Here in Phuket if i come to a police checkpoint I tend to look the other way and continue on my merry way. If they jump out in front of me I stop abruptly and whip out mu driving licence. flash it, and am sent on my way fairly quickly.
In the west I stop and say "What's the problem, young man." They have no reason to pull me over; it is just hassling.
there are old motorcyclists and bold motorcyclists
but you seldom meet an old, bold motorcyclist