I was up on the Black Spur last Saturday...(Cops everywhere) No big deal, I was mentoring and unlikely to be travelling faster than 70 k's most of the time since I was with a pretty fresh rider. We had achieved about 6 laps...passing cops each time, but in particular 1 patrol car that was cruising up and down the length of the Spur. Funny thing was...I was thinking how much of a waste it was, as their was literally NOTHING happening...I mean not a single thing even close to anything noticeable, did I observe in a few hours of riding... With the inexperienced rider in front of me, we came across a slooooow car...I mean 52-60kph..No biggie really, just impeding our progress and messing wioth the training... We exited some of the tighter corners onto a straighter section (the straight section down the hill to Ambulance corner), and my partner eases past the carat leass than 70k's....once he was clear, I also eased past the car. Just as I was beside the car, that patrol car comes into view heading in the opposite direction...by now I am passed the car, and slip back onto my side of the road. I did get caught beside the car for a second or two as they accellerated once they go on the straight section (eurgh!)...but at the same time, I had enough momentum up to still just ease past without a flourish of activity. THAT relaxed passing style put me a little closer to the approaching cop car, than I would have chosen, but I was out there and needed to proceed...I did'nt even bother feeding in more gas as I was already going to be passed in time. A kilometer down the road, the patrol car (which must have done a screaming U-ee, and took off after us, races up behind with his lights and sirens blarring....(at this actually time we are on a long straight section and doing 72kph.)... I waved the rider in front off, and pulled in with cops in tow... The exuberant ossifer jumps out and races up to me..."what's your reason for overtaking in a dangerous manner?"......I said "WHAT!!?...Nothing dangerous about any overtaking I've done"...to which he replies..."well I had to take evasive action to avoid you"...I said, "mate...I eased past a car doing 60k's at less than 70k's on a straight section of road and your telling me that THAT was dangerous!!??" I started laughing...he asked me for my licence etc...then fines me for "overtaking in an unsafe manner" $187, and 2 licence points.... (I won't repeat here what I then said to the copper) ^$#%@!!... I'll be seeing him in court, as I'm not going to take their overexuberance and lying to justify a technicality initiated simply because last week-end another rider had a head-on with a car, and they are out there to herass riders in an effort to fly the flag in the name of being seen to be doing something. Fair cop if it WAS a bit risky, but I never felt in danger, (and I'm the one who is the most vulnerable in the situation)....and there simply was NOTHING UNSAFE in what I did. So...here we go again...you've got every right to be there and be left alone to do it, but they want to push your buttons, and engage in what I consider something close to herrassment... I used to think that if you were riding sensibly and doing nothing wrong, then the cops would appreciate it, and SHOULD leave you alone...but nowadays...they'll just use you as the fall-guy for their slow day... I'll be back there next week-end to take a few snappies for the court case, and they can piss off and leave me f*** alone as far as I am concerned. Rant over...) John.