Based solely on the MCN article, it does look like a poor-show from the police, doesn't it? But then we must remember that MCN (like all press) has an agenda and one of the main ways they do that is via selective reporting to wind you lot up.
Does this article make you feel any better? www.middevonstar.co.uk/news/9013019.Vehicles_seized_following_police_stop_and_search/ Dodgy drivers getting taken off the road and thus making things safer for you. Isn't that what you want? The police cracking down on dangerous vehciles? Or how about this? Half of all the vehciles were dangerous! www.thisishullandeastriding.co.uk/Half-vehicles-stopped-faults/story-11948215-detail/story.html (targetting cars it seems) I will concede, that these could simply be pro-police PR puff stories, but it does at least illustrate that you have to be careful about only relying on one source.
"Waah! They're taregting bikers! Waah! Discrimination! Waah!" Grow up. Other times they probably targeted vans, then trailers, then...it's training FFS. Hey, here's another check (few years ago, use your own search-fu) where they targetted good vehicles. www.policeoracle.com/news/Multi-Force-Motorway-Day-Of-Action_16041.html
And asking for volunteers is simply hilarious; do you think people who know their vehcile has 'defects' will volunteer?
The police never do enough for you in terms of safety and yet when they try, you lot start screaming like a bunch of nancies. If your bike is legal (and it should be, otherwise you are a hypocrite) then all you've suffered is a minor inconvenience. Yes, it does suck but it's a small price to pay.
Are the police always right and above reproach? No, but I don't anything wrong with what they are doing in this particular case.
As for targetting bikers, I have happened across a couple of police checks and slowed down in case they wanted to pull me; nope, waved right through and the cars in front/behind pulled. They were targetting cars! Oh, the humanity!
And no, I am not a cop.