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Over the weekend I rode a few miles, my block average per the GPS from engine start at the departure point to engine shut down at the end point was 68.8 mph. I was able to maintain that average and ride with minimum worry over one of the most heavily LEO infested roads I know because my bike has a full suite of ECMs. At times it seemed there were more LEOs than civilans over some stretches. One thing different this time was the number of car searches, more than half the stopped vehicles had the PAXs standing a good ways in front of the stopped car with the LEO going through the trunk and/or the PAX compartment.

That kind of stop and the number of them are very troubling. I know the blue hairs will say "ride the speed limit" and you have no worries but I say BS, something has happened to us. The searches, the BP check points, the number of LEOs, the drug tests that some of us are subjected to, all point to a country I no longer know. We have become a country that accepts Authoritarianism, for all the bluster about freedom, Tea Parties, helmet laws, and such we accept real encroachment on and even encourage that loss of our civil liberties.

Oh well, at least the ECMs did their job, I had a good ride, and I expect I'll be dead before it gets too much worse.
 

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Part of your experience this weekend may be contributed to the fact it was a major holiday weekend. Common practice for law enforcement to bring evryone in, pay overtime and concentrate on checkpoints and enforcement at such times. 4th of July is a big DUI and accident time. Increased enforcement during these times is usually publicized in advance and hopes to reduce fatalities/accidents/drunks etc. Maybe it's a good idea, maybe not. All depends on your perspective.
 

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I wasn't sure what "ECM" meant, so I looked it up. It means one of the following:

Enterprise Content Management
Extracellular Matrix
Every Child Matters
Electronically Commutated Motor
Equity Capital Market
Energy-Corrected Milk

OK -- which one is it?
 

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Evreything has an acronym now...

I rode this weekend for a while but my TOS (tired old a$$) got numb from my POS (piece of sh..) seat and HAH (hot as hell) weather didn't help.

Wonder if that contributes to my ED (no, not that...ENHANCED DROWSINESS)
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Evreything has an acronym now...

I rode this weekend for a while but my TOS (tired old a$$) got numb from my POS (piece of sh..) seat and HAH (hot as hell) weather didn't help.

Wonder if that contributes to my ED (no, not that...ENHANCED DROWSINESS)
:joke:


HEY I have the SOS (same old sh....you know ) here!!!
 

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It is definitely not the country we were raised in and it is not the society we were raised in and never will be again. Change is not always good.
 

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Over the weekend I rode a few miles, my block average per the GPS from engine start at the departure point to engine shut down at the end point was 68.8 mph. I was able to maintain that average and ride with minimum worry over one of the most heavily LEO infested roads I know because my bike has a full suite of ECMs. At times it seemed there were more LEOs than civilans over some stretches. One thing different this time was the number of car searches, more than half the stopped vehicles had the PAXs standing a good ways in front of the stopped car with the LEO going through the trunk and/or the PAX compartment.

That kind of stop and the number of them are very troubling. I know the blue hairs will say "ride the speed limit" and you have no worries but I say BS, something has happened to us. The searches, the BP check points, the number of LEOs, the drug tests that some of us are subjected to, all point to a country I no longer know. We have become a country that accepts Authoritarianism, for all the bluster about freedom, Tea Parties, helmet laws, and such we accept real encroachment on and even encourage that loss of our civil liberties.

Oh well, at least the ECMs did their job, I had a good ride, and I expect I'll be dead before it gets too much worse.
So where were you????
On I 10 or I 19?

Bill in Phoenix
 

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Part of your experience this weekend may be contributed to the fact it was a major holiday weekend. Common practice for law enforcement to bring evryone in, pay overtime and concentrate on checkpoints and enforcement at such times. 4th of July is a big DUI and accident time. Increased enforcement during these times is usually publicized in advance and hopes to reduce fatalities/accidents/drunks etc. Maybe it's a good idea, maybe not. All depends on your perspective.
Increased enforcement is expected on holiday weekends, part of the reason to pay more attention to how you ride and keep a watch on your detectors. I-10 east of El Paso always has a large number of LEOs present but this ride through was a first for the number of vehicles being searched. The Border Patrol checkpoints have been there for some time, doesn't matter how long they have been there it's wrong to have them, just as it is wrong to search cars with out damn good probable cause and it is wrong to make people pee in a bottle.

This post started out differently, as I wrote, it changed and I realized what had been bothering me since my return from Texas. Sorry for the rant, I fully expected it to be removed before I returned this evening
 

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Increased enforcement is expected on holiday weekends, part of the reason to pay more attention to how you ride and keep a watch on your detectors. I-10 east of El Paso always has a large number of LEOs present but this ride through was a first for the number of vehicles being searched. The Border Patrol checkpoints have been there for some time, doesn't matter how long they have been there it's wrong to have them, just as it is wrong to search cars with out damn good probable cause and it is wrong to make people pee in a bottle.

This post started out differently, as I wrote, it changed and I realized what had been bothering me since my return from Texas. Sorry for the rant, I fully expected it to be removed before I returned this evening

I didn't, and don't, see any reason why it would, or should, be removed.

As to the checkpoints;
As I am not sure of how they are operated, parameters, or locations etc. I can't really be sure how I feel about the Border Patrol checkpoints. I do think we need to control our borders and apply immigration law as they exist.
Searching vehicles without probable cause is wrong, I agree. Searching cars WITH probable cause is good, solid law enforcement. Without being on the scene and personally witnessing the search and circumstances I have no way of knowing what searches were with probale cause and what searches were without. I would not, simply driving by a search in progress, clam I could determine which was which. (BTW..the vast majority of searches at checkpoints and traffic stops are "consent searches". Officer asks if he can search the vehicle and subject gives consent, simple as that. Pretty dumb on some peoples part but....you can't cure stupid. At least 80% of the consent searches in which I seized contraband or made an arrest incident to the search was when the dumbass criminal knew he had the dope, or whatever, and gave consent anyway. Go figure)
Don't know about your reference to peeing in a bottle but with proper cause and procedures followed the obtaining or a blood, breath, or urine sample from a suspect is valid and has been held legal in every jurisdiction and court of which I am aware. Hopefully you did not see anyone being required to pee in a bottle alongside a road. Now, that would be wrong ok.

Glad you enjoyed your BBQ
 

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I'll let Ken explain what he's got going on here...
Thanks Brian, your photo is better than any I have.

There are a couple of GPS's, one used to keep a running record of the ride so I know at a glance if I'm on schedule, it also has a large speed readout that old folks can read at night. The other is for navigation if needed (doesn't get much use on I-10 :)). A radarbox with a Escort inside and the remote on top. Goose neck reading light, it has many uses including seeing the dark parts of the Wing's control buttons at night. TPMS and below it on the bottom of the shelf is the radar "Screamer", you may not notice the radar warning light but the Screamer will always get your attention, and the Screamer volume control switch. on to the left is the garage door opener and on the far end is the Laser shifter. All works well, all is used. The Laser shifter gets the least use in the sense of it doesn't get exercised by LEOs often but when it does it saves your bacon. Once you learn your radar detector you can ride much safer, they can still get you if they are in ticket writing mode but most of the time LEOs just want you to slow down and are always emitting.
 

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GPS and LEO I understand. BS is understood.

What is PAX?
ECM is Electronic Control Module in my vernacular, what do you intend for it to mean?
BP checkpoint? What is that?

prs (PigeonRoost Slim)
 
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