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Old 01-29-2013, 04:46 PM   #16
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At least in the LA area, cops seem pretty easy on motorcyclists. The last time I got pulled over the cop asked me why I did what I just did. I told him that I had no excuse, that it was stupid mistake, and he let me go.
unless you're on a sportbike, down here in LA proper they pretty much just look the other way - and even then they pretty much look the other way.

They never even look twice at the 1150 - its too ugly.....they think they are going to turn to stone
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Old 01-29-2013, 05:26 PM   #17
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Ha!

I thought something was going on.

I live in Indiana and just started riding again last spring.

I was pulled over twice in 2012.

I have been pulled once in a car - since 1985.

Hmmm.

No ticket either time. I think they pulled me over because I had a helmet on.
In Indiana it seems not many people wear helmets (I refer to them as "squids").

So maybe they want to see what a real helmet and real riding gear looks like up close? :)
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Old 01-29-2013, 05:58 PM   #18
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California cops seem to expect anyone riding anything other then a harley to be a trouble maker.

The only time I've ever been pulled over was on my motorcycle. It was about 11pm as I'm going up a rather steep hill on the main street through town on my dinky 200. I can only go 35 in a 40 zone, well this car gets closer and closer, I keep frantically looking back till there about 3 feet off my tire. I see a street coming up, flick on my blinker and duck in real quick. A second later blue lights pop on, it was a cop that almost ran me over, great. I pull over, paper work is handed over and after a detailed going over, he made me move my gloves so he could look at my speedometer, he gives me a ticket for the only thing he can, the amber cover on my turn signal is partially missing. I somehow refrained from giving him a peice of my mind about riding me so close and fishing.
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Old 01-29-2013, 07:06 PM   #19
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Indeed. We believe in proper grammar and not marrying cousins.
Really? Don't you mean "correct grammar"?
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Old 01-29-2013, 07:10 PM   #20
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Really? Don't you mean "correct grammar"?
Proper. definition 1.1: "Suited or acceptable to the purpose or circumstances; fit, suitable. "

Also, defition 3: "Accurate, strictly applied."

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Old 01-29-2013, 07:13 PM   #21
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Ha!

I thought something was going on.

I live in Indiana and just started riding again last spring.

I was pulled over twice in 2012.

I have been pulled once in a car - since 1985.
Maybe you ride faster on a bike than you do in your car.

Also, random events tend towards a sort of "clumping". (poisson distribution)
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Old 01-29-2013, 10:06 PM   #22
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I think you're overreacting to things. Where I live, when I had my stock pipes on the KTM, I was doing about 80 down a city street, speed limit 35, before I noticed him backed into a driveway looking down, and he never even looked up, even as I barked the front tire with the brake.

But really, since I don't do 150 mph every day to work any more, or 4 gear wheelies down every block, they don't even look at me. It could be the 20,000 (estimated) illegal aliens driving in this city of 100,000 though. They've got other shit to worry about than me.
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Old 01-30-2013, 01:37 AM   #23
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I sincerely doubt that California can solve it's budget problems by ticketing riders.

A couple of years ago I got pulled over on 101 by a pair of CHP in a car. They gave me a verbal warning and a short lecture on how motorcycles are hard to see and potentially dangerous. Just one experience but, at least for me, it dispelled the notion that they're all out on revenue patrol.

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Old 02-01-2013, 10:44 AM   #24
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Up here in Washington, it has gone the other direction, I see virtually no traffic enforcement by the State or city police except for a few select locations. Even commercial vehicle enforcement is noticeably down.
Unless you've got Illinois plates, then watch out! :)
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Old 02-01-2013, 10:54 AM   #25
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Sure, my Momma ain't never bean stopped, butt she's purdie damn slow too.
Ive been riding streetbikes since 1974,never once have I been harassed in any way,Ive gotten tickets for going too fast but that's what happens when you go too fast sometimes,you learn where to go fast and where to go slow.
This whole rant about harassment of bikers is mental masturbation.
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Old 02-01-2013, 10:56 AM   #26
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I think you're overreacting to things. Where I live, when I had my stock pipes on the KTM, I was doing about 80 down a city street, speed limit 35, before I noticed him backed into a driveway looking down, and he never even looked up, even as I barked the front tire with the brake.

But really, since I don't do 150 mph every day to work any more, or 4 gear wheelies down every block, they don't even look at me. It could be the 20,000 (estimated) illegal aliens driving in this city of 100,000 though. They've got other shit to worry about than me.
Doing 80 on a city street.............were you wearing flip-flops and a tank top as well?
I see the college kids doing that stuff all the time. Somehow most survive.
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Old 02-07-2013, 10:39 AM   #27
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I almost never see bikes pulled over around Central California. I've been told by my CHP friend they don't like to pull bikes over because of the high rates of riders trying to evade police, which leads to dead riders over minor traffic violations. I kind of think that's bull, because that will lead to a situation where people with fast vehicles think they're above the law. (only I should be above the law, the rest of you FF's need to comply ).

I have only been been pulled over once on the bike. I came out of a gas station driveway about 20 feet from a stop sign, but I was focused on the highway on ramp 100 feet away and blew through it. The CHP was waiting at that intersection to get on the highway, so he had me pulled over as soon as we reached the top. He just wanted to make sure I was alert, because it was about 115 degrees F that day and traffic was heavy. He let me go with no ticket.

I have met CHP that were all business, but never a genuine dickhead. Same with Sheriffs. City PD vary a bit more, and can over react sometimes. It is not uncommon in my little foothill town for people to get arrested for 'drunk in public' standing outside a bar waiting for a taxi. I have no idea how people get away with leaving bars in a vehicle. That just seems like you're asking for it. I drink at home, walk to bars, or take turns as designated driver with my wife. I never get drunk enough to stumble in a public place, because it makes you a target for opportunistic bad guys. The only exception would be Adv events in campgrounds where crawling back to the tent is considered a good end to the evening.
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