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    No Mo M'cycle Inspection in N.J.

    Just got the notice from DMV. Now I can fess up. I stopped taking my bikes to inspection years ago. Cars, yes. Bikes, nope.

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    I'm also in NJ. Glad to see that requirement go down the tubes. I think I went once with a motorcycle in the late 70s. I recall it was a bit of a useless undertaking. The people at the inspection station didn't seem to know what to do with a motorcycle. "Ride it halfway down the lane and come to a stop." That was about it.

    I know of several local police departments that seem to enjoy stopping bikes for the inspection sticker check. About 5 years ago I was riding south on Rt 9W in NY state toward the NJ state line and one of those towns' police officers were checking every motorcycle that rode south. One police officer walked up to my bike while I was stopped at a red light and looked at the vacant spot on my Montana where the inspection sticker should have been, then he looked up at my 50 yr old face, back to the bike, back to may face, and then just turned and walked away. Don't know if he was targeting crotch rockets or loud Harleys, but I guess me (old fart) and my squeaky clean and 100% stock R1200C Montana didn't fit the day's profile!

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    meanwhile, in MA inspections are tightening up... the most significant change being linking inspections to registrations in ze registry database.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ClassicVW View Post
    I'm also in NJ. Glad to see that requirement go down the tubes. I think I went once with a motorcycle in the late 70s. I recall it was a bit of a useless undertaking. The people at the inspection station didn't seem to know what to do with a motorcycle. "Ride it halfway down the lane and come to a stop." That was about it.

    I know of several local police departments that seem to enjoy stopping bikes for the inspection sticker check. About 5 years ago I was riding south on Rt 9W in NY state toward the NJ state line and one of those towns' police officers were checking every motorcycle that rode south. One police officer walked up to my bike while I was stopped at a red light and looked at the vacant spot on my Montana where the inspection sticker should have been, then he looked up at my 50 yr old face, back to the bike, back to may face, and then just turned and walked away. Don't know if he was targeting crotch rockets or loud Harleys, but I guess me (old fart) and my squeaky clean and 100% stock R1200C Montana didn't fit the day's profile!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Teepke View Post
    meanwhile, in MA inspections are tightening up... the most significant change being linking inspections to registrations in ze registry database.

    -tp
    In TX...no liability insurance...no plate or inspection... a great revenue stream for all involved...the state and the insurance Borg.
    Back in the days inspections were $2...now $12.50 and you get to honk your horn
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    Hey.. I wonder if that new Gov in NJ is having a positive impact?

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    $12.50?

    Quote Originally Posted by henzilla View Post
    In TX...no liability insurance...no plate or inspection... a great revenue stream for all involved...the state and the insurance Borg.
    Back in the days inspections were $2...now $12.50 and you get to honk your horn
    NJ bike reg is 66 bucks. Welcome to Jersey...
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    Quote Originally Posted by cathdeac View Post
    Hey.. I wonder if that new Gov in NJ is having a positive impact?
    I believe if you ask most NJ people, that new Gov would have been out a month after he got elected. I doubt very much you'll be seeing him re-elected.

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    Inspection

    I'm also in NJ. Glad to see that requirement go down the tubes. I think I went once with a motorcycle in the late 70s. I recall it was a bit of a useless undertaking. The people at the inspection station didn't seem to know what to do with a motorcycle. "Ride it halfway down the lane and come to a stop." That was about it.

    They don't even make you ride it anymore. You go to the side or the back, they check your horn, turn signals, Hi Beam and Docs. That's it. Oh yea, they look to make sure you have reflective tape on your helmet. I could never understand the point of this excersize. Oh and BTW, we don't go to inspection anymore but alas, I don't believe our registration fee will be reduced.

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    Good riddance.

    The NJDMV used to force riders to have 4 square inches of reflective tape on each side of the helmet worn in the inspection line. No reflective tape? Bike failed.

    Those that did their duty each inspection time owned an "inspection helmet" with this tape on it worn one day a year. Often they were borrowed.

    My last NJ bike inspection was in 2000 when I had a Honda 750 Nighthawk.

    Had to BUY reflective tape after failing and then got a lecture from the inspector that the bike was too "big" for me, and I shouldn't be riding it at all.

    I chewed my tongue off just to get the sticker.

    That was my last trip through NJDMV for a motorcycle inspection.
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    Reflective Tape

    I actually found a site that had Black reflective tape in many shapes and sizes. I bought some and put it on a spare helmet I have and use that to go through inspection. Of course, that is no longer an issue!

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    Peter - the problem is - inspection has moved to the jurisdiction of the police. They are tasked with inspecting bikes.. when and where they feel like it. You can no longer point to an inspection sticker as proof the bike conforms to all the NJ regulations if an officer stops you.

    Sort of out of the pan and into the fire IMHO. Inspection for the past 10 years has never taken me more then 5 minutes. The inspection station is on my way to work, you pulled up to the back door, and 3 times out of 5 - the inspector walked out, asked for my documentation, walked inside, walked back out with a sticker, and said "Have a nice day.." The other two times I had to toot my horn and flash my flashers. The helmet reflective tape went away when Parsons took over inspection from the state.

    It was as painless as I could imagine, and I suspect lots less painless then being caught in a police dragnet looking for rocket-racers or loud-pipes.
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    Thanks Omegaman!

    Just a bit north of 16W!

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    Quote Originally Posted by deilenberger View Post
    Peter - the problem is - inspection has moved to the jurisdiction of the police. They are tasked with inspecting bikes.. when and where they feel like it. You can no longer point to an inspection sticker as proof the bike conforms to all the NJ regulations if an officer stops you.

    Sort of out of the pan and into the fire IMHO. Inspection for the past 10 years has never taken me more then 5 minutes. The inspection station is on my way to work, you pulled up to the back door, and 3 times out of 5 - the inspector walked out, asked for my documentation, walked inside, walked back out with a sticker, and said "Have a nice day.." The other two times I had to toot my horn and flash my flashers. The helmet reflective tape went away when Parsons took over inspection from the state.

    It was as painless as I could imagine, and I suspect lots less painless then being caught in a police dragnet looking for rocket-racers or loud-pipes.
    logical, much too logical, kinda spoils the whole rant thing, you should be ashamed...




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