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post #21 of 52 (permalink) Old 07-15-2017, 03:23 AM
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...I'm sure I am in the minority on the subject, but loud pipes aren't making the world more peaceful. If you're not making the world more peaceful with your decisions, then what are you doing exactly?
No, I'm pretty sure you're in the majority with me. It's the vocal minority that make it seem otherwise.

My previous bike was a midsize v-twin with slash cut straight pipes. Didn't stop anyone from turning in front of me, changing lanes into me, or finally, someone from the other direction making a left turn across my path that I couldn't quite avoid. (I thought they were farther away and didn't go into defensive mode soon enough). Bottom line is that loud pipes do nothing but annoy everyone else. Given how quiet the interiors of cars and trucks have gotten, cagers still won't hear you coming. They might not even hear you going unless you romp it a few times as you pass. Even pedestrians can't be trusted to hear you if they have headphones in and are distracted by Candy Crush, or the latest tweet by their most recent celebrity crush.

My libertarian is showing here, but ride your ride, however you want, but don't force it on me while you're at it. YMMV
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Let's separate loud from throaty, the thread title is "loud" so I'm going to focus on that and leave "throaty" alone. I live maybe 1/3 mile as the crow flies from route 66. I can be outside talking to someone and have had to wait until the loud piped-cruiser to get out of sight in order to talk. It's ridiculous. I can't even imagine what it's like riding one. And clearly they're not on a racetrack and need the extra 2 horses on the topend. I don't like them either.

Now, funny story about loud pipes. Was staying in a hotel room in Colorado a couple of years ago. Two Harley riders were in the room next to us and had loud pipes on both of their bikes. I asked them if it affected their hearing any. They both told me no. Had dinner with them that night. One guy who was about 60 had hearing aids and the other one in his mid 40s had to have everything repeated to him three times. It was kinda humorous. Nice guys though.
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Any fireman will tell you that even with sirens blazing people will always turn in front of them, or say "we didn't hear you". It's the nature of sound.
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Any fireman will tell you that even with sirens blazing people will always turn in front of them, or say "we didn't hear you". It's the nature of sound.
From my MSF instructor days, over 70% of the sound from loud pipes is focused to the rear. Some goes to the sides and the remainder forward.

So NO, they don't do much to alert those in front of you who are talking on cells phones or blasting their radio with enormous sub woofers.
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I'm another that likes a bit more rumble "when getting on it". However when cruising I prefer being able to hear what's around me. If I want loud I go to a event where loud is not an issue.
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Generally I fall on the "loud pipes suck!" Side of life but a bit of rumble is ok with me to help let you know that you have something under you. Last year I went with my cousin to the Indianapolis Bikes on Meridian deal which was cool but by the end of the night with all the open exhaust Harley's and hd wanna-be's and the idiots on the open pipe crotch rockets, add in the 30" front wheel cruisers with the sterio's cranked to the max I'd had enough, it wasn't enjoyable other than being able to spend time with my cousin and family, I was very happy to get back on my quiet fjr and stealth my way back to bed... did I mention that loud pipes suck !
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I have to confess......
I just put the Yoshimura pipes on my XSR900.... and I freaking love them.
Brings that little monster to life.

Not LOUD.... but great tone.... punching the throttle is very satisfying.

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Not a fan! If they save lives where is your insurance discount?
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Amen brother, as far as the yosh pipes for the XSR, the one's I've heard are not what I'd call loud at all, they're done right in my opinion.
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At some bike week events I have attended it gets 70's rock concert loud with all the V-twins constantly roaring about. One actually has to lean in and yell just to talk to a vendor. After about an hour of that I have to leave the area. This goes on for most of a week from early morning till late at night. The locals absolutely HATE it.
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