Monday, May 03, 2010

Harley Throttle Twitch Syndrome (HTTS)

6:00 a.m. this morning. First light and the morning is still. Then you hear it - maybe a mile or two distant. A lone Harley rider blasting down the sleepy streets, shattering the silence. You hear when he comes to a stop at a traffic light, idling, revving his engine. Making his statement.

They claim these loud engines save lives - they telegraph the approach and presence of the rider. I don't buy it. Never have. To me it's more an expression of impotence and the anger it generates.

And it baffles me that communities don't just ban this kind of pollution, the same as you would a vehicle spewing clouds of smoky exhaust. It's just as unhealthy.

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