I was parked inside a COOP car park the other day. Some bloke came up to me and my YBR125. He said he was buying a new scooter and wanted to change the licence plate. Then he put his hand to my plate, and seemed to be measuring it for size. He said he was thinking of replacing his scooter licence plate with one from his landrover. I didn't quite understand what he was doing, but considering all the plate cloning that has been going on, and being eager not to be done for doing 184mph in a far away county on my YBR125, I was quite suspicious of his actions.
He walked away, but then returned and did the same thing, so I started to look to see if he was carrying a note book or anything of that nature (taking down my plate details?), but the only thing in his hand was a couple of letters. So, I questioned him: "so you want to swap a car plate with a bike plate?", and at that point he became a bit irritated: "no I'm replacing it!" he half shouted back. I just said, "you'd have to probably OK it with the DVLA, and he walked off.
Does this sound weird??
He seemed to be just measuring a bike one up for size, and I suppose if he was a real criminal, he could have easily chosen a bike where the rider wasn't present. But considering a lady was just done for doing 41mph on her mobility scooter (top speed 8mph), and a tractor was done last year for doing over 100mph (top speed 26mph), I suppose we have to be on our guard.