I'll agree with you 100% on this one, and I'm from the same school of LEO as the original poster of this....andyt said:I think the original poster is a complete nimrod, but I can understand where most of them are coming from. it's a select few idiots on crotch rockets that pull wheelies down main street and others that run from the law that give everybody on two wheels a bad name.
I mean realistically speaking, if I was in law enforcement and had no experience riding a motorcycle and no intention of ever doing so, I would probably have similar views that the majority of law enforcement personnel have.
On the flip side, officers that cite tickets on mode of transportations versus type of offense are just plain ignorant.
skiandclimb said:Hmmm...interesting topic here. And a unique position I find myself in. I am a Police Officer...and I have ridden sportbikes specifically for a long, long time.
Do I have anything against sportbikes in general...obviously not! Do I have problems with people pulling stand up wheelies in traffic? Absolutely.
I love pulling the occasional wheelie. There, I admit it! But there is a HUGE difference with picking up the front end on some back road where there are no other cars, kids, pedestrians, intersections and pulling a 12 o'clock while traveling at 90 on a populated roadway. Sure, it takes wicked skill, but there is a time and place for everything.
Let's face facts, who here has NOT known someone personally injured due to "stunting"? Heck, I learned back in 96 that it's not a good idea to get off balance with one wheel up while riding in fourth! lol Bang, crash, and me sitting there looking at the muscles in my forearm, sans skin.
I want it known that I do not cite people based on their mode of transportation- that's utter Bull @#$%, IMHO. However, I will cite a rider or driver who intentionally puts themself or the public in general at risk by driving or riding like an ass.
Personally, I find myself stopping the "stunters" and usually send them off with a warning. Probably because I also ride a similar bike...albeit without neon pink cow hide on the tank....lol
Funny thing is that, in my area, I get just as many "harley" riders acting like fools in traffic.....weaving in and out of traffic at a high rate of speed while hanging on their inordinately long handlebars. And guess what? Their plates are displayed as well (or as bad) as any sport bike!
I do have one favor to ask of you guys. Officer.com is a place for LEO's to go to vent. Take those posts with a grain of salt. They have anonimity (sp?) there, and can speak their minds w/o getting a citizen complaint filed against them.
We (cops) need to vent sometimes. If not, we end up having one of our own go ballistic, giving the rest of us a bad name......kinda sounds like some riders I know, doesn't it?
Anyway, go out and ride knowing that not all cops hate sportbikes. And not all cops hate stunters.
And a word to the wise- if you are stopped, turn off your bike and take off your helmet. This is a gesture showing the copper that you don't intend to run. Be respectful, and if you screwed up- own up to it. It's amazing how showing a touch of respect for our job will do for us....usually in terms of a warning. And hey- if you are respectful and you end up with a ticket...please remember that the copper is doing his job, and trust me- it's a P.I.T.A. job 99.9% of the time.
Sorry for the rant. Ride safe. And just say no to shag carpet seats and cheetah lined gas tanks! lol
i think the main reason they dont like sport bikes is on the road our machines are supirior to theirs, when they pull a car they hardly ever think that car would run, but a bike, i bet thats the first thing that crosses their mind.Hmr1 said:I understand law enforcement's dislike for sportbikes because of the jackasses who run and ruin it for the rest of us, but for him to say we're all that way... the guy is an idiot.
yeah ! that was a huge story here in San Diego... maybe because i live so close to Mexico. it was a mexican "chip n dale's" riding making a video shoot..... and POW!!!! hit like bowling pins.Visitor Q said: