Car alarms are right up there next to excessively loud exhaust and SUVs on my list of things that should just go away. I have a hard time believing they actually deter thieves or vandals, since no one pays attention due to all the false alarms.
Recently, I've been amused to learn that my bike - which has the stock, factory exhaust - apparently sounds like a car being broken into. This is the only conclusion I can come to about why every time I start my bike, a nearby alarm start whooping, honking and bleating.
I'd like to say again that my bike, though much louder than a Vespa, has the stock, street-legal, reasonable decibel-level exhaust system. It's possible to stand next to the speed four while it's running and have a conversation at a normal speaking level.
At first it bothered me when the car alarm next to me went off. After all, I'm a shady looking guy wearing black leather. It's almost a given that I'm up to no good.
After the fifth time or so, though, I've started to be highly amused by the cacophonous avalanche of tripped alarms every time I hit the go button on my bike.
Last night, I was particularly delighted to hear no less than 5 car alarms go off. You see, my bike set off the car next to me, which in turn set off the car next to it, which then set off a car across the way, which set off another car nearby, et cetera, until I had my very own disco light show going in the parking ramp. All the noise from the other alarms set off the first car again, which started the whole cycle over again.
I laughed so hard I couldn't get on my bike. Had someone walked by, they might have thought I really was up to no good.
So, how many alarms have you set off by merely running your motorcycle?