Letters to the Editor - Hawaii Editor...

Letters to the Editor - Hawaii Editorials

There are 12 comments on the Honolulu Star-Bulletin story from Jun 19, 2009, titled Letters to the Editor - Hawaii Editorials. In it, Honolulu Star-Bulletin reports that:

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#1 Jun 19, 2009
Idiot. Loud pipes are the bane of our neighborhood. If you have a loud motorcycle on the freeway imagine the neighborhood streets. LOUD motorcycles wake and irritate us from the Pali fo Auwaiolimu and most of all my own steet. We just had folks move into a $705,000 house and they have three motorcycles. What a waste. Regulate noise.

Honolulu, HI

#2 Jun 19, 2009
Regarding Gail Salter-Simao's bizzare rationalization about the benefits of loud exhaust pipes on motorcycles, I have 3 comments:
1. I bet your biggest, baddest Harley comes with a horn too. Try use that.
2. Its been my experience that when you ride you have to make sure everyone around you knows where you are. Practice defensive riding and NEVER hang out in someone's blind spot (which is pretty much the only place cars can change lanes onto you from).
3. Quit being so selfish. Somehow you feel you have the right to disturb many, many people any time you like and then you try to avoid responsibility for your rudeness by saying it is in the name of safety. Get real.

Kahului, HI

#3 Jun 19, 2009
most mokes out here cannot handle a bike..they look silly

Honolulu, HI

#4 Jun 19, 2009
I ride Harley, and proud of it...its a known factor, their Engines are bigger than street bikes and sport bikes,thus the sounds are lower and louder...HARLEY'S RULE!...
Get Noticed

Wailuku, HI

#5 Jun 19, 2009
Just wondering if all those advocates of loud pipes (on the basis that they get you noticed), also wear high visability vests and would happily have flashing orange beacons fitted to their bikes? I'm guessing the answer is no as that just wouldn't be cool would it. What is wrong with your horn anyway?

Honolulu, HI

#6 Jun 20, 2009
loud pipes are obnoxious, but thats the only way cars will respect you. so be it!

Honolulu, HI

#7 Jun 20, 2009
Get Noticed wrote:
Get a grip.........it saves my life.

Honolulu, HI

#8 Jun 20, 2009
tapin wrote:
loud pipes are obnoxious, but thats the only way cars will respect you. so be it!
Somewhat true..not respect..but atleast they can hear it, if not..for gawds sakes how do they here a horn blowing or siren coming?...

Kahului, HI

#9 Jun 20, 2009
Honolulu is too noisy

Honolulu, HI

#10 Jun 20, 2009
alice wrote:
Honolulu is too noisy
Hi alice..nudge nudge..wink wink:).....
End da noise

Lake Mary, FL

#11 Jul 6, 2009
The loud bikes have had their day, now our turn to quieten them down. The Hawaii Periodic Motor Vehicle Inspection (PMVI) manual REQUIRES that motorcycles be equipped with MUFFLERS - straight pipes, for your bikers, don't qualify. Pressure will shortly be brought to bear on inspectors who in the past have looked the other way. New logic for inspectors: pass a bike without muffler, lose your license. And for those who squeak past the inspection, check out Hawaii Revised Statute (HRS) 826-22 - ALL police officers are empowered to issue "Fix-It" citations for bikes found without mufflers. "No Fix - No Ride." Enjoy the day loud, rude, biker types - it's going to end.
Hawaii Kai Resident

Lake Mary, FL

#12 Jul 6, 2009
Loud Bikes Save Lives De-Bunked!!
To Gail Salter-Simao, let me acquaint you with a simple but effective safety device on your husband's motorcycle. It's called a horn. It's activated by a button on the handlebar.
Conversely, there is not one single published technical or scientific study to validate the claim of loud pipes saving lives, only studies pointing out that loud pipes deaden riders' sensitivity to the sounds of car horns and emergency vehicle sirens! Common sense does, however, dictate that with the exhaust pointing backward it creates trailing noise, not leading noise, which is hardly a deterrent to people beside or ahead of you. With pipes configured to point backward, you're only spewing your polluting noise behind you, only letting people you've already passed know where you are. "My husband then revs his engine..." Please!!! Lady, perhaps you can show your husband the location of the horn button and have him use that instead. Oh, and if you want to improve your safety and have people see you, drop the dirty jeans and childish wanna-be-bad-boys leather vests and (gimme a break) bandanas and wear brightly colored high-viz vests and helmets when you ride as advocated by every respectable biker organization in the world. I guess that doesn't work, though - safety seems to fall by the wayside if it's at the expense of "looking cool" - or, more aptly, thinking you do. Oh and by the way, how about both of you taking lessons in basic civility and render the respect to those around you who shouldn't have to tolerate your noise pollution.

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