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    What gives?

    I went for a ride this evening and made the following observations. First, loud pipes are annoying. I don't hear them coming up from behind until they are right behind me, but then I can hear them for quite a long distance a head of me once they pass. Second, I have noticed a growing number of motorcycle riders are failing to use their hand signals or their mechanical directionals when changing lanes. Lastly, I have noticed a growing number motorcycles riding on the road with no directionals on their bikes and of course the riders are again failing to use hand signals. Just some observations, not sure what they mean, but figure all three are not helping the general public's view of motorcycle riders.

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    Yup.

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    I chuckle as this could be a post from one,two, even three decades ago if the Internet was around.

    Loud pipes,even on BMW's can be annoying and may not do the best for being ambassadors for our passion. You multiply the bikes and the problem expands crazily so one group gets the credit typically.

    I get it, but nothing new...other than what are hand signals?. I kid

    Use hand signals on my bicycle still as it is only way to communicate my intentions...I often wonder if newer generations know what I am doing! If traffic is around, I use signals...if I am alone, not always in or on the vehicle I am operating.


    Have also been part of the problem at points in my riding career no doubt. Some bikes had louder than legal exhausts, some lost blinkers along the way if they had them to start. Been stopped in my teens and twenties for both and once over ten years ago for waking the deputy up out in the boonies as I headed home late one night on a V-twin which ended with a longer night for me.

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    On the road in general......bikes, cars, a lot less since “pressure”- trucks, many instances where a citation could have been issued
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    I love how those with loud pipes also have 1000 watt stereos to get above the loudness of the pipes and cause some seismic activities. I guess those that ride these beasts have never HEARD of bluetooth headsets. As far as signals are concerned they don't exist on cages either.

    And a host of other things we could P&M about but life's too short to worry about this stuff. We are what we are.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grabcon View Post
    I guess those that ride these beasts have never HEARD of bluetooth headsets.
    I have a strong unconfirmed suspicion that it is difficult to keep a bluetooth headset in place with a doo rag and skeleton motif Rayon face mask.
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    Mistaken belief

    I find the loud pipe people be they motorcycle, car or truck, have a mistaken belief others want to experience their love of power. They love to hear the thunder and feel everyone else wants to as well.

    Bottom line is an ego trip for them. "Look at me! I am a bad ass biker/hot rodder/trucker, hear me roar!"

    Selfish behavior is on the rise in the world.

    I am not going to say anymore as I do not have the space here to say more than the above about loud pipes, music, lack of turn-signals and other idiocy. St.

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    I guess I was just making some personal observations post my accident and return to riding. We, motorcyclists, are difficult for most to see or even look for, so why do some of us make things more difficult on ourselves then we need to. I, for one, always use my mechanical signals and in a lot of cases I use hand signals with the mechanical signals. I prefer to be seen and safe.

    The few guys I ride with, ride Harleys with loud pipes. I either lead or rida farther back from the pack to avoid the annoyingly loud exhaust noise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pglaves View Post
    i have a strong unconfirmed suspicion that it is difficult to keep a bluetooth headset in place with a doo rag and skeleton motif rayon face mask.
    truth. 🤣

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    Quote Originally Posted by PGlaves View Post
    I have a strong unconfirmed suspicion that it is difficult to keep a bluetooth headset in place with a doo rag and skeleton motif Rayon face mask.

    Duct Tape?
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    Quote Originally Posted by grabcon View Post
    I love how those with loud pipes also have 1000 watt stereos to get above the loudness of the pipes and cause some seismic activities.
    Really! I had to buy a 2,000 Watt unit just to drown them out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by grabcon View Post
    I love how those with loud pipes also have 1000 watt stereos to get above the loudness of the pipes and cause some seismic activities. I guess those that ride these beasts have never HEARD of bluetooth headsets. As far as signals are concerned they don't exist on cages either.

    And a host of other things we could P&M about but life's too short to worry about this stuff. We are what we are.

    But if they use the bluetooth headset....they won't be noticed.....which is their ultimate goal..........jmo.
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    Quote Originally Posted by motor10 View Post
    I went for a ride this evening and made the following observations. First, loud pipes are annoying. I don't hear them coming up from behind until they are right behind me, but then I can hear them for quite a long distance a head of me once they pass. Second, I have noticed a growing number of motorcycle riders are failing to use their hand signals or their mechanical directionals when changing lanes. Lastly, I have noticed a growing number motorcycles riding on the road with no directionals on their bikes and of course the riders are again failing to use hand signals. Just some observations, not sure what they mean, but figure all three are not helping the general public's view of motorcycle riders.

    Jay
    Not that this answers any of your questions but I have spent the last three weeks and will be spending the next three surviving the European motorcycle and scooter scene.

    Ok, it’s kind of a blast, but many of the riders here take major, major, major chances... with their lives and yours.... both riding in the mountains at warp factor 9 while slaloming through traffic within millimeters of other drivers, or doing what you would think is the absolute impossible in metro (insanity) traffic on a little 2-smoker while talking on their phone and smoking their cigarette.

    While there are very few (like almost none) straight pipe bikes, the whole scene is utter chaos.

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    Quote Originally Posted by motor10 View Post
    I went for a ride this evening and made the following observations. First, loud pipes are annoying. I don't hear them coming up from behind until they are right behind me, but then I can hear them for quite a long distance a head of me once they pass. Second, I have noticed a growing number of motorcycle riders are failing to use their hand signals or their mechanical directionals when changing lanes. Lastly, I have noticed a growing number motorcycles riding on the road with no directionals on their bikes and of course the riders are again failing to use hand signals. Just some observations, not sure what they mean, but figure all three are not helping the general public's view of motorcycle riders.

    Jay
    You obviously have no appreciation for badly-tuned motors and unsafe riding habits.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BC1100S View Post
    You obviously have no appreciation for badly-tuned motors and unsafe riding habits.
    Evidently, I do not! lol
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