As someone who used to live right beside the Burrard St bridge and normally loves the sound of a v-twin opened up, there are few things that will sour peoples opinions faster than having to hear the straight pipe pirates blast up the bridge all hours of the night. Does the author really believe that the stereotypical jersey shore biker with a Tap-out t-shirt, jeans, and a skull cap is running those straight pipes to get drivers attention when riding around in blind spots? That's just like arguing that a full face helmet isn't safe because it restricts vision and hearing of the riders surroundings. Hard to take any of that seriously.
Shitty flushmounts and integrated tails/signals, and all-black gear--maybe a smoked headlight cover, too. I need the pipe to be heard and seen!
"When in doubt accelerate.
It may not help you avoid the problem,
but it'll end the suspense."
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you can't deny that having a louder bike that is audible to surrounded drivers is going to get noticed, and potentially creating awareness.
open exhausts are just plain ignorant. like everything in life, there is an ideal, then there is reality.
I have been riding on the street since 1975....and I can remember ONE incident where a vehicle threatened to cut me off by coming into my lane. That was quickly averted by the nominal use of my HORN! A Stebel Nautilis air horn. Yeah, when I need noise, I got it, at the push of a HORN button!
I loud pipes save live, imagine how many lives would be saved if the riders actually learned how to ride!
I, as a rider myslef, am pretty aware of other riders, even when I am driving in a car. That being said, I was startled yesterday and almost sideswiped a Ducati when it roared past me, passing illegally I might add, right mext to my drivers window. If it had been quiet, I wouldn't even have noticed it. Instead, I almost hit it! Loud pipes save lives indeed!
Does anybody remember when seatbelts were made law! How many protests there were! If I had been wearing a seatnelt I would have died! But, one out of a thousnad incident does not make it a rule.
Loud pipies do NOT save lives. Good riding habits, proper training and proper gear save lives.
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The author used to be a Harley guy for years but then moved to Victory. He dresses and rides like any over the hill pirate wannabe. Consider the source please, when reading the article.
It is too bad as he used to be half of the duo on the automobile show called Drivers Seat with Tony Whitney.
If loud pipes saves lives then they should have the pipes facing forward to the noise project towards and not past the hazards to be alerted
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I don't really have an opinion on whether loud pipes save lives however I wonder how many of you slamming the messenger believe that ERT sirens, especially in the dead of night, have any place in urban areas... afterall there's no safety argument for letting people know you are coming, right?
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Having ridden with EHS in Code 3 situations (sirens and lights) traffic does not seem to notice the appearance of a large truck covered in
flashing lights, reflective tape with a multi-tone siren and air horn.
At night in the city when an emergency vehicle iFire/ Ambulance s running with it's siren on you can expect that traffic/pedestrians need to be warned and that the call they are responding to is of high priority, or they are en-route to emergency with a severe case. You hear sirens more at night due to
less ambient noise giving you the perception you are hearing more and the fact of the change in the temperature layer of the air nearest the ground.
Loud pipes are simply anti social ass hattery at it's finest. What pisses the general public off more loud pipes or a bike passing them at 130 on the highway.
BCSB had mountains of experience with a lot of things. #1 on that list is pouring out bullshit to dumb questions by the Gigabyte. (TripleTime, 12-10-2014 03:19 PM)