Last week we told you about the plan in Nanaimo, B.C., to crack down on motorcyclists with random roadside inspections. It seems the police didn’t waste any time implementing the new program – bikers are already getting hassled by the cops. Now, some of them are using Facebook to fight back.
Fed up with what they consider to be unjust profiling, riders are starting to join a Facebook group called Boycott Naniamo, BC. Apparently spelling isn’t their strong point. But, who cares about that? This is a collection of a few dozen angry bikers (it’s an open group, but only 62 members have actually joined at this point) who are planning to strike back at the British Columbia town.
The group’s riders seem to be bothered by the public’s lack of interest in their loud pipes, but they don’t seem to be too worried about the RCMP’s plan to crack down on unsafe motorcycle helmets and unlicensed riders – at least, not yet.
Now, this isn’t a bikesploitation film – you’re not going to see a horde of angry leather-clad riders tearing around town, getting boozed up, and swinging medieval weapons at road signs. They’re smart enough to take aim at the town where it hurts: their wallets.
Whether town council likes it or not, biker tourism spreads a lot of money around, and whether or not the police likes it, their salaries are paid by town council and its constituents. So, while we don’t approve of riding around like an idiot, blasting the neighbours with a straight exhaust, and wearing an unsafe helmet, we take an even dimmer view of unwarranted and unfair harassment of motorcycles. Maybe the Facebook group is the start of a movement that will push back against motorcycle discrimination – but hopefully, bikers are also getting the message that across this country, loud pipes are losing riders their rights.