I saw something yesterday that struck me as kind of weird. A guy on a Fat Boy with really loud pipes pulled into the parking lot of the grocery store. He shut his bike down, removed his helmet and then pulled a set of ear plugs out of his ears. I was more than 50 feet away from him and was wishing that I had ear plugs too. I can appreciate mufflers that are loud enough to let people in cages know where you are, but this was definitely excessive. Why would anyone want pipes so loud that they make it necessary for hearing protection while riding?