I think most motorcycle riders hate them. Well, maybe masochists and motocrossers don't mind them. I'm talking about those dreaded speed bumps. In France, many villages have them, and almost all cities. They play havoc with our suspensions, and if you need to ride them often enough, you'll need to replace your suspension earlier than anticipated.
But an enterprising journalist from the French car magazine Auto Plus went out with a laser, water levels and rulers and measured speed bumps in 23 communes in France. To his surprise, 1/3 of all speed bumps are illegal in one way or another.
Too high, too steep, not sign posted, and very illegal; not installed in a 30 kph zone. In France, speed bumps can only be installed in zones with a speed limit of 30 kph. The journalist even found one village that had a speed bump on a road limited to 70 kph!
This video show you what happens to a motorcycle if you ride over a speed bumps a bit too fast:
One very small village with only 2800 inhabitants has 50 speed bumps! So plenty of illegal speed bumps. But to fight this abuse the only thing you can do is drag the city council to the courts; time and a lot of money. Plus in the end, you'll have some politicians who do not like you, and that can be a bad thing.
Via: Le Parisien