Re: becoming frightened by these bikes
It's true in most places if you don't ride like an idiot and fully obey the traffic laws at all times most cops won't bother you. However should you ever be involved in a multi vehicle accident especially if its your fault you may find yourself charged with everything which can be thrown at you.
In 2006 my brother and X-brother-in-law was in a wreck. He ran into my brother. Both were hurt really bad and had to be taken to the hospital with broken bones. This happened in Knox county Tennessee. They were both charged with operating an improper vehicle on the public roadways. They said the bikes were improper due to exceeding the 50 cc limit and because of a manual clutch it wasn't considered an automatic transmission.
This is one of the main reasons I stress being legal. You never know when an accident could happen. The other thing which doesn't help is making videos of irresponsible riding then posting them publicly.
Land Rider Jerry