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I find loud pipes to be very annoying....however, I have to admit, while driving on the freeway the other day I did hear one approaching before I saw it. I don’t buy into the “loud pipes saves lives” BS....I believe in the alert riding habits, proper lane positioning and ATGATT philosophy...I would have seen this guy anyway but in this very slow bumper to bumper freeway situation, I was made aware of his presence before I actually saw him. Still...as he passed by that noise was very annoying...
 

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Loud cracking pipes hurt my ears. I would like to keep what ever hearing I have left. I ride with guys who have some loud ones on their HDs. I ride in front and can still hear them behind me. Do they save lives? Funny, but drivers can look right at you and still pull out in front of you. Happens more with my buddies with loud pipes.
 

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In my younger days, yes.

But I also cranked Metallica till my ears were ringing. Oh wait....... well maybe I still do the later but now more once in a great while! ;)
 

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The notion of earplugs with LOUD pipes seems humorous. No, not that, insulting really. Subjecting others to LOUD while protecting your own hearing is upsetting.
This statement reminds me of an annoying situation. I worked in a lab where one of my peers used ear buds with her iPod. Then her alarm would go off annoying all of the rest of us. Of course, she couldn't here her own alarm! This is very rude.
 

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Read more about the Poll: How Do You Feel About Loud Pipes? at Motorcycle.com.
I used to be all about loud pipes. Now I find them annoying. Thats just me! I have had loud Harleys and Indians and now the GTL is perfect. It has a nice rumble and I can hear things around me! I can turn my blue tooth volume down in my helmet near 50 percent and still hear. Loud noise in any environment can be mentally fatiguing as well.

These days loud noise in any environment I don't like. Especially with a left inner ear issue. I used to play lead guitar in a rock band, and do lots of hunting and shooting. Than I got smart and discovered ear plugs lol But to each their own! I am more into a nice subtle rumble these days.
 

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I'm only 50 but since I was 5 and had my first mini bike I have always loved the sound of a motorcycle. That being said, I don't particularly like the obnoxious pipes but I would never buy an electric (silent bike) as it plays a role in my enjoyment of riding. I guess I'm just not that old yet thank god.
 

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On my favorite roads, zero need for noise.

It is all about the ride.







My desire is to enjoy my ride without upsetting everyone else who is finding their own Zen in the great outdoors.

Is it being old, or wise?

As with all subjective things, "obnoxious" is relative. In the quiet rural America, every exhaust note is loud.
 

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I believe in 'Live & Let Live'. Yes there are some loud pipes that are too loud for my appreciation & there are loud pipes that have a deep soulful sound that don't concern me at all. Conversely I've travelled behind a screaming multi cylinder bike fitted with oem exhausts whose sound grated on me. I do not think we should be looking to restrict or ban loud pipes though. In the UK there are car drivers who take exception to motorcycles filtering (Lane splitting for our Colonial Cousins :grin:) and want that banned; and there are Pub landlords who ban anyone turning up on a motorcycle from entering their establishments. (Even my advancing years & white beard didn't get me in!). I'm sure there are those who think a six cylinder motorcycle of gargantuan proportions is totally excessive and consume a disproportionate amount of the worlds natural resources given current speed limits and feel production of these should be banned too. Driverless cars are currently being tested for mass introduction and there are proponents who say their inevitable presence and motorcycle use are incompatible on Health & Safety grounds alone. The point I'm making is that we cannot afford to be intolerant of motorcyclists whose views of noise don't conform to our own. In the fullness of time ever stricter emission laws & anti -tampering legislation will ensure conformity to imposed decibel limits for all vehicles.

I believe we truly need to practice a little tolerance amongst ourselves whilst at the same time maintaining a watchful eye on Legislators and those who would see our presence on the roads banned altogether.
 

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So tell me boys, loud pipes, lots of noise, over use of chrome - are you compensating for something 0:)
Hehehehehe, only joking, but I'm no fan of loud exhausts. I refuse to ride close to Harleys in group rides which is easy to enforce as there's no way they'll keep up anyway.
 

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Growing up in southern New Jersey (yes, on purpose) bikes were everywhere - and most of them were bikers on Harleys. Straight pipes were illegal, but many tried to run them. The police would use their batons to measure the depth to resistance from the exhaust tip.

I want to be clear I grew up on Harleys; but straight pipes and a loud report to me seem "in your face" intentionally. There is ostensibly no value to straight pipes because there is no negative impact on performance using a muffler/silencer relative to the experience of the ride*. Straight pipes are only a question of one's right to make noise. Perhaps one has a valid need to frighten off animals near the road; there are a lot of ways to make and use noise in an emergency.

I like think of myself moving through the scene I ride upon; observing, partaking, then moving on. Zero impact. I prefer throttle over horn, and high-beams before that. Making a spectacle of myself is something I will do, but not on two wheels.

*Ok, so you restrict exhaust by a few percent, which creates more back pressure, which inhibits exhaust efficiency (by what?) Your are going more than 150 mph! Enjoy it!
 

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I don't care for loud pipes....sometimes when they rev their engines..it can startled you...and you lose control of your car or bike....My opinion.
Those arsehsts do it just for that reason. I change gears by the rev of my motor, I can't do that around loud pipes, very annoying.

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Good question! Reminds me of the phrase "if it's too loud, you're too old". Now, that being said, I have both. I have a stock exhaust on my GT and i find it very quiet. I have been contemplating switching it out for a little more noise. I do enjoy the quiet, but louder pipes do make cars pay more attention. Case in point. I was on a ride Sunday with a bunch of other bikes. At a point, it was me on my GT and 3 other guys on loud Harleys. Every time we pulled up behind an automobile, 90% of them would pull over so we could pass. That never happens to me on my GT. I also have a Harley with really loud pipes. So loud that i drift it to the end of my street before i start it up if i am leaving before 10am. I ride the same roads as i do my GT, Cars pay more attention to me on the Harley. I am assuming because of the noise. And hey, if the cars are looking at me on my harley and thinking negative thoughts about me because of the noise, At least they are looking at me which can save my life.
 
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