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post #1 of 34 Old 07-28-2017, 12:21 PM Thread Starter
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Standing on the pegs.....

Is illegal in Ohio. So is wearing 2 earplugs.

On my way to lunch I was running down to the local food court for some grub. I was taking a side street and just standing up looking around enjoying the day and the ride when lights and a siren went off behind me. I had seen the cop on one of the branch streets but didn't think anything of it. I knew I wasn't speeding, weaving, or anything else.
The cop wasn't real friendly to start. Told me to shut the bike off and move to the sidewalk. No problem there. I understand he doesn't want a motorcycle chase. He told me to remove my helmet, so I did. Then pulled out the ear plugs. He noticed and informed me I was not allowed to wear earplugs in both ears while riding. I could wear one ear plug, or one earphone, but not one of each in both ears.... I honestly just thought it was illegal to wear them at all.

He then grilled me about wheelies and "general stunting" while riding. I assured him that not only did not do it, but I was incapable of performing any tricks. His demeanor became friendlier as we spoke. He finally said he pulled me over because I was standing up and the law requires me to be seated while operating a motorcycle on the road. He left me with a warning.

Well I'll be a monkey's Uncle. Sure enough the state law requires the operator to be seated. So be careful coming through Ohio, you could be ticketed for standing.
ORC 4511.53 (B)
[...]No person operating a motorcycle shall ride other than upon or astride the permanent and regular seat or saddle attached thereto, or carry any other person upon such motorcycle other than upon a firmly attached and regular seat or saddle thereon, and no person shall ride upon a motorcycle other than upon such a firmly attached and regular seat or saddle.
No person shall ride upon a motorcycle that is equipped with a saddle other than while sitting astride the saddle, facing forward, with one leg on each side of the motorcycle.

No person shall ride upon a motorcycle that is equipped with a seat other than while sitting upon the seat.[...]
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Same in Idaho and I'm going to guess most other states. Nice that he let you off with just a warning.

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Man I would not be a happy camper if a cop came up behind me and hit the siren.
Doesn't seem to happen much around here unless the operator proves oblivious to the flashing lights.
You sure handled it well.
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Man I would not be a happy camper if a cop came up behind me and hit the siren.
Doesn't seem to happen much around here unless the operator proves oblivious to the flashing lights.
You sure handled it well.
I couldn't actually see him, since my mirrors are set for use while sitting, but I don't think he was behind me for too long. I wasn't more than a few hundred feet from the road I saw him on. Nor did he complain about me not stopping soon enough.

He only beeped the siren a couple times.
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Was in Ohio two weeks ago and am sure I stood up a few times as I all ways do.I do look for a marked as had a idea they could write you up for it.Have been to traffic school twice and lots of tickets but none since the late 90s.I think they must feel sorry for a old man riding a motorcycle as its about all I am on.
Been let go a lot in last 20 years and a lot before that.Had most any ticket ever got well deserved.
Cops have a job I sure don't want.The ear plugs is silly IMO.Do you all so have to pull over,cut the motor off, and let a horse go by?
You all have I am sure at times parked your motorcycle facing the wrong way in a parking spot on side of street because it leaned way too far for stand to do right.A cop I rode with some told me they were told to let that go as a safe thing.Had a state cop way back in the early 80s coming at me on the parkway and me doing 105mph as I spotted him coming out of the fog on the other side near the bridge I was heading for.Had taken a half night vacation on 3rd and 3:30AM .He was first I had seen on the eight miles of parkway.Looked in rear view and saw him make a u-turn and hit lights.I just pulled in clutch,coasted over bridge and pulled off.He came in behind me as I was taking my helmet off.He told me to come get in with him.First words when I was seated shotgun were"Just how fast were you going?" Told him"Sir I know I was speeding but no one out and told him about the vacation." He was nice enough but asked me three more time how fast I was going. After me never giving a speed and just was not looking down at speed-o he gave me my Lic. back and said"You were flying and if I see you again will throw you under the jail!" I thanked him for the break and took off so easy on the big GS1100. He soon flew by me and made a u at next one in the road. My guess he was a honest cop and never got me on radar but wanted me to hang my self.
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Same in Idaho and I'm going to guess most other states. Nice that he let you off with just a warning.
Legal in California.

2 earplugs too.

Oh yea, Lane splitting.

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Man I stand up all the time. Sometimes to look around, sometimes to get more air (stupid touring windshield). I've never been tagged for that but curious if its illegal in Florida...
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Is illegal in Ohio. So is wearing 2 earplugs.

On my way to lunch I was running down to the local food court for some grub. I was taking a side street and just standing up looking around enjoying the day and the ride when lights and a siren went off behind me. I had seen the cop on one of the branch streets but didn't think anything of it. I knew I wasn't speeding, weaving, or anything else.
The cop wasn't real friendly to start. Told me to shut the bike off and move to the sidewalk. No problem there. I understand he doesn't want a motorcycle chase. He told me to remove my helmet, so I did. Then pulled out the ear plugs. He noticed and informed me I was not allowed to wear earplugs in both ears while riding. I could wear one ear plug, or one earphone, but not one of each in both ears.... I honestly just thought it was illegal to wear them at all.

He then grilled me about wheelies and "general stunting" while riding. I assured him that not only did not do it, but I was incapable of performing any tricks. His demeanor became friendlier as we spoke. He finally said he pulled me over because I was standing up and the law requires me to be seated while operating a motorcycle on the road. He left me with a warning.

Well I'll be a monkey's Uncle. Sure enough the state law requires the operator to be seated. So be careful coming through Ohio, you could be ticketed for standing.
ORC 4511.53 (B)
[...]No person operating a motorcycle shall ride other than upon or astride the permanent and regular seat or saddle attached thereto, or carry any other person upon such motorcycle other than upon a firmly attached and regular seat or saddle thereon, and no person shall ride upon a motorcycle other than upon such a firmly attached and regular seat or saddle.
No person shall ride upon a motorcycle that is equipped with a saddle other than while sitting astride the saddle, facing forward, with one leg on each side of the motorcycle.

No person shall ride upon a motorcycle that is equipped with a seat other than while sitting upon the seat.[...]
One earplug....geez.

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"No person operating a motorcycle shall ride other than upon or astride the permanent and regular seat"

Astride, 1 leg on each side. Not necessarily sitting!
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In Michigan: Riding on seat of motorcycle; (1) A motorcycle operator must ride upon and astride a permanent and regular seat attached to that vehicle.

What the heck is a 'regular seat'?? I did check the definitions section pertaining to "regular seat" & 'upon" and found nothing.

So, if my legs are indeed touching the seat, as well as astride (one on each side), technically I'm interacting with the seat - my legs are upon the seat. Also, the ordinance does not say which part of the body must 'upon' the seat - my legs are upon the seat, and I'm riding......upon does not necessarily mean directly contacting the horizontal surface of the seat, but I am still upon the motorcycle - see examples below!

Examples of "upon" in a Sentence
  • He carefully placed the vase upon the table.
  • They built their city upon a cliff overlooking the sea.
  • She was seated upon a throne.
  • an assault upon traditional values
  • She was admitted to his office immediately upon her arrival.
  • That kind of behavior is frowned upon.

Sure, it's a Bill Clinton defense, but words matter!
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