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About 1 block from my house, in Colorado Springs, I turned left from a stop sign and "hit it" (what else can you do). It was a straightaway. Then I saw a motorcycle cop with a radar gun behind a tree. I immediately "got off it" but did not hit the brake. When I checked the speedo it was on 70. I don't care how "off" the speedo is, we're talking about a 35 mph speed zone. He just let me pass. When he didn't follow, I was relieved, only to find out there was another motorcycle cop writing a ticket on the downhill. I just knew that he would signal me to pull over. Nothing happened. I would view this as a fluke, except last summer I was speeding on my old '77 Yamaha 650 (what else can you do, and yes you can speed on a '77 Yamaha 650) when I passed a motorcycle cop with a radar gun and he let me pass. So now I am wondering, are they brothers? :cop: P.S. Based on my younger days, I've never been a big cop fan. My son-in-law said that maybe he let me go because I was wearing a helmet. Someone else suggested that we are all "brothers". What say you?
 

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In 2000 I had a 1999 ZRX1100.  Traveling to Dallas for a 5 day class.  On the last day of class I rode my bike.  On the way home I pulled off for gas... I pulled into a left turn lane...The kind with a red light.... waited for green and eased around in a u-turn to get back to the highway... Motorcycle cop comes out of no where and pulls me over.... I was like WTF?  He said that there was no u-turns at those left turns .... I said "it's not posted" he said "it does'nt have to be".... I was leaving the country the next day on vacation so I could'nt fight it due to the court date being while I was going to be gone.... besides I did'nt want to drive and hour or so back to dallas to fight it anyway...It would have cost me more to fight than to pay... So I paid it...

So my vote is they suck monkey balls...

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I am not so sure they always get a good return on a radar with a bike. I am sure they can, but not like a car. I say that because many times I have cruised past the unmaned flashing things they put out to remind ppl how fast they are going, and on my gold wing at least which is nothing but plastic on the front end, they almost never are picking me up or close to accurate until I am right on top of it.

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Brothers are brothers... Others are not. Sometimes you get lucky.

Just to scare you a little. In the past in CT all $$ from speeding fines went to the STATE no matter who pulled you over or where you were...
CT has just added an extra $10 to all fines so they can send $$ back to the local police each quarter.
Tell me that wont increase their amount of tickets written!!

PS CT already sucked for speeding. I avoind driving there at all costs, and try to NEVER spend a dime if I have to enter that place due to [email protected] enforcement I received in the past.

PS If this catches on it wont stay in CT...

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We ride with alot of the Blue Knights and alot of State Troopers and Local police. Most, not all tell me that they will not ticket a biker UNLESS that are being truly stupid. In our CMA chapter, we have a local police officer who said that he will not pull over a biker unless he is obvioulsy be a danger to himself or others. In my local town, I was recently pulled over for doing 65 in a 25, my own stupid fault. Instead of fighting with the police officer I just pulled over, admitted my guilt and explained that it was a beautiful day, took off work early, etc, etc, but I was speeding.

To my surprise, he said, I will write you up for a traffice violation (minor offense) no points, nothing major. 1/3 the fine and not reported to insurance. I was shocked. Sometimes you get lucky, sometimes you don't.
 

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I am always amazed how everyone out there thinks the cops are out to get them. I am not going to preach and say that there  are not some hard azz unfriendly cops out there but that goes for any profession! there are good and bad across the board in any walk of life. Having said that when you are 40 to 50 mph over the speed limit and you get a pass that's a good day but if you get paper dropped on you, oh well you knew the risk when you cracked that throttle open.  A good tip that works quite often is to be respectful and fess up...you will likely get a pass....I know there will be 100 stories about the hard azz that wouldn't let you go, just refer back to line 2 of this response..that's my 2cents
 
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Cops are real people two, I have two in my family, and the persistant response from them about things like this is how you respond.

If you are being an idiot then you are going to get slapped. If you lye or act like the cop is stupid you are going to get slapped.

When you have cops in your family you meet cops other cops and they all say the same thing. Now there are about 10% of all cops that are absolute A-Holes and another 10% that are crooks. So go figure.

Since meeting my Father-in-Law 19 years ago I have always taken the approach of being totally honest and at 35 mph over anything less than the max is a gesture of kindness.

I have been pulled over 3 times post some partying event with a bit too much libation in my system ( .018), (.023) and (.0245) and each time I have been allowed to get in the passenger seat and leave with no DUI infraction, this was in a cage of course a very big one, Still STUPID I KNOW.

All three events where very public events, all three times The first question I was asked was have you been drinking and my instant response was yes. In two if the incidents I was wriiten non-moving violation tickets (money to the local municipality) no points, no insurance.

Some may say I am a very lucky person, but in my experience, It has been my interaction that has warrented the response.

Cops are doing a job a very difficult one, you get shot at for 27,500 (avg rookie starting salary) a year and see how you respond to some one saying that they were not doing x or y.

And for gods sake turn the interior lights on, turn the vehicle off and put your hands on the steering wheel until they come to the window or on your bike - turn the bike off, take off your helmet and get off the seat and stand at the bike.

RAW_TAZ

P.S. My two cents, not biblical of course, so your experience I sure has been different.
 

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I ride with the Sheriff of our little town from time to time and I have a bunch of friends that are cops. If I'm breaking the law I got it coming but so far I have been lucky. I can tell you some stories though, like the time there were four of us on Boss Hosses doing 140+ and we passed a cop on the freeway :eek: , thought we were going to jail for sure that day. :cop:
 
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I am a motorcycle cop and proud to be one. It is the best job I have ever had. On numerous occasions I have escorted Presidents, Vice Presidents, Senators, Dignitaries and hopefuls around. It is a proud profession. I put several charity rides for motorcycles on every year and have been doing so for four years. That said, I also write tickets. Lots of them. Mostly for people speeding and running red lights. 12 mph or more and you get a ticket. Aren't you pissed off when someone goes 12 mph over the speed limit down your street in front of your kids? I'll try not to write a MC but if you do it in front of me, what am I supposed to do? You at least get stopped. What's wrong with that. BTW, I put over 10,000 miles a year on my work bike. Doesn't that suck? I get paid alot to ride a motorcycle. It's not all bad.
 

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heres mine . I was running a little over 80 in a 60 . all of a sudden I hear a siren. next thing I know , there is a motorcycle cop beside me . pucker factor !!!!! he just signaled me to slow down . let me tell you , I was thankful . I did head the kind juster .
 

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Here in the area were i live I've been pulled over more in the last three months , than the last 15 years. In 3 months I've been pulled over 4 times, No ticket yet. and every time I've been speeding.(I'm gonna quit that)
 

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About the same thing happened to me a few weeks ago. I just gassed up, and was leaving the station, looked both ways then jumped on it . I was doing 65 in a 35 mile zone, and then I saw a county police officer " a woman", on her bike with radar gun in hand, just shaking her head at me, smiling. She just let me ride on by. Thank You Officer, was all I could think of.
 

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raw_taz said:
Cops are real people two, I have two in my family, and the persistant response from them about things like this is how you respond.
yep and some are arsholes just like i said and it does'nt always have to do with the way you respond...i hav'nt been pulled over that much but the few times i have it has been never anything but "yes sir" or "no sir" ... sometimes they respect that and sometimes they don't give a Sh*t....

As far as the family comment... My daughters fiance is now a local police officer and I work for the city I live in and know and am friends with dozens... some are really cool and I consider them great freinds and some like I stated ealier are....well just re read my first statement in this post.... ::)

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I appreciate all the guys who backed me up on my statements. I have been a cop for 19 years. when I started out I was a kid of 22 years old and much like JR said when your young and they hand you a badge and gun it can make you feel like you are somebody. Over the course of time you come to realize that it just a job like any other. I have a great deal of respect for all those out there that bust their butts and make an honest living. I am very proud to be a cop and have done some things that I consider life changing for the better for a lot of the people I come in contact with. I have spent the last couple of years now in ESU which is my Dept's version of a S.W.A.T./ RESCUE team. Thats why I preach to you guys to be careful out there,I Have responded to a few too many bikers down this year. Khrome I can see based on your response that you have had a bad experience or 2 with the PD but if you read my post over you will see that I have already addressed the 10% A hole factor which you find in any job or walk of life. By the way I was one cop that really didn't like giving tickets but I will tell you this there are some who really deserve them. Thankfully I don't have to write tickets anymore in the unit I'm in now. OK enough said...Thanks for listening  Ray back to the 109R
 

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I've probably had more than my share of speeding tickets on my bikes over the years. And I can honestly say, that every time I was breaking the law. Here in SoCal you rarely ever get off with just a warning. Especially if you get stopped by CHP. They are very courteous and professional, but in my experience, if they stop you for speeding you are almost always going to get written up.

Once I got stopped on my 700 Maxim by a motorcycle CHP and he was all excited because the way I was riding, he thought I was going to run and he was going to get to chase me down. I'm not that stupid though so I pulled over. We talked about bikes for a little while and he was really cool. But he still gave me a ticket. He was nice enough to write it for a lower speed than I was actually going though.

As bad as I may hate it sometimes, I've learned to just take what I have coming to me and go on about my business.
 

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I was run off the road on the way to work one morning by woman in a white pickup.  She changed lanes without looking so I took the shoulder and nailed my brakes.  As I came back into the lane behind her she just looked up in the rear view mirror and gave me this little flip of the wrist wave that said "whatever" and kept on going without looking back.

I shouldn't have, but I stayed right on her tail, mouthed a few well chosen obscenities, and glared into her rear view mirror.   :verymad:

Within a minute she had sped up about ten miles an hour, but Iwas still on her tail.  Another ten miles an hour, I was still on her tail.  Somewhere about 85 or 90 I went "what the *%$* am I doing?" and backed off the throttle because she and I were flying in a 60 mph zone.

It was good timing though, because at that exact moment of slowing down, the distance I gained between myself and the womans truck allowed me to see the Motorcyle cop in the distance, under the overpass, radar gun in hand...

By the time we passed him I was under the speed limit, she didn't even notice him until he hit his lights.  He shot past me and pulled her over, and even exchanged waves with me as I passed him pulling her over!!!!! :evil:

I'd love to have heard her story about why she was speeding to get away from the guy she ran off the road, but as soon as I was around the bend I hit warpdrive and was gone!!
 

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I guess you can say in a nutshell: " If a cop pulls you over, you had it coming". Your attitude will probably effect the severity of the ticket or lack there of. I was pulled by a trooper a few weeks ago. $208.00 for speeding. Man, was I tweaked. But in reality, I had it coming for a LONG time. Don't hate on them guys for doing their jobs.
 
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