Loud pipes DO NOT save lives

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If loud pipes save lives imagine what learning to ride the thing would do.

Most of the loud pipes crew are the same ones taking left hand turns at 1 mph needing 3
I don't know about others, but when I'm in a car and a loud bike comes up on me, it's not only startling, but it scares me almost to the point of jerking the steering wheel. In my opinion, that's not a life saving endeavor for the biker.
If loud pipes scare you to that extent then I suggest you bring your playdough to keep you all comfy and safe or better yet stay off the roads if a loud noise can cause such a reaction.
 

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Loud pipes sound cool and create more hp. That’s all they are for.
That true....with an asterisk. 1) Cool is in the ear(s) of the beholder. 2) True HP gains with a true performance exhaust usually require re-jet for carbs, or re-tune of the ECU. Slip-ons can change the note, but only have minimal HP gains; if any. I have one son in the "louder the better" camp, while the other one the "quiet OE" camp.
 
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chwhnd,

Whatever.... Maybe I should have clarified my statement by saying they can be startling when you're not expecting them to come up out of nowhere. So, if you hear a loud noise (say someone slams a book on the ground right behind you unexpectedly), you won't flinch? Must be great to have nerves of steel.

The other issue about loud pipes is they do not scare animals away, but rather they scare them to the point of making unexpected movements. I'd prefer to keep them on the side of the road.

I'll head back to my safe, quiet place now with my play dough.
 

greg the pole

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I run the quietest pipe I can find for my off road bike.
After firing up my AT in the garage for the 1st time this year...I may revert back to my quiet insert.
I'm out of the house early, and push my bikes out, fully dressed, swing a leg over, start, and go. Typically short shift through the hood.

There's a few un truths in that article. Most cities in Canada have tried to limit loud pipes, but lack of training has not really transpired in any steps to reduce loud pipes.
I've had a few loud pipes in my time, but they came with actual power gains.
Not a Harley with a staggering 55hp, with straight pipes.
The equivalent is a 19 yr old in a 1.6L civic, with a 4" exhaust...the powerrrrr....

carry on.
 
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It was very annoying camping at Glacier National Park listening to the Harley riders go by. Forest rangers give out tickets around these parts for loud dirt bikers. Somehow it’s ok to run straight pipes in National Parks though.
typically the tickets given out around here to dirt bikers are for lack of spark arrestors. Loud off road pipes rarely have them.
 

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Up here in Canada the guys who say "Loud Pipes Save Lives" are the same clowns who lobby government to allow them to ride without helmets!
I could care less if someone rides without a bucket. They want to be organ donors fine by me as long as I don't have to pay the hospital bill.
Loud pipes at 5am do however have an effect on my life.

Ive lived/visited in non helmet states. All it is generally is an idiot check. Instantly tells me who I should not be riding around.
 

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Whilst loud pipes may not save riders lives, I find the average phone immersed pedestrian soon realises that you are there once you blip your throttle, oh the fun I had when I lived in the UK and had to ride into London, the numpties that want to play chicken with the flashing green man while I was riding a very loud V-Twin 1600......... nowI go for the most quiet pipes I can find.
 

greg the pole

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Up here in good ole Kanada we will all pay for fuk sticks that end up hospitalized because they didn’t wear a skid lid.
unless you're talking about ATV users, every province has a helmet law. Alberta is no longer helmet free.
I love the fact that your avatar is a dude sailing through the air without a helmet. Pot calling the kettle black.
 
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greg the pole

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Whilst loud pipes may not save riders lives, I find the average phone immersed pedestrian soon realises that you are there once you blip your throttle, oh the fun I had when I lived in the UK and had to ride into London, the numpties that want to play chicken with the flashing green man while I was riding a very loud V-Twin 1600......... nowI go for the most quiet pipes I can find.
Yep...distracted driving, and the simple act of people using cars as an appliance (point a to b, no real feel or finess involved) is the biggest thing.
One good thing loud pipes are good for is as DD stated...if a muppet steps out, or pulls out, without looking, pull the clutch in and give it some revs...i'll get their attention.
 
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