Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Clinton, Tennessee, USA
Model: '06 GL1800, '78 GL1000 with '75 motor
A couple comments:
The evap vests and mesh jackets are a very nice way to ride. I've had a mesh jacket for over a year and love it. The Joe Rocket "Rio" has been on sale at newenough.com for about US $55.
The cops & SP you see making their own rules are hopefully the glaring minority. Just like the cage world will talk about the crazy antics of bikers, we tend to see, notice, or remember the worst. We gripe about the bad eggs, but how often to we comment on the good examples?
That's the thing that safety management needs to work on - rewarding good examples on their own forces. A nearby city has some of the worst driving habits in its police force and city workers that I have ever seen, but they have a union there that prevents any punishment OR reward system for driving conduct.
Anyway, don't get the idea that they are all bad. They are doing their jobs for the most part. Some may be bad and some may have been given idiot orders due to recent accident rates or citizen complaints. I know that the worst duty I ever pulled was SP in Holy Loch Scotland. Luckily I only pulled it about once a patrol, but I hated it. The permanent SPs had bad attitudes, but I learned that it was because they had aXXXoles for chiefs and only delt with people that were misbehaving.
As far as the rules - we would all have to go by these kinds of rules if the overzellous "safety experts" could force it on us - much like the rules some environmentalists would like to invoke. But we are civilians in a democracy, and the majority has limited powers. On a military base you have an example of what it would be like to be in a nation where rules are dictated by a small uninformed and detached few.
"Love 'em all... Let God sort 'em out!"
'52 wife - '69 daughter - '83 daughter
ex '86 SE-i
ex '77 GL1000