I support this.
The flip-side says that offenders will now try to evade the LEO more than ever before. The mentality being that you cannot legislate against the freedoms to ride wheelies, and nobody wants to lose their bike or go to jail so they'll evade and create even more danger.
And reality says what other options are there to curb this behavior?
- Pictures of shredded bodies splayed all over the armco hasn't deterred them.
- Appeals to stop, simply asking nicely, hasn't worked.
- Already issuing citations and impounding bikes hasn't worked.
So what else can possibly be done to stop this behavior? Lawmakers have but one tool, and that's bills like this one that impose severe penalties.
I lost a friend a few years back who high speed wheelied broadside into a minivan which turned left in front of him. Dead on impact with the ground, flipped the minivan slightly injuring 3 kids and a mom. He was a great kid, helluva future ahead of him with a personality that could light up a room. Nothing I did or said or talked with him over a beer changed his desire to wheelie.
I hope this bill becomes law and maybe that'll cause someone to think it through a little more and hopefully save some lives, but I know stupid is as stupid does.
I lost my friend Walter the same way, and MAN! The price that was paid after his death has made living a challenge... (another whole story). But, Walter basically did a wheelie at 100+ MPH - as measured by CHP - into the front quarter panel of a truck that pulled a u-turn in front of him. He died three days after being in a coma. What can you say? Walter was a special guy - he had the sort of generosity that put the world to shame. I once stressed over where to keep my bike when I had no garage, and he just looked at me like DUH! I have a garage. He would even wash both our bikes when I was not around. However, no one could stop him from his ever loving wheelies.
I don't know. First reaction is that it's about time they went after the squids and showboats that worsen our reputation with the general public. I am afraid of the knee-jerk reaction that may ensue from other municipalities and states trying something similiar. I still think about the saying of "If you're doing nothing wrong, you have nothing to worry about."
James - Sadly, it is no longer the case in CA. When I was stopped, the CHP office basically told me his instructions were to stop any bike that looked like it was built for speed. Mine as you know had all the stickers and mods on it - I was pulled over, while stopped at a stop sign with five other bikes. It no longer matters if "you're doing nothing wrong", if you are on a sports bikes, you are considered a rebel - done deal.
Originally Posted by Super Sneaky Steve
I don't like the legeslation. I don't think the punishment fits the crime and this is sort of a mob mentality beating up on bikers.
Lets say you're coming hard out of a corner and you do a small 2" power wheelie. Now you're in jail and can't ride for 10 years? I just don't think the punishment fits the crime.
We should start by having more responsible motorcycle jornalists and TV shows. Superbikes on the Speed Channel shouldn't be on the air and every magazine that has wheelie shots of all the bikes are irresponsible. As long as it's cool kids will do it. The laws won't change that.
What can you say Steve? We - and I have to use this collectively here - brought this on ourselves. Legislation like this is a knee jerk reaction as evidenced by how it came to life, but what is the recourse here. We can seperate ourselves all we want from stunters and Superbikes, but - short of us kicking these guys off the roads ourselve (literally), the rest of the public is going to respond to what they see as representative of the sport.
Hell! From England to the US, people still use that corny old line that bikers are donors. Car magazines show burn outs, plane magazines show loops, etc. It is not their fault some idiots decide to emulate what is obviously and well stated as a planned stunt.
As for the law itself, I don't neccesarily supports some of it's harshness, but mandatory jail time of some sort, stiff fines and a suspension for excessive recklessness - HECK YEAH!