I'm on the 101 in my cage, coming home from work. I see a couple sport bikes splitting lanes next to me. I steer a bit to my right to give them room. Now, I'm watching as they approach a situation: The cars, which had slowed down to maybe 10 MPH, are now speeding up to around 25 MPH, a situation ripe with problems as impatient drivers jockey from lane to lane to get into "position." So these two sport bikes slow down, take a good look at the situation to see what developes before they continue splitting. One of the bikes takes off, the other cranks his throttle a few times to make sure the cagers hear him before he continues splitting.
Anyway, they got through okay and seemed to be using their heads, proving once again that not all sport bike riders are speed demons.
About a mile down the road I starting thinking about the guy "gunning" his engine to get cagers' attention. Then I thought, you know, WTF, motorcycles have been around a long time, and splitting lanes probably just as long, why on God's green earth hasn't anyone invented an audio device that warns cagers that a biker is splitting lanes?
It seemed so elemental.
When a truck, or a large SUV backs up, they give off that little "beep beep beep" sound to give people a heads up. When I hear that sound, it's an almost Pavlovian response, I start looking around -- it's a real attention grabber. The sound is universal.
Now what if there was a device that did the same for motorcycles splitting lanes. Same kind of "beep beep beep" but maybe at a lower pitch, with some extra modulation, like "BEEP beep BEEP beep" or something.
After a while, cagers would recognize that sound just as surely as they do cop cars, fire trucks, ambulances, and big SUVs and garbage trucks.
This would go a long way, I think, of getting us off the dependence on loud pipes which have given us a false sense of security -- all evidence shows that motorcycles with loud pipes get into as many accidents as motorcycles that have quite ones. (I think I got that from the Hurt Report, but I'll check on that.)
So, please, someone invent this thing already.