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Old 06-21-2010, 11:46 PM   #21 (permalink)
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hmm, how odd...

I have been riding a bike on city streets for about 20 years with no engine noises or chirps, and yet I haven't yet run into a single blind person.
Just been really lucky so far I guess

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A few months ago I returned home just as my neighbor pulled into his driveway. It was cold (around freezing) with some rain and sleet, and he yells to me: You rode your bike? In this weather?!?

So the other day we both returned home at the same time again, only now the weather is warm, sunny, with no wind. And I yell to him: You took the car? In this weather?!?
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Old 06-22-2010, 03:49 PM   #22 (permalink)
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So you can't pull into your own driveway at night with the lights off to avoid bothering the neighbors (DRLs always on), and now you won't be able to avoid being loud and obnoxious, either? Funny. As was said on pg1, this would be converted from auto to manual pretty quickly.

I love how quiet my truck is (144v DC-powered Dodge Dakota), but it's not "perfectly" quiet, since the motor controller switches to a lower (audible) frequency for the motor at low speeds, plus there's the tires, vaccum pump, and power steering pump all making noise.
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it is sad that common sense can't be taught. Otherwise this wouldn't be an issue.
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I think you missed the point I was trying to make, which is that it's not rational to do either speed or fuel economy mods for economic reasons. You do it as a form of recreation, for the fun and for the challenge.
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Old 06-22-2010, 05:19 PM   #24 (permalink)
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I EOC a lot. I try for more than 50% of the time.
But people can usually hear me coming anyway, because of the 400watt stereo system.
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A few months ago I returned home just as my neighbor pulled into his driveway. It was cold (around freezing) with some rain and sleet, and he yells to me: You rode your bike? In this weather?!?

So the other day we both returned home at the same time again, only now the weather is warm, sunny, with no wind. And I yell to him: You took the car? In this weather?!?
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Old 06-22-2010, 10:35 PM   #25 (permalink)
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What about people looking both ways before crossing a street.
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What about people looking both ways before crossing a street.
...for blind people that would have to be: "...listening both ways before crossing a street."
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I personally believe that electric cars were invented to sneak up on people and run them over. They are especially good at stalking blind people. By adding mandatory sounds we are turning the tables and nobody will want to buy EVs. We should respect this for historical reasons.
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...for blind people that would have to be: "...listening both ways before crossing a street."
I forgot the blind people.
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What about the Toyota Camrys and Honda Accords. I can hear the tires long before I can hear the engine. Check out this vid......
I can hear the damn Leaf....its louder than the Versa. It makes almost no noise at all; and its an I.C.E. car.

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I like hearing a good strong Cummins. That dang beeping would drive me batty! I told my wife I want a Leslie RS5T horn in the car. Those puppies are loud. She is afraid it will vibrate the car to pieces. (this is a dream of mine since they cost $$$$) It would be neat though.

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