A quiet motorcyle is a good thing…or is it?

British engineers have produced a zero-emission motorcycle powered by a high-pressure hydrogen fuel cell that makes no more noise than your PC’s fan. (Probably less noise than mine, which I think will have to be replaced soon.)

Those who are not enamored of the ripping roar of an ordinary motorcycle may cheer the quietness of the new bike, but it could actually be a problem: not only are motorcycle riders unlikely to want to ride a quiet bike (since apparently being noisy is one of the things bikers enjoy about motorcycles–who knew?), but the bike is so quiet it might be a hazard to pedestrians, who couldn’t hear it coming.

I suggest a playing card attached to the frame with tape somewhere where the wheel spokes can constantly flip it…

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