Originally posted by RickC1957
Well, I'm not surprised. Remember we ride sport bikes, we are evil!! Remember the the article Ms. Hanley wrote on June 5, 2002, in the Los Angeles Times?
That's right folks, it's Ms. Hanley's fault!
It doesn't have anything at all to do with the behavior of the sportbike crowd!
Seriously guys, with everything there are limits. In our case there are limits to what the police and the public are going to tolerate and we ALL know riders who are way over the top while in and around the public view, including those who regularly elude the police.
Don't get me wrong, I think the police are cracking down. I know the local police here have been forced to issue noise tickets to some Harley riders when it's obvious they'd rather not. Why? Because the more mature (older) of us will not stand by and tolerate being targeted and will complain to the watch officer or city council.
In the case of the Gap, it doesn't surprise me at all. With an increase in the number of people that they have to scrape up off the roads and the increasing popularity of that area, what choice do they have really? People come there specifically for a purpose contrary to their jobs and the increasing accident rate only serves to prove it.
I remember times when you had to be calling attention to yourself to get a traffic ticket on a motorcycle. Most police somewhat looked the other way. But now there's an increasing number of people calling attention to themselves and all other riders. The end result is the police don't cut as much slack.
Let's at least admit while we're complaining that we (collectively) are a part of the problem.