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I don't like them. I had a Harley Road Glide with stock pipes and they were too loud. It gave me a headache after an hour on the road. I don't believe the old wives tale that loud pipes save lives. People have their windows rolled up with the a/c going and the stereo is blasting or they are busy taking or texting on the cell phone. I also feel that it is bad for our image.
 

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Loud Pipes

Motorcycles and loud/open pipes have been part of the ethos of motorcycling since the beginning. Back in the early 1900's many motorcycles came with exhaust pipes with movable end caps. The caps would cover the exhaust pipe end with a perforated cap for riding in the city, but by moving the cap away from the pipe end it was marked as country. Let's face it in the early days of cars and motorcycles the world was moving forward and if noise was the price to pay for progress, so be it.

Today, with the crowded cities and the " Hey, look at me crowd" the exhaust has taken on a new meaning. The exhaust suppliers adverts talk about the "Growl" and of course the deeply throated rubble. I noticed that a simple slip-on can costs $400.00 to well over $1000.00 to achieve the "presence" that many of today's riders need. What a great many of the new owners don't know is that the new Mega Exhaust system may yield less power due to the computer control of the today's engines.

Loud exhausts for the bar hopping crowd, where the rugged individuals that all dress alike gather is part of the "Hey, look at me" group. This group rarely travels more than a very few miles, unlike the coast to coast traveler that needs the ride to be peaceful. A prime example of the long distance traveler is the BMW, GoldWing owners, quiet, dignified and able to cover 5 to 600 miles a day without the fanfare.

Loud exhausts and motorcycles seem to go together like peanut butter and jam, it has not changed in over 100 years and it will not until the motorcycle riders are banned from riding due to the disruption caused by the exhaust.

A prime example of the change in the world of high performance, look at the race cars of today, mufflers on each one.

I know that image sells and the performance suppliers will run that horse into the ground.

I like quiet, efficient machines.

Good Luck

Larry
 

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Loud pipes save lives is a myth and just another way for some people to annoy the public.

since the noise goes to the rear everything is behind the rider and not where it does any good until they are right beside you, besides here in BC one does not have to be able to hear to drive a car.
 
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Sound is directional. Unfortunately, some folks think it makes them look tougher to get up next to your cage at a red light and rev it up a little. I call it little man syndrome, where the loud pipes make up for small manly parts. All the loud pipes do is annoy folks. If loud pipes really saved lives, just think of how many GW or BMW bikers are dying all over the highways by having quiet bikes. Good lighting, paying attention, and dress to be seen will get you a lot farther that loud pipes. I've owned a couple of Harleys over the years, kept the stock exhaust on them. I enjoy being able to hear myself think while I am out enjoying life.

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Maybe the real question should be:

How do you feel about forum owners who try to stir up controversy just to increase their "CLICK COUNT" ??

I find it reprehensible.
 

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What's a click count? If it's chrome I want one.

Free sites like this aren't really free.
Advertisers pay the owners based on how many people visit the site every day.
And sometimes based on what they click on while here.

Doing anything that increases the traffic to the site increases their revenue.
 

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Hey there,

As you mentioned, our editorial team posts these articles to drum up a conversation.
We are not looking to start any controversy.

We post these articles with the same intention that members post on the site.
Strictly to build a conversation and get the community involved.

If you truly have an issue with these posts, what kind of articles would you like us to post in the future?

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If you truly have an issue with these posts, what kind of articles would you like us to post in the future?
Anything that does not glorify actions that are obnoxious and illegal or dangerous.

What will be next......an opinion poll about illegal street racing......or stunting while going 100 MPH down the highway ??

How could you NOT think there is a high probability of a subject like that causing a heated discussion and controversy ???

Hint: There IS a VERY high probability.
 

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Let those who ride decide

I have had several people (non motorcycle riding) say that they don't mind a motorcycle being a little loud. They say there have been times the noise let them know there was a motorcycle next to them that they would not have known was there.
 

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I ride a two wheeler and as of Saturday now also a Spyder. I noticed that after I changed to aftermarket pipes on my bike ppl do not cut me off as much. They are not obnoxiously loud but a little blip on the throttle certainly makes ppl notice me more. And I have friends who say the same thing.
 

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I don't believe loud pipes save lives, but I do not mind loud pipes. That may come from 50 years on a two wheeler.

As for the sound going BEHIND the rider, although true, then I suggest a hearing test :p if you don't hear them coming.
You may not know the true direction, but you definitely know they are there AND THAT is what they are about. One word - AWARENESS!
As for my RT, they are LOUD but not OBNOXIOUS, but then neither were my two wheelers. After all, who wants to wake the neighbors at all hours of the day?
My guess only an AHOLE ;)

AJ





Read more about the Poll: How Do You Feel About Loud Pipes? at Motorcycle.com.
 

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I noticed that after I changed to aftermarket pipes on my bike ppl do not cut me off as much.
If your perception of a bike rider with loud pipes is that he might be a real outlaw........who might be armed and not reluctant to use it........wouldn't you be a bit more reluctant to create a confrontation ??
 

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If your perception of a bike rider with loud pipes is that he might be a real outlaw........who might be armed and not reluctant to use it........wouldn't you be a bit more reluctant to create a confrontation ??
I really could not care less what ppl think of me. But if they avoid "confrontation" because of that, then fine by me. At least I'm safer in traffic.:tango_face_smile:
 

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That isn't necessarily true either.

If road rage happens.....someone in a car can run your ass over and it won't make any difference how many tats or guns you have.
Road rage can happen just because someone didn't have their morning coffee, forgot to take their meds etc. And who says I have tats or guns?! Back to the topic, my experience shows that ppl notice me more with louder pipes. And they are not obnoxious, not just the OEM sewing machine sounding pipes.
 

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Personally I like it quiet so I can hear the music don't care if you have load pipes or not in a group I'll just ride in the back. Have ridden behind loud Harleys for thousands of miles and it's a pain in the ass but to each his own, on the other hand when i was younger 60 years ago i liked loud pipes too haha:tango_face_smile_bi
 

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I would rather rear my wife telling to SLOW DOWN, GET BACK in OUR LANE, DO we need GAS YET...only after a hour, the sound of her sleeping.... rare but has happened

I would love to hear even less from our stock 2012 Rt, at 60 mph its fine, after 70 its a little load, plus a water a 1/2 helmet
 

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Read more about the Poll: How Do You Feel About Loud Pipes? at Motorcycle.com.
Rode motorcycle for 55 yrs. never had a loud bike and don't want one. Annoys public, store owners who can't open doors on hot days to their businesses, can't have a quiet family picnic along the Niagara River without a flock of Loud Junk of any make and model. Seems to me the reason for noise comes across is " Look at me aren't I great". I prefer a stock exhaust for a lot of reasons , loud pipes decease horsepower by taking away muffler back pressure, this also destroys gas economy, extra cost to purchase noise makers and cost mapping of fuel system. I would rather have a stock quiet spyder or motorcycle that I can enjoy the peace of mind from phones and business from a busy day without having a loud noise rattling in my helmet.
No road authority has proven that loud or stock bikes have any bearing on frequency of accidents. I ride and build vintage bikes for relaxation and for other riders. I hAVE SAID MY PEACE , WETHER YOU AGREE OR NOT.
Current Machines
1981 Honda Hawk CB 400t
1983 Honda CM 400e
1982 Honda GL 1100 Goldwing ( Standard )
2007 Suzuki SV 650 ( Sport Bike)
2015 Can Am Spyder F3 SM6
 
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