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Motorcycle Police Skills Competition

Thursday, June 4, 2009
Ripping around a very tight turn  the officers know how to handle their bikes.
It was a beautiful, sunny day in Medford, Oregon, as over 120 officers from around the Northwest were in town to sharpen their motorcycle riding skills.
Motorcycle police officers from three states and two Canadian provinces converged on Medford, Oregon, for the North American Motor Officers Association's annual training conferences. The four-day event gives motorcycle officers a chance to hone their riding skills, to learn new riding techniques, and to demonstrate their riding proficiency. One-hundred and twenty officers from Oregon, Idaho, Washington, Alberta and British Columbia participated in this year’s event.

“With all of the other distractions a motorcycle officer has to deal with, riding needs to be second nature,” said Lt. Bob Hansen of the host Medford Police Dept. “This event gives them the opportunity to keep their skills sharp.”

Fifteen-hundred orange emergency cones were set up in carefully constructed patterns throughout the parking lot of the Jackson County Fairgrounds. The motorcycle police were tested on two different proficiency courses in addition to a slow course and a barrel race. Each proficiency course is divided into numerous patterns full of sharp 90-degree turns, 360s, and figure eights. The patterns are given names
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like the Beehive, the Cajun Craze, and Pitchfork. Riders are penalized for touching or knocking cones over, touching a foot down, or blowing the pattern. A rider cannot be disqualified (it is, after all, a training exercise), but officers rode their hardest trying to complete each course in the fastest time with a ‘Best Rider’ trophy on the line. Sponsor-donated gift certificates only sweetened the pot, but bragging rights as the ‘Best Rider’ earned in head-to-head competition against peers was certainly the most coveted prize.

A couple of weeks before the event we had the opportunity to put our skills to the test alongside our local Medford Police Dept. motorcycle officers. They graciously allowed us to come out and practice on the actual proficiency courses on our own 2008 Honda ST1300 test bike from American Honda. As it turns out these courses are not as easy to navigate as they make it look. 
Crank the bars and tip it in. You dont see front wheels turned like this very often.Side by side riding required concentration and cooperation.
Officers competed on different models, from BMW to Harley-Davidson with individual competitions, as well as events.

Armed with a Honda ST1300 test bike, Motorcycle USA's Editorial Director, Ken Hutchison, went into the practice session thinking he'd impress the constabulary with his own riding skills, but a strange thing happened along the way: He sucked, and we got it all on tape! Check out the Motorcycle Police Skills Competition Video for proof that our illustrious leader could barely ride good enough to graduate from the basic rider-training course aptly named The Kindergarten. Then soak in the sights as Lt. Jason Becker shows us how to successfully navigate the legit courses on his police-issue ST1300. 
 
Motorcycles were divided into six categories - BMW 1200, BMW 1150, Honda ST1100 & Honda ST1300 (same category), Harley-Davidson Road King, Harley-Davidson Electra Glide, and Kawasaki. The motorcycles must be police models outfitted for patrol duty. The nimbler BMWs and Hondas enjoyed a distinct advantage in the tightest patterns, while the Harley-Davidson’s filled the air with the sound of dragging floorboards. One sheriff from Pierce County, Washington, was riding an old Kawasaki Police 1000. The motorcycle, despite its age, had fresh paint and was in immaculate running order.

An Expert Course was the ultimate challenge. It started with riders ducking low as they rode under a bar as slow as possible because they had to grab a cup of water off a chair with their right hand before they were even clear of the bar overhead. The rest of the course was tight, technical track, requiring riders to go up and down curbs. Near the end of the run, motorcyclists had to demonstrate great balance as they rolled over a miniature see-saw, followed by a 90- degree  turn that led into the tightest 360 I’ve seen.
The tests were tough and claimed many victims during the course of the day.
The tests were challenging and claimed many victims over the course of the day.

A group of Washington County Sheriffs watched as the rider in front of them dropped his bike while attempting a difficult slow-speed maneuver. A collective groan spread through the crowd. That one pattern would claim several victims during the course of the day.

Clackamas County Sheriff Jodi Westerman was one of the few women competitors on hand. The Oregon sheriff got into the unit about eight years ago, and is one of only two women motorcycle officers that she knows of in the state.

“It’s a good course. Challenging, but if you catch it just right, you can hit it pretty fast,” Westerman said.

She competes on a BMW 1200 and says she feels great being one of the few female representatives in the motorcycle police division.
Floorboards on this Road King aint going to be scrape free!
The hard parts were dragging all day long, but the H-D-mounted officers definitely dealt with the least cornering clearance. Still, we never believed a Hog could move like ones we saw at the NAMOA event.

“You do get a lot of attention,” she said with a smile.

The North American Motor Officers Association is a non-profit organization that was organized in Portland, Oregon, in 1984. It currently has 400 members from around the Northwest. Since its inception, it has offered yearly training opportunities to the police motorcycle community that includes the annual international training symposium.

A long list of sponsors helped make this year’s event possible. The Medford Police Dept. had been planning and organizing the event for the last year, said Lt. Hansen. The Motorcycle Superstore sponsored lunch for 200 riders and volunteers on Saturday, and provided three-$100 Gift Cards for prizes at the Awards Banquet Saturday night. The gift cards were handed out as part of a drawing during the banquet.
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The representatives from the Portland Police Dept. swept the top three honors for riders in the BMW category.
The Portland Police Bureau (above) swept honors in the BMW division.

Best Rider Overall - Officer Darren Kangas,
Hillsboro PD, OR
Team Award - Portland Police Bureau, OR 
Rookie Award - Deputy Johnny Cage,
Washington County Sheriff, OR

Overall Award
BMW -

1st - Officer Bill Balzer, Portland Police Bureau, OR
2nd - Officer Ron Hoesly, Portland Police Bureau, OR
3rd - Officer Brian Sweeney, Portland Police Bureau,OR
Honda -
1st - Officer Darren Kangas, Hillsboro PD, OR
2nd - Officer Chad Cummings, Bellevue PD, WA
3rd - Officer Jim Swanson, Medford PD, OR
Harley-Davidson -
1st - Officer Chuck Kaizer, Ontario Provincial Police, Kanata Canada
2nd - Sgt. Andy Norrie, Toronto Police Service, Ontario Canada
3rd - Constable Kenneth Fetherston, RCMP - Island District
Kawasaki -
1st - Deputy Rodger Leach, Pierce County Sheriff, Washington
2nd - Deputy Robert Nelson, Ada County Sheriff, Idaho
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Andre E. Martinaglia -Cavaliere (Cav)  August 13, 2010 04:39 AM
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.... -jason becker  April 13, 2010 09:46 PM
jason becker is a joke. He manipulates the justice system and lies. Its his word against mine right. I guess he's getting sued by 25 people, could be false information, but if not I'm very glad. All the other guys in this video im sure care about their community. Jason becker cares about his pay check.
dubya -Non PO riding skills  July 9, 2009 06:44 AM
I believe the Advanced MSF course is about as close as you'll get. It's a great course, I took it this spring and was dragging pegs at 5 mpg. Something i never thought I'd do. It was a blast.
dave martell -me thinks ye protest too much  June 23, 2009 03:25 PM
Hi, I just want to say that I live in a place where speeding motorists run rampant. Many, many people have been killed or maimed. Then I new part of the police dept. came on and targeted speeders and other traffic related offenses. Dispite the mode of transportation they use to "get you" they play a very important part in a society that "does what they will until they get caught". Then these people get bent all out of shape because they get caught, hire the best lawyers to get off, then blame the cops because they get caught. Maybe if any of you guys are not one of these types, you would not protest so much!
Jermaine -Bill... wish we could speak our minds.  June 18, 2009 11:06 AM
I'm not knocking the cops out there, they have a terribly tough job to do. Your saying we should mouth off the cop giving us a ticket if were unhappy? You know what that would lead to? More tickets because the cop you just gave a piece of your mind to now has the power to rain you with tickets that are unlikely to be tossed in court. It just seems like the system is trying to make the roads safer in the wrong ways. If they all really wanted us to never speed, run a red light, drive drunk, the technology is there to do so. I mean they have governed top speed limiters on cars and motorcycles anyway why not just go the whole way? The other problem is the courts never take the time to listen to your reasoning for speeding. Yes I was speeding but I may have a valid reason for it. Perhaps I feel safer traveling at a higher speed than other motorist, perhaps I have the skills needed to drive a bit faster than other people, perhaps I was over taking a car, perhaps I just like to drive faster than speed limit for once, should we really be penalized for it?
jsp -Thanks Medford!  June 16, 2009 10:16 AM
I had the article forwarded to me. Great article and I had a great time participating at the conference. I and the rest of the Motorcops out there have long since reconciled the fact that giving out tickets will always be construed as a negative contact for the recipient. To focus on that activity as being our singular funtion is rather small minded, the job is Police officer first. With that comes all the inherent dangers,challenges, and rewards of contributing to our respective communities. After 30 years, I would do it all again. Thanks to all of you for the positive comments that I have read here.
Lorry -Dont Blame Others, For Your Error, Take Responsibility F#$%-Wit's  June 13, 2009 04:24 AM
Theres no 'revenue' to make if people arn't commiting offences, the laws is inplace to save YOUR(s) life, if you wanna commit an offence pay the price, i just hope it isn't the price someones life..
Bison -Bill and all the others  June 12, 2009 09:58 AM
Just so there is no confusion; I DO NOT hate cops. I dislike the SYSTEM. Traffic tickets only generate revenue. Maybe if the towns or counties handed out community service penalties of say 12 hrs. Per violation it would prove that the system was interested in curving people’s bad behavior, and not just collecting tax revenue. I have told this to cops before and some agree and some don’t. I have seen some cops do some bad things and have seen cops do good things. I even have some friends and relatives who are cops. I may have gotten a little carried away with my posts when communicating with Bill, but that anger was mainly directed at Bill because I think he was being hypocritical and juvenile with his post. Sorry if I offended anyone
Shawn -Motorcycle Cop Article / and commenters  June 12, 2009 08:26 AM
Hi all, I enjoyed the article; I enjoy most articles about motorcycling. I believe that what all the commenters need to realize is this: you can certainly drive yourself crazy if you pay any attention to what people write on these online forums. Every retarded 8 year old boy with a computer likes to comment on these things...every read Youtube comments? Like they're written from the juvenile detention center; it's funny to me, really, if it weren't so sad that there are so many ignorant assholes out there. "You suck." "I'll kick your ass." "No, I'll your ass." Whatever, you morons. I've gotten a speeding ticket on my bike. I've been pulled over on my various bikes 2 or 3 other times, obviously speeding. As I am legal, with proper license and motorcycle insurance, etc. it's not a problem. One of the times, the cop told me "look, I rode to work today too, so I'll let you off with a warning, keep your speed down." Another time I hit it pretty hard from a stop light, sort of just to get out of the traffic (I told myself) and a cop gunned up next to me and just gave me a hand signal, like "slow down dumbass, can't you see there's a cop right next to you" so I did. I appreciated it a lot when the police gave me a break, at least 3 times as described. I was unhappy when I got that one ticket, but I got it because I was speeding. I've taken Experience Rider Course by MSF to keep my skills up, and I like reading about talented riders who keep honing their skills and keep trying to ride safe. Good on you all. See you all on the road.
Dave -Skills  June 10, 2009 10:14 AM
Great article and video... For Motor Officers go here: http://oath-keepers.blogspot.com/ For those that want to learn those low speed maneuvering techniques go here: http://www.msf-usa.org/
R1200RT always a thrill -San Diego and SD CHP Motorcycle Patrol  June 9, 2009 01:13 PM
Nothing but respect for these guys. Especially the ones with the beemers!
Justin -motocycle cops riding  June 9, 2009 12:24 PM
Wow...I ride a 150cc Scooter and would have a hard time with some of those turns. That is crazy. I'm sure it helps but I know in the real world I just put my feet down and backup or walk through a hard turn like that. As to Randy..I'm just as anti-trafficcop as the next guy but this article was really cool. I would've luved to have seen this in person so I guess the article from Motocycle USA is the next best thing.
Mark -Thats Incredible!  June 8, 2009 01:54 PM
LOL! With this anonymous login, I wonder if it was really those two at each others throats or if it was just other people using those names...Either way, Bison is a moron! Those cops can ride great! I wish I was half as good as they are. I think the top pic of the one guy on the BMW R1200RT, he must have been dragging the lower fairing! Did you see the two guys in sage green? (Looks like deputy sheriff's from California) They had some type of cable between their bikes! That must be really difficult to pull off! Riding that far apart between all those cones! I don't care who you are, that's amazing! They've got my respect!!!
timothy gladden jr. -lame ass bike  June 8, 2009 07:17 AM
dat bike is sloow is hell!
thesoapster -Amazing  June 7, 2009 04:15 PM
Thanks for this feature, MCUSA. I know, I'm not always fond of the police, either, but they're there to do a job, and these are some pretty crazy riding skills.
TheBrain -Ah I can't type, lol.  June 7, 2009 07:27 AM
I will try to learn that kind of slow speed control.
TheBrain -Skills  June 7, 2009 07:25 AM
Man I need to learn how to them slow speed skills!
Jay -Enough already!  June 6, 2009 11:58 PM
My dad could beat up your dad! Jesus you all sound like you are about 10yrs old. I think we can all agree some cops do an admirable job and are worthy of respect, and some cops are pieces of crap. Just like any random person you meet. All this e-bitching and posturing so you can have the last word is really quite infantile. Give it a rest.
Bill -Oh well...  June 6, 2009 11:09 PM
"I bet none of you guys that are talking SMACK would dare share your thoughts with one of those motorcycle cops in real life, sure on some website with anonymous names you'll smack the pitchfork right out of the Devils hand...but I bet you won't dare do it to a cop in real life!", That was the extent of my alleged "hostile" language, still no reference to being a "tough guy", no threats to do anyone violence and I think you've got your address you were desperately wanting. I'm might even ride up that way to catch the show. I'm sure there won't be one though... "Unlike your charmed life I have seen some really bad cops do some really bad things...", By the way, I'm not sure how you've ASSumed that I have led some pampered and "charmed life". You've never met me and you certainly don't know my life's experiences (growing up in south Chicago in the 60's). I'm just curious to know why and how you placed yourself in such bad circumstances to see, "cops do some really bad things". Personally, I don't feel sorry for the people whom end up getting tazed, sprayed, shot or whatever else (obviously if the circumstances warranted such actions) by the police. You shouldn't be loitering in bad places and bad times. You shouldn't "hang out" with criminals and as a law abiding citizen I think the police should stop, question and arrest you for such criminal acts. Remember, I'm just "speaking my mind" too and I'm not afraid to say it to criminal either. Maybe more people in the good ol' USA should do the same and we could take back those "dark and scary" streets all over our great country, obviously with the help of our unsung hero's in blue that is. But I'm sure you could do it without their help, right?
Bison -Bill  June 6, 2009 11:36 AM
See, now you got the idea Bill. We are communicating with intelligent ideas and words. We are not putting up dares, accusing anybody of violence when all I wrote in my post was I would SAY it to you or any cop, nothing about violence or fighting. After all it was you who first said I dare any of you to SAY or SPEAK your mind. You started with your anonymous crap when Duhh we are all anonymous with our posts so you calling the kettle black makes you look foolish. I called you the tough guy because you started with your juvenile challenges and dares. I said I have nothing to fear telling a cop how I feel but for some reason you feel I would have something to fear. What is it that I should fear when telling a cop how I feel about the system Bill??? Unlike your charmed life I have seen some really bad cops do some really bad things, the kind of things you don’t ever forget. Read your posts carefully then read my posts carefully and you will see I only accepted your dare. But somehow you started to sound like a 16 yr. old punk with your language but seeing as how you spend most of your time with punks it’s no wonder it has worn off on you.
Bill -Bison  June 6, 2009 08:52 AM
Nope! I'm not a cop, I'm a school teacher (10th grade Chemistry in fact). I just have respect for the men and women that choose to protect our communities in this day and age. In my era (the late 60's) people hated the soldiers that came home from Vietnam. They called them cowards and murders, I thought differently. It was war, and war is not pretty. Today, officers and criminals are engaged in war. War is not pretty! Sure, 1% of 1% of officers, deputies and troopers out there are bone heads that have abused the law. That doesn't make the other 99.9% bad people. I'm Catholic, there have been priest that have molested children but ALL priest are not child molesters. I'm done with your juvenile attitude about fighting cops and as far as comments about being a "tough guy", this was your comment, "...Post your address and I’ll be right over "tough guy". And without the badge you and your police buddies wear your nothing but cowards who hide behind your badge...". That certainly sounds like a challenge to fight, at least to me. Once again, I'm sure you'll find some way to turn this comment around on me making it out that I was someone challenging people to fight. I merely commented on your anonymous hostile attitude towards the people who choose to accept a difficult challenge in our world today. As for me, I've paid my tickets that I've received knowing that I was the one in the wrong. Those officers weren't rude, they weren't on a power trip, they were simply doing their jobs. Loose the hatred. The motorcycle cops I see working in my community are talented riders. They might not being wearing full racing leathers, riding a Honda MotoGP bike or a factory motorcross racer but they are talented in their own rights. If you wish to hate them for doing their jobs, so be it. If you want the laws changed, here's a little lesson. Take part in your community and see to it that the laws you hate get changed. I'm sure those same officers would gladly enforce any law that you our coworkers get passed into the books. Romans 13 says so...
karma dog -smak talk  June 6, 2009 12:04 AM
whom ever may think he is a bad ass and can kick your ass but to be honest cops are only tough when they have there girl friend around.I watched those bone heads down in Oklahoma putting the smack down on the ambulance drivers and thought "wow they give these guys guns".Bottom line is i would LOVE to go head to head with some arrogant testosterone laden PIG. If you need back up with a face to face i am a expert marks man and competent at hand to hand and well armed. If its one on one its your problem for picking a fight you cant finish if the candy ass brings his girl friends ill be more than happy to step up, I am in the north east.AS for the guys riding the course "very nice" i have ridden similar courses and they are WAY harder than they look and the times im looking at say these guys know how to ride . Can they post the best time at the local track? I doubt it but they can handle there bikes at traffic speeds better than most of us. We should consider a nation wide come see what you can do kind of day on a similar course i think it would do us a lot of good
Bison -Bill  June 5, 2009 07:58 PM
Bill I know you’re a cop because you are so easily offended by my post. And as far as talking smack, you are the only one talking smack I have called no one any names and challenged nobody to a fight. You said no one posting here would speak their mind to a cop. I said I would, but you respond with some sort of juvenile crap about “other tough guys” who would pound me. Bill, you also on an anonymous post told all of us WE don’t have the nerve to speak up to a cop. So I called your bluff and you wussed out, no surprise. There is so much anger and violence in your posts Bill and you hypocritically refer to me as an “anonymous tough guy “ but you are just as anonymous and you’re the one talking smack. I gave you the chance to prove you weren’t a cowardly hypocrite AFTER you dared any one of us to speak our mind but again ya wussed big time. After reading your posts it’s no wonder I think you are a cop: angry, violent, ignorant, thinks only your opinion matters and people who disagree should be stomped into a puddle of mud, hypocrite and gutless. Let me know Bill if I left any out. I think Bill the best part of this discussion, for me at least, is watching you get more frustrated and ignorant with every word you post; especially the parts where you call us anonymous cowards and then talk smack and tell us WE should stop talking smack. So you first started calling us anonymous cowards so therefore, for you not to be the hypocrite that you are, you must post your info and I would be happy to have a discussion on this subject, but only if you promise that once I intellectually pound you into a puddle of mud you don’t get physically violent on me because then I would have to call the police to arrest you.
Bill -Hey Bison  June 5, 2009 06:55 PM
Hey Bison, I'm not a cop, and I'm sure you could beat up an old guy like me, but if you're such the tough guy why don't you post your address and challenge a cop to a fight. I'm sure there's plenty out there who would gladly accept your challenge, and would stomp a mud puddle in your arse! Like every other tough guy, I'm sure you'll come up with some more smack talk now...So go ahead anonymous tough guy talk some more smack. We all know you'll just cower quietly in the corner with your wet panties the next time a cop stops you. "Yes sir officer. I'll never do that again! Please don't arrest me! I've learned my lesson, I swear!"
FearlessNSeattle -Some advice for getting out of ticket  June 5, 2009 06:01 PM
Some advice I once read in Motorcyclist. If a cop pulls you over. First turn off your bike. Second Take off your helmet. Third sit on your bike patiently. Don't get off it and walk back to them. Then wait for him to tell you what do do next. Be polite. It is important to immediately take off your helmet so they know you aren't going to run. Being polite goes a long ways in getting a cop to give you a break. I have been pulled over twice. Once I passed illegally, popped small wheelie because I was accelerating hard, and broke the speed limit by 20 mph passing a truck. The cop gave me a ticket for illegal pass and warned me about the other. He was also a motorcycle cop too.
Bison -Hey Bill  June 5, 2009 04:09 PM
“I bet none of you guys that are talking SMACK would dare share your thoughts with one of those motorcycle cops in real life, sure on some website with anonymous names you'll smack the pitchfork right out of the Devils hand...but I bet you won't dare do it to a cop in real life! Grow up!” Oh really Bill. I’ll be glad to say to your face and any copper. Post your address and I’ll be right over tough guy. And without the badge you and your police buddies wear your nothing but cowards who hide behind your badge. And I have told cops to their face before what I think because there is nothing to be afraid of. After all, that cop wouldn’t engage in anything like beating me up with his night stick would he because that would be illegal and cops NEVER break the law not even when they lose their short little tempers.
shane4000 -dam those cops are good on there bikes  June 5, 2009 03:09 PM
you know those cops are good on there bikes. I got a funny story to tell as every one else is telling there story, i was on my way to work in the middle of the morning around 3:50am and i was on my cbr1000rr and i was following being this car doing 55 mph and a cop was following right behind me and then he past me and pulled over the car in front of me and i keepet going i thought that was funny.
Bill -Thanks!  June 5, 2009 01:23 PM
OK psycho's, just because you've received a traffic ticket doesn't mean you've committed a capitol felony for Christ sake! It is NOT a criminal offense and it DOES NOT appear on your criminal history if you're trying to obtain a high level security clearance for your job with the CIA, NSA or any other black helicopter flying federal agency. No one is being PROSECUTED or PERSECUTED because you got a speeding, parking, red light or seatbelt ticket! Creamaneeez people! FREAKIN' RELAX!!! Pay your ticket, try not to get too many and move on in life. Don't murder the poor police officer just because he wrote your wife, child or significant other a ticket! On a side note, I bet none of you guys that are talking SMACK would dare share your thoughts with one of those motorcycle cops in real life, sure on some website with anonymous names you'll smack the pitchfork right out of the Devils hand...but I bet you won't dare do it to a cop in real life! Grow up! They're motorcycle enthusiast just like we are. Where I live they just bought Honda ST1300's and the motorcycle cop I spoke seemed like a regular ol' Joe and loved doing his job. He joked about having the best job in the world! How can you fault him? He was nice and loves his job...That's the way I want to see the cops in my town. Happy! To all you officers out there, especially the motorcycle cops, thanks and may God Bless You!
Chris -Thanks Randy  June 5, 2009 01:08 PM
I'd just like to share a story about what happened to me last month on my motorcycle. As I was riding at about 50 mph, a bike cop pulled up on my left side (which completely surprised me since he didn't have his lights or siren on) and immediately reached out with his right arm and tried to hit the kill switch on my bike! He missed the switch and hit my handlebar and nearly caused me to lose control of my bke and crash. Fortunately I maintained control, pulled over and received a ticket. But the fact that this cop took his eyes off the road to try to turn off my bike and the fact that he nearly caused me to crash angered me so much that I am now in the process of doing a written trial by declaration to fight the ticket and expose what this officer did to me. I guarantee he did not follow protocol on this traffic stop so don't tell me all these guys are trying to enforce the law and keep the streets safe.
Sam -Geesh! Medication people...  June 5, 2009 12:07 PM
Seriously! Everbody who takes the time to bash the cops, you have very serious mental health issues. Obey the traffic rules, if you get a speeding ticket, it's no big deal. You broke the rules and now you were fined, for Christ sakes, move on! If you are that hung up about a ticket...WOW You need serious help! You must loath your power and insurance companies! By the way, my 17 year old daughter was ticketed by a motorcycle cop not long ago. He was only doing his job, she's the one who broke the rules. She learned a lesson. I watched a local MOTORCYCLE officer pull a criminal from a burning car a few months ago...They're human...
Blart -Surprised  June 5, 2009 10:22 AM
I am Surprised how many cops visit MUSA. All of these posts from people who think it is great that our “system” likes to ticket you for so many trivial things and some things you don’t even do (see my last post). People can literally run down and kill a motorcyclist whether intentional or not and tell the officer “oops I did not see them” and it’s okay. The cop will just give them a ticket for failure to reduce speed or yield or sometimes nothing. This ticket is the same penalty if I went 9 or 10 mph over on an open disserted highway. I guess some motorists get their moneys worth on their tickets. I don’t feel any “safer” knowing there are cops out there giving tickets to people nor am I any safer on my bike. As for any one posting here who supports this system, unless you have NEVER gone over the speed limit even once, which is none of us, you are just as much a hypocrite as the cops writing the tickets or most likely a cop who easily gets out of tickets
Randy -Not a single point on my record  June 5, 2009 09:36 AM
Do you believe that our speed laws are low because of safety? Do you really believe that? Do you believe that insurance lobbyists go to the capital to keep our speed laws low because they want to see us safe? Seriously? What a bunch of lemmings....'follow the law and you won't get a ticket' The intellectual apathy here is pathetic. Open your eyes man...
Frank Melling -Tax revenue through traffic violations  June 5, 2009 08:29 AM
I would like to add a comment from the British experience where we were the first country in the world to use purely technical traffic violations as a means of generating tax revenue. At present, speeding offences - those with no additional charges being brought and involving nothing more than a minor breach of a speed limit - generate just under $5 a second for the government. That is every second of every minute of every day and night earns $5 for the government. And we are a small island with a modest population. If you then add other technical violations - driving without a seat belt fastened; having a non-standard number plate and so on you can probably double this figure. I would now add that I have never received a citation for any motoring offense and I believe very strongly that racing should be done on the track. I am ever more militant about riders, or drivers, who drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Equally, I am an old fashioned liberal democrat and I believe root and branch in social justice. The key problem is that tax generation through the use of technical traffic violations is criminalising a huge sector of the otherwise law abiding public. Last year, there were 1,900,000 minor speed offenders prosecuted in Britain. The vast majority of these were imposed on ordinary members of the public with no criminal history or future criminal intent. In criminalising law abiding, mainstream citizens governments throughout the world are driving a wedge between those in power and the governed. This is not the fault of the Police Officer doing his job at the side of the road, who is simply following orders, but is extremely dangerous for the future stability of our society. No taxation without representation launched the American Revolution. No punishment without committing a crime will be the by-word for the next revolution.
Bonnie -Prejudice  June 5, 2009 04:45 AM
It's always the same the world over yes? In every group of humans there's the good guys and the bad apples. Mix some authority and power with a particularly dumb wanker then you have a bad image for the mostly good bunch. My son's a police officer and the things he has to tolerate would drive me nuts anyway.
Jay -Randy- maybe you should try slowing down  June 4, 2009 08:48 PM
Sorry you have gotten hosed by "The Man" enough times you are so embittered toward the police. I can't say I've ever met a traffic cop who would hesitate even 1 second to write me up for something if they had a reason, so I recommend you do what I do- don't break the freaking law dumbass. If you believe as you do that they exist solely for fleecing the public by generating ticket revenue, why would you ever give them a chance? Seems like you would make yourself an expert on traffic laws so you would never bend or break any of them right? That way they could stick it to someone else. Seems like you should put your energy to something productive rather than pissing and moaning about policies you can't change, all you can change is your actions- if you don't break the law, you likely won't receive a ticket
Brent -MC Cops  June 4, 2009 06:36 PM
Sure a lot of them are excellent riders. But Randy's right, they're part of a corrupt system. They write tickets almost entirely for speeding in circumstances where anyone one reading this would feel safe at 20 over the posted the number. Where don't they write tickets? Out on the freeway where it's door-handle to door-handle at 85mph. I'm not saying it's their fault. They didn't pass the laws, but they make a living off of them.
Blart -Do as I say not as I do  June 4, 2009 04:58 PM
“To put it plain and simple,DONT BREAK THE TRAFFIC LAWS AND THEY CANT ISSUE CITATIONS!!!!!!!!!!! They are just doing their job and I for one are happy they are out there. Good job guys & keep up the good work”. I would not have a problem with that thought Christian except for these very police officers writing the tickets are also breaking the same traffic laws and do so belligerently. I’ve been given tickets before while not even doing anything wrong. Some guy riding past me, who I did not even know, did a wheelie while we were at a state park and the cop car pulled out from behind some bushes, nearly ran me over, couldn’t catch the guy so came back and gave me the ticket!!! We were both on sport bikes (I’m 41 yr. old not some punk). The copper told the judge that I also wheelied, end of story. Not all cops are bad but there sure are more than just a “few” bad cops out there.
Case -good riding is good riding. the end.  June 4, 2009 03:34 PM
Regardless of your feelings about police you should respect good riding. I appreciate watching/reading about good riders no matter the speed, terrain, or bike size. You can always learn something. Good article.
Gregg -Impressive Skill Set  June 4, 2009 02:40 PM
Comment on the article and video. Simply Impressive. Practice Practice Practice. Regardless of who you are you have to be impressed by what they can accomplish. Randy-Just another bitter man who has to hate to feel good. While no Law enforcement officer is perfect they are doing a job. I can understand you not liking the job, but the hate makes no sense. What is it that you do in life that is so exceptionally perfect. I grow tired of the negativity, you don't like it leave. You don't like it change the laws. Otherwise maybe you should just sit back and appreciate the article for what it was. Men and Woman on machines we all love to ride, showing a skill set that I wish I possessed. Smile Randy, because whatever it is that causes you so much angst is bound to go away if you just go to your happy place.....
Christian -Randy needs to chill!  June 4, 2009 01:59 PM
To put it plain and simple,DONT BREAK THE TRAFFIC LAWS AND THEY CANT ISSUE CITATIONS!!!!!!!!!!! They are just doing their job and I for one are happy they are out there. Good job guys & keep up the good work.
Chris -Love and hate.  June 4, 2009 01:08 PM
These guys are amazing. I have only been riding a few years myself. I have a friend that is a police biker; he can just about stop, pull out a cigarette and light up without ever putting a foot down. Great skill! Seems pretty dangerous on the streets without the protection of a metal shell, though. Randy seems as though he has been pulled over quite a few times. If you followed the law you would probably like the police more. I'm grateful for them to be out there doing what they do. The whole far outweighs a few nuts in the bunch.
Cap'n -Great article  June 4, 2009 12:56 PM
These guys / gals always amaze me. Also Randy, you're actually offended that a motorcycle website wrote up an article on motorcycle cops? Isn't that like being angry when you find bread at the grocery store?
Randy -Ignorance is not seeing what is blatantly obvious Ken  June 4, 2009 12:31 PM
A motorcycle cop has one duty that is paramount over any other. They'll say 'to keep the streets safe' but their actions speak otherwise. I never see them patrolling neighborhoods keeping the kids safe, do you? They hide around corners of interstates waiting for a soccer mom going 10 over. How exactly is that 'keeping the streets safe'? If they went back to the station and said 'I was doing my part to keep the streets safe' but didn't have a book chock full of citations, what do you think his superior would say? Ben, You work for a corrupt system that exploits traffic laws to gouge society. If you're a traffic cop you're no different from any thief and you contribute to a dishonest corrupt system. And I didn't miss the point of the article. The point of it is that they have great skills on a bike, and they use their skills to suck as much money from society as they can. That is the point, the very reason for their proficiency. What I can appreciate about this little competition though is that all these bike cops weren't on the roads ruining people's day, sucking them dry and making more money for counties, cities and insurance companies.
Booked -I love it!  June 4, 2009 11:37 AM
Randy...Medication my friend! Seriously! Oh, look out! There's a black helicopter over your house right now! Ahhhh, they're coming to get you...LOL! Relax...
Ben -Great Video  June 4, 2009 10:38 AM
I loved this article. I am a cop and would love the opportunity to go have a motorcycle on patrol. Police departments always have a tendency to lease Harley's up here in New England. I enjoyed seeing that they were riding Honda's and BMW's. More articles like this please. P.S. Randy you need to relax. You missed the point of the article completely. Remember, law enforcement is a career that pays our bills, were not out to get you.
Ken -Ah, ignorance is bliss, isn't it Randy?  June 4, 2009 10:00 AM
These people are cops just like any others (whom I assume you also despise). The fact that they are also motorcyclists and obviously very skilled deserves praise.
Randy -How much skill does it take to point a radar gun?  June 4, 2009 09:43 AM
These guys are not motorcyclists. They're not even cops. They may as well work for the IRS. Their sole duty is to give out as many citations as they possibly can during the day, thereby generating massive amounts of revenue. They're parasites who leach onto society by exploiting our traffic laws for their own benefit. Insurance companies donate speed detecting equipment to them so they can justify jacking everyone's rates as well. It's a win win for both parties and we all lose because of them. I'm offended that this website would honor them with an article as they're some of the biggest hypocrites in society. These guys have no honor whatsoever and I try to stay away from them just as I would any criminal.
Wambo -Great Stuff!  June 4, 2009 09:42 AM
This is what I call expert riding! This is where you truly become one with the bike. I can't do this, and I think it would be great skills to learn. Do they have a course for non-PO's to learn these techniques?