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Old 12-15-2009, 03:07 PM   #1
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Ok, so I use ezpass, and wanted to use it on my bike. I refused to stick anything on my windshield. So i got a license plate ez pass, like I have on my truck.

I mounted in to my frame. doesn't look bad in my opinion. Not very noticable at all. My issue is, I went through 2 tolls so far, and neither has tripped the ez pass, nor have I got a toll violation. Could it be that Im too light to activate the ez pass, and that the toll as no idea I went thru??

Does anyone else use ezpass, or something simular, and how do you have it mounted? Have you had any issues with it not working?







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Old 12-15-2009, 03:35 PM   #2
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My guess is that the RFID signal is getting blocked by the metal on your bike. I have mine attached to the left handlebar facing upwards. I use a small mesh drawstring pouch tied at both ends to hold it in place. Works every time.
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Old 12-15-2009, 04:18 PM   #3
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We use an IPass here in Illinois, which is similar device. Thought we used to, we don't have to carry or mount the device on the bike or car anymore. I was told that the computer will cross reference your plate and automatically take the toll out of your account.
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We use an IPass here in Illinois, which is similar device. Thought we used to, we don't have to carry or mount the device on the bike or car anymore. I was told that the computer will cross reference your plate and automatically take the toll out of your account.
They will, to a point. You will first get a notice that your transponder is not working and if you do not remedy the situation, you will be fined pretty heavily. For the occasional missed toll, it's not too big of a deal, but after a while it's a different story.
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3 words, flip-a-plate
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Old 12-15-2009, 04:38 PM   #6
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3 words, flip-a-plate
I'd rather pay the 80 cents than sit in jail.
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Old 12-15-2009, 05:21 PM   #7
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Well, its not that the ezpass isnt working, the toll doesnt even know I went through. I have gone thru several times, no fines, no notices, no red lights. Its like I wasnt even there.

EVeryone says they put them in bags, pockets, jackets...and they work.

Mine's out in the open, and it doesnt read it.

I wonder if there is a difference between the license plate model, VS the white square model.
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I have tried to carry them in a pocket without success in Illinois. I've noticed placement on the bike is fairly critical in order for the transponder to work.
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Old 12-15-2009, 06:50 PM   #9
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They will, to a point. You will first get a notice that your transponder is not working and if you do not remedy the situation, you will be fined pretty heavily. For the occasional missed toll, it's not too big of a deal, but after a while it's a different story.
I don't know Dods, I haven't carried my transponder the whole summer ,since I was informed by the cust. rep from the IPass office, and never got anything from the Dept. of Highways. As long as your bike or cars are registered, they'll just deduct the tolls on the account.
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Old 12-15-2009, 07:07 PM   #10
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From http://Illinoistollway.com

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What are vTolls?
Sometimes tolls do not post to your account at the time of the transaction. This is usually due to a missing, improperly mounted, or inactive transponder with a dead battery. These unsuccessful transactions are digitally recorded and your license plate is later matched to your I-PASS Account. The toll is then posted to your account at this later date. These digitally recorded tolls are called vTolls.

You will see “vToll” appear next to the transaction when you review your account records. Tolls that are successfully deducted at the time of transaction are labeled “toll”. Review your account transactions.

What is the V-Toll charge on my online statement?
Video-Tolls (V-Tolls) are tolls that could not be deducted from your account at the time of the toll transaction typically attributed to a missing, improperly mounted, or inactive transponder. It is important to periodically review your account activity to ensure your transponder is functioning properly. Excessive V-Tolls will result in penalties.
They don't say how many they will allow without penalty. The fines are rather stiff, however. A co-worker got a bill for over $900 a couple years ago for this very thing. They will revoke the registration of the vehicle for unpaid fines as well. Better safe than sorry.
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I'll check into that, thanks. I might had been mis-informed...
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Ok...so I called ez pass, they said my tag wasnt set to my bike, which they changed...they said that could be the issue, if not, it could be the location, or the tag....

So Im going to try this location, I dont see why it wont work here...
If not, going to have to get the white square model.

(the marks on the fender are from the flash)





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Old 12-15-2009, 08:50 PM   #13
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Ours is called FastTrak. I lay the transponder in the window of the car, or carry it in my backpack or side bag on my bike. Then they read the plate and deduct the toll.
However, one time, due to wind, I was way cranked over with my belly on the tank, and in my backpack, I heard, beep, it read right thru' the backpack.
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Old 12-16-2009, 09:43 AM   #14
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I mounted mine to the inside of my windshield right above the guages. Worked fine there. (It's called a tolltag here, and is a bit slimmer, but you could probably still do it with that brick as well).
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I went on a trip to a meeting for a convention with a friend of mine last spring, and he said he would cover the tolls. Coming up on the toll booth, he told me to just go through the EZPass, and even inside his jacket, inside a cage, it read it just fine for us. Consider how much I go south during the Spring through fall, I am considering getting it myself. It makes things a LOT more convenient when your on a bike.
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The Illinois system is 1/2 price if you use I-Pass rather than cash. Even at that I spend a couple dollars a day just to get to work and back.
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Old 12-16-2009, 06:09 PM   #17
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We use an IPass here in Illinois, which is similar device. Thought we used to, we don't have to carry or mount the device on the bike or car anymore. I was told that the computer will cross reference your plate and automatically take the toll out of your account.
Ours is called the SunPass - I was told by a state employee to put the transponder in my saddle bag or whatever and not to worry if it trips - they would rather you be safe then trying to wave a transponder around while passing through! They take pictures of every plate and as long as your plate is in the system the computer will automatically deduct the toll
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Old 12-19-2009, 07:40 PM   #18
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They are called EZTAGS here in Texas. You are supposed to be able to put them in a pocket, saddlebag or anywhere else on the bike. I go through 4 booths in each direction to and from work. I usually only trip 2 or 3 times each round trip. I'm not sure what happens to the rest of them but they don't show up on my bill. i have not tried attaching it to the bike but I have tried it in my front pocket instead of a bag with no change.
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call me a country boy but i can't imagine living somewhere that i had to pay a few bucks a day to get to work sooner.
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You don't pay for your bike. You don't pay for insurance. You don't pay for a license, both for you and for the bike. Which includes road tax. You don't pay state sales tax, property tax, and income tax.
You are paying up and down the ying yang anyway. A little more buys you a bypass and extra time.
The major problem is that, out in the country, there are no jobs.
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call me a country boy but i can't imagine living somewhere that i had to pay a few bucks a day to get to work sooner.
Whos paying a few bucks extra? the EZpass doesnt cost you anything...its just prepaid tolls...in fact, it has commuter programs for the bridges, so if you cross, i believe is 15-20 times a month, they give you money back, so in the end, you're paying less for the tolls.
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Plus you don't have to stop. You just ride thru'.
Here you do pay extra. There are by pass lanes, and roads. East or west on the 91, you can bypass the area of most congestion, for a price. The sign says the toll at that time. Fast Trak only. Same on 405/73 south. 71, 241 and 261 go where there is only one road. A toll road. Or, go the long way round, if you prefer, with more traffic, older road, and less scenery.
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I take my ezpass out of my tank tux and just hold it up when I ride through. Something mounted would be better, but I use it so rarely that it's not a big deal.
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up here in the frozen tundra we have the sane lane car pools and motorcycles ride on it free single passenger cars pay
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Motorcycles pay the same as cars do here.
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Motorcycles pay the same as cars do here.
If you use the Sunpass it's only .75 cents instead of a buck on the big toll roads - not sure about the smaller ones like East West Expressway that are only .35 cents - motorcycles same as cars as far as cost goes
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There is not a toll road in the entire state of ND. Sometimes when you are shoveling out from yet another blizzard, you forget the nice things about living here.
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When I take the bike to work, I go through a toll road, but I actually hug the left side of the left lane when I go through the booth so that my bike doesn't trip the sensors. I know, I'm a criminal
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There is not a toll road in the entire state of ND. Sometimes when you are shoveling out from yet another blizzard, you forget the nice things about living here.
Same here in SD.
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Found this while looking through the Aerostich catalog.
http://www.aerostich.com/cycle-e-pass.html
Looks like it would help with the issue.
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