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  • signal1
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    I am a major fan of motorcycles, but especially sport bikes. I had one when I was hired and still have one. I ride every chance I get. And I can also tell you, it is not the stupid 18-20 yr olds killing themselves. Read the statistics and they will tell you, it is the 50+ people that are killing themselves. I was reading something just the other day about the babyboomers, who have money and are retireing at a fast rate and they are out buying motorcycles like they are going out of style and it is those inexperienced riders that are hurting themselves.

    I don't act like a fool and I have been riding now for 10 years, but I will admit, I like to ride hard when I have the chance. I have been a LEO now for 8 years and I will never give up either one. Truth said, I feel safer on my "crotch rocket" doing 70+ on the open road and in the curves then I do on a car stop out in the middle of nowhere, with my back up 5 mins out.

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  • trpr2b
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    Originally posted by Harleydude
    Wow how ever did I miss this post? I own a Harley, Electra Glide Ultra Classic, the biggest and best Harley makes. Me and the little Lady are both L.E. and ride all the time, I am also the B.G. Inv. for my dept. From my view the guys and gals around here that ride Harley`s, Choppers, and just plain cruisers are the mature people in the dept.

    The guys and gals that ride the sport bikes are the thrill seekers, and are the ones our other local dept. chase around when there off duty. Its kinda getting out of hand on I285. But cop or no cop, those bikes are what they are and so are the poeple riding them. I know that sounds very judgmental but when you peal back the bannana what do you eat?

    As far as looking at it from a B. G. Inv. stand point, we could care less what you own, drive, or ride, as long as you dont pull up to the interview riding it while acting crazy or have a record from it. Good luck..
    When I interviewed with the Highway Patrol about 10 years ago the Line Sergeant that was doing my background wanted to know what kind of car I drove. I told him (Pontiac Sunbird at the time) and he says it isn't a convertible is it? I said no. He said you don't have the windows tinted do you? I said no. He said, you don't have a loud stereo in it do you? I said no. He said good. If you're gonna be a trooper you need to act like one. You need to be driving a regular car that doesn't stand out.

    I kind of figured that if the criteria was whether or not you stood out that it wouldn't be a good idea to own a motorcycle. I have owned two (Honda VTX and Big Dog Chopper) but currently I don't have one. It sure is killing me though. Once you have one it's hard not to have one.

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  • Harleydude
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    ,/,./,./,./,/,/,/,.
    Last edited by Harleydude; 01-12-2006, 09:46 AM.

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  • PhilipCal
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    Motorcycle before applying.

    Not an issue. Should it be?

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  • 00svtlightning
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    none taken at all...it does seem like everyone that tries to run from the police on a bike is on a sportbike. it's a shame that a bad few cause such a problem for the rest of the population. because of those idiots full coverage insurance on one of those sportbikes is through the roof. so i had to settle for my 400 horsepower pickup....cheaper to insure than a ford ranger

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  • trpr2b
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    Originally posted by 00svtlightning
    Actually if you look most fatal motorcycle accidents involve bikes over 1300 cc's. I am a bit of a sport bike lover you could say, and the biggest sportbike is the Suzuki GSX1300r, which is the fastest mass produced motorcycle in the world...0-100 in 6.2...now alot of sportbike riders ride like retards...i know that...but i see alot of harley riders split lanes on the interstate and wind up being a splat on the road.

    I used to own a sport bike, never exceeded the speed limit, never pulled a wheelie.

    If you want to see cruisers acting stupid go to sturgis...

    I'll get off the soap box now
    I wasn't aware of that statistic. Maybe it is just that a stereotype. Most of the motorcycle accidents around here in the last few years have been either sport bikes racing, or an 18-20 year old kid riding like and idiot and running off a bridge and winding up on the street below. I do think that someone on a sport bike is more apt to run from an LEO than some one on a cruiser. I attribute this to the capabilities of the bike more so than the rider.

    Again, no offense was meant to anyone. Sorry if any was taken.

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  • 00svtlightning
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    i was doing 0-100 not 0-60...that 0-100 time was according to a test of the '04 hayabusa. The hayabusa can do 0-100 km/h which is roughly 62 mph in 3 seconds.

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  • MAD_MAX333
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    a gsx1300r gets 6.2 in 0-60???? doesn't sound right dude, should be much much lower.

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  • 00svtlightning
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    Originally posted by trpr2b
    I don't hate streets bikes but I do think there is a stereotype that comes with owning one. There are VERY few sport bikes I've seen go down the road that were being operated in a safe manner.

    I'm not saying that all cruisers are operated safely but when was the last time you saw a cruiser being ridden down the highway at 90 and the rider pull it up and ride on the back tire for about 2 miles?

    Again no disrespect but, I do think it's an accurate generalization.

    Actually if you look most fatal motorcycle accidents involve bikes over 1300 cc's. I am a bit of a sport bike lover you could say, and the biggest sportbike is the Suzuki GSX1300r, which is the fastest mass produced motorcycle in the world...0-100 in 6.2...now alot of sportbike riders ride like retards...i know that...but i see alot of harley riders split lanes on the interstate and wind up being a splat on the road.

    I used to own a sport bike, never exceeded the speed limit, never pulled a wheelie.

    If you want to see cruisers acting stupid go to sturgis...

    I'll get off the soap box now

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  • e-man
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    Heck I owned some of them thar dirteeee magazines ya'll call pornographic. I still got hired
    SORRY. I did not own a bike but bought one,. SOld it though last year cant afford it on my new salary, but just wait 2 years. DUCATI here I COME.. Or maybe the BMW bike

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  • gotthblues
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    Originally posted by trpr2b
    I don't hate streets bikes but I do think there is a stereotype that comes with owning one. There are VERY few sport bikes I've seen go down the road that were being operated in a safe manner.

    I'm not saying that all cruisers are operated safely but when was the last time you saw a cruiser being ridden down the highway at 90 and the rider pull it up and ride on the back tire for about 2 miles?

    Again no disrespect but, I do think it's an accurate generalization.
    hell, i see cruisers haulin major butt all the time. just cause they can pull the front up doesnt mean they're not idiots too.

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  • trpr2b
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    Originally posted by MAD_MAX333
    what is with the hate on street bikes???
    I don't hate streets bikes but I do think there is a stereotype that comes with owning one. There are VERY few sport bikes I've seen go down the road that were being operated in a safe manner.

    I'm not saying that all cruisers are operated safely but when was the last time you saw a cruiser being ridden down the highway at 90 and the rider pull it up and ride on the back tire for about 2 miles?

    Again no disrespect but, I do think it's an accurate generalization.

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  • MAD_MAX333
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    Originally posted by trpr2b
    My questions is a three part question:

    1. Did you own a motorcycle prior to applying for a sworn position?
    2. Do you own one now?

    Let me preface that by saying....I'm not talking about a sport bike like a 929RR or a GSXR1100, I'm talking about a styling and profiling cruiser or chopper style of motorcycle. Something you ride to cruise around on and enjoy, not ride around like an idiot at 100+ mph.

    Lastly, do you think owning a cruiser would hurt an applicant going through the hiring process?

    Thanks,

    TRPR2B

    what is with the hate on street bikes???

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    Not a Cop

    But i have to jump in on here. If I drive a Crown Vic to the interview will that hurt my chances of getting the job.

    Sorry I just couldn't stop myself.

    I would rather see a guy on a bike then owning a crown Vic.

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  • gotthblues
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    or if you drive it like a freggin idot. i had a sport bike before i got hired on. i got rid of it shortly after getting hired and mostly cause i had a baby girl at the same time,. i lost my nerve riding it, plus sometimes it was just too tempting. but just because you have one, it wouldnt count against you, unless youre a member of an outlaw motor gang,,, wait, that s harmless.

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