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Old 01-01-2013, 03:54 PM   #1
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Default New motorcycle laws

I wish this law that passed in Illinois would go national!!

A new law that will go into effect in 2013 stipulates that since motorcycles are sometimes not able to trip the magnetic sensors at traffic lights, they will be able to pass through the light.

The new law states that after a "reasonable" amount of time waiting at a red light, the motorcycle will be able to proceed if there are no other oncoming cars. The law will not cover any motorcycles traveling in cities where the population is over 2 million people.

I can't tell you how many times I waited, then waited some more until I just went waiting for a light to change that I knew wouldn't by my own presence alone.
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Old 01-01-2013, 04:07 PM   #2
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And the new wheelie law for Illinois-

Public Act 97-743 in Illinois. This law imposes a fine of $1,000 on anyone who pops a wheelie on a motorcycle while speeding. While this law might upset some motorcyclists, the state is now giving them a free pass to go through red lights.

Sounds like it is ok to do a wheelie if your not speeding?


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Old 01-02-2013, 10:43 AM   #3
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I wish this law that passed in Illinois would go national!!

A new law that will go into effect in 2013 stipulates that since motorcycles are sometimes not able to trip the magnetic sensors at traffic lights, they will be able to pass through the light.

The new law states that after a "reasonable" amount of time waiting at a red light, the motorcycle will be able to proceed if there are no other oncoming cars. The law will not cover any motorcycles traveling in cities where the population is over 2 million people.

I can't tell you how many times I waited, then waited some more until I just went waiting for a light to change that I knew wouldn't by my own presence alone.
We have had that law here in tn for bout 3-4 years now
Just wish they would pass the no helmet law
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Old 01-02-2013, 11:17 AM   #4
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We can do that in GA after waiting through 2 complete cycles.
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Old 01-02-2013, 11:37 AM   #5
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Many states have had this for years.
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Old 01-02-2013, 11:53 AM   #6
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Don't do this in Utah or you will get pulled over as we learned from experience. Lucky for us the cop was good natured about it and just gave us a warning.


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Old 01-02-2013, 12:31 PM   #7
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Default Traffic Loops

Although I'm sure most of you (if not all) know that there are certain sports you need to be for the detector loops to have a greatly increased chance of detecting you, I thought this might help as a reminder for some.

Dipole (circular/square/octogonal loops)
Try to get your your wheels on the wire, in line with it. Our bikes have enough metal and a long enough wheelbase, that stopping your bike dead center over the loop will be enough to trigger it.
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Quadrupole (two long rectangular loops)
Your wheels should be on the line where the two rectangles meet. You should never be on the middle of one of the quadrupole loops, nor on the outer edges.
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Never do this on a quadrupole loop:
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Smaller bikes, with more plastic and less metal can trigger almost every traffic light by simply positioning themselves in the right spot. On a Victory, there should be no problem. Here's a short video too I found on youTube, in case you want to go the neodymium magnets way, and not care as much about positioning over the loops:
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Old 01-02-2013, 01:17 PM   #8
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Great info crossroads. i learned sumthin today.

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Old 01-02-2013, 02:56 PM   #9
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When I'm on my buell, I can trigger them many times by putting the kickstand down.... but the buells down have that rubber boot on the stand pad that my vic does.
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Old 01-02-2013, 03:14 PM   #10
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Virtually every state, if not all, state in their drivers' manuals to treat a malfunctioning traffic light as a four way stop. I have never been pulled over for making such a turn, but if I do, that's my defense. Sensors not adjusted to activate for any and all legally registered motor vehicles are certainly malfunctioning in my book. And yes, I carry an Oregon Drivers' Manual with me and that page has been dog eared. Be prepared.
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