Wow! That cop must have been bullied as a kid in school what an a$$hole. The plate was visible no law was being broken, and they wonder why theres a lack of respect for authority.....
Land of the free as long as you do what we say.
I was enjoying my Sunday afternoon ride down here in Miami FL today. Next thing you know I saw blue and red lights flashing from my rear view mirrors. The cop approached my bike and started folding the license plate and rudely asked me "who installed this, this is illegal". I tried to explain it is standard factory equipment from HD but he didn't want to hear about it. He issued me a citation which requires me to show up in court. Has anyone experienced this? I am still stunned several hours later. I don't understand why the cop gave me a hard time over something so ridiculous and if it is indeed illegal how can HD sell tons of bikes with the same set up?
Do I stand a chance in court? Need some advise.
Thank you in advance.
2011 v rod muscle.
I'm from Florida. It's stock equipment you don't have to do anything. There's more side mounted plates being used in the new sportster line up as well. Just go to court and talk to the clerk of courts officer and you can probably get it straightened out right then and there. That fine officer of the law who wrote the ticket has his head tucked firmly up his ass. Just like the officer that pulled me over for rolling through a malfunctioning traffic light as 2am. He asked for my papers, but after a little discussion he decided just to give me a verbal warning. Probably because he knew if we went to court I'd make him look like an ass. This is typical of a police officer trying to get his weekly quota or just doesn't like bikes. I used to go to Quaker Steak every Wednesday night in Clearwater for bike night. I usually folded my plate in so people wouldn't walk into it. One night I forgot to flip it out and rode from there to New Port Richey before a police officer pulled up next to me at a light and pointed to my plate. I reached back and flipped it out and he gave me a thumb's up and drove off.
Further more the statue states that the plate be permanently affixed to the bike, which it is. And it can't flip up which it doesn't and it doesn't state anything about folding in or out in either case the plate can still be read anyway. But all of this is a moot point because the side mount plate is not a modification and the bike is sold this way. Maybe the Florida Law makers should get in touch with HD and tell them that their bike doesn't comply with the laws. Yeah I can see that happening.