Originally posted by joshp
I could be wrong but isn't it safer to speed and go by people rather than sit in one place on the highway?
Totally depends on the situation. Yes, there are times where that will be safer, but also times when it won't be the best idea. I don't think it's even fair to shoot out hypothetical examples, as there are too many for each scenario.
Also do you find police to be easy on bikers because of the dangers of obeying typical speed laws?
Hell no. Typically, if anything, Cops are WORSE on bikers, unless they themselves ride. As for the "dangers of obeying typical speed laws", well, I can tell you're a younger guy, so please don't use that as an excuse to speed. I won't say you should obey the speed limit all the time because I sure as heck don't (and no one here consitently does either, that's reality), but it is there for a reason, and some of it for safety. You can't have every a-hole blasting through your neighborhood at 10X's the limit just because he thinks he can speed responsibly. As far as cops are concerned, there is NO danger in obeying typical "speed laws".
Also what exactly is a squid; someone driving crazy?
Yes. The standardized, and generally accepted, representation of one, is someone wearing a wife-beater tank top, shorts, flip-flops with no helmet, and a bad ass pair of Oakley's. Who, mind you, have 1 inch wide chicken strips on their rear tire (chicken strip= an indicator of how far over you've leaned your bike, typically, the less "chicken strips", the better rider you are).
But I figure that you can't drive like this with a motorcycle because you have to look all around you and can't waste your attention looking for police is this true?
Yes and no. The more experienced you become, the better you will be able to manage your attention. In the begining, you shouldn't typically waste your attention looking for police, but rather focus on not only your riding, but aware of what's going on ALL around you.
I also have a desire to take some street bike classes that will allow me to go from novice racing to intermediate to advanced. Are things like this offered? The closest track to me is sears point but it sounds like I wouldn't be allowed to take the class that they offer because I've never been on a street bike.
Start with the beginner MSF course, there is NO SUCH THING as being too experiened to take it. Your dirtbike experience will certainly help you, but you will almost ALWAYS pick up something worthwhile in the course, AND they provide the bike! You CAN'T go wrong. Furthermore, they aren't generally offered at tracks. Rather somewhere within a reasonable driving distance from you, within some parking lot or other open paved area with some space.
Then there's the "advanced" MSF course, where they get into a litte more detail, and you use your own bike.
Then there are all sorts of "racing" schools/classes out there, I'm sure someone will pipe in, if they don't, Google "Penguin Motorcycle Racing", and something should come up.
BTW, in your neck of the woods: