Glenn Wilkinson said the 27-year-old Queenstown man was travelling at the "remarkably stupid speed" when he went past a police patrol car on State Highway 8, in Northburn, about 4.30pm yesterday.

Such a speed was "not common" in his experience, Wilkinson said.

The man, who stopped when the patrol car activated its flashing lights, told police he had borrowed the motorcycle.

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He is expected to appear in the Alexandra District Court on Wednesday.