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Old 10-04-06, 11:35 AM   #1
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I was gunning for a ticket too - but nothing doing. They just smiled and waved... They didn't want to be laughed at by the judge. Can you imagine - Honest Judge, this here white-haired ole geezer was speeding with his bike...

I WAS going too fast (40+ KPH) but since the average cyclist goes 10, no one would believe them.
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Old 10-04-06, 11:39 AM   #2
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Heh...got radar gunned this morning.

I was following behind a car along a quiet section of two-lane residential feeder road that climbs slightly around a bend. I use the climb as a max effort interval on the way in just for grins. This morning coming up to the bend I could see that a blacked-out motorcycle cop had set up under a streetlight off to the side of the roadway painting folks as they passed through that curve. The car and I were pointing directly towards him until we peeled off around the curve. I was trying hard to keep up with the car anyway and he had only just started to separate from me a bit as we approached the curve and his speed climbed up over 30. When I saw the radar cop I dug in and gave it as much as I could muster to keep building speed like the car.

As we approached I saw the cop raise his gun at the car then drop his arm. Then he sees me and guns me too! I ride with a NiteRider Blowtorch and an L&M Vega on the front of my bike. They are really bright and from a distance they combine to look like one big head light. Pedestrians and drivers tell me all the time that they thought that I was a motorcycle until they could get up close. I'm sure he thought the same thing.

When I rounded the turn and he could see me from the side, I saw his head kick back as he laughed. As I passed by he looked at his gun like he was reading the speed, smiled and motioned for me to slow it down a bit.
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One of my goals in life is to get a speeding ticket at a 30mph zone while riding my bike. One day, one day...
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Old 10-04-06, 11:56 AM   #4
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LOL, nice. Around here, well across the river in NJ / Rockland County there are un-manned radar guns that display your speed on a huge sign. I see one and I'm off like a bullet to get as big a number as possible. It beats sprinting for city limit / state line signs!
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Last night on the main street that I ride the police had installed on of those wagon radar units that displays your speed in huge 3 foot tall digits to get you to slow down. It was at the crest of a small hill. I was disappointed that it did not register my speed. The big blank screen was disheartening.

It is my goal also to get pulled over for speeding on my bike. Someday I hope. Recently a cop paced me down during a descent but didn't do anything.
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Old 10-04-06, 12:00 PM   #6
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Until last weekend my highest speed ever was on a slight downhill, 41.5 mph in a 30 mph zone. Never saw a cop in that section of road, though.

Last weekend I hit 43, but it was on a fairly steep downhill along a highway, 55 mph speed limit.
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Old 10-04-06, 12:02 PM   #7
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One of my goals in life is to get a speeding ticket at a 30mph zone while riding my bike. One day, one day...
My brother nearly got one. A big long downhill in a 30 mph zone he was clocked at 42. The cop flipped on the lights and siren and pulled my brother over. He wanted a written ticket for bragging rights but the cop let him off with a verbal warning.
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Old 10-04-06, 12:41 PM   #8
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Stupid question: If you get a ticket while on a bike, would it affect your auto insurance rates? I was doing 24 in a 20 zone this morning (on level ground though).
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Stupid question: If you get a ticket while on a bike, would it affect your auto insurance rates? I was doing 24 in a 20 zone this morning (on level ground though).
I believe it would.
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This should definitely be a poll. I'll bet that bikers are the only folks on earth who would 99% sprint all-out, bloody hell, watch out for crazy momma fast in an attempt to get a traffic ticket from a cop in a 30mph zone!
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Old 10-04-06, 01:01 PM   #11
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Which is why it's smart to only carry a State ID, instead of your drivers license, while riding your bike. That way nothing you do on the cycle will go on your driving record, right?
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Old 10-04-06, 01:07 PM   #12
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I think I got RADARed in Burlington yesterday. (Lake Street, for locals. 20MPH speed limit.) Funnily enough I was going 20MPH. Had I seen the cop far enough in advance, I would have switched to the outer ring and sprinted. I was maxed out on the middle ring.
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Old 10-04-06, 09:17 PM   #13
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There's a speed trap on my ride home. Police are there about 1/4 of days. They nab cars coming around a corner. I've had the police sitting in their cruisers look at me, smile and yell, "hey slow down!" As it's slightly uphill, I don't think I could swing a ticket with the 35 MPH limit.
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Two thoughts.

1). School Zones = Easy Money = Ticket. F*** you Houston PD (33 in a 20).

2). You are not required to have a drivers license to ride a bike, yet the first thing the officer will want is an ID. This is where the rub is. No driver's license means insurance company will not likely ever know. Give the officer your DL and it will likely show up on your driving record. Carry something else (school ID, passport, credit card) and give them that.
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One of my goals in life...
Funny that, being a favorite target of pigs just for living, one of my goals in life is to never see another one ever.
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Old 10-05-06, 12:35 AM   #16
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Even if you don't have the driver's license on you, they'll look up your name and ID# anyway on their network. I don't know if bike infractions affect driving records, but not giving them your driver's license won't make any difference.
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I believe it would.
I asked my wife, who has taken college courses on the subject, and we looked it up in her books...

She is pretty sure that it wouldn't citing that the insurance is for the car not the driver.
Speculation here, but say you list your nice bike on your home owner's policy and got a ticket...there is a chance that you might have a rate hike from that, though there is no conventional way to report a speeding ticket in a home owners policy.

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Which is why it's smart to only carry a State ID, instead of your drivers license, while riding your bike. That way nothing you do on the cycle will go on your driving record, right?
Not in NC they will attach you liscense one way or another. And as far as I know insurance companies monitor your driving record and if a ticket shows up on there they can raise your rates whether the ticket sticks or not.

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Which is why it's smart to only carry a State ID, instead of your drivers license, while riding your bike. That way nothing you do on the cycle will go on your driving record, right?
They can still easily connect you to your record. And if you have no ID, they can detain you until they can identify you. Fortunately, in Ohio, starting last month, most cycling tickets no longer put points on your license (drunk driving/cycling and the like will still get you points). The Ohio Bike Federation pushed hard for this.

As to insurance, they can raise your rates if they catch you even thinking about violating a traffic law. That's why I keep aluminum foil under my helmet.

Back to the point of the post. The one traffic rule I enjoy breaking is the speed limit. Although I haven't received a ticket for it, there's a 35mph limit hill that I have hit 40 mph on. That would be a ticket worth framing.
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Which is why it's smart to only carry a State ID, instead of your drivers license, while riding your bike. That way nothing you do on the cycle will go on your driving record, right?
Wrong.

The officer, if he should so desire, can use either a computer in the car or radio to the dispatcher for the driver's license info and have your driver's license info in a NY minute. The only way to avoid the possible problem is to not be licensed at all. Or have a state law that does not allow bicycle violations to be entered on to a driving record.
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I was radar gunned by a cop once and actually started sprinting towards it. When I passed him he yelled out my speed and gave me a thumbs up. We were both laughing.
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Stupid question: If you get a ticket while on a bike, would it affect your auto insurance rates? I was doing 24 in a 20 zone this morning (on level ground though).
If it goes on your MVR, the company you are with surcharges for minor violations and they either order the MVR or you report the ticket...yes. Otherwise no.

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BTW, in this situation I'd go to court, admit guilt but ask the judge not to put it on my MVR since it was on my bike. If you have a clean MVR otherwise I'm guessing you have at least a 50/50 shot at not having it affect your rates.
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School Zones = Easy Money = Ticket. F*** you Houston PD (33 in a 20).
So you think school zones are for easy money and not there to protect kids?
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You could also look at it the way buddies of mine fight MVR traffic tickets. A simple paper from a mechanic to show that the speedo was not properly calibrated will get you a defective equipment. Since there is no law that says you must have a speedometer on a bicycle how would or could you know just how fast the bike is travelling.

That said, I've been trying for about 18 years to get a speeding ticket on my bike. My old town I could do about 42 in a downhill 25. The cop was never there when I wanted him to be.



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If it goes on your MVR, the company you are with surcharges for minor violations and they either order the MVR or you report the ticket...yes. Otherwise no.

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BTW, in this situation I'd go to court, admit guilt but ask the judge not to put it on my MVR since it was on my bike. If you have a clean MVR otherwise I'm guessing you have at least a 50/50 shot at not having it affect your rates.
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i currently ride a fixed, gear ratio 46/16, so i max out around 30. I would love to have a cop pull me over for going to fast though just for entertainment
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