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Do Loud Pipes Save Lives?

  • Yes, they do have a big effect on rider safety.

    Votes: 63 48.8%
  • No, it's a crock, they just sound better!

    Votes: 28 21.7%
  • Sort of, maybe a bit. They don't hurt.

    Votes: 38 29.5%
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· Tired of the crap
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mjw930 said:
I personally don't buy into the "loud pipes save lives" mantra. The physics don't bear it out.
I also must agree 100%. The vast majority of the noise goes directly behind the bike - an area where a tiny fraction of motorcycle accidents occur.

More importantly, in the vast majority of situations, loud pipes are going to cause you far more problems than they will ever prevent. And I'm not just talking about unwanted discussions with the traffic police. Unless you happen to be a hermit, or live in a community for the deaf, you are probably going to piss off your neighbors every time you pull into or out of your driveway. And frankly, I'm not so selfish as to think that my pleasure at owning a noisy machine outweighs my fellow humans' right to an undisturbed night's sleep.
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