Not meaning to beat a dead horse, but... Your buddy Paul Nilsen seems to think he's the Lone Ranger when it comes to traffic, singlehandedly righting all the world's wrongs. Here's Mr. Nilsen asking fellow bikers to contact HIM if they want to report someone:
Note to all:
Please let me know about drivers and vehicles you encounter like this. DMV
retains reports of dangerous driving, and a couple of similar reports can
become a real headache for the driver. It is important to report stuff like
Assistant General Counsel
Wisconsin Department of Transportation
>From: "R. Kent Wenger" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
>To: David Kohli <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
>CC: bikies <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>, [EMAIL PROTECTED],
>"[EMAIL PROTECTED]" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
>Subject: Re: [brazen-dropouts] Mini-vans are harder than they look
>Date: Wed, 19 Jun 2002 10:23:10 -0500 (CDT)
>On Wed, 19 Jun 2002, David Kohli wrote:
> > I ran into an aggressively braking minvan (blue Ford Aerostar plate #PPL
> > MVR)on the way back from Paoli this morning. There were five of us
> > riding two abreast or less on Borchardt Road north bound about a quarter
> > ...
>I got intentionally run off the road a few years ago in that area by
>a guy in a minivan. As I recall, it was red, not blue, but maybe it's
>the same guy in a new van? At that time, I reported it to the Dane
>County Sheriffs (which was a mistake -- they were real jerks about it).
>Anyhow, you might ask the Fitchburg people if it makes any difference
>if the guy has a prior report of a similar incident. If so, I'll try
>to dig up enough info so that the Fitchburg people could find out whether
>it was the same person.
>http://www.mail-archive.com/bikies@dane ... 02121.html
Don't take my comments wrong. I'm not complaining about someone looking out for safety. But this fellow is relating this incident to an experience "a few years ago" and suspects it might be the same van. Shouldn't he call the police to investigate, not just the DMV to add something anonymous to some guy's file? Shouldn't the police also investigate the bikers for riding "two abreast or less"? I was always taught to ride bikes single-file. I guess Mr. Nilsen has no words of advice for a driver, just so long as they're driving a BIKE.
Sorry if I'm extremely suspicious about Mr. Nilsen's agenda. I've already suffered his do-good attitude, and that's what got our Pinzgauers tossed off the roads in '07. He refused to answer my question during the July 29, 2009 DOT public hearing when I asked him how many new title applications DMV gets annually for vehicles with noncompliant VINs. (He claims DMV is overwhelmed by the number. Maybe.) I'm still waiting for that answer...
How about if we all stand united, and demand that one of these bills gets amended so that:
Historically acurate HMVs get licensed as "collector" (or whatever special plate you guys like) for cheap, have use restrictions, and are maintained to "accurately" represent actual military vehicles.
HMVs also have the option of proving to meet Trans 305 (Wis. Equip. requirements) and then are elligible to license as the owner desires: Light Truck, Farm, etc. plates and then can be used as those plates allow, including hauling loads or plowing snow.
Foreign military vehicles, which must be over 25-yrs. old when imported in order to be FMVSS-exempt, are treated exactly as domestic HMVs.
Foreign military vehicles which are less than 25-yrs. old must be imported through a Registered Importer and have a label signifying FMVSS compliance.
The clause requiring HMVs to accurately represent their military markings is eliminated.
Any vehicles, including HMVs, which have been structurally altered must comply with Wisconsin's reconstructed vehicle requirements (as according to current law).
The documentation required for a new title/license application is specified, to avoid any DMV employee mistakes.
These bills can
be amended during this process. Don't give up now and let DOT take away your operating rights!!
Contact your elected representatives and ask for these changes. If your elected official is on a transportation committee, ask them to vote as you indicate. If your elected official is not on that committee, ask them to speak to the committee members on your behalf. Remember, if you don't contact them, they can't help you.