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Old 03-23-2012, 07:44 AM
 
Location: Maryland
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Yes, it's better that way. You present no logic or evidence to support your case then leave.
I've more interesting things to do, Sport, like ride.
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Old 03-28-2012, 09:17 PM
 
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There have been many times I've been in town and heard a bike but was unable to see where it was, but, I knew it was there and started looking for it untill I found it.
I don't ride and I don't care to. But I share the same feeling. There have been times that a quiet bike scared me. For example, I'd start to change lanes and then, out of the blue almost like from nowhere, a bike appeared and I then had to, in panic mode, swing back over in the lane I was in before I initiated the lane change. If you want to increase your chances of going down I think you should have a quiet muffler.
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Old 03-28-2012, 10:47 PM
 
Location: Metromess
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That is precisely why I assume that no one sees me when I ride. Look out for us, please. Use those outside mirrors!
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Old 03-29-2012, 08:59 PM
 
Location: Sacramento, CA/Dover-Foxcroft, ME
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I don't ride and I don't care to. But I share the same feeling. There have been times that a quiet bike scared me. For example, I'd start to change lanes and then, out of the blue almost like from nowhere, a bike appeared and I then had to, in panic mode, swing back over in the lane I was in before I initiated the lane change. If you want to increase your chances of going down I think you should have a quiet muffler.
I think you're absolutely right Carrie Anne. I said it in an earlier post about how my quiet bike scares folks.

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In CA, we can split traffic between the number one and number two lanes. I ride a quiet BMW and when I split, I don't think most people even see me until I'm just passing them and it can freak them out a bit as it does me when I'm in a cage. But, I can hear a loud bike coming up on me in traffic and it gives me time to pull over a bit to let them through. So if that is an endorsement for loud pipes, I'm sorry I guess.
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Old 03-29-2012, 10:12 PM
 
Location: Sacramento, CA/Dover-Foxcroft, ME
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I just saw a funny quote on another motorcycle forum.

"Helmets make it hard to hear natural selection calling".
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Old 04-01-2012, 06:28 AM
 
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Use those outside mirrors!
Part of the problem is that some drivers rely only on their outside mirror when they should be doing not one but two things: Use the outside mirror and then look back over the left shoulder. Their is a blind spot in an outside mirror. When a driver in a cage looks back over their left shoulder they are eliminating that blind spot. I once almost nailed a biker who was in my blind spot. If I hadn't looked over my left shoulder I would have ran right into him. It came close to being a "close call situation". I was a little annoyed by that rider because his bike was whisper quiet. At the time of the incident the rider was almost even, or next to, or parallel with, my driver side door. That said, If you could do only one of two things, use the outside mirror or look back over your left shoulder I would always opt to look back over my left shoulder as that affords the driver a much larger field of vision, in my opinion. Many people don't look back over their left shoulder because it takes time and a little energy.

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Old 04-01-2012, 11:10 PM
 
Location: Metromess
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I agree with you, of course, but I think loud pipes annoy many more people than do bikes which are "whisper quiet". My opinion is that since cage drivers cannot be relied upon to see me, it is up to me to look out for them.
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Old 04-02-2012, 07:50 AM
 
Location: Poway, CA
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I've more interesting things to do, Sport, like ride.
For someone who has declared TWICE to be done with a thread, you sure do hang around........

Mike
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Old 04-06-2012, 06:07 PM
 
Location: Somewhere East of Laramie
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Good riding skills and equipment save lives, noise is for the posers.
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Old 04-08-2012, 12:04 PM
 
Location: Sacramento, CA/Dover-Foxcroft, ME
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Maybe this?
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"Loud pipes save lifes" and helmets dont?-loud-pipes.jpg  
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