I AM responding, as a 70-year-old biker, to the March 19 editorial “Loud pipes invite legislation.’’ Your write, “Loud pipes serve only to buttress the egos of motorcycle drivers, whose exhaust choices are designed mainly to aggravate and intimidate anyone within earshot.’’ You accuse a group of people of negative motives. This is blatant stereotyping.
Just as skiers enjoy the sound of their skis swishing down a hill, and car buffs enjoy the sound of old engines, motorcyclists enjoy the sound of pipes. All sports and activities, from boating to tennis, have their particular sounds and smells. We enjoy our beautiful iron horses. We enjoy the smells as we ride, be it a home’s woodstove or a barbecue in someone’s yard.