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Discussion in 'Electric Motorcycles' started by TheProphet, Jun 18, 2018.
I think some motorcycles are perpetually offensive.
You poor thing.
Actually, quite comfortable, thanks.
^ Best quote of the week
Or, How many Harleys with straight pipes does it take to inflict road damage equivalent of an 18 Wheeler?
To heck with air quality more incentives justified to save our roadways. Sounds good should float.
Whining about exhaust noise is more obnoxious than loud pipes.
Late to the thread, but you DO know that cars and trucks play fake engine noise inside the cabin, right? Ford F-150 as an example.
As a former 1st responder I can't recall ever hearing (no pun intended) anyone say I didn't hear the Motorcycle, pretty sure it was about 100% I didn't See The Motorcycle. Hi Viz saves lives!
^ Quoted for truth!
As a motorcycle safety instructor, there is nothing in the curriculum that suggests being louder for safety (revving your engine, install louder pipes, riding at high rpm, etc).
It does, however, suggest throughout the course to maintain visibility with proper lane positioning, wearing high visibility/retro reflective clothing and high visibility helmets, flashing your lights to alert, etc. as being seen is a constant challenge for drivers as most are less accustomed to looking for motorcycles and if they do see us, they often misjudge approach speed and distance. Riding defensively, maintaining visibility, and gearing up head to toe help minimize chances of injury or death.
No its not,
One can choose to ignore "whining" as they choose. One is subject to loud pipes at any time, and place against their will.
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1. highly objectionable or offensive; odious:
2. annoying or objectionable due to being a showoff or attracting undue attention to oneself:
an obnoxious little brat.
Loud pipes do no keep you safe. Their purpose is to be heard by other people with load pipes. Just human behavior. And, frankly, to annoy “those other people.”
As a motorcycle rider for the past 25 years in a place where lane-splitting is legal, sound matters as much as visibility when filtering. Car drivers are much more aware of bikes filtering when they can hear them coming as they tend to move over a bit or stop when about to change lanes. I see this as both a rider and driver. Personally I prefer quieter bikes, but I don't doubt the effectiveness of a loud pipe while lane-splitting.
Drivers tend to be startled when they hear a loud bike approach suddenly when splitting lanes. I know I do when it’s me in the drivers seat. And just like motorcyclists, people tend to steer where they look. Last thing I want is a driver looking at me as they’re driving. I prefer they continue along as they were without moving left or right (as they often do as a result of trying to make room) and pass them with no fuss.
California lane splitting law states to pass only when safe to do so. Revving a motorcycle as to say “make room for me to pass” makes motorcyclists look like jerks and no different than honking a car horn to tell drivers in front of them to make room so they can pass. It is a privilege, not a right, to lane split. If enough riders piss off drivers that out number us a thousand to one, they can very easily vote to not allow lane splitting, and out goes the likelihood of other states being able to make lane splitting legal.
There are many in this forum and in California, including myself, that have legally lane split on their electric motorcycles for years without incident. Splitting too quickly or not using good judgment, with or without sound, is the major factor of increasing one’s chances of an incident. Nowhere in California Vehicle Code does it state to rev the engine or install louder pipes to increase safety.
In addition to using prudent speed when splitting, CA DMV recommends to assume people in cars do not see you and to avoid blind spots in other vehicles, particularly large trucks. Concurrently, guidance on lane splitting is also provided by the DOT, OTS, CHP, and CMSP.
It takes obnoxious to know obnoxious. Geoff appears to speak from experience.
It is a privilege, not a right, to operate any motor vehicle - regardless of power source or number of wheels. One which is not revoked from those who would abuse it nearly often enough.
I'm in Japan. Here drivers will usually pull over more to make room for bikes to pass when they hear them or simply leave a gap to begin with. I'm not talking about people revving their bikes to get through, just normal aftermarket exhausts (not straight pipes). Not sure why you, as a rider, would be shocked when hearing a loud bike while driving. It's not like thunder that comes out of nowhere, the sound progressively gets louder as they get closer.