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    Loud pipes ..... Do they? Really?

    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.

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    Dead horse threads like this won't be what revives BCSB.

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    And certainly not by a pseudo Dirty Bill.

    Makes no sense to me.
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    I tend to think that a loud pipe (including mine) will improve a cagers awareness of you in stop and go traffic. Once they're aware of your presence, they might not change lanes into you a block or 2 down the road after you clear the slow moving traffic. However, I put most of my miles in on the highway and I don't think cagers can hear us at all when cruising at high speed. As you mentioned it would take some serious throttle application for them to notice you in that situation.

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    Really hard to detect the source, I find. So no. And cars are getting more soundproof.*

    And I really don't rely on something as marginal as the noise I'm making, to have any effect on drivers around me. False sense of security that is.

    If you're relying on drivers to keep you safe, you've going to be disappointed.*

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    loud pipes only work when you roll past their open window on the limiter...


    if you got a duc, cbr etc it works even better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HighZoot View Post
    loud pipes only work when you roll past their open window on the limiter...
    *Loud pipes are certainly fun for the rider. *They sound so good **
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    Quote Originally Posted by malamikigo View Post
    Dead horse threads like this won't be what revives BCSB.
    Quote Originally Posted by bandito View Post
    And certainly not by a pseudo Dirty Bill.

    Makes no sense to me.
    trolled up a couple old salts though. I'm intrigued by the moniker. I think I missed the dirty bill era.

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    Loud pipes have zero safety giving attributes.

    The only time I here them is when I'm following them. (That gets old fast)

    I've been surprised on the highway by an ambulance with his lights and sirens going. Didn't here him until he was beside me.

    Obnoxiously loud pipes are only good for one thing, being obnoxiously loud.Safety has no place in that.

    I find most loud pipe folks tend to be respectful in residential areas, but it only takes a couple dough heads per week, to piss off an entire neighborhood.

    Then they hate all bikes!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by sAdam View Post
    trolled up a couple old salts though. I'm intrigued by the moniker. I think I missed the dirty bill era.
    No if you were around in 2008 and through current you would have been around for some of it, but maybe didn't notice it.

    It even spilled over onto other local forums... dsbc etc. It was epic... he was a real character.

    I know based on the history with almost 100% certainty, who would actually have been locked out under their old info and
    come back as Dirty Bill. It's pretty funny actually.
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    we need tootill to chime in on this thread...
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    they're great on the cruiser, just a shift change timed right will grab your attention in a bloody hurry.. but i wouldnt call it saving a life..

    on sportbikes, cosmetics

    that being said if it wakes one driver from their snooze action for the guy coming up behind you then they're serving a purpose..

    most people for some reason when trying to justify or argue against it only picture 1 single rider in a sea of noisy cars...
    where reality i think the level of awareness goes straight up when you've got 3-5 bikers all riding in formation.. yes it becomes very noticeable

    i've been surprised by an ambulance from time to time.. i'm very rarely surprised by a group of bikers, sporbikes or cruisers doesnt make much of a difference at that point
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    yes... no... maybe... sometimes.... definitely.

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    I argue no. But damn they sound so good.








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