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I figure that to be more visible to other road users, my bright clothing distinguishes me from the road, as does my red bike. But I do not assume that any of the drivers out there actually have their eyes open and LOOK for bikes.Some motorcyclists profess to believe that "loud pipes save lives," although research tends to contradict that popular axiom. (Few of those who say they want exhaust noise for safety's sake use other means—such as brightly colored apparel—which have been proven effective.)
Tattoodles said:Hahahahaha... Harley makes a model called the 'Night Rod'.
Night Rod. giggle.
Wow thats a pile of PR crap, the Jap bike makers never had to look at exhaust noise :laughingHarley-Davidson's current stance actually puts it on the cutting edge of corporate responsibility regarding exhaust-noise. It is the only company that has both taken an anti-noise stance and offers street-legal accessory exhaust systems as an alternative to loud aftermarket pipes. Honda, Kawasaki, and Suzuki have never offered nor endorsed accessory systems for their cruisers.
I believe it is a marketing ploy but I don't think they are trying to woo the boomers. I think they have that solidly in the bag. I think they are doing a judo flip trick on the legislators around the US trying to move their attention through contrition on the issue of loud pipes.SkipTkt said:It's just a marketing ploy aligned with their efforts to reach within the boomer demographic.
:thumbupheisenberg9 said:I believe it is a marketing ploy but I don't think they are trying to woo the boomers... If laws get passed outlawing loud bikes then HD looses, of course. If HD say they are addressing the issue it buys them time, in theory.
This is a common business tactic. Think tobacco companies. Think oil companies.
That's what 20 years of working in and around the advertising industry will do to you: give you insight into the guysSkipTkt said::thumbup
Very good point. I hadn't thought of that angle. Guess I'm not evil enough... but I do agree.
I think they are "out," of their accessories catalogue. I believe the straight pipes are in the other after market accessories catalogue.I'd be more impressed if they took straight pipes out of their accessories catalogue.