Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Marshall, TX, USA
There I was, minding my own business, toodling down I35 south of Austin when all of sudden I see a big black truck with flashing red lights behind me. So, I scoot over 1 lane thinking this guy is after someone. And then HE scoots over behind me. WTF??? I ain't speeding. So I pull over to the shoulder and he proceeds to tell me that due to the increase in motorcycle fatalities, the DPS here in the Republic Tejas is pulling over motorcyclist to check to make sure their helmet is DOT approved, plus a license check. Fine with me. I'm legal. I hand him my helmet and he says he promises not to drop it while he CLOSELY inspects the interior of the thing. As he's handing it back to me he apologizes for having to pull me over, but says he's just doing his job. He pulls out his little Joe Friday notepad and jots down my name and license number. He then tells me that motorcyclists can be pulled over for any reason. Hmmm. Really.
So, anyway, if you're out on the highways and byways of Texas, be aware they are pulling people over and checking helmets and licenses.
'99 K1200LT - gone
'06 K1200GT - the new kid in town
'08 Wing - gone