One of the things that you are going to need to adapt to is the fact that I have as much right to my opinion in any of these forums as you do. You're entitled to disagree, but if you want to debate the matter, bring a solid argument, and keep it civil. The facts are simple. You had one motorcycle with an obscured VIN, and another OHRV with a misplaced sticker, both of which are ticketable infractions in California, and the first of which, as we already mentioned, is grounds for impounding the vehicle. I have seen on many occasions where law enforcement was questioning the veracity of a vehicle's registration status (one of the bike shops I worked for did a lot of work on Harleys, and we got regular visits from the detectives working auto theft) and in every case, the owner stepped up and provided paper work to validate his claim. In 6 of those instances, the "owner" was arrested for possession of stolen property and suspicion of auto theft. So, yes, people "up to no good" do in fact act in that exact manner quite often. Nevertheless, if I unfairly lumped you in with the crowd that reflexively blames every ticket they get on "the cops being such pricks", then I do apologize.