This a post I made in a thread about sportbikes and ABATE. I made this post on 07/03/2009:
I went to a minor crash involving a motorcycle. Old lady turned left in front of an on coming motorcycle. Rider was able to brake hard and hit the rear quarter panel. Bike looked decent and rider was fine. Full gear. I started talking to him about bikes and show him pics of my current and former bikes. He tells me a story of an officer that treated him well when he first started and has always worn gear since. We talked it out and realized I was the one who stopped him. We laughed and he thanked me again, 4 years later, for treating him like a person as he's been around officers that treat bikers like felons. Especially sportbikers around here as this is Harley Country. I wished him luck and that I hope his ZX-10 can be fixed quickly.On Wednesday I was driving down one of the major roads here in the city and saw a young kid on a R6 leaving the gas station with a helmet straped to the seat, but not on his head. I also saw he had no eye protection, which is required. I turned into the supermarket to go back around, and he pulles in the side entrance and is coming towards me and parks, so I pull up behind him and ask him to come over to the car. I didn't use the lights, as I just wanted to educate him. He got all nervous and I said to relax, that I ride, and I just wanted to inform him eye protection is required. I ask if he has a motorcycle license, and he said, no just his permit. I told him a helmet is mandatory on a permit and you can only go without a helmet after 2 years with your M license or the MSF. He said he didn't know that. Why? Because of the people he sees without them. ANOTHER EXAMPLE of the STUPID helmet law we have here in PA, that ABATE PUSHED HARD FOR AND CALLED A VICTORY when dick head Rendell signed. I ran the license and found it was fine, as was the plate. I told him to relax as he was getting upet thinking he was getting cited and I told him I'm more concearned for him riding with out a helmet, and I'm more intrested in educating him then fining him. I let him go and drive off. I saw him 10 minutes later, as he left the supermarket with his helmet on. I call that a "victory". ABATE can kiss my ass for what they did to the laws in this state.