Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Cambridge, Ontario, Canada
The problem with most noise is the duration of time you are exposed to it.
A kid screaming in someone's back yard on a summer day is not a problem, a kid screaming ALL DAY is a problem.
A loud bike is not a problem, a loud bike that goes by your house repeatedly, ALL DAY LONG, is a problem.
We have a neighbour who gave his daughter a referee's whistle to play with. Problem? Well, she blew that thing every 2 seconds, for about 4 hours, before I went and asked him if she could tone it down a little........then HE went and blew the whistle for a half hour, until several of the neighbours went to see him.
I took my loud pipes off because I am in a town house development, and with the close quarters, and echoes, it was pretty irritating for the few minutes it takes to get the bike running and get gone, but no one ever complained. I just asked myself what I would think if I had to work an abnormal shift and some goof started a loud bike at 5am.
Bottom line is that those loud pipe owners people complain about are irritating because they like to be irritating. They want attention, perhaps because they did not get enough attention from their parents or some such psycho-babble, but more likely because they are just a**holes. Ever notice there are people in restaurants who want everyone to hear their inane banter? Same thing.
Unfortunately, you cannot stop people from making the choice to be a**holes, but you can legislate against particular activities, so this is what communities try to do.
Cambridge, ON, Canada
1999 Shadow Spirit 1100