I am planning a trip to CA from March to May 2012. I have all the usual guide books, maps and web forums for information. I am going to Germany in February and plan on picking up a motorcycle warning triangle as I have heard that some unscrupulous LEOs will try to pad their pockets if you don't have one. I have also heard that red reflective tape on the panniers is another ploy for cash. As far as the being shookdown by the police I am thinking of printing up some business cards that say: No hablo español. Por favor llame al Consulado Americano en 999-999-9999 y explicar la situación. Por favor, que te nombre, número de placa y el nombre de comisionados de referencia. ¡Gracias! I want to print these and laminate them. Of course, the phone number will change for each country I'm in. I figure that if the stop is legit the police will not have a problem with this and if it is not they will send me on my way pretty quickly. P.S. I used Google Translate to do the translation, if any native speakers can think of a better way to say it I would be most grateful! Gracias! Hablo un poco de espanol!