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Stopped on the Natchez Trace Pkwy - TN

Not really a question here but, to share the event. Two of us riding up the Natchez Trace towards and near Nashville were pulled over. Actually it was me on the Z that the Park Policeman was interested in. We stopped and pulled up under some shade. The officer explained he didn't think I had a license plate but, then as he got closer he could see the current registration sticker (orange). So, his stop was to inform me that the plate should be angled down or more vertical for viewing. While there, he asked to see riders license, registration and insurance. Then, he mentions that I added the hugger to my Z and was checking out the bike. He is a rider himself and we talked for a few minutes and then we went our separate ways.

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I've found many cops that are riders... A lot of them were kewl... Some of 'em still gave me ticketz, tho... That hurt my feelings...

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I used to go on Natchez trace a lot back when I lived in Mississippi but that was to go camping with my folks. Was far to young to ride it but I will someday soon. Was always a great drive but mine was a couple hours south

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That's my neck of the woods Motocopter. I live about 10 miles from the big Natchez Trace bridge. The park rangers hang out between the exit at Leiper's Fork and the end at Hwy 100. That is absolutely the best section of curves on the whole damn road. You probably noticed that the speed limit goes down to 40 from 50 on that 14 or 15 mile stretch.

At any rate, if your on a bike, the bastids will pull you over for anything. I mean anything, just so they can look at your license. I'm speaking from my own experience and those of people I ride with. The last time we got pulled, one of the guys riding with me had his tag mounted vertically. Totally legal in Tennessee. Never the less, got pulled over, got his tags and license ran. Then the cop said "I'll have to check on that tag placement to see if that's legal." This after about the 5th time of me hearing from other people that the ranger used that same excuse on them. Never a ticket for the tag, it's just the excuse to pull you.

One time I picked them up on my radar detector two curves before we ever saw each other. I signaled my partner and we were doing two or three below the speed limit when he met us. The sum bitch does a u-turn in the middle of the road and comes flying up behind us. He rides about 10 feet off our ass for about 3/4 of a mile until we just pull off at a parking area. Then the prick does another u-turn and pulls over under a shade tree and just watches us until we rolled out.

Now I think I know that ranger your talking about. His name is Terry Ashe. Real nice guy to talk to, as a matter of fact I've had lunch with him down there at Puckett's. However, he'll write his mother up if she's not squared away. I saw him with a Harley rider that had a passenger pulled over on the side of a road that goes under the Trace. Later I saw him at Puckett's eating lunch. I asked him what he was picking on the Harley rider for. He said that he noticed (while driving down the road) that the Harley rider had a helmet on that wasn't DOT approved. I was like WTF? He said, "John, I ride so I know what a DOT approved helmet looks like."

Anyway, he say's the residents that live off the Trace in that good section of curves will call up and bitch about the motorcycles ripping up and down thru there. I said your freaking kidding me. He said "No I'm not. They will call up and say they are going North bound or South Bound." I asked him if it was Naomi Judd, and he wouldn't tell me, however you can hit her house with a rock from a bridge on the Trace, so that's my bet.

It just another waste of a good road. Beautiful curves and alot of runoff on the sides with a fu*&king 40 mile an hour speed limit. I don't go up there anymore because of the coppers, but I know a couple of guys that still rip it up good. They just put the hammer down harder when they see the man. Not a lot of incentive to stop when your going over twice twice the speed limit, lol.

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That's my neck of the woods Motocopter. I live about 10 miles from the big Natchez Trace bridge. The park rangers hang out between the exit at Leiper's Fork and the end at Hwy 100. That is absolutely the best section of curves on the whole damn road. You probably noticed that the speed limit goes down to 40 from 50 on that 14 or 15 mile stretch.

At any rate, if your on a bike, the bastids will pull you over for anything. I mean anything, just so they can look at your license. I'm speaking from my own experience and those of people I ride with. The last time we got pulled, one of the guys riding with me had his tag mounted vertically. Totally legal in Tennessee. Never the less, got pulled over, got his tags and license ran. Then the cop said "I'll have to check on that tag placement to see if that's legal." This after about the 5th time of me hearing from other people that the ranger used that same excuse on them. Never a ticket for the tag, it's just the excuse to pull you.

One time I picked them up on my radar detector two curves before we ever saw each other. I signaled my partner and we were doing two or three below the speed limit when he met us. The sum bitch does a u-turn in the middle of the road and comes flying up behind us. He rides about 10 feet off our ass for about 3/4 of a mile until we just pull off at a parking area. Then the prick does another u-turn and pulls over under a shade tree and just watches us until we rolled out.

Now I think I know that ranger your talking about. His name is Terry Ashe. Real nice guy to talk to, as a matter of fact I've had lunch with him down there at Puckett's. However, he'll write his mother up if she's not squared away. I saw him with a Harley rider that had a passenger pulled over on the side of a road that goes under the Trace. Later I saw him at Puckett's eating lunch. I asked him what he was picking on the Harley rider for. He said that he noticed (while driving down the road) that the Harley rider had a helmet on that wasn't DOT approved. I was like WTF? He said, "John, I ride so I know what a DOT approved helmet looks like."

Anyway, he say's the residents that live off the Trace in that good section of curves will call up and bitch about the motorcycles ripping up and down thru there. I said your freaking kidding me. He said "No I'm not. They will call up and say they are going North bound or South Bound." I asked him if it was Naomi Judd, and he wouldn't tell me, however you can hit her house with a rock from a bridge on the Trace, so that's my bet.

It just another waste of a good road. Beautiful curves and alot of runoff on the sides with a fu*&king 40 mile an hour speed limit. I don't go up there anymore because of the coppers, but I know a couple of guys that still rip it up good. They just put the hammer down harder when they see the man. Not a lot of incentive to stop when your going over twice twice the speed limit, lol.
Amazing the way some guys think. I addressed the officer by Mr ---- but, I don't recall his last name being Ashe. Older, slender man. The area was exactly as you described. By a pull-off on the west side and maybe 1/2 mile south of the big bridge. We were totally doing the speed limit or less. Get this. We were passed by a Toyota Prius while the limit was still at 50. My friend had never heard of the Natchez Trace and so I took him there from Highway 50 going north. Even warned him about the cyclists and police presence. It is a nice ride with absolutely no commercial traffic and as you say a waste of good curves. Marc
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