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Old 06-24-2008, 11:58 PM
 
Location: 44.9800 N, 93.2636 W
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I was visiting family in Baltimore this past weekend, and we were around the Lexington Market when a group of about 20-25 guys on dirtbikes flew thru the intersection. I was told its somewhat commonplace but didnt get much of a backstory.
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Old 06-25-2008, 12:06 AM
 
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They're dope runners-the cops can't catch them.
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Old 06-25-2008, 12:20 AM
 
Location: 44.9800 N, 93.2636 W
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I see. That withstanding, I didnt see nearly the level of oddball stuff one would expect to see when every person reminds you how rampant with crime Baltimore is. Granted, most of my time was spent in Mount Vernon (cool neighborhood for the record), and it seems pocketed with some sketchy areas surrounding it but nothing to the extent of what I would have expected. Guess I didnt go slummin' deep enough
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Old 06-25-2008, 02:49 AM
 
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I was visiting family in Baltimore this past weekend, and we were around the Lexington Market when a group of about 20-25 guys on dirtbikes flew thru the intersection. I was told its somewhat commonplace but didnt get much of a backstory.
Likely, many are plagued with a touch of ADHD and aren't particularly bright either. They seek to stimulate their pea brains with activities like dirt bike riding, hanging out in video arcades, skateboarding, etc. Such goings on make them happy and provide them with a sense of belonging and community they won't find in intellectual pursuits. Many will become criminals and end up in jail and/or prison. This is because never succeeding in school, they will engage in criminal activity to bolster their self esteems. Some will narcotize their frustration and boredom with substance abuse. Many of the others will become police officers and join the military. Many will become police officers after serving in the military. Others will become bouncers, security guards or WalMart Rent-A-Cops.
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Old 06-25-2008, 04:20 AM
 
Location: Portland, Maine
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Likely, many are plagued with a touch of ADHD and aren't particularly bright either. They seek to stimulate their pea brains with activities like dirt bike riding, hanging out in video arcades, skateboarding, etc. Such goings on make them happy and provide them with a sense of belonging and community they won't find in intellectual pursuits. Many will become criminals and end up in jail and/or prison. This is because never succeeding in school, they will engage in criminal activity to bolster their self esteems. Some will narcotize their frustration and boredom with substance abuse. Many of the others will become police officers and join the military. Many will become police officers after serving in the military. Others will become bouncers, security guards or WalMart Rent-A-Cops.

Excellent summary. The really odd thing is that I am pretty sure the city passed a law making it illegal to ride these. I guess I am wrong though because Lexington Market usually has a lot of police around there.
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Old 06-25-2008, 07:41 AM
 
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Ever since HBO's The Wire - glamorizes dirt bikes and get-aways on the west side, it has become more of a poser thing to do.
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Old 06-25-2008, 08:01 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles, CA
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I live in the southwest side of the city - I hear the dirt bikes at ALL hours. It's very annoying. And from what I understand they are illegal, but it doesn't stop them - and the mayor of the city lives 2 streets over!
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Old 06-25-2008, 08:39 AM
 
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Those bikes are unregistered and often unsafe-but essential to the dope trade-the riders deliver to the sellers, so they car ''re-up'' without losing time on the street.

They're damned hard to catch.

Now, do you see my point about the pervasive disorder in the city?

When I began my law enforcement career-in 1974-drugs were reefer and Quickee.

That changed far too rapidly.

Until a sensible policy on drugs is implemented, forget any lasting improvement in urban life.
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Old 06-25-2008, 08:49 AM
 
Location: Portland, Maine
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I have no idea where this new "fad" started with dirt bikes. I was nearly plowed down by about 8 riders near the Capitol Hill neighborhood of DC this past weekend. Any ideas of the legality of these things? They really are obnoxious.
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Old 06-25-2008, 09:43 AM
 
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most dirt bikes and 4 wheelers are street legal with proper tag and non aggressive tires.
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