Speeding? Are sports bikes given some leyway?
July 16, 2009 at 6:37 am #3155SafetyFirstParticipant
I’ve only been riding like a month and half, and I think I’m spending too much time looking down to make sure my speed is right. I’ll look up and realize that I just gave up some time from scanning for trouble to check the speedometer. Sometimes the 250ccs sneak up on me. I almost #$#$ myself going 54 in a 45 when I was accelerating out of a turn, only to see a sherrif’s deputy running traffic on the end of the turn. He didn’t move, so I guess I was OK. But it was so not what I wanted to find at the end of the turn.
I’m not saying, can I outrun traffic like a squid, I’m just saying is it OK to give into your bikes wishes?July 16, 2009 at 7:50 am #20678EliasParticipant
I wouldn’t consider a bike getting off where a car wouldn’t. In fact, I would expect that sport bikes typically get pulled over quite often, just like sports cars. Anything that CAN go fast, is usually perceived to be going fast…just because people who usually have fast vehicles are tempted to go fast. I have noticed that whenever I’m on a bike, I am going a lot faster than it feels. It’s up to the cop whether you were respecting your bikes wishes AND the law’s wishes in equal margins. I’m sure you’ll get used to the speed after more experience, and won’t have to look at the speedometer anymore.
Sounds like you are getting more comfortable with your bike tho, so congrats!July 16, 2009 at 7:57 am #20679gsmurfetteParticipant
I knew quite a few Sheriffs growing up, and they told me that it wasn’t really the job of the sherriff to pull peeps over for speeding and minor infractions. It pretty much has to reckless. Police are there for that. The Sheriff is there to serve subpoenas, drug stuff, and all that jazz. I rarely see a Sheriff that has pulled someone over, and if I do, they’re typically getting their car searched while sitting the back of the cop car. Don’t know if it’s like that everywhere…….July 16, 2009 at 4:29 pm #20687davidmdahlParticipant
It depends on the jurisdiction, zone, and maybe how busy the LEO is. We have some communities in Oregon that feast on the fines from speeders passing through. In other places merely speeding by 5 or 10 mph is not going to attract much attention. When you get to the point where the speeding is 20 mph or more above the limit then reckless driving is the risk. The consequences get really expensive for those caught speeding above 100 mph.
Several times I found a LEO in my mirror while driving 65 mph (in a 55 zone), and he merely passed me. I have been most often nailed in residential areas where the limit was 25 mph and my car or scooter ‘wanted’ to go 35 or 45 mph. There is probably more leeway in a 45 zone.
DavidJuly 16, 2009 at 9:47 pm #20696MunchParticipant
Hehe is funny to see this post… this past week I have blown by a State Trooper on their shiny new B’mers. The first one I figured I would read about in the paper being as he was sitting on the inside emergency lane on an off ramp thats a decent sweeper/ hill. Bout had a heart attack on that one, luckily I was passing an 18 wheeler at the time and I don’t think he could have clocked me. Local LEO’s here say they don’t really mess with bikers much unless it’s obvious. Surrounding traffic can be argued as to much chatter for the gun to pick up accurately. The second time he was waiting under a bridge.. I was doing about 15 over… or atleast the indicated speed on the speedo was 15 over….. and everyone knows just how “accurate” bike speedo’s are. If you don’t …they’re not. Had another heart attack none the less though.
Sheriffs here are the county mounties…meaning they do everything! We have so much space between one town to another it’s actually harder to find a “policeman” then it is a sheriff. State Troopers tend to stick mostly to the highways or open straights. They really get called in on the high speed chases since they really have no jurisdiction limits.July 16, 2009 at 10:34 pm #20699Capt CrashParticipant
I never got a break. I had really good 1/2 hour conversation once that ended with “I’m gonna write you up now…” (I thought we were friends!)
To your concerns with speed in general, you want to get used to HEARING your speed–what does your bike SOUND like in 3rd gear at 35mph? At 55mph in 6th? It’ll take some of the OH CRAP out of your riding and you’ll spend less time looking down to check your speed.
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