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post #1 of 31 (permalink) Old 07-11-2010, 07:34 PM Thread Starter
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What do you think of "Loud Pipes Save Lives"

Do you believe this is an excuse to make a lot of noise or they believe they will be heard to prevent a accident.
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Re: What do you think of "Loud Pipes Save Lives"

Are you talking about motorcycles?

I think its a little bit of both. There are MANY people who tune their bikes just to be loud - the same way tuner cars and rumbly muscle cars do it too. Its all about attention.

Do I think it draws more attention to the bikes when they have loud pipes? Absolutely. But does that in fact lead to safer road conditions? That I have no clue. To be honest, I dont really think it saves lives at all. People who ride bikes safely and cautiously while sharing the roads with others respecting the road rules and etiquette are perfectly fine to be in traffic. It's those who zig-zag in and out of traffic, cut between cars, try to beat people changing lanes, etc... that cause dangers to themselves and others.

I just hope that those who put loud pipes on their bikes dont think that this gives them a reason to be an asshole and drive like a douche because their under the impression that everyone can hear them and knows where they are.


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Re: What do you think of "Loud Pipes Save Lives"

there is some (faint) truth to it I am sure.
they are going to force electric and hybrid vehicles to make some noise....since they are twice as likely to be involved in collisions with pedestrians (because they can't be heard).

sometimes the loud-ass harleys startle the crap out of me when shooting between lanes in rush hour.

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Re: What do you think of "Loud Pipes Save Lives"

I say its a little of both. But theres a difference between being excessive.. and nice sounding. I think a nice sounding Harley is better than one with 120db pipes or in the sportbike world one with a good resonator over an excessively loud race pipe.

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Re: What do you think of "Loud Pipes Save Lives"

[quote author=Canadian_LX link=topic=176127.msg3724488#msg3724488 date=1278891821]
People who ride bikes safely and cautiously while sharing the roads with others respecting the road rules and etiquette are perfectly fine to be in traffic.
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Yeah, not so much. In the past month alone I've seen three motorcyclists (2 on sport bikes and 1 on a cruiser with stock exhaust) minding their own business and riding safely almost get taken out my inattentive lane changers. I'd say that having a bike that can be heard in the car next to you is probably safer than having one that's quiet.

The safest and most responsible drivers (of both cars and motorcycles) can still fall victim to dumbass drivers. Announcing your presence ahead of time might actually do some good. I'll admit that the obnoxiously loud Harleys piss me off, though.
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Re: What do you think of "Loud Pipes Save Lives"

[quote author=fatabbot link=topic=176127.msg3724546#msg3724546 date=1278895707]
[quote author=Canadian_LX link=topic=176127.msg3724488#msg3724488 date=1278891821]
People who ride bikes safely and cautiously while sharing the roads with others respecting the road rules and etiquette are perfectly fine to be in traffic.
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Yeah, not so much. In the past month alone I've seen three motorcyclists (2 on sport bikes and 1 on a cruiser with stock exhaust) minding their own business and riding safely almost get taken out my inattentive lane changers. I'd say that having a bike that can be heard in the car next to you is probably safer than having one that's quiet.

The safest and most responsible drivers (of both cars and motorcycles) can still fall victim to dumbass drivers. Announcing your presence ahead of time might actually do some good. I'll admit that the obnoxiously loud Harleys piss me off, though.
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Seconded!

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Re: What do you think of "Loud Pipes Save Lives"

I hate loud, obnoxious harleys. I think they should be ticketed just like any car or truck with a loud exhaust. I was behind a guy the other day, going through a residential area, and he would crack the throttle and accelerate for a quick second and the wait a few more seconds and do it again. His exhaust was so damn loud! I find it funny that Harley Davidson is against loud pipes and is urging owners to keep it quiet.
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Re: What do you think of "Loud Pipes Save Lives"

Anyone remember the South Park episode about harley riders?

If electric vehicles have to be a certain loudness for safety reasons, then what about luxury sedans isolating their drivers from road noise overly well? Or people playing their music too loudly?


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Re: What do you think of "Loud Pipes Save Lives"

Are you referring to the Oakland Police Department's excuse for spending taxpayer money on loud, expensive aftermarket exhaust for their own fleet of Harleys? Because that was total BS.

EDIT, here's a link to the story for people who don't know what I'm talking about: http://www.examiner.com/x-14331-Harl...pes-save-lives

I find it extremely hypocritical that a cop on one of these bikes can give me a ticket for loud exhaust when his own bike has been measured to break the same law...


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Re: What do you think of "Loud Pipes Save Lives"

They need to do a better job of finding the fine line. If its obnoxious.. then ticket. If its loud then let it be.

There is a difference between LOUD and OBNOXIOUS.

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