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Old 03-05-2014, 01:42 AM   #1
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Laugh Well On My Way To A Speeding Ticket

Just got my first motorcycle after a few years riding 150cc scooters. Gotta say I ride those fast, too. But cops never slowed to give those a look. Now I see 'em slow and look when on my FZ6. It's RED (we all know what that means....FASTEST color) and has 90 more ponies then my scooters. Just a matter of time, i figure.

How many speeding tickets have you gotten? Past, present, or future estimates welcome
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Old 03-05-2014, 02:44 AM   #2
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Let me be the first to say that this thread is guaranteed to not end well or go as you thought it would.

If you are getting attention then you are probably going significantly faster than traffic around you, and yeah, you're going to get tickets.

Slow down and live longer.
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Old 03-05-2014, 02:52 AM   #3
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well i am not sure that is true. and i am not speeding. that is why i say pretty sure i an on my way to a ticket. if i am being noticed when not speeding, what about if i do, a little?

just saying i have been rocketing down the road on my scoots for a few years now and police never even bothered to glance. now i can be sitting at an intersection and police seem to give me an eye or two when passing :(

how might this thread not go well? i am not sure i am expecting anything out of it except some good speeding ticket stories
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Old 03-05-2014, 02:55 AM   #4
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i need to fly below the radar
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Old 03-05-2014, 03:23 AM   #5
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Easy answer: sell the fizzle for another scooter. Maybe one of those fancy jobbers.

1. I got 1 ticket. And it was enough to ruin that bike for me. So I sold it, and bought a street bike and a track bike. No more dual duty, slightly less temptation. But, like a scooter, nobody is looking at a fuglystrada with full luggage either. You've gotta give the illusion you're doing nothing wrong.
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Old 03-05-2014, 04:05 AM   #6
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+1

Saddlebags have a Jedi-mind-control effect on LEO.

Saddlebags = old man = not speeding. Whether the shoe fits or not, that's the perception.
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Old 03-05-2014, 04:13 AM   #7
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And saddlebags on a dirtbike? Even better. I can go 90mph in front of a cop on the freeway, and he won't even bat an eye.
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Old 03-05-2014, 05:20 AM   #8
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And saddlebags on a dirtbike? Even better. I can go 90mph in front of a cop on the freeway, and he won't even bat an eye.
I have only ever gotten two awards for speeding on bikes. Even had a few red ones. Seems pretty good since I've never followed any speed limits ever unless there was a cop right there watching.
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Old 03-05-2014, 06:45 AM   #9
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Riding slow lets you speed up for giggles when the situation allows.

No tickets, no plan on getting any.
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Old 03-05-2014, 07:05 AM   #10
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Ride smart, don't weave alot, and don't ride a sport bike and the leo's will pretty much leave you alone. If you are an experienced rider and ride as such, the leo's will let you get away with a little extra speed, at least during commute hours. If being a hooligan out on the back roads, all bets are off.
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Old 03-05-2014, 07:16 AM   #11
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Dress and ride like an old, slow, careful rider-survivor and you'll not have ticket troubles.

Hi visibility safety vest, helmet, gloves, boots on your body. (add jacket and long/leather pants for extra credit)

Long following distances, signalling all turns and lane changes, making room for others to do their dumb stuff.

Riding at or below the limit most of the time - even when the road looks wide open....


Some folks look at tickets as just the cost of doing business. Might be more sensible than my practice of total avoidance but I just don't want to meet Office Friendly when I'm out riding.....

My last ticket was in 1977. In the cage. In a very special speed trap in Haymarket, Va.

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Old 03-05-2014, 07:17 AM   #12
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Zero. I don't speed a whole lot in urban areas.

Plus...
I ride a jap bike. The digital speedo's on jap bikes run high. As much as 7% high. That likely creates a bit of psychological limiter for me. i.e. If the speed limit is 45 mph. I'll usually cruise through at about 54 mph as indicated on my digital Suzuki dash. However, the real speed I'm traveling is likely 49 mph. And that is not fast enough to draw the attention of most LEO's.

When I do get a ticket. It will more likely be from not stopping completely at a stop sign when making a right turn or running a red light in Georgia. I'm in TN and a motorcycle can run red lights, providing a certain protocol. But, I ride a lot in Georgia and they require you wait like 3 minutes at a light before running it on a motorcycle. (Again, I dont ride much in urban areas.)
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Old 03-05-2014, 09:42 AM   #13
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Old man bikes don't always work to keep you out of trouble. I got a ticket on a V-Strom 1000 with hard bags. I thought looking ugly and slow would help, but only up to a point, I guess.
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Old 03-05-2014, 10:25 AM   #14
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Never a speeding ticket on a bike for me. Illegal turn once though. I ride like an old man (oh wait...I am an old man...) these days. I don't know how much that matters. I remember coming down route 81 decades ago on a 2-stroke Kawi triple at a bit over 80mph and there sat the officer on the inside of a turn, me streaming a solid train of 2-stroke perfume behind me, and all he did was make a 'slow down' hand motion.

The officers might be eyeing up that red bike as you go by and thinking it's pretty nice. Even the police admire a nice bike. It's when the put the lights on that you'll know they are looking to give a ticket.
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Old 03-05-2014, 10:51 AM   #15
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I find wearing full gear and trying to blend in works for me. There is a time and place for extralegal speeds, and it's not in town

That, a radar detector, and I rock a top box all the time on my XX. I consider it a cloaking device - I noticed I get a lot less looks from LEO's when I roll by vs when I didn't have it.



The ultimate is this one though, they look right through me - but so does the driving public. I ride accordingly...

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