Loud pipes do piss people off often... except at race tracks it seems... and can potentially ruin some sweet riding areas. Riding off trail is also a problem... at least in many parts of the US and Europe. Right now, I'm sure someone is thinking to a "Beat" of a different tune... "bloody westerns, they always think the world turns around them."
Just like many parts of Europe, the many places in the states have rules on the sound of a pipe. Another point of concern besides the US Forestery Service's rule of pipes under 96db (if I remember right) -- and many state park's 94db --, is the use a spark arrestor for all pipes since forest fires rains on everyone's parade and potentially cause the lost of life. I would imagine there are some pipes running around without them and that concerns me.
WRT choice in pipes, as long as they comply with the rules governing acceptable sound levels (country/federal (i.e., Germany, US Forestry Service, etc.), state/province (i.e., California, NM, etc.), county, and city/township law(s) and have the spark arrestor (if required like with the USFS), I say --IMHO-- let them buy whatever pipe tickles their fancy. If it is junk, they'll find out the one way or another.
P.S., Beat, In the states, often people in other parts of the US say the equivalent of "bloody yanks" to people specifically from California and New York.
While it is not the center of rec riding, you must admit it is definitely one of the bigger designated areas around.
In fact, the area he's talking about is bigger than some countries! It appears bigger than NL -- but with not as many people as the most densely populated country in Europe.
Perhaps the cheapest way is to sign-up as a hand with some merchant vessel and negotiate the passage of the bike for free -- along with a little pay. Any money you make while crossing the pond could help to finance your travels...
Just a thought .
Last edited by drew-at-large; 14 Jan 2007 at 19:16.