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Subject: Re: Motorcycling, Archos, Hearing, and safety.
From: Jürgen Hestermann (juergen.hestermann_at_gmx.de)
Date: 2004-06-05


I fully agree to this, Fred.

Jürgen Hestermann

> > hey - that's just my personal opinion too and a good meant advice to
> > concentrate on traffic as a biker - you always loose and you have no
> > deformable zone like a car.
> I've been riding motorcycles for over 30 years and I know damned well that
> if you hear a car before you see it, you're not paying attention. You
> normally don't hear cars while riding at speed on the highway with a
> full-face helmet on. The wind noise and motor noise drowns out any sound
> until it is far too late to avoid an accident. In fact, most riders now
> know that they need to use earplugs to avoid permanent hearing loss from the
> wind noise:
> http://hope4hearing.org/motorcycle1.htm
> A fully faired Honda Goldwing may be quiet enough that cars can be heard,
> but that's not your typical bike and most of the 'Wing riders have a stereo
> cranked up anyway.
> As to the "deformable zone", that's a rather selfish way to approach driving
> any vehicle. Do you want some guy in a cage to be listening to the stereo
> blasting while eating lunch, figuring that it's okay if he runs into you
> because he's got a deformable zone? "See, I was in my car so I was pretty
> safe. That's why I wasn't really paying attention when I ran over your
> kid."
> Regards,
> Fred Maxwell

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