So I know this is gonna pale in comparison to motorbrokane's story of his cop encounter, but I gotta throw this out there for the cop's shear lack of information on what is and is not a moped.
So hanging out with some friends tonight, we smoked a bowl and played a game of Scrabble. It was incredible, I won by playing EX and XI simultaneously on a triple word score. Anyhow, afterwards I got outside and felt a craving for Burger King, which happened to be right across the street. I had already unlocked my moped, but I walked over to get some grub. I get in there and theres a sign on the counter that says "CASH ONLY!" Knowing I didn't have any I said to the woman "it'll show what kind of person I am if I go to an ATM right now just to fulfill my BK craving."
So I went outside, thought to myself that a moped ride would be nice, and set off. Immediately I thought about how I was not only riding dirty by being a little stoned, but also that my taillight had been out for a while and I hadn't bothered to fix it yet. I decided to make the trip quick so I didn't see any trouble. At the first corner I saw three cops pulled over searching a man's car and realized they were out tonight! Anyways, I continued on and got to the main fast stretch of the trip and opened up a little bit. I kinda slalomed some manhole covers and turned right to get to the ATM. I pulled up onto the curb and immediately heard the blipblip and got off my bike. So of course I told him that I knew it was out and it had just happened and he went on trying to make me feel stupid by expressing how many people say that, which presumably is everyone. After that he asks me a couple questions, and for my drivers license and walks to the luggage box of his motorcycle. He comes back with a little pamphlet that I knew would have various rules and statutes about mopeds, but something caught my eye first. On the cover I noticed a picture that looked like a foot-pushed scooter with an engine on the back, and a seat on a tall post. The guy started reading the description about what it was, and that was totally what the pamphlet was for, but he thought mine fell under that category! So I tried to stop him by saying, "wait, I think these are for scooters like this" and indicated to the cover picture. He told me he was sure this fell into that category. He even looked under what these rules did not cover, and read "step through scooters" and he said, "no this isn't one you step-through, theres all that stuff there" indicating to the engine, and the area above the engine. This is all on my newly kitted Maxi of course, so that's exactly what it meant. Oh yea, on those lines he did ask how many cc's and I said 50, because of course they won't get down there and measure. Well, after going through the pamphlet and telling me he could...but he wouldn't....give me a ticket for over 300 dollars worth. Gave me a quick lecture about getting a helmet and sent me on my way.
I was definitely relieved!
Anyways, I got the cash, went to Burger King, and feasted as I finished watching the Top Gear episode I started last night.
I'm having too much contact with law enforcement. This must change!