Save lives ....... that's my question.
I have seen seen a few articles in that fountain of unbiased and well researched news reporting, The Province.
The first was about folks around New Denver upset over noise. The other was just responds to the editor.
As sporty bike people, we know the real culprits are Harley's group of free spirits. Not so much metric cruisers as the majority of them sound like poo when a pipe is put on.
However, any sport bike at 5000 RPM+ And wide open throttle plates is going to be loud if it's been piped. And we all do it. Just some do it to extreme.
So so what's the opinion? Save lives or not?
My feelings? Nope. Not at all. Putting in miles, a head on a swivel and constant scanning for escape routes is what is best to help us get through a season, and that isn't a guarantee. And in case you haven't noticed, the faster you're going, the less you can see and the smaller the escape routes.
But every bike I've ever had, except for the BMW twins, have had aftermarket pipes.