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Old 03-21-2011, 02:57 PM   #1
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There oughta be a law

Someone, not saying who, made a post on a rider down thread regarding how there ought to be a law preventing one from even buying a bike without a motorcycle license.

Since it is an RIP thread, the thread drift is getting a little silly...

With that in mind - I'm sure most of you are aware I am against any law which simply grants the government further intrusion into my life for no real purpose. Shall we discuss this proposed idea of requiring a license to purchase a motorcycle?

Note i said PURCHASE - not ride.
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Old 03-21-2011, 02:58 PM   #2
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No, i like my cougars to buy me bikes.
So you can then run off on a parade lap?
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Old 03-21-2011, 03:00 PM   #4
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You should not be able to register a bike without a license. How's that?
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We shouldn't need laws to tell us what is smart, and what isn't.

For example- we all KNOW it isn't safe to text while driving. There are no laws about it, we should just refrain from doing it, knowing the dangers. Unfortunately, you see WAY TOO MANY cagers making this mistake, and causing WAY TOO MANY accidents.

What is the answer? I hate legislation, I don't think the .gov should tell me what to do, because I try and make smart decisions. But, what do you do about people who aren't smart enough to save their own lives? Obviously, just putting another law on the books isn't going to make these people obey and they'll continue with their dangerous behavior. You can only hope that when they do perish, they'll only take out themselves, and not an innocent bystander.
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You should not be able to register a bike without a license. How's that?
Why? Registration is merely registration. Perhaps a parent wants to purchase one for his kid.

The purpose of a license is to operate one on the street - that's it. Nothing more.
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If you want to buy a bike without having a license then you should be able to. If you want to ride your bike without wearing a helmet then it, let them.

The choice to be stupid is a choice i'm glad we still have.
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hey i m not the guy who crashd
Qualifying it doesnt help your cause. You ran off, regardless of who crashed. You wanna put it in relative terms? How many riders participated in the parade lap, and how many ran off? I bet those numbers put you in the schmuck demographic.
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You should be able to purchase a bike however you want. But you should not be able to receive license plates, a registration sticker, or an inspection sticker without proof of M endorsement.
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What if the guy wants to buy a bike just to ride on the track?
Maybe he wants to start racing or doing trackdays without riding on the street. (I have just the bike for sale BTW, LOL)
Seriously, IMHO having a license doesn't have ANY bearing on whether or not someone is gonna kill themselves on a bike so what difference does it make?
Let stupid people do stupid things and Darwin will take care of everything.
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I think there are enough laws covering the subject as is.
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They can't even figure out how to keep people from driving a car that 1) has no license 2) has no insurance 3) is high or drunk 4) is speeding 5) has a revoked license etc. etc.

so what makes people think that any new law would help motorcyclists?
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Registration is that little plate on the back of your bike with alpha numeric characters on it and the word "Texas".
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They can't even figure out how to keep people from driving a car that 1) has no license 2) has no insurance 3) is high or drunk 4) is speeding 5) has a revoked license etc. etc.

so what makes people think that any new law would help motorcyclists?
Obviously the same idiots that think a law making it illegal to own a gun is somehow going to stop murders...
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Why? Registration is merely registration. Perhaps a parent wants to purchase one for his kid.

The purpose of a license is to operate one on the street - that's it. Nothing more.
I agree. The purpose of the license is to authorize the riding of the bike. Nothing more. I'm assuming the rider who went down had no license. He broke the law. The law was there for a reason - he must have known the risk in breaking the law. No disrespect to the rider, I hate to hear of any rider going down or losing their life, but the law proved to be necessary. Why do we need more laws?

I have a license to fly airplanes. I would fully expect anyone who doesn't have a license to not be able to handle flying an airplane. The law is there to prevent someone who doesn't know how, know the rules, etc. from trying to fly one. If you try anyway - good chance you're gonna get hurt. Natural selection.

Had this person followed the rules and taken the steps to get the license needed, he may in fact have been better prepared to deal with the circumstances that led to the crash... maybe. That being said - why do we need to further protect grown up adults from themselves??? Really?
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