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How often do cruisers pull over motorcycles?

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Posted about 7 years ago

 

Is it more difficult for the radar to lock on a bike's signature? I get the general impression that there is a reluctance among traffic cops to chase motorcyclists, whether because of the small plate size for visual reference or becasue their speed & mobility give them an edge if they choose to flee. Granted, nothing travels faster than Motorola, but still...I'm a motorcycle rider, and I've been pulled over by a cop in a squad only once in 17 years. And the last time I got pulled over a biker crossed from Lane 1 to Lane 3 in traffic without using a signal, cut me off and then jammed on the gas to get away from the area - all in front of the cop who pulled out and cited me for speeding

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Count yourself lucky, I've been pulled a lot more for a lot less. When I'm in the "power-ranger" gear, I look like every other "squid" on the road (aka squirelly kid), and carry their cross to bear.

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I pull them over regularly. Technique is key. I determine the PC, 'casually' come up behind real close and then hit'em with everything: Lights, sireeeen and airhorn. Makes them jump. Most of the time they are so startled, they just pull over. Then there are the other 20%'s who just take bail. No problem. Air Unit is handy when it's up. When not, I just let'em go and catch them another day. I also have friends in most of the motorcycle shops in the area. The guys that flee usually like to talk about it. Usually gets back to me. Usually I will find them eventually standing at the parts counter jaw-jackin' with the parts guy. The earth is round and so the circle of life. Ha! The tough part is when knucklehead takes off like a bat outta hell and crashes. Not good. 10-8. When I was on motors and riding a Road King, it was understood that trying to catch a rice burner was next to impossible if they fled. If they did, see above.


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I have pulled them over both in a patrol unit and as a motor officer. I never had one run while I was on a motor. Not saying they won't because I am also on a motor but that simply they didn't. Not nearly as many motors back then either. The trick is to make sure you get the tag and a very good look at the rider and be right on them when you hit the lights. I only really had one decide to run on me and I simply stayed close to him until he messed up and crashed. Never did catch him as he was off like a rocket over a fence before I could even start stopping but I did get the bike. It was legitimately stolen but I did end up getting the guy a few months later anyway. If they run, chances are you won't catch them so should just let them go.

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Like theSarge said, it's easier to catch the little bastards another day when they arent expecting it...like Sunday morning at 0700 when they are still laying in bed from the beer enduced coma they are in. Now THATS funny!! Run from me you little bastard I ruin your Sunday breakfast with the folks with a cold shower and a deep cavity search at CJ. I dont make a habit of chasing rice burners..I'm too old to worry and like my good friend The Sarge said...the world is round and so is the cirlce of life. Dont worry, you run today, I'll catch you Sunday morning.

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Cowboy, now THAT was funny! I laughed so hard I woke up the family. Now I gotta go apologize.


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IN my area, it is more likely that a motorcylce will run rather than a passenger vehilce. However, I ride too and I will stop a bike if they break a traffic code just like anyone else, no speacial treatment. My policy for my department, chase 'em, hook em up, and take them for a ride if they run...backseat style.

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I ride; I used to have a sticker in my windshield 3 bikes ago that said "Speed Safe." I've only been pulled over once on the bike - for splitting a lane on US101 north of San Francisco, when there wasn't 2 lanes to split. The courteous CHP Motor Officer offered me a choice; asked me if I wanted a ticket. When I said, no and thank you, he said see you later. At that time (around 1998) 1/2 the CHP Motor Officers were on BMW R1100RT(P)s; I rode a BMW R1200C; so I knew about 5 or 6 Motors. This guy wasn't one of them, but he knew I played "tag" on the freeway with the others. I was in the Coast Guard then and rode the Golden Gate or Bay Bridge twice a day going to and from work. Well worth the view.

In my opinion; radar was soemthing that a motorcycle rider could beat in court - because of size of beam, etc but I defy anyone to try that defense with LASER...so much more accurate, so much more effective!

I must admit - Cowboy's solution to the problem is most excellent...

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Thanks all...I aim to please and mostly I aim to hit my target...LOL. be good all!

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Depends on how fast they're going. Often, it's more dangerous for us to try to pull them over than it is to let them go. I can't stand the a-holes that drive 120 on their motorcycles, knowing that most departments won't allow the pursuit, but, you have to do what's right at the time.

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If I am really bored I will look for one to stop. They always make a good pursuit even though we probably won't catch them. They always seem to run 100++ around here. It is not policy to not chase them but it should be we tear up more cars chasing those iddiots. Engines, transmissions, tires, I believe even a lightbar funny storie but will save til next time...

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Im not sure how it is in other cities but I was told in Chicago, officers are not allowed to chase motorcyclists because of their speed, it is too dangerous for the biker, and everyone else. They say that if they do get pulled over but pull off and run the officer has to let them go if they haven't committed a crime. Is that true?

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Look at my bike in my profile. I dont really get pulled over on it but I dont act stupid either. Here in MO alot of departments are going to a policy, if you are caught doing a wheelie they automatically take you to jail and make you bond out. Has anyone else heard of this or do it in the cities they work for?

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I m a rider and Ive been for the past 10 years, Ive been pulled over a handful of times for whatever reason but I always behave on the highwway and I dont do anything stupid that will get me in trouble plus ill b enbarass to show my badge if I act up with the bike , come on now!!!

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cowboycdm said:

Like theSarge said, it's easier to catch the little bastards another day when they arent expecting it...like Sunday morning at 0700 when they are still laying in bed from the beer enduced coma they are in. Now THATS funny!! Run from me you little bastard I ruin your Sunday breakfast with the folks with a cold shower and a deep cavity search at CJ. I dont make a habit of chasing rice burners..I'm too old to worry and like my good friend The Sarge said...the world is round and so is the cirlce of life. Dont worry, you run today, I'll catch you Sunday morning.

Hmmm....

Is this why my congregation looks a little sparse some Sunday mornings?

And here I thought they were just wanting to have an "at-home day" with the family!

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The few times I tried I've had the bikes take off. A legit rider wont usually act like an a-hole in front of an armed RMP, and I'm in urban areas, rarely on highways. I've found some want the chase and intentionaly fly by you to get you going. I usually ignore it and hope that in the second they take to look back over their shoulder to see if I've bitten that they wipe out and leave a really long smudge on the road. No such luck yet, though. I cant chase a bike thru a city area w/o real good reason. I once chased 2 real rough-lookin' women on jap bikes thru city area, and they were actually alternating taking the lead at lights to wave each other thru. They had those Roman soldier-type brushes on thier helmets and were throwing me the bird the whole time. Funny now, but I was PISSED then. They dusted me real good. And we could NEVER reuest air support for a non-felon.

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Sorry.......MARKED rmp.

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Never had a cruiser run from me but crotch rocket are notorious for it. Most of the rocketeers like to have very distinctive helmets and sometimes jackets like LtDan said the "power ranger" outfit. If you can get close enough to get a plate or at least pay really good attention to their gear. If you get the plate then you'll know where they live. Just show up at the house a little later. They'll ususally say that they let a buddy borrow the bike but they almost never let them borrow the jacket, pants, helmet ect... cause it usually won't fit. Just look for the outfit for the ID. You can usually get em to slip up and confess, even if it's accidentally.


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