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Subject: Motorcycling, Archos, Hearing, and safety.

Motorcycling, Archos, Hearing, and safety.

From: Fred Maxwell <>
Date: Sat, 5 Jun 2004 06:44:15 -0400

> 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:

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

  Fred Maxwell

Received on 2004-06-05

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