Join Date: Sep 1999
Location: Pittston, PA 18640
another problem not mentioned (in the great white northeast at least) is we don't generally buy bikes as forms of transportation. therefore, they don't get ridden like you need it to go to work with tomorrow.
also bad p.r. work against sportbikes has hurt us. i remember 5 years ago the 11 o'clock news running a story on how us motorcyclists were endangering children by racing across the market street bridge (at midnight, don't blame the parents who let their kids out at midnight, and what kids were they talking about). anyway, the bridge spans two cities, and one of the two cities' police departments had a 'they're just having fun' attitude prior to this report. when the news story showed wheelies all over that city, and then had a cop saying, 'i understand the complaints of loud exhausts on these bikes, but they are street-legal and we can't do anything about them' you can bet your ass we've been getting hell ever since. don't embarass johnny law. it's taken almost 5 years for us to be able to sit downtown and not get fined or threatened with fines. that's a long time to lose the local hang out. and even now a good night went from 35-40 bikes to 10.
now the same thing is happening in northern va, dc and i heard baltimore as well. 150mph on a bike is fun to you, but when your grams get buzzed while doing 35 on the beltway, who do you think the cops are gonna go after? her for blocking traffic or you for about $700 bucks worth of fines and a fun ride trying to chase rear-end down?
sorry for the lecture everyone.
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