Posts Tagged ‘harley’

Wow, SFPD Enforcement Action at Oak and Masonic – Massive Number of Luxury / Electric Cars Pulled Over, Over and Over

Monday, March 23rd, 2015

Here’s what it looks like – an SFPD enforcement action, this latest one at Oak and Masonic. (Note modern-looking SFPD Kawasaki Concours 14P (which looks to me like a CHP BMW) juxtaposed with the ancient Harley Davidsons what make up most of the Motor Patrol.)

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This action meant that every driver who commited some infraction turning left from inbound Oak onto northbound Masonic got pulled over at the Masonic Chevron.

One supposes that the new left turn arrow phase at this intersection was the instigation for the enforcement action. (Back in the day, traffic didn’t back up during the Morning Drive due to the Double Left Turn that’s no longer there, owing to concerns over ped safety, one supposes.)

All right, here’s your money shot, here’s your scene at Fell and Masonic with a brace of drivers, drivers who “know” they’re special, so fucking special, you know, your Prius hybrid drivers, your Range Rover drivers, and your new funky BMW i3 (with absurdly tall, absurdly narrow Conestoga wagon wheels) electric car drivers:

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That was the scene I initialy came upon and this is the same area as I left. Note the all-black Mercedes Benz, Audi and Lexus. It’s not a coincidence that the drivers of all these cars got pulled over at the same time, just saying:

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Of course, the SFPD will also pull you over if they notice you doing something wrong going the other way, but the funny thing was that the two cars I saw getting pulled over heading south on Masonic, against the current, heading towards the Financial, were normal ones, like VW Golfs. (I’ll ask you, should you ever be proud of your car? The answer is that no you shouldn’t be, because Pride Goeth Before The Painful Traffic Ticket What’s Going to End Up Costing Your Four Figures. JMO.)

Moving on, to this – peds coming up to chat up the cops to cheer them on.

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Now I’ll tell you, I didn’t see any driver run a red during the time I was at these intersection taking photos of the enforcement action, but I was paying more attention to the cops as opposed to the drivers. And I’ll note that sometimes the traffic lights would cycle red green red green red green without anyone getting pulled over.

I’ll leave you with this, my misfocused shot of a ped giving a black power salute to the SFPD to thank them for this latest enforcement action:

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Woman Driving a Harley with a Pink Mustache: If Lyft Switched Its Taxis to Motorcycles, This is What It Would Look LIke

Monday, June 2nd, 2014

A little harder to fist bump, but I’m sure she could do it….

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(Silicon) VALLEY VIXENS Motorcycle Club – Established July 4th, 2009, San Jose, California

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

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We welcome all women riders of different age groups, ethnicities and backgrounds. We are a tight knit group of women who support each other on and off the road. Requirements are only that you display a desire to ride, be trustworthy, respectful toward all our other brothers and sisters and  define this sisterhood to be an addition of your already existing family. 
We do have a prospecting period which has been put in place for us to get to know you and you to get to know us. This lifestyle and Sisterhood may come easy to some but not to all.
As women we encourage other women to get out there and ride, have fun, get to know one another and expand your circle of friends.
The Vixens also spend a lot of time together not just riding but with our families doing other things off the road such as camping, days at the park and special holidays. This is not just a club, it’s our family.
So regardless of your interests if you enjoy riding we welcome one and all to join us. We ride all the time and whether 2 of us, 4 of us, or all of us you can bet we are having fun and that’s what it’s all about! “

Market Street, USA: “Orlando Harley-Davidson, Florida, USA”

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

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The Loudest Motorcycle in San Francisco is a Newish Harley-Davidson

Monday, August 2nd, 2010

They say that, “Straight Pipes Save Lives.”

But I don’t think so. I think what they do is needlessly set off car alarms and shake the ribcages of nearby peds, you know, the way this modified, mufflerless, motosickle does.

Harley David (Son of a B)!

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But, If It Makes You Happy…

“Pocket Bike” Motorcycle Gang Terrorizes Irving Street Quickly, Sunset District

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

These cruiser-style minibikes roared up and down Irving Street in the Middle Sunset, causing a few sensitive pedestrians to cover their ears. How wude! But it was just like The Wild One with bad boy Marlon Brando and goode girl Mary Murphy right in front of the Quickly, except in color, and with frogurt instead of beer. 

Why not get one for yourself? Just 300-something bones will get you started.

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Get Yourself a Harley-Davidson FLHR Road King and Become King of the Road

Saturday, April 18th, 2009

This is what you need: a Harley-Davidson FLHR Road King Motorcycle. Your Big Twin should have a TV, be very orange and utilize a Popeye and Bluto theme.

As seen in San Francisco:

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The Aging, Unreliable Harley Davidsons of the 100 Year Old SFPD Motor Division

Sunday, March 8th, 2009

These cops of the 100-year old Motor Division of the San Francisco Police Department waited all morning for a recent Roe v. Wade abortion demonstration / counter-demonstration to get started and then were, once again, left in the lurch by an obsolete-when-built Harley Davidson motorcycle.

So all they could do is push it onto the sidewalk and worry about it later – unreliable equipment is no picnic, of course. That must be why they get paid the big bucks to ladle out bowls of rich, creamy justice, with the average officer pulling down a six-figure income

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Even if you maintain these old-school Harleys correctly, they are hard to keep on the road. The biggest selling pointa they have are tradition and heritage, it seems. Vendors of reliable models from Honda, Kawasaki, and BMW must be frustrated… Oh well.

Happy Centennial, SFPD Motor Division!

Page Street Cyclist Gets Ticketed By The Man – Another SFPD Enforcement Action?

Tuesday, April 29th, 2008

Here was the scene this morning during the A.M. drive – a cyclist getting ticketed by a motorcycle officer. Don’t know the details of this particular incident, but it wouldn’t be hard for you to find cyclists blowing stop signs or red lights at any intersection in San Francisco.

Individual officers sometimes get on a kick and issue tickets for the same type of infraction over and over all day. If you get cops acting together, as sometimes happens, then you’d call it an enforcement action. They could go after drivers who roll through stop signs, or pedestrians who jaywalk – you never know.

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Harley Davidson of a bitch! Yet another ticket from a Dudley Perkins-motosickle-riding buckethead.

Some would like to see Page become the Page St. Bicycle Boulevard – this would allow cyclists to maintain speed. Traffic circles were tried before, but those things proved unpopular.

Leave us turn to Idaho for the answer – stop signs mean “stop” for drivers but mean “yield” for cyclists:

                                  TITLE  49
                                MOTOR VEHICLES
                                  CHAPTER 7
                           PEDESTRIANS AND BICYCLES
    49-720.  STOPPING — TURN AND STOP SIGNALS. (1) A person operating a
bicycle or human-powered vehicle approaching a stop sign shall slow down and,
if required for safety, stop before entering the intersection. 

What’s wrong with California having a similar law?

Let’s be careful out there.