:jacked: it's funny you bring that up because that's EXACTLY what i'm going through right now... PACAF (Pacific Air Command Air Force) has instuted a policy that a new rider can ride no bigger than a 600cc 4 stroke or a 200cc 2 stroke... for the first year... then after the first year... they can take the experienced riders course and can own anything afterwords...jtemple said:A similar question came up regarding graduated licensing. I believe they have a system in Australia where you have to start on a 200cc or smaller bike to begin with, then you're allowed to ride bigger bikes as you gain experience. Here was my reply, when someone said graduated licensing would be a good idea in the U.S.
"Graduated licensing is horrible. I should have the freedom to choose what I want to ride, always. It's not the government's job to decide what I can and can't handle, nor is it the government's job to babysit me at every turn.
Don't tell me I have to wear a helmet. I'll wear one anyway, because I value my life.
Don't tell me what kind of bike I can ride. I'll stay within my limitations, because I value my life.
Don't tell me I have to wear a seatbelt. I'll wear one anyway, because I value my life.
Just like I don't want the government telling me what kind of guns I can own, among other things.
The government shouldn't be our babysitter.
If anything, there should be helmet/seatbelt and other laws to protect children. Adults are on their own. If you're not smart enough to protect yourself, I don't need you breathing my air. But, your children aren't old enough to make those decisions for themselves, and if their mom/dad is next in line for the Darwin Award, the kids should not be forced to come along for the ride."
I personally think it's fine... except for one thing... VTWINS!... I had planned on purchasing the SV650s but according to base regs... I can't ride it for a year after I got my license... but I can go out and get a 05 ZZR600... that makes more horse power, more torque, is faster 0-60, in the quarter, and has a higher top speed... but in the AF's eyes it's safer... :wbs:
anyways... back to my orignal topic
you say the government shouldn't be our babysitter but that's exactly what the government DOES... it creates laws/guidelines for the country... same as your babysitter did...
but like I said... do you really feel like by them inforcing a law that mandates you to do something you already do is stepping on your rights? where do you draw the line? as I stated with Drunk Driving and Murder? comonsence to me... but so many idiots still do it... do you think they should be left to make the choice on their own? :help: