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Old 08-14-2013, 12:45 PM   #21
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Old 08-15-2013, 05:17 AM   #22
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As bad as BMW or Lexus drivers may be, they don't even come close to the obnoxiousness of motorcycle riders, who wake me up every night by demonstrating just how loud they can be as they drive right past my house. It's the epitome of arrogance and lack of consideration for others, IMHO.
In fairness, not all of them do that. There are four of various sizes on my court alone and I'm rarely even aware of it when one comes in or leaves. I also take care to keep the noise down (low rpm's, etc.). Coming home there's a slight downhill so the bike is at idle and there just long enough to get the garage door open.

Instead, I wait until I'm in front of a different area of houses to open 'er up.

And the bike is stock, no straight pipes or anything like that. Never saw the point in it with any bike I've owned.
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In fairness, not all of them do that. There are four of various sizes on my court alone and I'm rarely even aware of it when one comes in or leaves. I also take care to keep the noise down (low rpm's, etc.). Coming home there's a slight downhill so the bike is at idle and there just long enough to get the garage door open.

Instead, I wait until I'm in front of a different area of houses to open 'er up.

And the bike is stock, no straight pipes or anything like that. Never saw the point in it with any bike I've owned.
I'm sure there are plenty of courteous motorcycle riders as well. I suspect I just don't notice them if they are not making a lot of noise. The few that do ruin it for everyone.
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I'm sure there are plenty of courteous motorcycle riders as well. I suspect I just don't notice them if they are not making a lot of noise.
There is a young father who garages his Japanese bike across an alley from my place. He must work somewhere out in the burbs, as he leaves for work early, about 5:30 or so. When I first moved here, I would wake up when he powered up, but he is always very quiet and I no longer notice his leaving.

Regarding BMWs and other upscale cars, I am walking in a city and of course entering crosswalks all the time. I find the old clunkers to be sure runners of a crosswalk, nice cars including BMWs almost always stop well back.

My car did get mangled by a BMW driver running from the cops who struck me broadside with a BMW. However, it had been reported stolen shortly before, and the driver was a drunk illegal with his 15 yo girlfriend.

To me at least it makes sense that people with something to lose by causing personal or property damage will be more careful.

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I suspect the correlation to aggressive driving is tighter with vehicle horsepower rather than wealth.
There are always exceptions. As for the Prius, the most common complaint I have heard was driving too slow, certainly not aggressively.
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Ignorant people are just that. Doesn't matter what they drive, I believe we notice some 'groupings' that fall in line with our beliefs.

Of couse I could be full of something that smells bad too.

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