well, laugh if you will. I'm a firm believer that anything that increases peoples situational awareness is a good thing - it may not work for everyone out there - a lot of people are virtually braindead anyways, or have their stereos cranked or cell phones raised to their ears - but I would definately say having a more 'audible' bike *can* help prevent the occasional unexpected lane-change / cut-off.
of course, there's those in the other camp who bitch, moan, and complain about it being impossible, doppler effect, unnecessary... whatever, you are simply WRONG.
"I dread beyond all else the growth of the petty tyranny of restrictive legislation, the transference of disciplinary authority from the judiciary to the constabulary, the abandonment of every constitutional safeguard of individual liberty."
What I like best about loud pipes in traffic is that when I'm in my car it gives me a heads up as to who I should cut off.
I like setting off car alarms in parking lots with my pipes.
Flowbie- Mellowing with age...
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Being a road crayon sucks....put your gear between you and the pavement.
"I was too busy reading the newspaper to be using my eyes" the motorist went on to say. "It's silly how some people expect you to look at where you're going, and what's happening around you. I need to know the latest horoscopes too you know". Fortunately for everyone else, the motorist was tasered as soon as additional police vehicles arrived at the scene.Kozicki cited an accident three months ago in which an Oakland officer riding a toned-down cycle was struck by a motorist who said he hadn't heard the officer approaching.
If you wanna say something, speak into the mic. It's right above my balls.
I think you should try riding a loud piped bike and a quiet bike and see if you notice a difference before you give an opinion.
I'll keep my views to myself on this one this time.
I personally agree this fact... LOL cars tend to try to run over my friend with stock pipes and skips me.
Um . . . a $1200 'scientific' study . . . I'm sure its a contender for the upcoming nobels.
When was the last time any real research cost that little?
As for loud pipes. I'm torn. I live downtown and am periodically woken at 0300 by harley guys ripping home from the bars, and curse them. At the same time, louder pipes do sound sexy during the waking hours.
WOT on overly loud pipes at 3am is one thing. making your way safely back home at reasonable speeds with a nice sounding (albeit slightly louder) exhaust is something completely different.
First time riding... it looked like a small girl was going to step out onto the road in front of me, i gave it some throttle and pulled in the clutch.. she got scared by the noise and stopped and moved back.
Could have been worse.
1990 Kawasaki EX 500
I'm a newb
I have a pair of Termi's on my Monster and I can't say they keep me safe all the time. There have been some situation's. I find being alert and aware is a much better tool. Also, sorry if I have woken anyone up at 3:00 a.m. I will try to keep the rpm's below 2000.
Well. I really hate to weigh in. Because I can't stand loud pipes. They are normally used by people to say "look at me" and they give our sport a terrible name with non motorcyclists. They are one of the reasons why when a law against motorcycling is made, no one cares.
That said. My last bike in Australia had loud aftermarket pipes. It was a twin cylinder sportbike and with the pipes sounded like a loud Ducati.
And yeah. They work. Traffic in the right lane would part in front of me. People would half pull out and stop. Wildlife got off the road.
However, I still think it's anti social. Even though now I have seen the other side.
TYPE IN ALL CAPS. REMEMBER, LOUD FONTS SAVE LIVES.
all i know is riding home the few times i did ride the beast to work.. damn it if people didnt do a double check over their shoulder, side view mirror n' rear view even while doing their make up as i strolled on up at 7k rpm...
it did make me feel oh so sexy, if not safer..
setting off alarms as i strut my stuff through the parking lot is just another perk!!
http://bcusedoil.com/Originally Posted by Land Roving
Loud pipes save lousy riders' lives. I have had the stock can on my bike for three years now and after about 35,000 kms I've never had motorists almost take me out by changing lanes into me or whatever. As long as you can ride like you're invisible you don't need to rely on making a racket to keep yourself in one piece.