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Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 09-07-2014, 07:22 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,592
Posted By mikerd400
I work a 10 hour shift. Generally, I ride about...

I work a 10 hour shift. Generally, I ride about 7 hours a day. the other 3 hours are report writing, and an hour for briefing and debrief. A few days a month, I'll be down a few more reports, so...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 09-06-2014, 11:26 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,592
Posted By mikerd400
We really don't have a lot of choice. My...

We really don't have a lot of choice. My department will stay with the open face helmet, less intimidating to the public. Unless there is a dramatic increase in facial injuries, upper management...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 08-20-2014, 12:56 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,038
Posted By mikerd400
Tickets can be mailed. It is rare to do so, but...

Tickets can be mailed. It is rare to do so, but it is legal.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 08-09-2014, 01:37 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,993
Posted By mikerd400
If you are a visitor, you're Argentina driver's...

If you are a visitor, you're Argentina driver's license is all you need. California does not recognize the "International Driver's License." You may buy a bike here and insure it here, and use your...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 06-05-2014, 01:07 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 4,254
Posted By mikerd400
There is no real way to know, unless someone has...

There is no real way to know, unless someone has experience with the court you are dealing with. Each judge rules different.

The LEO must show up. They are the one presenting the case, so...
Forum: Americas 04-13-2014, 11:42 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 554
Posted By mikerd400
This! When I did the Dalton, I only had about 20...

This! When I did the Dalton, I only had about 20 miles of rain. Just a great trip up and back. A week later, I was riding the Dempster. We had rain from Dawson City to Eagle Plains. I was riding...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 04-06-2014, 11:10 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 2,461
Posted By mikerd400
I'm an LEO and the California Vehicle Code...

I'm an LEO and the California Vehicle Code applies to all vehicles, regardless of state. Smog equipment violations are exempt, but most equipment violations are not exempt. However, a tourist would...
Forum: Racing 02-25-2014, 01:16 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,182
Posted By mikerd400
Count me in. I'll be racing the Norra Mex 1000...

Count me in. I'll be racing the Norra Mex 1000 also, class 6/7200 truck though.
Forum: Racing 01-28-2014, 09:51 PM
Replies: 145
Views: 11,811
Posted By mikerd400
My team will be there. We race a 7200 truck, and...

My team will be there. We race a 7200 truck, and have raced almost all of the different race organizations. Last year we races the Mex 1000, and it was by far the most fun we have had racing. I...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 01-14-2014, 12:45 AM
Replies: 138
Views: 10,027
Posted By mikerd400
Did you already get the ticket, or trying to...

Did you already get the ticket, or trying to prevent getting a ticket?

I've given tickets for wheelies before, and I've also given breaks for wheelies. For the majority of LEOs, It is all...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 01-09-2014, 08:20 PM
Replies: 138
Views: 10,027
Posted By mikerd400
I wasn't trying to be defensive. I must have...

I wasn't trying to be defensive. I must have misinterpreted your post.

I do agree situational awareness is very important. But, as I stated earlier, I've been to a lot of solo motorcycle...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 01-08-2014, 09:18 PM
Replies: 138
Views: 10,027
Posted By mikerd400
I've been doing this job for 15 plus years. ...

I've been doing this job for 15 plus years. Almost all of the solo motorcycle collisions had braking issues with the riders. The majority locked up the front brake and went down. The others were...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 01-08-2014, 01:41 AM
Replies: 138
Views: 10,027
Posted By mikerd400
We do practice shooting all the time. And in...

We do practice shooting all the time. And in doing so, we develop a muscle memory, so when a panic situation occurs our training in instinctive. Practicing braking should be the same. If a rider...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 12-27-2013, 01:34 AM
Replies: 138
Views: 10,027
Posted By mikerd400
There was no prosecution in the case, so I didn't...

There was no prosecution in the case, so I didn't do speed from the crush damage. If he had done a proper braking job, there may have still been a collision (he was on a Harley, and HD braking isn't...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 12-25-2013, 12:39 AM
Replies: 138
Views: 10,027
Posted By mikerd400
I do agree with that, and that was the actual...

I do agree with that, and that was the actual cause of the collision. Even with his poor judgment to pass stopped traffic on the left, he still had plenty of distance to stop. So, that's why I was...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 12-23-2013, 01:12 AM
Replies: 138
Views: 10,027
Posted By mikerd400
No, roads are fine, or parking lots. The fastest...

No, roads are fine, or parking lots. The fastest we go when we train is only 40 mph. We do several runs from 20, 30, and 40. Just choose a road or parking lot that is not busy. What you want is...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 12-23-2013, 12:32 AM
Replies: 138
Views: 10,027
Posted By mikerd400
That's why I decided to post it. Most riders...

That's why I decided to post it. Most riders don't practice braking. Just sad to see two riders die from something so avoidable.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 12-22-2013, 11:51 PM
Replies: 138
Views: 10,027
Posted By mikerd400
Practice your braking!!

I've responded to two fatality motorcycle collisions in the last few months. I investigated one, and another officer investigated the other. Both were as a direct result of poor braking.

...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 12-22-2013, 11:31 PM
Replies: 131
Views: 12,692
Posted By mikerd400
I'm an LEO, and just because someone is under the...

I'm an LEO, and just because someone is under the influence, the collision is not always their fault. And if that is the case, they cannot be charged with felony DUI/manslaughter. Normally the DUI...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 11-21-2013, 01:32 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 4,475
Posted By mikerd400
The rider that found him first was Ken, aka the...

The rider that found him first was Ken, aka the Baja Turtle. He has raced the 1000 before. He was a spectator this race. he stayed with KC for a awhile, but then left to get help. There is more...
Forum: Racing 11-17-2013, 09:09 PM
Replies: 283
Views: 60,450
Posted By mikerd400
RIP Kurt!! I just got back from the 1000....

RIP Kurt!!

I just got back from the 1000. It was a hard course. Just very sad to hear the news of a rider down.
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 07-16-2013, 01:58 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 953
Posted By mikerd400
That sucks. She was truly a good person.

That sucks. She was truly a good person.
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 07-07-2013, 12:18 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,832
Posted By mikerd400
If you are eligible, you may take traffic school....

If you are eligible, you may take traffic school. If you opt to go to court, both officers must show up. I will tell you all CHP aircraft have video, and almost always record the violation.
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 06-19-2013, 12:45 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 522
Posted By mikerd400
Do we need tickets, or just show up?

Do we need tickets, or just show up?
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 06-07-2013, 01:43 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,302
Posted By mikerd400
The scooter rider is an idiot. The scooter rider...

The scooter rider is an idiot. The scooter rider should have slowed and made sure the intersection was clear and there was no threat of any vehicles entering the intersection.

I invesigated a...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 05-14-2013, 01:55 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 4,336
Posted By mikerd400
I'm not one of the red light officers, but I do...

I'm not one of the red light officers, but I do know they check other public records to see if there is a spouse, then the officer will check the DMV photo.

The red light camera program in Sac...
Forum: Trip Planning 05-12-2013, 11:58 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 4,127
Posted By mikerd400
Another for Med Jet!!

Another for Med Jet!!
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 05-12-2013, 11:45 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 4,336
Posted By mikerd400
In Sacramento County, it is an officer that does...

In Sacramento County, it is an officer that does the investigation, no clerks are associated at all. Unlike some counties, which rely on clerks, everything in Sac County from start to finish is done...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 03-23-2013, 12:32 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,748
Posted By mikerd400
I'll be out at on PC this Sunday 3/24. No bikes...

I'll be out at on PC this Sunday 3/24. No bikes this time. Taking out the quads this time.
Forum: GS Boxers 02-14-2013, 12:24 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,793
Posted By mikerd400
I had a set of Heidenaus mounted last year and my...

I had a set of Heidenaus mounted last year and my front would lose pressure. The tire was defective. The bead had a couple of imperfections, which would not seal on the rim. I used soapy water on...
Forum: Racing 02-13-2013, 09:02 PM
Replies: 114
Views: 15,988
Posted By mikerd400
Good luck!! In for the shirt.

Good luck!!

In for the shirt.
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 02-10-2013, 10:58 PM
Replies: 120
Views: 11,533
Posted By mikerd400
Possible, but I doubt it. In my 14 years on the...

Possible, but I doubt it. In my 14 years on the job, not one thing has ever been said about motorcyclists lane splitting.
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 02-09-2013, 05:19 PM
Replies: 120
Views: 11,533
Posted By mikerd400
Not one thing has been said to road patrol...

Not one thing has been said to road patrol officers about lane splitting enforcement. This came from public affairs about all the questions the CHP gets about lane splitting.
Forum: Americas 02-01-2013, 10:07 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,296
Posted By mikerd400
I've never had anyone in Mexico look at my VIN...

I've never had anyone in Mexico look at my VIN numbers, on my bike or my prerunner. I only had to show my vehicle import permit for my bike when I took the ferry out of La Paz.
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 01-28-2013, 09:24 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,288
Posted By mikerd400
Great news!!

Great news!!
Forum: GS Boxers 01-27-2013, 11:07 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 9,603
Posted By mikerd400
I had an 05' GS, and got a new GSA in 2009. In...

I had an 05' GS, and got a new GSA in 2009. In 2010, I rode up up to Prudhoe Bay and Inuvik. I met a guy riding a F800GS, and it had plenty of power, and was much easier to ride through the deep...
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 01-27-2013, 11:01 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,288
Posted By mikerd400
I agree!

I agree!
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 01-27-2013, 10:39 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,288
Posted By mikerd400
I haven't heard anything. I just saw him at the...

I haven't heard anything. I just saw him at the B1K. While he wasn't in the best of health, he didn't look overly too bad. I pray he's ok.
Forum: West California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 01-20-2013, 11:41 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 912
Posted By mikerd400
I have one complete set. Helmet, boots, pants and...

I have one complete set. Helmet, boots, pants and jersey.

Yours if you want.
Forum: Americas 01-12-2013, 11:24 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 855
Posted By mikerd400
In 2010 I rode up to Inuvik. I was on my GSA with...

In 2010 I rode up to Inuvik. I was on my GSA with knobbies, and I rode up the Dempster with another rider on a bike with street tires. The first 50 miles went fine and then the rain started. We...
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