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I am in Cleveland, drove here last night, and I spent all day today in a requirements-gathering meeting. Sounds painful, and it was a bit, but I think it was also very productive. So yay for that.

My boss showed me his new Harley, and it's very pretty. If a bit weird-looking. I guess I'm just used to the way old motorcycles look. Or maybe I'm just used to my bike.

He installed an after-market tailpipe on it, which is very loud. Ick. (Because, he says, "loud pipes save lives".... oh well, whatever.)

He was going to let me try riding it, but I backed out. There are no helmet laws here, and he didn't have one with him. I was considering just tooling around the parking lot a bit... but I had no helmet, no gear, and I was wearing flimsy shoes. Also the thing is really heavy, much heavier than I'm used to, even though it sits as low as mine does. Just didn't feel smart, and I'd have felt just AWFUL if I'd dropped his brand-new bike! So I just sat on it, put it in gear, and played with it a bit. Still pretty fun.

I'd thought about riding my bike here last night, but I decided against it. Just seemed easier to relax in my car, even though riding the motorcycle would have been more entertaining.... maybe next time.

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From: (Anonymous) Date: August 11th, 2006 01:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
Your boss is most likely a poseur. If you're going to continue to ride, get used to nodding politely at poseurs while they spew ignorant shit like "Loud Pipes Save Lives," and "A Helmet Will Break Your Neck!"
johnridley From: johnridley Date: August 11th, 2006 03:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
IMHO, "loud pipes save lives" only if the rider isn't riding properly. If he's relying on being loud in order to be noticed, he needs to rethink his riding style.
If I ever have another bike, it'll be as quiet as possible. Electric would be ideal.
thatguychuck From: thatguychuck Date: August 11th, 2006 04:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
Many riders say, "I just blip the throttle and they can't HELP but notice me."

All motorcycles come with that feature. It's called a horn.

I also notice that most people that say, "I use loud pipes for safety" wear wildly unsafe riding gear.

This isn't a subject I generally debate, because most of the time I'm preaching to the choir. If I'm not, I'm talking with someone who doesn't want their opinion to have logic shed on it, so I don't often bother.
thatguychuck From: thatguychuck Date: August 11th, 2006 04:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm glad you didn't go for a spin without any safety gear. I may have ridden around the parking lot, but no more.

Hmmm... Actually, the flimsy shoes thing would probably have prevented me from even doing that. I'm happy you were able to resist temptation and stick with the safe motorcycyle route. :)
renniekins From: renniekins Date: August 11th, 2006 04:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yup, it was the shoes that made me most uncomfortable. Well, that plus the fact that it was so much heavier and more powerful than i'm used to.
pi3832 From: pi3832 Date: August 11th, 2006 07:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
more powerful

Or not.

An 883R Sporster makes 41 horsepower.
A GS450L makes 42 horsepower.

And those are stock numbers. A Sportster with LOUD pipes typically makes less than stock horsepower, unless the fuel system's been properly fiddled. Such fiddling costs money and takes time, so most Harley-d00ds don't bother--all they want is LOUD.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: August 12th, 2006 02:23 am (UTC) (Link)
*shrug* Well like I said, I didn't actually try it. It needed more throttle than mine to get into gear, and I wasn't comfortable gunning it. Especially without boots, on a very heavy unfamiliar bike....

Just nerves I guess mostly. I'm still so new to motorcycling, so it's hard being way out of my comfort zone (my bike).

But that's good to know. I told him to ride it next week when he visits here, and I'll ride mine to work, and maybe I'll give it a real shot then!
joline From: joline Date: August 12th, 2006 03:16 am (UTC) (Link)
You're only two hours from me! Hi!
renniekins From: renniekins Date: August 12th, 2006 08:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hullllloooo! (although now I'm back in Detroit. I'll have to wave next time I visit Cleveland!)
dagibbs From: dagibbs Date: August 13th, 2006 03:02 am (UTC) (Link)
*sigh*

Loud pipes annoy all too many people that then support stupid laws that harrass other motorcycle riders.

Loud pipes annoy all too many drivers who then don't check as carefully, or cut off other motorcycle riders, and cause accidents and death.

Loud pipes get motorcycles banned on some roads.

Loud pipes indicate the idiocy of the rider.
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