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Whatever shame I felt in taking my bike to a shop and having someone else do work to it was masked by my feelings of idiocy to learn that the whole 'running on 2 cyl' problem was caused by a very easy, totally obvious electrical gremlin that I should have caught myself (and saved me $80 in labor in the process).

That aside, I was psyched to finally ride again today. I work a lot and have had serious lack of motivation to work on it because riding keeps me happy and motivated, and I couldn't! She still needs a lot of work, lots of little projects to be completed, but it runs and rides so that's all I need.

Took a ride to a buddy's house this evening, and was convoying back into the city behind them to hit up another party. They wave me by on a straight, flat, newly paved section of highway. Speed limit 50mph. my speedo isn't mounted properly or connected to the battery, so doesn't light up at night. Knowing this, I told myself to 'take it easy' on this section, so brought it up to what I figured was about 65. Blue lights come on in the opposite direction!

Cop pulls a U-ie in the middle of the highway at like 60mph (man crown vics can turn!), I slow down and pull over (not about to run, much less on a straight, flat, highway!)

I had no wallet, so no liscence, no reg, no proof of insurance, and my inspection is at least a year out (no front sigs, no mirrors, no plate light, non-DOT headlight and rear sigs, leaky exhaust). he checks my name and DOB in the system, I come up as legal, so we talk for a bit.

The cliffs notes:
I was actually doing 72 (not as bad as it could have been, considering...)

him- "what year bike is this?" me-"''94" him-"oh, yup. Ducati?" me- "erm.... no. Honda." him- "oh. You been in a wreck with this thing?" me-"uh... no, I just don't like how sportbikes look with all the plastic up front." him-"oh, cause it looks like it's had some work done on it." me-"yeah. a little bit." :D

Despite not having any papers or inspection and doing 22 over the limit at night, all I got was a warning! just gotta bring all the papers down to the station within 15. I feel like he went easy on me because I was wearing FULL protective gear including draggin' kevlar pants, back plate, and racing gloves. Pretty much no other sporty rider around here wears more than a t-shirt and shorts or jeans. Also, I could tell he didn't like rice rockets, and mine doesn't look like a plastic POS so that helped a lot. He said he was very glad that I didn't try to run (although he was worried when I didn't slow down at first- no mirrors, remember?), and I said I could outrun a cruiser but not a camera or radio waves...

All in all, I'm lucking fucky! could have been MUCH worse and I don't need any more points on my liscence! Officer was actually cool, shook his hand and rode on...
 

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Lucky Escape there buddy,

I got caught doing bugger all wrong with all my documents on a legal bike, and still got hit with a £30 fine for a small number plate. Two days i'd had my hornet and i'd dropped it on the first one.

Twats.
 

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Probably got off easy cause you told him you hate the way new super sports look!!!:LolLolLolLol::LolLolLolLol:

Thats what my city is all about, Gixxer nation with slip on exahuast, rear fender eliminater and flushmount signals...totally custom and original:speechless: and then argue about whats really a true streetfighter...
 

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very nice. i got that once for blatently running a redlight at night. he just wanted to talk for a minute. and i think i caught a break cuz i pulled over even before he turned on his lights (was actually waiting on my friend to run it but he wouldnt.. shh).
but good job avoiding the ticket... some cops are actually not too bad.
 
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