Stupid questions people ask you when stopped

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by cold_fire, Apr 13, 2009.

  1. peterman

    peterman cop magnet

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    dumbest question anyone asks,,

    "Do you know why I stopped you?"
    or equally dumb,,"Do you know how fast you were going?",,
  2. eepeqez

    eepeqez Long timer

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    Both are an opportunity for you to confess to an offence they haven't noticed or a speed in excess of what they have measured. If their radar device says 45mph but you point out to them that you have a cracked tail light or say you think you were doing 53mph, they'll happily book you for the tail light and 53mph instead of just 45mph.
  3. KG6BWS

    KG6BWS Been here awhile

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    Or let you go for being honest. Ive had that happen before.....granted it is pretty rare.

    Turns on his lights, pulls me over
    CHP: Know why I pulled you over?
    Me : I was speeding
    CHP: How fast were you going?
    Me : Wasnt paying attention. Probably 70 - 75.
    CHP: 72. Whats the speed limit through here?
    Me : 55
    CHP: Alright let me see paperwork.

    Walks back to his car comes back a minute later.

    CHP: I want you to answer me a question
    Me : Ok
    CHP: Do you want a ticket?
    Me : No sir I dont
    CHP: Ok. Im not going to write you. You were honest with me, you didnt lie to my face like most people do. Slow down, be safe, have a nice day.

    Handed me my stuff back and I continued on to work.

    Granted its pretty damn rare, but it does happen. I got out of a ticket a second time for 80 in a 55 but I think that was more because he had a more pressing emergency. After receiving a radio call (could hear the radio but not what was said) he gave me my stuff back and hauled ass.

    Be honest with them and you might just be surprised when you get out of the ticket.

    Another time up deer hunting, I drove back to camp having forgot to unload my rifle. Game warden just happened to be see us pull in and checked guns and license. When he found the round in the chamber, busted me for a loaded weapon the road. I count myself seriously lucky with a $500 fine and a misdemeanor. Under Fish and Game rules, its legal to drive with a loaded magazine in the gun with nothing in the chamber, state law is a little harsher. Instead of trying to bullshit my way through it I was honest and told him I just fucked up. When I went to court, he had put that in his report and the court gave me a $500 fine instead of the $5000 fine and 6 months in prison minimum had I been caught by CHP or sheriffs.
  4. LuciferMutt

    LuciferMutt Rides slow bike slow

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    Meh. I've always had decent luck with saying "I don't know sir, I was watching the road," when asked if I knew how fast I was going. It's generally the truth too.
  5. jnclem

    jnclem True Airhead

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    Well, I spent part of almost every evening for the last 2 1/2 or 3 months reading all 395 pages of this thread. There were some good moments and some irritating ones. The biggest question that comes to my mind is, what does that say about the condition of my life?:eek1

    Anyway, I've only been riding for about 6 months. Picked it up again after about 30 years off. I'm another one of those old BMW riders I guess. I wanted one all my life, and finally got it. I've had very few people even talk to me, let alone give me any of the, "get a real bike," or "can I ride it," garbage. I did have one guy go a little nuts one day as I was coming out of the Post Office over what a classic looking bike he thought it was. It's just an R100 GS. You'd have thought it was some really vintage Beemer. I guess he'd never seen an airhead.

    Thanks for the fun read everybody.
  6. DOGSROOT

    DOGSROOT OUTSIDE

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    I think it says more about your rekindled passion for motorbikes. :norton

    And that it's Feb, and you live in the beautiful but snowbound state of Colorado...

    Hope ADVRIDER helps you through the winter!
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  7. Disco Stu

    Disco Stu Long timer

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    yes i do, but i'd like to hear your number first.
  8. Mr_Gone

    Mr_Gone The Lejund!

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    :lol3

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  9. kerhonky

    kerhonky Adventure Poser

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    Wait....are you saying that's a stupid question? :scratch I can come up with a stupid answer if you want.
  10. jnclem

    jnclem True Airhead

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    You got it. I must have packed that bike mentally for my first Spring road/camping trip 50 times. Can't even get up my north facing ice filled driveway, and it was still -8 this morning. But, Spring is right around the corner!!:clap

    I have been enjoying the insanity and banter of this site a lot.
  11. WDG

    WDG Been here awhile

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    "Why DID you stop me?"

    Or, my favorite response that pretty much covers any question: "What makes you ask that?"
  12. bwalsh

    bwalsh UUU, UUU!!!

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    Every time I've heard that they've just wanted my autograph.
  13. RidingDonkeys

    RidingDonkeys Purveyor of Awesome

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    I once responded to that question with "No, the only reason I stopped was to find out why."

    Amazingly, I got a performance award that day. No sense of humor....

    Sent from the voices in my head and transcribed by their drinking buddy...
  14. scottrnelson

    scottrnelson Team Orange

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    The only thing that seems to work for me is showing humility and true sorrow for having broken the law. Okay, that and appearing to be "older".

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  15. RidingDonkeys

    RidingDonkeys Purveyor of Awesome

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    I was a lot younger then, and I've since learned. I haven't had a ticket in over a decade now. I have had some close calls though. I got pulled over testing the top speed of a new to me Bonnie/Cargo Hack. I was fully loaded and blasting down an isolated stretch of highway at the end of a 3k mile trip, a mere 20 miles from home. About the time I got it up to 87, I see lights. He asked me how fast the rig would go. I told him "I don't know, only had it two weeks. That's what I was trying to figure out though. What did you clock me at?" He looked at me in disbelief. We ended up having a nice conversation. He took my info, ran my tags, and let me off with a simple "Be safe next time." :clap
  16. GPrairie_Rider

    GPrairie_Rider Dirt Junkie

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    I bought my XRL last Saturday, couldnt be happier. Well i have to ride it 100 miles back home, i got asked some pretty stupid questions. Never got asked that when i was on the sportbike.....:baldy

    1. Is that thing street legal?
    2. You need to help me push you out of the parking spot? ( okay i know i aint the tallest dude alive but damn, it one of my dream bikes.)

    Why do Dual Sports/ Adventure bikes get all the attention?

    Chris
  17. Mambo Dave

    Mambo Dave Backyard Adventurer

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    I don't get that much, but I do get stares from just about every policeman when they see it - until they see the turn signals and/or license plate. DS's just aren't that common in major metropolitan and suburban areas.
  18. BK.RD.RNR

    BK.RD.RNR Torque Stick

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    Maybe it's inspirational to the uninitiated.

    Who wouldn't like the idea of jumping on a motorcycle that can take you to the backwoods to explore areas that many may never see, then bring you back?

    ...Isn't that why you bought it?
  19. squad314

    squad314 Regular Joe

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    20 years ago just after I bought my second Harley I pulled into work one evening when I was off duty. A number of guys came out to check it out and one of our Job's notorious Bigmouths arrived. Elbowing the guy beside him and speaking Loud enough to get everyone's attention, Bigmouth points to the air cleaner cover and says...

    "What does this mean '80 cubic inches Fatboy'?"

    Me..."80 cubic inches is the engine displacement, it's 1340 cc's and Fatboy is the model name"

    BM laughs and sarcastically says..."Fatboy? That's kind of fitting isn't it?"

    Me..."That's right and when Harley Davidson makes one called a 'F***ing A**hole' I think YOU should buy one"

    The group erupts with laughter and Bigmouth is left sneering at me nodding his head with an "Ill get you" look on his face. I smile politely with an "anything else?" look on my face and he leaves red faced.
  20. bwalsh

    bwalsh UUU, UUU!!!

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    I had a kid tell me the other day, after seeing me putting my gear on, he has a bike. OK.
    Said it's a 750Vstar and he has had it up to 120mph. OK.
    He got it, didn't know who to ride, so he watched Youtube videos to learn. OK.
    Said he got caught without a MC endorsement and got in big trouble with the law, lost his license, etc. OK.
    I said you should take the MSF course at the local community college when you get your bike back.
    Said he did. He said he now wants to take the experienced rider course because he wants to learn how to do wheelies. I told him they won't teach him how to do wheelies. He said, "yeah, I figured." I hurried up and got the hell out of there! What a TFM!
    The sad part is, he's the nephew of a friend of mine...