I have one of those fancy toll transponders ("I-Pass" in IL), but I haven't been able to mount it anywhere where it can read - I don't have a fairing, in the tank bag doesn't work, etc, etc. So I keep the thing in a convenient side pocket on my tank bag and bust it out when I get to the booth. We have plenty of no-stop lanes for the I-Pass-equipped, and for those I just pull the transponder and hold it up with my left hand, in roughly the position where it would be attached to a car windshield while riding through the slot at speed. Works like a charm.
I believe that tolling a motorcycle full toll is rediculous and I remind the toll attendat every time I go through. Half the wheels should be half the price. To help make my point I alway leave my money in my wallet to remind them how inconvenient it is for bikers. I don't care who honks or how many times the atendant says that I should have been prepared [smiley=angry.gif] [smiley=cheeky.gif].
Yeah, tolls for MCs are total bull$hit. On the GGB, we don't get a break for having fewer wheels, however they have no problem charging an extra $1.50 for each extra pair over four. They charge per axle - maybe they ought to modify that to charge by axle width. That way, we don't pay s**t and all the fools in their H2s can foot the bill for the rest of us, since they seem to think they own the road anyway ;D
There ought to be some sort of petition to get more fair tolls for motorcyclists.
If you aren't already pissed at tolls, here's the civil engineering formula for road damage: D=V^2 * Wa^4. Pavement wear increases with the square of speed but the fourth power of axle weight. So a 4000-lb SUV is theoretically doing 10,000x the damage as a 400-lb bike! Logically, the highway authority should pay us for not driving!!!
Of course, the real difference is slightly lower, what with our smaller contact patches. And we certainly go faster than 4000-lb SUVs.