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    Not Your Ordinary Commute Ride!
    on: Sep 15, 2017, 07.37 pm
    Sep 15, 2017, 07.37 pm
    I thought you guys might get a kick out of this one. My Trophy ad I are already starting to make memories together!   :156:

    My Wednesday started like any other day - up at Zero-Dark-Thirty, on the road shortly thereafter. I got on the highway and settled in for the drone into work against a beautiful pre-dawn backdrop. The new Trophy was purring along and life was good.

    All of a sudden I check my mirrors And I see this pair of headlights approaching from a distance behind me. Before I knew it they were right on my tail. The spread of the lights was pretty wide so it looked like a big truck that was just barreling down on me and I was starting to get annoyed. But before I could get over a lane to let this jerk by, the lights moved over first to overtake. As I looked over to see what was about to overtake me, I was quite surprised to see that this was not a truck at all but 2 Highway Patrol Motor units riding brand new BMW RT Police bikes!  :005:  As they rode by I was a little nervous because I was a bit over the speed limit, so I gave them a wave, which they acknowledged. I could also see them checking out the Trophy as they made their way past, and I got the sense that they were liking it!   :017: They picked up their pace and flew down the road.

    I am not sure what came over me but I decided I was going to follow them. I figured what the heck, they were creating a great path and they were movin. And hey, my trusty Trophy can hang with those Beemers! So I made sure to stay a safe distance back and matched their every move as we snaked along the highway. I was really wondering if they were going to react to me because I knew they knew I was behind them, but they didn't seem to mind at all. So there I was, formation flying with the California Highway Patrol, getting what amounted to a police escort to work!

    After about 25 miles of this a freeway interchange came up and they peeled off to take that interchange. As I passed by we gave each other one more wave and we parted ways. "Now how cool was that!", I asked myself. Definitely something you don't get to do very often if ever! I rode the remining miles with a huge grin on my face. Motor Cops are pretty cool, man. At least these 2 were. What a great way to start a day.
    Last Edit: Sep 15, 2017, 07.39 pm by Ghostrider25
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    Re: Not Your Ordinary Commute Ride!
    Reply #1 on: Sep 15, 2017, 09.26 pm
    Sep 15, 2017, 09.26 pm
     :460: Those CHP cops really know how to ride I'm told! The TTSE would easily keep up with the Beemers and could probably outrun them to boot!  I'm glad you had fun "flirting" with the law!! :745:

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    Re: Not Your Ordinary Commute Ride!
    Reply #2 on: Sep 15, 2017, 11.04 pm
    Sep 15, 2017, 11.04 pm
    The police bikes here in Scotland are generally ok, not as good as back in the 80's 90's, but generally sympathetic to our addiction  :745:

    A few friends and myself were heading out of Fort William the other year on route to Skye when we were flagged down by two bike cops... when we removed our helmets to expose a brace of balding gents with grey beards the copper coughed and embarrassedly admitted that he had stopped us to advise on safe riding but was probably wasting our time... he gave us some freeby keyrings and neck tubes and advised that some of the corners are not suitable for anything over 80 mph (60 mph legal limit) Good man  :047:


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    Re: Not Your Ordinary Commute Ride!
    Reply #3 on: Sep 15, 2017, 11.24 pm
    Sep 15, 2017, 11.24 pm
    *Originally Posted by GavJ [+]
    The police bikes here in Scotland are generally ok, not as good as back in the 80's 90's, but generally sympathetic to our addiction  :745:

    A few friends and myself were heading out of Fort William the other year on route to Skye when we were flagged down by two bike cops... when we removed our helmets to expose a brace of balding gents with grey beards the copper coughed and embarrassedly admitted that he had stopped us to advise on safe riding but was probably wasting our time... he gave us some freeby keyrings and neck tubes and advised that some of the corners are not suitable for anything over 80 mph (60 mph legal limit) Good man  :047:

    I love it. For myself, it was a breath of fresh air to have a nice interaction with Law Enforcement. Cops in the US have had a rough go as of late, and I have had some bad times dealing with some of these guys. Though I must confess, back in my younger days I wasn't as "nice" as I am now!   :009:  I used to have a chronically heavy throttle hand, and it has gotten me in hot water a time or two.  But I always try to give them the benefit of the doubt. It's a tough job they have.

    The last speeding ticket I got was issued by a motor. I was on an early morning adventure on my Vision and I came ripping around a really nice right hander deep in the redwoods and THERE HE WAS! I knew I was had, so I just pulled over. He didn't even have to light me up! As he dismounted and approached me, I could see the wry grin on his face. I had to ask if he would let me go with a warning, but he wrote me. However, he was really cool, gave a break on the ticket, and after the formalities were over we sat there on the side of the road and talked bikes for the next 30 minutes.  Very cool. 
    Last Edit: Sep 15, 2017, 11.26 pm by Ghostrider25
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    Re: Not Your Ordinary Commute Ride!
    Reply #4 on: Sep 15, 2017, 11.39 pm
    Sep 15, 2017, 11.39 pm
    Speeding here in the uk is a crime deemed worse that assaulting and elderly person in their own home then robbing them..... usually administered by an anonymous guy siting n a van with a camera, letter through the post, challenge it if you dare but the fine goes up automatically if you do......

    Not sure what you guys have over by but here for a minor infringement it's a £100 fine and 3 points on your licence. Add up to 12 points and you get banned for a year.

    Get caught at over 100 mph, banned for a year and have to resit your driving test to get your licence back, and when you do.. good luck trying to find an insurer that will charge you less than a months salary for a year's insurance. And that stays on your licence for 5 years,

    So mug an old lady.. first offence, probably a fine and some community service
    100mph plus.. no licence, lose your job, cant afford your mortgage so lose your house, put massive strain on your marriage... could lose your wife.... then you have a real struggle recovering from that....

    Im not condoning speeding, especially in built up areas, 30 mph limits are 30 mph limits, but the punishment here is not proportional....

    sorry..... rant over  :192:

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    Re: Not Your Ordinary Commute Ride!
    Reply #5 on: Sep 16, 2017, 12.04 am
    Sep 16, 2017, 12.04 am
    Yes, I have heard that it is pretty brutal over there with regard to speeding. It's not nearly as bad over here except for the darned cameras and radar guns that are springing up everywhere now. In the City where I live they have them set up allover the place, and if they snap your picture and/or clock you you get a ticket in the mail for $500 for first offense!  And if caught going 100MPH or over, you go to jail as well as all the other unmentionables. But I get it, rules are rules.

    That is the real beauty of this Trophy SE; it's so luxurious I don't really feel the need for speed. It's certainly capable, but I am so happy enjoying the ride I don't really have the urge to push. Unlike what happens when I get on my GSX1250FA, which is just a beast! It's all I can do to keep it under 80!
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    Re: Not Your Ordinary Commute Ride!
    Reply #6 on: Sep 16, 2017, 12.09 am
    Sep 16, 2017, 12.09 am
    Ride safe ghostrider, your right regarding the trophy, it is a more relaxing ride than other bikes

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    Re: Not Your Ordinary Commute Ride!
    Reply #7 on: Sep 16, 2017, 01.25 am
    Sep 16, 2017, 01.25 am
    I just wanted to throw my 2 cents in the fray about speeding.  I remember when I was a Sheriff's officer from 1980 to 1986 I learned a lot about radar and wrote my share of tickets for speeders.  Radar is finicky.  It reads the closest, largest and fastest in that order.  I never was ever able to write a bike because of their size and small radar signature even with the advent of aiming devices on the guns (radar).  So when I ride my Trophy cruising at 80 mph in a 65 mph zone I'm pretty sure I won't get stopped.  Just wait, now that I have said it I probably will get nabbed! :745:

     



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