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Re: “Let's not let Charleston become Myrtle Beach

I should have added that I had to spend my own $$ to reduce the noise of the pipes.

Posted by livefreediefree on March 12, 2009 at 1:42 PM

Re: “Let's not let Charleston become Myrtle Beach

Hey Jake,
I actually have a set of aftermarket pipes and I have added quiet baffles to them to reduce the overall noise of the pipes. If I need to rev it high to get someone’s attention I can, and have before, to avoid being run over. I am conscience of others and have reduced them to a very tolerable level at the low end. I don’t go around revving my bike every chance I get. I am very respectful of the others that are around me.

Posted by livefreediefree on March 12, 2009 at 1:41 PM

Re: “Let's not let Charleston become Myrtle Beach

Please don't stereotype me in the group of bikers that are violent. I do where a black leather jacket and gloves when I ride and may look intimidating at times (that's obviously an opinion), however that is equipment that can lessen your pain in the even a cage knocks you off the road. I also hold a mid level executive job with a large corporation.

I believe you should look to the wonderful things that I would say 95% of Harley Davidson owners participate in. I for example have participated in the MDA Black and Blue Gala in Charlotte for the past two years, the Toys for Tot ride for two years, and several other rides that benefited various smaller charities. I have not yet visited Myrtle Beach and figured I would head down there this year for a weekend visit (not during rally times). To tell you the truth I feel pretty unwelcome at this point and would rather spend my $$ in another city (probably to your delight).

Here are some wonderful things the Harley groups and other bikers have been a part of.

"Harley Davidson nationwide has raised millions of dollars for MDA in their 27-year partnership with the Association, making them a crucial partner in the fight against neuromuscular disease. The Black & Blue Ball has proven to be a successful and memorable MDA event held in cities throughout the United States. We are proud to be on the road for a cure with Harley Davidson!
For more information visit"

"Fourteen years ago, NASCAR driver Kyle Petty combined his passion for helping others with his love of motorcycles to create the Chick-fil-A Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America. The annual trek raises funds for charities that support chronically ill children and engages celebrities, ride sponsors, motorcycle enthusiasts and fans. Since 1995, more than 5,700 riders have logged 7.2 million cumalative motorcycle miles and donated more than $10.5 million to children's charities."

And the best of all, look at all the violent motorcycle riders that every day go out of their way to support our troops. Troops that the government has put in harms way, that gladly go out and fight for yours and my freedom. Those that fight for the rights of all veterans in the Rolling Thunder rally in DC. And the cyclists (mainly Harley riders) that ride in the Patriot Guard Riders, an organization of volunteers that honor our fallen hero’s and past veterans at their funerals. A group that was originally set up for the benefit of the families of these hero’s where the bikers act as a barrier to anti-war demonstrators. I'm no huge fan of the war, but these hero’s are not the cause of the problem and have died to give all of us the right to live free. And I digress.

The other problem I have with your article is comparing it to smoking. I do not smoke and am ok if I go to a bar and someone is smoking. I do not like smoking in restaurants. Smoking has been proven (depending on who writes the articles) to be hazardous to others through second hand smoke. What do loud pipes do? Do they harm you in some way other than maybe being a little annoying? I'll tell you what! Want to take a stand? Tomorrow on your drive to work, check out all the people driving on the road next to you and look at how well they are really paying attention to the road. Or go out one Friday night between 11:00 and 1:00 and pay attention to the cars on the road and notice the people that are clearly too intoxicated to drive. Please take a stand on a real issue that can actually save lives and is more annoying than any noises coming out of a bike.

The point is, your article is very stereotypical because you have been watching too many episodes of gangland (the 1%ers). Please realize that the vast majority of riders are law abiding citizens that hold 9-5 jobs just like the rest of us. We should have the freedom to ride our perfectly legal motorcycles anywhere a “motorist” can go. In fact they should have more spaces reserved for motorcycles because they take up far less real estate than a cage.

Posted by livefreediefree on March 11, 2009 at 9:02 PM

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