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Old 02-22-2013, 11:43 AM   #151
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back in 1986 i got a $172 ticket for driving on a closed road.
they were doing road work and had about 150' of the road coned off. well i just rode through and the happy chp at the other end explained my error and was kind enough to give me an invatation to see the judicial process in action.
Back in Oct 2011, I was riding around Hartford CT, on the Interstate (I think). It was after dark and lots of construction going on. I found myself riding in the coned-off lane and I was confused how I even got there, nor was it really obvious I wasn't supposed to be in that lane, so I just continued on. Eventually I found a police car with lights flashing, parked at the end so by then, obviously I was on the wrong lane. I just rode around him without incident. He stayed put and didn't go after me.

To even things up, last week I lost my checkbook that had $500 cash in it. Your $172 in 1986 dollars plus interest equals my loss.
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Old 02-22-2013, 03:13 PM   #152
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Iv'e been hassled on a GS for standing up on the pegs. No ticket. Also got followed and pulled only to receive a lecture for "operating the motorcycle with one hand" I also ride sport bikes, but not as much anymore, and get a whole lot more shit when on a bright orange sport bike with full leathers. (understandably so with the squids but some occifers really need to relax)

Kinda long but worth it.......... A few years ago I had a roadside meeting on hwy 129 in N GA with the most angry officer I have ever had the pleasure to converse with. I was at the bottom of the mountain on hwy 129 (45 mph limit) going about 54mph sitting up with my left hand on my hip. He was hidden up a dirt road I guess about 70 yrds off the road. I never saw him, one of the guys I was riding with that was a little ways behind us did see him sitting there and he saw him pull out after me. I guess he saw me and was coming to ticket me when I got to the fun curvy part of the road. Still had no idea he was back there. I sped up the pace a good bit going up the mountain on the fun part of the road (yes I was speeding. and more so than at the bottom. guilty. but never left my lane, didn't crowd any cars and didn't pass on double yellow). Once I got to the top where my side of the road goes from two lanes to one there was a slow car so I tucked in behind and was going 35-40mph. This was probably 5 or 6 miles past where the cop saw me.

Was nice and relaxed when I heard the siren and in the rear view saw the cop come FLYING around the corner behind me. I was thinking, "Man whoever he's after is in deep shit!" Then he promptly introduced his right side rear view mirror to my left knee and was screaming and pointing at the side of the road. SHIT. I had no clue where he came from or what he saw (or didn't see) I knew it was go to jail time for sure and pulled right over and waited for my instructions. At this point I knew I had done wrong, got caught, and was about to pay the piper. He skidded to a stop in front of me and came flying out doing the hand on gun more screaming thing. His car's (crown vic) brakes were smoking like a chimney. Smoke coming through the grill and already a nice stream of strange green fluid was pouring out of the bottom of his car. OHHHHHH MAN he was pissed, helmet off, paperwork, license etc.... the whole time screaming at the top of his lungs and poking me in the chest with his finger and in the forehead with his bounty hat. I really thought he was going to hit me. I was trying to take it the best I could (yes sir, no sir) and about ten minutes into his rant he let go ".... and all I can cite you for is god-damned 9 over!!" I politely asked him to repeat that last part and he did with a red face. Yes sir! where do I sign?

So evidently by the book even if it was unintentional I was in fact "evading an officer" but because he never actually witnessed me take off and when he caught me I was going 35mph and pulled over immediately that was all I got. NEVER been so happy to get a speeding ticket!

He was still cussing like crazy when he went to his car and left, started it, turned it around (still leaking all over the road) and made it about 15 yards before we heard a loud, mechanical noise that sounded like a piston taking it's last breath. He was beating on his steering wheel when we decided it was time to leave him to it. I bet he got a HUGE chewing out when he arrived back at the station with his car on the wrecker and only a speeding ticket. He looked younger than me (31) and had one stripe on his sleeve. Too bad rookie!!
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Old 02-22-2013, 03:36 PM   #153
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far too many indiscretions during my youth, mostly car related but-

Around 20 years old I rode a Suzuki gs550es. I also wore glasses. Well, one day I forgot my glasses on my way to work. Leaving the office that afternoon I didn't give it a second thought at 20/40-20/60.

Result-72 in a 45. MA, they have artificially low limits in some instances,IMO, though this probably was not one of them.

Why were you speeding, everybody knows we sit here, Offc queried?

Well, I couldn't see you was my reply.

Couldn't?

Right.

Yup-72 in a 45 & failure to wear corrective lenses...
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Old 02-22-2013, 04:35 PM   #154
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He was still cussing like crazy when he went to his car and left, started it, turned it around (still leaking all over the road) and made it about 15 yards before we heard a loud, mechanical noise that sounded like a piston taking it's last breath. He was beating on his steering wheel when we decided it was time to leave him to it.
To protect and serve...

It's too bad jerks like this get hired in the first place. Someone with a temper like that has ZERO business wearing a badge much less having access to a weapon. Sounds like a prime candidate for anger management class.
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Old 02-22-2013, 04:47 PM   #155
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To protect and serve...

It's too bad jerks like this get hired in the first place. Someone with a temper like that has ZERO business wearing a badge much less having access to a weapon. Sounds like a prime candidate for anger management class.
That's why when I was going to Daytona every year, I'd cut over to I-95 rather than take I-75 to limit my miles in GA. Distance in the state was about 300 miles less going down the coast. It also saved having to deal with Atlanta traffic.
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Old 02-22-2013, 06:05 PM   #156
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I have met and been friends with some really nice guys that are cops in GA. They are not ALL that bad. (I don't think that would be possible) One of them rides too. But that guy took the prize for biggest a-hole ever. They don't have an anger management class that will help people like that. Kinda surprised he could drive that fast with such a big stick up his ass.

It did feel like a small victory for "our side" though seeing that dead state patrol car on the side of the road. All the bikers going by while we were stopped saw his destroyed car and kept giving us thumbs up.

Me and the other guy that was also pulled behind me got a nice ovation at the top of the mountain by the other bikes when we pulled in to the parking lot.
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Old 02-22-2013, 06:25 PM   #157
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I have met and been friends with some really nice guys that are cops in GA. They are not ALL that bad. (I don't think that would be possible) One of them rides too. But that guy took the prize for biggest a-hole ever. They don't have an anger management class that will help people like that. Kinda surprised he could drive that fast with such a big stick up his ass.

It did feel like a small victory for "our side" though seeing that dead state patrol car on the side of the road. All the bikers going by while we were stopped saw his destroyed car and kept giving us thumbs up.

Me and the other guy that was also pulled behind me got a nice ovation at the top of the mountain by the other bikes when we pulled in to the parking lot.
His name wouldn't have been Buford T. Justice, would it?
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Old 02-22-2013, 07:43 PM   #158
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His name wouldn't have been Buford T. Justice, would it?
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Old 02-28-2013, 09:12 PM   #159
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Was stopped on a Sunday ride in the uk, spot check, insurance, licence ect, then round the back of the bike to measure the plate? Issued a ticket for an illegal size number plate........ Not very happy, I suggested that the officer checked the previous owner of this motorcycle, bought from a cop, his plate still intact......
Needless to say, paid fine and changed plate..... What's good for the goose...............?
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Old 03-01-2013, 03:28 AM   #160
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Back in about 1989 I fitted a 24 litre Acerbis plastic fuel tank to my Kawa KLR 600, which was hampered by its 12 litre or so standard tank. At the time, it was illegal to use on the road a vehicle with a fuel tank made of anything but metal, following a spate of fires a decade earlier caused by splitting GRP tanks.

This I knew, but I also knew that a number of cars were being sold new with roto-formed moulded plastic tanks - they are commonplace now - and that the law was therefore about to be changed to permit them.

This did not help when I was stopped on London Wall by a sharp-eyed City of London moto plod. By then I had been using the tank for about six months while despatch riding and so assumed it would be acceptable.

"Does that fuel tank have a metal liner, sir?" "Er, no. But, blah blah..." No dice, ticket issued along with warning to put the stock tank back on. I tried arguing the point detailed above in written communication with the court but received a 50 fine. IIRC, the Acerbis tank was legal within six months.
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Old 03-01-2013, 05:16 AM   #161
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Weird tickets and lessons learned.

Well, I didn't get a ticket but I did learn a lesson. In March of last year, I found myself in Safford, AZ with a long way to go. I was returning to North Carolina after a trip to California. Leaving there on US 70, I felt sure I could run pretty hard on the two-lane before getting onto I-10 at Lordsburg, NM. I was wrong. The Arizona HP was out in full force so my deportment was exemplary.

As many of you know, I-10 was just another interstate blast but, once past beautiful El Paso, the speed limit is 80 mph so you can really burn up the miles. I ran about 90 mph over to Van Horn where refueling was necessary. Leaving the Exxon station with Alpine in my sights, I returned to 90 mph on US 90 and, soon, the Valentine 1 gave me a few weak signals. About a mile ahead, I saw a vehicle do a U-turn and thought, hmmm. I slowed to 75 mph in a 70 zone and, as I approached the vehicle, he flashed red & blue lights one time. I threw up a hand, waved and he didn't turn around. Whew!

After a few miles of the speed limit, I thought, "WTF, he's probably the only LEO for miles," and I returned to 90 mph. Five miles from Marfa, that Valentine lit up like a Christmas tree but it was nothing compared to the light display on an approaching black Ford pick-up. I was on the side of the road before that sheriff's deputy could turn around. When he pulled up behind me, I was still mounted with a hand on each mirror. He wanted my license, etc. and I politely asked permission to dismount. He studied my info for a moment, walked to the back of the bike and said, referring to a sticker on the pannier, "What's this One; tell me what this is about; I want to know about this one."


I explained that, in my youth, I'd been a soldier in the First Infantry Division in Vietnam and that was our insignia. He hands my stuff back and said, "Have a nice day." Dumbfounded, I thanked him for the break (88mph in a 70 mph zone) and asked, "Why?) He smiled and said, "I was Big Red One in Fallujah. We talked a bit longer about our service experience and parted.

What did I learn from this? He told me to watch my speed as I crossed into Brewster County, "'cause the sheriff over there is a real prick." Turned out it was his brother. I behaved all the way to Alpine.

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Was stopped on a Sunday ride in the uk, spot check, insurance, licence ect, then round the back of the bike to measure the plate? Issued a ticket for an illegal size number plate........ Not very happy, I suggested that the officer checked the previous owner of this motorcycle, bought from a cop, his plate still intact......
Needless to say, paid fine and changed plate..... What's good for the goose...............?
How does this happen? Do you make your own license plates? Over here the state issues them. I never give a second thought to what size they are.
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Old 03-01-2013, 09:33 AM   #163
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How does this happen? Do you make your own license plates? Over here the state issues them. I never give a second thought to what size they are.
The driver buys the plates from a supplier. There is a government specification for color and size. Motorcyclists try to use smaller plates because the government size is huge. When the road tax is paid, a disc is issued and that is displayed on the bike in a holder.
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Old 03-01-2013, 11:05 AM   #164
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I got pulled over for 86mph on HWY 101 in Northern California. I didn't have a working speedo on my bike at the time. I stopped before he had even turned around as I was the only other person on the road. I figured this might help my situation.

It didn't. I got written up for 86 mph and that is the exact speed at which you get bumped into the next fine zone. That one cost me $468 just to avoid a point. Sucks because I didn't even make him work for it and I was respectful. He told me I must not be as good a rider as I thought I was, I never claimed to be great. Cop was a dick and i have a feeling he just hates motorcycles.
Checked and he also could have written you up for the broken speedo.
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Old 03-01-2013, 01:00 PM   #165
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So my first bike is a '72 Triumph Bonneville 120R, the fancy, smancy 2 carb version that doubled my insurance 'cause it was a "racing" bike. That this is 16 years later and I can get smoked by any then current 250 makes no never mind but I digress.

I had rebuilt the thing probably twice by then and really wanted to get it on the road so needed to get it certified to get a plate on it. Closest dealer is a Honda shop about 4 miles away. A normal person might have just ridden it on the qt without a plate and hoped for the best. It's one redeeming feature, in my mind, was a Hooker Header which sure as shooting made it sound fast even at a standstill, so qt was not in my vocabulary at the time. Also, I hadn't figured out that wet sumping thang, so it would only run for about 5 minutes before the bottom end filled up with oil and it would blow smoke like a two stroke on steroids. No worries, only needs to run for about 5 minutes for certification so I drain the sump and start pushing.

Got stopped 4 times by Toronto's finest, all very polite and all very curious as to what I thought I was doing and "may we see your registration sir". No ticket and candidly I didn't mind stopping every now and then.

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