This thread and the Australian cig tax thread are hilarious. You could write a "How silly can we be?" script for TV with some of the comments.
The refusal by some to believe the entire world does not love the sound of their loud, life saving pipes is unbelievable. We are a minority in the world and have a target on our backs. Go to any city council meeting when loud pipes are being debated and mouth off your "loud pipes save lives" crap and watch how fast they pass an anti bike measure.
The sin tax in Australia, whilst huge to some, will serve it's purpose and cause many, many to quit smoking. Think of the same type tax against motorcycles for "environmental, health (ruptured ear drums of the very old, scaring tiny children) and wasteful living".
These taxes are social engineering taxes meant to curb behaviors that the moral majority insist are wrong. They work up to a point.
This site if full of reports, studies and first hand experiences showing the general public does not care one iota for our bikes or life style. The unbelievable stupid stunts shown on you tube, ignorant comments quoted about safety of loud pipes will spell the doom of our hobby. You will be left with the electric motorcycle only in a few years. This cig tax is but a foot in the door to start the change of how we live. The anti smokers here on this thread are nothing in size compared to the anti motorcycle crowd.
Now before all the nay sayers bring up the booming Asian motorcycle growth I want to remind them they don't live there. they live in the USA, Europe and other forward thinking countries who are worried about "our health". (and tax revenue to pay for goodies)