last night i plated the 954. today around lunch time i am heading back to work, from 5thGear. heading towards new west on the Clivenden on ramp, i am between two large semi trucks in the left lane.
not feeling comfortable in this predicament, i pull out into the right lane, and move forward so the first truck can see me in his right mirror. as we three vehicles approach the merge, a police officer jumps out of the bushes and flags me down. hands flying in the air. i pull over safely and get off.
this is the conversation
officer: Do you know how fast you were going?
me: With the flow of traffic sir, i was trying to get out of the large truck's blind spot, i felt unsafe in that position.
officer:You were going 65km/h in a 60 zone. i need to see your license and registration.
he goes to his car does his thing, comes back and says.
officer: I see you have not been ticketed for well over 10 years, today is not your lucky day.
me: Sir , i was trying to avoid a dangerous situation, as the trucks and myself would all be merging into one lane as we approach the cloverleaf. we were all traveling at the same rate, i did not want to be in his blind spot.so i accelerated forward so he could see me in his mirror.
officer: Do you want me to inspect your bike, i am letting you off easy here?
he hands me the ticket, explains the 2 points and fine. i ride off.
needless to say i am quite pissed off. the fine is so small that i would lose money from a day off of work, to dispute this. the points don't mean jack shit to me. what i see here is a quick cash grab, when they should be out catching some real traffic offenders. the ones who do hyper speeds and are actually endangering themselves or others.
i was gonna take the 954 to SBS, but my gut feelings about the police and sportbikes have again been reaffirmed. they target us just because we are on these machines. i have never received this attention while riding the Vstrom, or the Husky. so the Couch will once again go to SBS.
Thnx for reading,
Pissed off in Poco, Roger