1. Monsignore

    Monsignore Plunger Boy

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    So I've been hanging a "No Dog Peeing" sign on my bike cover while parked at home for the past couple weeks. As soon as I started, there were zero piddle puddles on my rear tire, rim and mud guard. I had the sign in one of those flimsy, 3-ring clear folders. It got soaked during the last storm, so I printed a better version and got it laminated at work yesterday.

    I took this photo at work this morning:
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    When I was locking up my bike at home this evening, I suddenly realized that I didn't have the sign, but the clips were still on the cover, which means I didn't take it off the cover, which means someone stole it. :fpalm
  2. bobbyp

    bobbyp Been here awhile

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    Brilliant solution to a real problem.
    My light blue fabric chain cover turned green last year.
  3. Monsignore

    Monsignore Plunger Boy

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    If anyone wants the file, PM me your email and I'll send it to ya.
  4. dlearl476

    dlearl476 Two-bit Throttle Bum

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    The problem is that I don't want/can't do a NYS reg. I need the VIN inspection in order to get my Utah title sent to me. Local LEOs/DMV won't inspect and endorse the Utah inspection form.
  5. mosey.levy

    mosey.levy Long timer

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    What's the downside of posting photos online of your license plate?
    Why are people so concerned to blur it out?
    I know I'm missing something. That's why I ask.


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  6. Petzl

    Petzl Been here awhile

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    New Sign...
    "DOG OWNERS BEWARE!!!
    Motorcycle is Electrostatically Charged for theft prevention.
    Pets can be shocked/injured if they come into contact.
    No Touching/urination. Caution
  7. Speedo66

    Speedo66 Transient

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    Take a ride upstate a little and talk to a few small depts. or sheriffs offices where cops still believe in actually serving the people. Major plus if you find an officer who's a car buff.

    Always liked Beck's products, should have bought/built one instead of the Cobra replica I built some 15 or so years ago.

    At that time I dealt with a titling company in AL, Titles Unlimited. I "sold" it to them, and they had it titled and registered there as a '66 Ford. They then "sold" it back to me, registered it in my name, sent me the title, registration, and plates, and I was able to get it titled in NY. All transactions were done through the mail.

    Didn't cost a lot, I think $200 for everything, and it was worth every penny. I remember at the time standing at the NYS DMV window with a weird VIN consisting of 2 letters and 5 numbers, which no '66 Ford ever had, and feeling paranoid that a couple of DMV inspectors would be pouncing on me at the window. But all went smooth, and I walked out with plates and a huge grin on my face. :D

    Luckily, it was before this:

    Attorney General Lockyer Obtains Conviction in Massive Vehicle Registration Fraud Case
    False Title and Registration Scam Costs State Millions in Lost Tax Revenues, Fees

    April 7, 2004

    04-042
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    (916) 324-5500

    (SACRAMENTO) – Attorney General Bill Lockyer today announced an Alabama man was convicted on Friday of felony charges for issuing false vehicle titles in a scam that has cost the State of California millions of dollars in lost tax revenues and license fees.

    "This illegal operation provided false information regarding the purchase of expensive vehicles to hundreds of Californians, which allowed them to avoid smog requirements and pay reduced sales taxes and vehicle registration fees," Lockyer said. "At a time when California and its residents are forced to confront painful budget choices, these scam artists defrauded the state and all law-abiding taxpayers who have done their part to get through our economic slump. We will continue to investigate to ensure these tax cheats are brought to justice."

    Richard Clark Weaver, 56, of Birmingham, Alabama, was convicted of providing fraudulent vehicle purchase agreements to California residents. The agreements, which were obtained for a $200 fee by mail, falsely indicated the year the vehicle was manufactured and that it had been purchased from Weaver at a low price. With these false documents, Californians were then able to avoid smog regulations and register their vehicles at a lower value, resulting in the loss of millions of tax dollars and registration fees. Weaver's company, Titles Unlimited, is believed to have provided false documents to Californians that cost the state more than $1 million in tax revenues and license fees over the past two years, and as much as $14 million since 1975, when the company began operating.

    Weaver was convicted by Sacramento Superior Court Judge James Morris on April 2 on felony charges of offering false registration documents. He is scheduled to be sentenced May 7, and faces up to three years in California prison. In addition to his prison sentence, he may also be required to forfeit the profits he made from issuing false documents for 613 vehicles in California.

    Of the 613 vehicles identified as having been licensed in California with documents from Titles Unlimited since 1999, more than 150 were Cobra "kit" or "replica" cars. These specially constructed vehicles typically are built out of components from several manufacturers and do not have a vehicle identification number assigned to the whole vehicle. The "kit cars" were purchased for $40,000-$60,000, yet were usually registered as older Fords in California with a value of $500. In one incident, a Cobra was purchased for $120,000, but was registered as a $70,000 1964 Ford to avoid state fees and smog requirements. The Attorney General's Office conservatively estimates that the loss to the state in taxes and license fees for just those 150 "kit cars" is at least $500,000.

    The investigation began in October 2001 when the Yolo County District Attorney's Office began looking into the fraudulent registration of a 2000 Superperformance Cobra that had been titled in Alabama. Former Woodland police officer Terry Brown purchased the vehicle without an engine or transmission for $37,480. He installed a new Ford MotorSprot 351/392 CID 430-horsepower engine, bringing the value of the completed vehicle to $51,358.

    For a $200 fee, Brown purchased an application for a bill of sale with Titles Unlimited, which registered his vehicle in Alabama as a 1965 Ford Cobra convertible valued at $13,500, and then reconveyed the title to Brown. Brown then used that document to fraudulently register his vehicle in California. The Attorney General's Office prosecuted Brown, who pled guilty in April 2002 to making a false statement to the Department of Motor Vehicles. Brown was required to perform 80 hours of community service, correctly register his vehicle and pay $655 in registration fees and $2,375 in taxes.

    The Attorney General's Office continued investigating Titles Unlimited, enlisting the help of the Sacramento Valley Hi-Tech Crimes Task Force, which includes attorneys and agents from the Attorney General's Office and deputies the Sacramento County Sheriff's Office. The California Highway Patrol assisted in the investigation, helping to serve 20 search warrants on Californians who had registered their cars with documents from Titles Unlimited.

    On Friday, Judge Morris also issued arrest warrants for four Californians who sold replicas and helped their customers avoid smog requirements and fraudulently register their cars in California using false documents and forged vehicle identification numbers. Warrants were issued for Lance Stander and Kimberly Marie Calder, both of Tustin, owner and employee, respectively, of Hilbank Motor Corp. in Costa Mesa; Dean Alan Woodruff of Alta Loma, owner of Woodruff's House of Cobras in Anaheim; and Craig Hill of Livermore, owner of Top of the Hill Performance Center in Livermore.

    To date, the on-going investigation has identified at least five other out-of-state companies that have provided fraudulent vehicle purchase agreements and titles to California vehicle owners. The companies are in Alabama, Nevada, New York and Florida. The Attorney General's Office believes as many as 70,000 vehicles have been illegally registered in California through these scam operations.

    The California Department of Motor Vehicles is in the process of canceling registrations that involve documents obtained from Titles Unlimited. The Attorney General's Office also has notified law enforcement officials in more than 20 counties regarding residents who titled their cars through the company for possible prosecution.

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  8. JustRon

    JustRon ex-broadwayron

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    I've asked the same thing, but don't recall any decent answers. I don't care who knows my plate numbers.
  9. dominican

    dominican Adventurer

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    I was also stuck in that traffic. I couldn't even lane split my way to freedom it was so bad!
  10. banditthecat

    banditthecat n00b

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    As someone mentioned before - this was the big weekend for checkpoints...

    "A truck load of confiscated dirt bikes."
    https://twitter.com/CommissBratton/status/475742127855771648

    Anybody know the criteria for getting impounded? I've heard all it takes is a missing inspecting sticker or aftermarket exhaust (regardless of volume) at one of these checkpoints.
  11. kenny61

    kenny61 TBI survivor and damn proud of it

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    dirt bike with a windshield?:huh
  12. banditthecat

    banditthecat n00b

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    Yeah..... Dirtbikes :lol3

    Some people are saying these are just bikes that were impounded for being parked illegally or on the parade route and the caption is wrong.

    Either way - trying to figure out how worried I need to be with an aftermarket exhaust and smoked integrated tailight running through one of these checkpoints. Tailight is easy to change and something I've been meaning to remedy but exhaust is atleast 1k to change on an old Monster....
  13. dominican

    dominican Adventurer

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    I hate this kind of treatment. The only reason I keep my ugly, girlfriend burning exhaust on my bike is because I do not want my bike impounded by these goons. My bike sounds great, less loud than a stock sport bike, gets better mileage, and won't burn the girlfriend, but because of this nonsense, it stays on.

    In other news, I bounced off the front fender of a honda accord on the west side highway today. I was merging onto it from the GW bridge, and my lane was going much faster than the middle and left lanes, so some jackass darted into my lane just as I was good enough to bounce off of the right front fender. I bounced, kept the bike upright, stabilized, and saw that only my left barkbuster, my left crash bar and my left leg got hit, as well as the helmet I had strapped to the back left of the bike.I have a bruise on my left leg, but I am ok.
  14. Michael

    Michael Been here awhile

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    Dang, Dominican, glad you are OK! Did the jackass stop or did he pretend nothing happened?

    I will be coming up to NYC for three or four days to visit my daughter. She has a sublet on 112th 3 doors down from Broadway. I will sadly be in the minivan instead of my K1200S. Is there any offstreet parking in that area? I am planning to cruise around hoping to pounce on a street spot but in case none is available it would be nice to have another option.


    THanks,

    Mike
  15. mosey.levy

    mosey.levy Long timer

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    The best I can figure out as to why people are concerned is because of the potential reverse lookup to find out registered address?


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  16. mosey.levy

    mosey.levy Long timer

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    Yah curious as to how that played out.


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  17. Cat0020

    Cat0020 El cheapo

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    Last Weds., I commuted among the 5-boro and Hoboken on my Chinese SuperCub clone 110cc scooter for over 50 miles in a single day.
    Other than being butt sore from the poor suspension, I'd say the scoot held up well for city commute... riding between the car mirrors on Brooklyn Bridge was piece of cake.

    I mostly parked near the Citibike stations, no one seems to bother me.. a few cab drivers stopped me and ask about the scoot, they say that was the same scoot they had back in India/Haiti/Pakistan, etc.. never could kill it, started every time they ride... and how much they missed riding.:lol3

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  18. DrewCopter

    DrewCopter Been here awhile

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    I've done this from Astoria -> Elizabeth NJ a whole lot of times around 7-8am. I cannot speak for the evening as I had to go roundtrip all in the am. In the morning, if you aren't leaving by 6am or so I would just suck it up and take RFK bridge to GWB. The WB tunnels might be ok but manhattan will be a clusterffff by then.
  19. Monsignore

    Monsignore Plunger Boy

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    +1 on the same route & the same experience. Give yourself plenty of time, leave early, and know that the traffic will eventually clear.
    Coming back in to Queens is the same, but in reverse.
  20. mosey.levy

    mosey.levy Long timer

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    And on that note. I ordered a custom plate for my bike :)


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