I was asked this morning about the way the Police are percieved to ‘pick on’ bikers, you know…attend known bike meets and stop bikers with non comforming registration plates, black visors and aftermarket exhausts and why car drivers are left ‘alone’..
Fact is, it’s a bit of a ‘no-brainer’ if you consider how many cars on the road there are to the amount of motorcyclists there are we are heavily outnumbered, cars are stopped far more than bikes are and are stopped for good reason (as is any motorist or road user).
You see, and lets be honest, lets take an average ‘summertime’ rider who unveils his/her say, CBR600RR , for the annual summer bikefest and imminent summer months of riding… on his/her bike he/she has a ‘letterbox’ style number plate, he/she also has a nice set of aftermarket pipes which did possess a baffle but he/she has removed them and stuck them under the seat (this sound familiar to any of you? c’mon be honest!)
Illegal plate Check.
Illegal exhaust Check.
This rider has knowingly added illegal parts to his/her bike then complains when stopped and dealt with by Police… what did they expect? a pat on the back?
If you ride sensibly, have a road legal and road worthy bike you are not going to draw any attention to yourself!… but stick on things that are illegal and can be HEARD and SEEN at a glance is going to attract attention.
Car ‘Cruises’ are also attended by Police as well for those concerned that we don’t act on them as well…and illegal number plates,illegal lighting, illegal window tints are all dealt with as rigorously as you would expect…