Monday, March 26, 2007

Is popping a wheelie a form of reckless driving?

When a cycle rider pops a wheelie, is the rider just showing off or endangering others with irresponsible behavior? Like helmet laws, wheelies are another motorcycle issue where bikers and lawmakers sometimes clash.

Tennessean.com features a story on legislation under consideration by the Tennessee General Assembly that would classify wheelies as a form of reckless driving.

Law enforcement officers can already pull over a rider for popping a wheelie under current laws, but new anti-wheelie language in the laws would make the rules stricter.

What do you think? Do you think anti-wheelie laws are a good idea? Leave a comment and tell us your opinion.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

I just got a ticket for a wheelie tonite in California. They marked it as a Misdemeanor and Reckless Driving. They wont let me pay a fine I have to go to court in 2 months. It was not even a good wheelie demn it...

Patrick K. said...

I've just paid severely for a wheelie I did on a nearly desolate road here in California. Off duty cop saw me doing it wrote my plate down and BAM! Basically, cost me $2000 in lawyer fees to get a 2 year summary probation, $700 fine, charged with a MD 2 points, and now I have a criminal record. I did a wheelie and now I'm a criminal? Our justice system is screwed up! Murders, sexual offenders, and thieves get away every day! Yet, a simple wheelie endangering no one smacks down on a tax paying individual who contributes positively to society! I have lost all respect for the American judicial system.

nitroscott said...

Man they got you guys good. But I had a friend in CA that just did a wheelie on a cuve and couldnt steer went up over a curb and smashed his head to the ground broke his neck and hit a telephone pole and killed him, On a Busa. So please keep both wheels on the ground, please, I want to keep you around so we can ride together someday. Or you could ride something so slow that it doesnt pop wheelies, like me!
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