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Old 05-29-2013, 10:57 AM   #1
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Lets talk about speeding tickets

I haven't had one in 20 years and only pulled over once on a bike in 80K+ miles of riding. I'm sick of constantly worrying about getting pulled over and I only speed then there are coners around anyway. It's ruined my freedom while riding for long enough.

What are the consequences? Insurance? Points? How often can you get them? Fines don't really bother me, it's the long term effects that concern me. What about out of state tickets? Does your car insurance rise with our bike insurance?
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Old 05-29-2013, 11:21 AM   #2
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Just forget about speeding now, it's too late, you just screwed yourself by posting your history without them. This tempts the powers that be in the universe to "correct" that by always making sure there will be a cop around just when you'd really rather not see one.
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Old 05-29-2013, 11:48 AM   #3
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Just forget about speeding now, it's too late, you just screwed yourself by posting your history without them. This tempts the powers that be in the universe to "correct" that by always making sure there will be a cop around just when you'd really rather not see one.
Whatever...I'm been bragging about not getting tickets for the past 10 years. The key is to only speed in the corners.
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Old 05-29-2013, 12:50 PM   #4
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Well, for one it helps to ride in areas without a lot of cops. That being said, I've had over 120 moving violations in my life, most of which are speeding tickets, and more then half were in cars/trucks.

I never considered them much of anything but a speeding tax that I was willing to pay, and usually they give you some hoops to jump through to keep them off your record so your insurance doesn't go through the roof..

The problem is that in the last 10 years, the price of tickets has really sky rocketed. My last speeding ticket I got in TX just before I moved was for 15 over and it cost me $280! The last ticket I got was for 10 over here in AR and it was something like $175. Still not cheap considering I got nailed doing 65 in a 55.

I still speed almost always on the bikes, but I have slowed down in the cage. I rarely go much more then 5 over in my truck.
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Old 05-29-2013, 12:59 PM   #5
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. I'm sick of constantly worrying about getting pulled over and I only speed then there are coners around anyway. It's ruined my freedom while riding for long enough.
Ride where there aren't any speed limits?



a local race track perhaps? Or a lot of places have this stuff called "dirt"

also, the constant cat and mouse is fun. They are always looking for you - you're always looking for them. When you get back from a long days' ride you feel like you had the chance to get away with something....

Now! More riding, less worrying
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Old 05-29-2013, 01:51 PM   #6
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I average a ticket about every 5 years. So far, none have impacted my insurance. The insurance company has to pay to pull your record from the state and if you are in good standing with them, they won't spend the money. I've had luck with out of state tickets by paying them immediately. If you don't piss 'em off, sometimes they won't report the ticket to your home state.
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Old 05-29-2013, 01:54 PM   #7
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I think you've already got it figured out.
You're speeding smart.
Never in town, or school zones, or way faster than traffic on the slab all come to mind.
I seem to have stopped attracting the attention of LEO's, I think the BMW and ATGATT help a lot.
Once I pulled up to a RIDE program and the LEO waved me through.

RIDE = Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere.
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Old 05-29-2013, 02:05 PM   #8
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Whatever...I'm been bragging about not getting tickets for the past 10 years. The key is to only speed in the corners.
Clearly you've not ridden a properly geared motorcycle.
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Old 05-29-2013, 03:39 PM   #9
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Yep, speed smart. You know the good places to speed -- so do the cops. So go do it somewhere else.
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Old 05-29-2013, 03:55 PM   #10
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This is one of the main advantages of dual-sport riding... no cops way out in the boonies!
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Old 05-29-2013, 04:54 PM   #11
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This is one of the main advantages of dual-sport riding... no cops way out in the boonies!

Unless you are unlucky enough to get nabbed by forest service law enforcement cops.
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Old 05-29-2013, 05:08 PM   #12
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Your insurance goes up with tickets? Holy crap that sucks.

Most of our automated speed traps don't get motorcycles 'cause they only take a photo from your front and even if the police has to prove you have been riding, what's a bit a problem with a full face helmet.

However, once I was stopped with ~20mph over and lost my licence for a month.
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Old 05-29-2013, 08:02 PM   #13
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There are times and places you can take liberties, there are times and places you can't.
Put on your "big boy pants" like the rest of the world, and get over it, or go to the track.

I truly pity someone whose interest in riding is so one dimensional they can't find any joy in it without going fast all the time.
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Old 05-29-2013, 08:25 PM   #14
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I'm sick of constantly worrying about getting pulled over......

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This is one of the main advantages of dual-sport riding... no cops way out in the boonies!



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