Motorcycles and speed limits

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  1. Abstract macrumors Penryn

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    Are guys who ride motorcycles allowed to ride as fast as they want? It appears that way, doesn't it? :confused: Do they ever get speeding tickets, or are police afraid that they won't even be able to catch them in their cars?
     
  2. Mac-Addict macrumors 65816

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    They have to go by the law of the roads just as the same as cars do and if they do break it police don't really bother chasing them unless they do something seriously wrong, because they wont be able to catch them.
     
  3. yetanotherdave macrumors 68000

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    Just keep an eye out and make sure you don't get into the accident. Some riders are really good and considerate. Some are really good and take tremendous chances, because they are really good. and many just plain suck. Since they don't come color coded, I try to stay out of the way.
     
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    believe me, the cops will and can catch them.
     
  7. spork183 macrumors 6502a

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    I've got a brother who is a cop and also a motorcycle rider (not while on the job). He says most motorcycles have no trouble getting away from patrol cars. The ones that are most often caught are either poor riders, or victims of circumstance (ie. the rider who came around the corner and ducked into the garage as another cop car turned on to the block, or the ones that have the misfortune to be in a helicopter or plane patrolled area).
     
  8. JNB macrumors 604

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    Well, that covers about 90%...

    Funny, too, about the same percentage as bad cagers.
     
  9. biturbomunkie macrumors 6502a

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    we can get away from cruisers, until a police motorcycle or a chopper gets involved. before you know it you'd be seen on the local news, not exactly worth the trouble in my opinion.

    my belief is, if you speed, be prepared to get caught and face the consequences.
     
  10. srf4real macrumors 68030

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    Imop, the thread title is an oxymoron.:D I no longer ride, but have had a suspended license waaay too many times from joyriding in the past. (responsible riders pull over.) Now that I drive a truck the worst trouble I have is illegal tint and loud music tickets.:rolleyes:
    You should try a drive south on I-95 after 2: in the morning if you want to see some super bikes hauling A**!
     
  11. Abstract thread starter macrumors Penryn

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    Yes, but just because motorcycle riders can get away from police, doesn't mean the police shouldn't go after them, right? I mean, running away from the police while they're trying to catch you makes it even more illegal, and face a much harsher punishment.
     
  12. JNB macrumors 604

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    Lawful or not, a case can be made that the maneuver, safely amd prudently executed, saves gas (even more than the MC already does over your cage, I'd imagine) and space in traffic for you. It's also safer for the motorcyclist because whilst stuck in traffic, what are cagers generally doing? Certainly nothing pertaining to the attentive operation of a 3,000 pound motor vehicle. Cell phones, breakfast, makeup, shaving, playing with XM/Sirius, I've seen it all.

    In any event, "lane splitting" is at most moving violation, or below a misdemeanor.
     
  13. ErikCLDR macrumors 68000

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    My mom almost hit a motorcyclist weaving around cars in rush hour traffic going like 60-70mph. He was in a group of motorcyclists that I think were racing. A guy cut right infront of our car and the car infront of us and started to brake. My mom was pissed and at the same time about to cry.
     
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    I can think of two people that would say she was lucky. It's folks like that who anger drivers. It certainly makes a case for UK style CCTV cameras. I'd love to see each and every one of those folks pulled off the road - not just losing their bike license but the entire thing. To me, it's no different that driving drunk.
     
  15. ham_man macrumors 68020

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    Some motorcyclists do ride responsibly, but most of them ride like jackasses and pay the price which, unfortunately, does often not come in the form of a ticket...
     
  16. kildraik macrumors 6502a

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    Is lane splitting legal in Missouri?
    I know it's a bit off subject, but is it? I can't seem to find any information.
     
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    According to the American Motorcyclist Association -
    Not the final authority, but I imagine that they try and provide information that is as accurate as possible to their members.

    I know that in Maryland, it isn't legal. Actually, the site has me tempted to purchase a decibel-meter-thing. I'd love to turn in some of those folks on bikes - it's not good for my ears and it isn't good for my kid's ears.
     
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    I just know it's legal in some states and not others. Last night, I got passed on the right by a ****ing squid in a 20mph zone. But he didn't keep going. Oh no, he slowed down as was checking behind me for his other squid-buddy. He took the same street out of the rotary as I did, and then slowed down on the shoulder so I could pass him. ****ing dumbass :mad:
     
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    I think it's usually the other way around...
     
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    Can't say I've ever seen that, you'd have to be pretty dumb to.

    I have seen motorcycles share lanes though, like 3 across or whatever, which isn't as dumb
     
  22. yetanotherdave macrumors 68000

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    Why is it dumb to lane split? Aside from the fact that not only is it legal (here in the UK, if you don't on your test where appropriate you can be failed), it saves time, reduces congestion, and beats being sat in a two mile tail back. If car drivers could, they would. Perfectly safe it you watch the cars and do it at a reasonable speed (just like any other riding really)
    But lane sharing on the other hand, really bad idea. A bike uses the whole width of the lane, just like a car. You do not want to share it with anything, car or bike.
     
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    We are subject to the limits and do get ticketed for exceeding them. As the stamps on my brief testify to.
     
  24. Queso macrumors G4

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    Your mum drives whilst pissed? That's not cool at all :eek:

    I have three points on my license. I was doing 46 in a 30 zone. You'll be glad to hear I've slowed down since then, but I still do the traffic weaving thing. In London it's essential.

    Bikes are fun. I love mine :)
     
  25. Sun Baked macrumors G5

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    They've used the method of just going to the guy's house for the complete morons, and writing him the ticket there.

    But the problem with the stunts down the freeway at 100mph are the ones the cops are worried about here.
     

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