Originally Posted by sbeast
$10k for a 250cc equivalent is way too much, and besides that, riding a 'silent' motorcycle is a death wish. there's a reason bikes are loud, if they weren't no one would pay attention to them
Some people pay rent higher than $10k a month. It's all relative. Now, did you just completely neglect to read that 85% of the price difference can get refunded via tax refund? $6000 doesn't sound so bad.
And no, the reason bikes are loud is because people like obnoxious sounding bikes (see: Hog-riders), and louder exhaust = more power. If you're on a bike you should only be behind the driver/passenger window of a car when you're passing, otherwise stay to the side of their hood or in front/behind. Seriously, it's not a difficult concept. Bikers like to go between lanes to cut through traffic, pull d-bag moves like cutting people off, etc. If you get rear-ended from braking too hard.. that would happen regardless of sound.