Re: how to make an engine quieter/stealth
In my experience, loudness does not make me safer. About a month ago, I was riding down main street, making a racket as usual. Despite this and it being broad daylight, a lady in a minivan looked right through me and pulled out of a driveway right in front of me. It was the first panic stop I've had to make with my motorized bike. The passengers saw me, but not the driver. If I didn't have my wits I would have gone under the bumper.
I just assume they don't notice me...even if they look right at me while my engine is shaking their windows. A quiet bike allows me to hear more, anticipate danger, and stay safer.
High-end scooters are super quiet...how do they do it?
2010 Soma Groove (21" frame) bicycle, Hua Sheng F142 49cc 4-stroke engine, GruBee Stage III Gear box, Sick Bike Parts shift kit, Alfine-8 Internal Gear Hub