Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: West Milford, NJ, USA
I spend a lot of time in central/western Europe. Do agree with the statement that they generally do not get too bend out of shape on Autobahns/Autoroutes and do get more picky in built-up areas.
Pretty friendly, too. On a recent jaunt through France, we were passed (blown by?) by two moto-cops. Both looked back and waved. Neat. Near Frankfurt, when returning to parked bikes, we got involved in a friendly conversation about the machines with the parking-enforcement guy. No mention of the severely expired meter. Neat, too.
And, I do have to point out that many times I can spend a week on the road there and see only one speed checkpoint on the whole trip (that excludes, of course the speed camera that got me last fall in Wiesbaden).
This compares to several speed traps that you'll pass every hour here in the Northeast. I've made a game of counting traps and patrol cars during my 45min- each-way daily commute and rarely I do encounter none. Sometimes as many as six.
In other words, when traveling in Europe, as long as you are reasonable in the towns/villages, do not worry about police traps. However, it may be advised to try to conform to good driving etiquette and rules: signaling turns, passing on left, etc., rather than the oblivious bumbling along that passess for driving skills here.
The weirdest was being pulled over in Estonia for 120 on 100 km/h: I did not consider that speeding and said that. The guy let me go, though...
Robert in Northern NJ
'09 R12GS, '08 R12RT, '03 R1150RT, '01 F650GS - time to thin the herd?
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Last edited by rdwalker; Jul 19th, 2007 at 12:53 am.