The offroad community has done everything they can to keep riding areas, and they still get closed. The percentage of piped ATV's and snowmobiles is a lot smaller than it is with dirt bikes, and those people still have problems keeping the riding areas, or adding to them. When we all have quiet pipes on our bikes, the "greens" will then complain that there is ANY noise, where they want to go. It never ends with them.
Who do you think would sponsor such a study, as you think is necessary to prove the point? I can only provide opinion on what I have observed in my highway riding. I put a quieter exhaust
on my GSXR, same problem. Oh yeah,
I've been riding for 44 years, roadraced 17 of those. Former MSF instructor, served on the State of MN Motorcycle Safety Advisory Committee, and in all my years, I've yet to find someone who believes that people in cars respect the space we have on the road. Until that happens, I'm going to make sure that I do what I can to get their attention. When the first car driver says to the investigating officer, "you know, I heard him coming, but pulled out anyway" THEN I'll put my stock cans back on, because that will be the last hope.
Nerd bikes, eh?
Don't get me started.....