Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Quinton, VA, USA
What is it about Florida?
From American Roadracing news - "In October, 2008, Florida Legislature passed a couple new laws that out-of-state riders might be interested to know about to be prepared for riding in Florida. The first is the new penalty for a motorcycle or moped with a wheel that loses contact with the road (i.e. wheelie/stoppie) is $1,141.00. The second infraction of this traffic code costs more than double that amount.
Most shocking though is the non-moving infraction for having an improperly mounted license plate. The plate must be at least 18" above the ground, be centrally located, be mounted horizontally, not vertically, be rigidly mounted, and be clearly visible from any angle behind the motorcycle. This means that plates mounted forward of the rear wheel, or on either side of the motorcycle, are in violation of the law. Basically, the plate needs to be in its original location. Also, if a plate is mounted on a pivoting hanger it is in violation of this vehicle code. The first time violation of this code is a fine of $1,141.00. The second infraction costs $2,500.00, the third costs $5,000 and loss of motorcycle license endorsement for 10 years."
The license plate law makes some sense - you can't see the dmmd plate on so many Squidmobiles. The wheelie thing? Less sense - my Hypermotard pulls unintentional wheelies regularly, just open the throttle in 2d.
No helmet in Florida? Not a problem! O, in Daytona, you do have to have an "opaque covering over 1/3 of the buttocks" whilst riding. This makes some sense. If you're riding without a helmet, you clearly have your head up your arse, so the opaque covering provides some important protection.
2008 GS Adventure
Keeps me off the streets
Keeps BMW in the black