Weird tickets and lessons learned.

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by svs, Apr 10, 2012.

  1. squonker

    squonker Eat my shorts

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    Last week I was riding to a friend's house when I was pulled over not long after having gone through an intersection. As soon as I saw the lights behind me I was able to pull over in a convenient spot and I immediately started to undo my helmet as soon as I had turned the bike off.

    The cop told me that my signal light wasn't working which was news to me, but we checked it out and sure enough it wasn't working properly, it would be on then off, then on, then off etc. After a little investigation it turned out that all four signal lights on the bike were only working half the time.

    The LEO was pretty cool about it and we had a good chat. He ended up writing me a ticked for not having a functioning windshield wiper and we both went on our merry ways.





    :D
  2. ride4fun562

    ride4fun562 Been here awhile

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    Wtf is taking more of his money gonna do, definitly not going to help him make it any better



    QUOTE=eliotsajerkface;20749997]A ticket a friend got on his functional honda. It's sort of a POS, but is his daily driver/commuter.

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  3. slartidbartfast

    slartidbartfast Love those blue pipes

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    If the city is willing to make a call like that, they should be willing to have the "dangerous" vehicle towed away. If not, then they need to either leave the owner alone or find a way to have the vehicle properly assessed and let a mechanic make the determination after proper examination.
  4. ttpete

    ttpete Rectum Non Bustibus

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    Ugly bike award? :lol3

    I'd love to go to court on this one......... A lazy cop that needs to make his quota.

    But then, it's Chicago. WTF else would you expect?
  5. Dastard

    Dastard Just another guy

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    QUOTE=eliotsajerkface;20749997]A ticket a friend got on his functional honda. It's sort of a POS, but is his daily driver/commuter.

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    We need his vin or license plate so we can see his bike
  6. SgtDuster

    SgtDuster Long timer

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    It's why in my neck of the wood we get a 72 hours warning (to have the vehicule assessed) with no fees instead of a ticket for this kind of thing. Or if the vehicule is a pure POS, you must have it inspected by an authorized inspection center to put it back on the road.


    Like you said, a ticket alone serves nothing more than pumping money into the city's bank account.
  7. go4mini

    go4mini Been here awhile

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    I was towing an enclosed mc trailer at the time, so it should count. Taking the daughter from PA to college on New Orleans, with a bunch of furniture in the trailer. We were going through a small town in western TN, 35 mph zone, when I saw the blue light in my mirror. I immediately pulled over, and the officer walked up and asked for paperwork. Asked if I knew how fast I was going, and I answered 45 mph. He stated that he would appreciate if I would obey their speed limit, and have a nice day. I left, relieved. So, on the way back home, I'm going through the same small town. Told my wife, I'm going to be really careful here, cuz the officer had so nice before and didn't give me a ticket. Was going 35 mph, when I saw the blue light in the mirror. It can't be- maybe the officer recognised the trailer and wanted to say hi, so I pulled over. A different officer walks up and asks for paperwork and also asks if I knew how fast I was going. Answered, 35 mph, and that I knew that was the speed limit here. I explained my encounter with the other officer several days earlier. He answered, yes, the speed limit is 35, except through that school zone you just went through. I said that I was sorry, I hadn't noticed the school zone. He said that he was giving be a verbal warning, and then said something that I'll never forget. "Son, we have three officers in this town, and you've met two of them and gotten off pretty easy. I reccommend that you don't meet the third." I thanked him, and left town. :D
  8. univibe88

    univibe88 Slidell4Life

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    Was this joke of a ticket issued by a traffic camera????
  9. eliotsajerkface

    eliotsajerkface Been here awhile

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    Haha, I told him to clearcoat it into his tank.
  10. SteelB12

    SteelB12 Long timer

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    Got stopped for speeding on the Blue Ridge Parkway on a GS500. Since I was going downhill, I told the ranger that I hadn't wanted to ride the brake since it would overheat and lose effectiveness. The GS500 only has the single disk so I guess he bought it and just wrote a warning.
  11. AviatorTroy

    AviatorTroy Long timer

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    Oh man, not to thread jack but that reminds me, years ago I was on the blue ridge in my girlfriend at the times car, we were following a couple Harleys never exceeding 30mph for probably 10 miles, finally got to a spot that was a good straightaway but still a double yellow and I thought screw it, I'm passing them. Probably got up to 65-70 and as soon as I was right next to them in the middle of the pass, on a double yellow, 25 over the limit, a cop comes around the corner the other way about a half a mile down the road. I thought well I'm going to freaking jail for that, and he never flashed me, never turned around to follow me, no lights, just continued on his merry way.
  12. duck

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    I did the BRP back in 2004. Being from Seattle I had no idea that it's appparently pretty well patrolled so I was just boogying along at whatever speed I felt like and completely ignoring the speed limit. Being mid-week in May there was very little trafic so I was having a great time on a sunny day. I hadn't seen a car in like 20 miles when I came up on a red Honda car and slowed to the speed limit behind it. Not 50 yards around the next turn there were two moto LEOs going the other way. VERY lucky timing!:clap
  13. ragtoplvr

    ragtoplvr Long timer

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    one of my luckiest was on a KZ550A1. I had been running hard, 90 to 100 when I felt the throttle get soft, time to switch to reserve. Close throttle, slow, reach down to flip reserve as I topped a hill, and there was a Kansas Highway Patrol car waiting. I calmly flipped the reserve and continued on at the good ole double nickle. In Kansas at that time that speed was arrest and see the judge. Whew.

    I had a car that had a plug wire fall off and save me from a ticket. Then I happened again. I never properly loomed that wire, I figured it was a good undocumented feature.

    Rod
  14. dwoodward

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    The ticket says it all- CITYOFCHICAGO.ORG/FINANCE
  15. IrishJohn

    IrishJohn Adventurer

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    I went back to two wheels about six years ago when I bought a Kymco People 50 scooter. I had to ride it at 25mph for the first 1000 miles to break it in under warranty so I stuck to side roads at low-traffic times. I also always pulled over to the side where possible to let any other traffic past me - no way did I want to get rear ended or be obnoxious.

    Anyway - one afternoon a guy in a pickup started tailing me - he would not pass and was having great fun getting as close to my tail as possible. I pulled over a few times but he would not pass - guy was itching for a confrontation it seemed but no way do I mess with 'crazy'. When he started waving a wrench at me from his cab window I realized he was either high, psycho or just plain ignorant-stupid.

    So I rode on hoping to get to where I could lose him at a stoplight or something.

    I came to a school where a LEO was on traffic control to let the buses out. I came to a complete stop, there was one vehicle in front of me, asshat in truck starts creeping up behind me and nudges my fender - I pull out and around the vehicle in front of me and turn off ignition, get off scooter and say to LEO 'I'm sorry to disturb things but that guy in the truck is some kind of lunatic and ...' I explained the whole thing.

    Asshat in truck lies his face off to LEO. LEO writes ME a ticket for $75 for 'overtaking on the inside'.

    Guess what I told the local version of the PAL when they next called expecting my usual yearly donation - and it was not 'no problem - put me down for my usual (generous amount, no kidding)'
  16. toy4fun

    toy4fun GET out of the way

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    Colorado Springs. On Powers Blvd I come around a trailer in the left lane on the the right side. Moving pretty good on my little Transalp when up ahead is a motor officer on his Harley. I just wave and keep going giving him time to mount up and get his lights on. I pull over all the way into the dirt ( i love dual sport) he pulls up behind me puts the kick stand down and walks up to me where we go through the customary questions and denials. I can see his Harley but he can't and I see it fall and I don't move a muscle. Yes, I got a ticket but it was worth getting to watch him get that thing back on the rubber. Yes I offered to help but :lol3he wouldn't have it and no he would not let me take a picture!
  17. Hack'dTiger

    Hack'dTiger n00b schn00b

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    This is a long one, but needed to get the details right...

    South-central Oklahoma. Coming home, on a Friday afternoon, from a job site in Thackerville. Normally I take the scenic route, but there was a bridge out on HWY77. So I jump on the interstate (I-35) just north of Marietta, only to hit the next exit about 10mi north. Two or so miles in, running with traffic, I happened to turn my head at the same time a gusty crosswind hit (heavy winds that day).....off flies my glasses. :baldy

    I figured they were long gone, smashed, etc, but they were a nice pair and I wanted to at least do a quick search. I'm still 5 or so miles from the next exit, then would have to go back another 7-8, hit the northbound lane again, and travel 2 more to the point of liftoff. No patience for that. :lol3

    So I hit the shoulder, hazards on. Pull well off in the grass, make a 180, and edge back to the shoulder. Hazards still on. The shoulders in this area are pretty wide, but I was staying as close to the outboard edge as possible for obvious reasons, and maintaining just enough speed to not fall over. Eased up to well past where my mental note was. No sign. Damn. Well off into the grass again, turn back around, in line with traffic now. Still on the very edge of the shoulder. Hazards still flashing. Decided to wait for a break in the traffic, hoof it over to the median, and walk it out a bit. Do so. Still no sign. Cross back over, and walking back. Dammit. "Oh well", I thought.

    Get back to the bike. Standing in the grass, with the bike between myself and traffic. Keeping my eye on the crazy cagers the whole time. Fire it up. Take my night riding glasses out, pop 'em on, and mount the saddle getting ready to blast off. Hazards are still on. Checking my mirrors, waiting for a hole in the traffic, about to signal left and be on my way when......

    I see two leos, lights blaring, coming up FAST. "Wow, that was close, I'll wait for them to pass...", I thought. Wrong. They came to a screeching halt behind me, tires smoking and everything. :huh Still on the bike. Looking back, thinking, "WTF, they must be here to see if I need help....why else would they be stopping?!" Wrong again! :lol3

    LEO1: "Step away from the bike!"
    Uhhh, ok. This is a first. I ALWAYS remain seated, making no movements that would cause suspicion, and wait for the officer to approach me when being pulled over.

    LEO1: "Hands above your head!"
    "Can I ask what this is about?"

    Then, out of nowhere, his tone goes straight to kill mode. "HANDS ABOVE YOUR HEAD!" Still with a confused look on my face :huh, he repeats it again, hand on taser, with a crazy 'I'm going to tase your ass' look in his eyes. "HANDS ABOVE YOUR HEAD!!!!!!" So, I did.

    "Sir, what did I do?" Still confused, but full respect still given so far.

    LEO1: "JUST KEEP YOUR HANDS ABOVE YOUR HEAD!" As he inches toward me, hand on taser. Now, I've never been cuffed before, but I had a feeling that this was going to be my day. He leans in, one hand on the taser, the other reaching out to me, cautiously. I'm still :huh. He then grabs my pocket knife (guess he saw the clip sticking out of my pocket), breathes a sigh of relief, and says, "You had a weapon!" :ddog

    At this point I'm passed the point of shock and disbelief. I've been pulled over plenty of times, but never had I been treated like an escaped convict before...and I STILL didn't know what it was that I'd supposedly done. So I slipped, "Hell, if you're that worried about a little knife, I've got a sidearm in my other pocket!" He goes ballistic, again. :wink:

    Oklahoma is a concealed carry state, and I am a legit permit holder.
    LEO1: "You're supposed to tell me that you're carrying!!"
    "Yes, I know, but you haven't given me a chance. Everytime I try to speak, you won't let me!"
    LEO1: "Fine. Just forget it, and disgustingly asks for my paperwork."
    "No problem, but it's in my back pocket...so don't shoot me."

    Give him my registration, he goes to his car. I stay at the bike. LEO2 has been quiet the whole time, not a word. He comes over, calmly, and politely says, "We received an anonymous call that a drunken motorcyclist was weaving in an out of cars, down the middle of the road, against the flow of traffic. So you can understand our concern." :eek1

    Against the flow of traffic, down the center line?! Yeah, not me. Not even close. So I explain the situation to the guy, he's cool, and apologizes for the confusion. I ask him what's up with LEO1?! "Well, he pulled an all-nighter and is a little touchy." A little?! "You need to get this guy laid!", I says, trying to lower tensions. He laughs. :lol3

    About this time LEO1 comes back with my registration info. Seems to be calm(er). Trying, again, to ease the air I ask,"Find any warrants?" LEO1: "You've got WARRANTS?!" :evil :amazon

    LEO2 explains the story to LEO1, but he still has a crazy look in his eye. Returns my registration. Doubtingly asks, "If you lost your glasses, then what's that on your head?!" I'm still wearing my yellow set, in the daytime, I guess it wasn't obvious that they were a backup set. Finally convinced him that I was telling the truth though, but he's still far from professional.

    LEO1: "You can't be riding against the flow of traffic!"
    "Not even on the shoulder?"
    LEO1: "No!"
    "Not even with hazards on?"
    "LEO1: "NO! WE CAN'T EVEN DO THAT!"
    "I'm sorry, but the next exit was a long way off."

    He continues to belittle me, gives me a warning, and tells me to go on my way. They waited behind me as I got ready, signaled, and then proceeded to loft it up to speed. :boid They didn't pursue me, but I hit the next exit as quickly as I could just for safe measure. :deal

    I've always been respectful of law enforcement, especially troopers, but this guy was ridiculous. Hopefully the laugh was worth the long post. :1drink


    P.S....Oh, and if the nosy moto-hatin' cager is reading this, here's a big thanks! :flip
  18. some call me...tim

    some call me...tim Been here awhile

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    Had this one happen to me last fall. I was headed home from work, just a normal commute, and actually fairly light for being the beginnings of rush hour. I was in the HOV lane, just riding along, kind of zoned out on the guy in front of me who was riding a Daytona rather tentatively while wearing slip ons and capris. He was going slower than traffic in the fast lane, so I was about to pull into the fast lane to get by. Right as I was about to make my move though, a Highway Patrolman pulled up along side me, turned on his lights and waved me over.

    I really had no idea why, I hadn't been riding recklessly or anything, and while I was technically speeding, I was totally going with the flow of traffic. I thought maybe my tail light went out or something like that. So I pulled over to the shoulder and waited for him to come up to me.

    The following conversation took place:

    Him: Hello sir, just so you know you're being recorded right now, audio and visual by the Washington State Patrol.

    Me: OK

    Him: Do you have your license handy?

    Me: Sure...
    [I start to dig it out of my tank bag]

    Him: How long have you had your endorsement?

    Me: Oh, a couple years now

    Him, pointing at my helmet: Where did you get this equipment?

    [I have a Contour camera and a Sena intercom unit on my helmet, and actually had the camera rolling.]

    Me: Uhh, online? At a couple different stores.

    Him: Well, that stuff can't be on your helmet.

    Me (dumbfounded): Huh? Really? Are you sure about that? This is an intercom unit and I checked the laws before I got it and it's legal to have helmet speakers. [I didn't mention that part of the reason I got it was because I'd previously been listening to music illegally on headphones]

    Him: 'Cause it hinders your movement as well... [I assume he was talking about the wire to my mp3 player, which in no way hinders my movement] How long have you actually had that stuff on your helmet?

    Me: I've had the camera on here about a year, and the intercom a few months.

    He then asked if the bike was registered to me and if my address was up to date and all, and went back to his cruiser to run my info. I sat there and did the park of shame for a while and he eventually came back.

    Him: Do you still have the paperwork for this equipment?

    Me: Uh, yeah, I imagine I do somewhere.

    Him: Well take a look at it and it will say in there that you're not allowed to mount stuff to your helmet.

    Of course I was thinking at this point, "Hmm, equipment that's designed to be mounted to my helmet is not actually supposed to go there?" but I just said "OK." He told me to be safe in getting to wherever I was going, and sent me on my way.

    As soon as I got home, I looked up WA motorcycle laws, and the only thing I saw regarding a helmet was that you have to wear one, and that you have to have goggles or a face shield.
  19. ttpete

    ttpete Rectum Non Bustibus

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    And this is why you never ask a cop about the legality of ANYTHING. I've also been told untrue things by LEOs
  20. AviatorTroy

    AviatorTroy Long timer

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    Probably 20 years ago I was riding home from work in Columbus oh in August and took an entrance ramp with my visor cracked about half way open, wearing sunglasses underneath. A state trooper pulled me over before I even merged with traffic and walked up all in a huffy and asked why I was riding around with my visor open. I said "Well, it's 99 degrees out and I like to blow the sweat off my face so I can see." Gave me this huge lecture about eye protection and when he was done I said "Sir, I am pretty sure I can ride in this state with no helmet, no visor, just my sunglasses and it is completely legal, so I'm not sure what I did wrong there." He then told me that if my helmet has a visor, it has to be closed when I'm moving. I actually looked at him completely dumbfounded and said "That doesn't make any sense, you sure about that?" Another five minute foaming rant from him, I finally stopped him short and said "Are you citing me for anything?" No. "Am I under arrest?" No sir but.... "Bye".

    Clicked it into gear and rode off, he was sure pissed but to this day I don't really understand what he thought he had on me other than that I was a 20 year old kid on a bike and he was sure he could find something wrong with that.....