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MCN  says:

What do you think to loud exhausts on bikes?

There's no doubting aftermarket exhausts makes bikes sound a lot better, but are they annoying or do they actually save lives? pollcomment

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Apr 13

Posts: 23

comfysofa says:

Don't get me wrong.....loud but nice sounding loud not ear splitting loud....just thought I'd get that in...

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May 06

Posts: 92

rmbridge says:

Loud pipes DO save lives.  Driving home from holiday last weekend some numpty on a GSXR undertook me at speed on a dual carriageway before weaving his way thru 80mph traffic.  If it wasnt for his loud pipe I wouldve pulled into the slow lane and killed him for sure.  Question is tho would that have been a bad thing? :)

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Feb 12

Posts: 238

Titosfuneral says:

too loud

I live in a small village in the Fens, in one of the first houses after the 30mph limit. Groups of riders come in from the back roads doing the "Fen Grand Prix" and there's a definite difference in the impact and view in the village of the riders. Many riders come past my house in excess of 60mph in the 30 limit, either slowing down for the junction or doing a racing start out of the village. You would not believe the irritation in the village with loud pipes. The groups with race exhausts with the baffles out.. you can hear them coming for several miles and they really shatter the peace and quite of the village and when they come into the village, the sheer noise seems to add a further 20mph to the actual speed they are doing. The crumblies in the village are now so p'd off that they've got a speed camera from the police and when they hear them coming out they run out with it. As I understand it, the way it works is everyone who gets caught gets a warning letter first offence and prosecuted second time. Do they go running out when it's not noisy pipes? Really not - simply because there's not enough warning.

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Feb 12

Posts: 238

Titosfuneral says:


Just before anyone goes off on the standard "villagers hate motorcycles" rant.. a. The do the same for cars and b. There's a good number of motorcyclist in the village and a bike friendly pub. c. People in the village understand that we ride bikes for fun.. they just wish that we didn't double the speed limit with loud pipes.

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Jan 12

Posts: 4

Mclovin says:

Had a stint of leaving for work at 0400, ended up having to push my bike about 100 metres down the road, quick start and off, just for the sake of diplomacy in the neighbourhood, so for that reason its a no. But otherwise if the sound is right a loud pipe (not outside my house at 0400) can be music to the ears. Changed my bike in the end, my back couldn't take it anymore.

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Jul 09

Posts: 143

burningbush says:


The University of Life concluded that there is direct inverse correlation between loudness of pipe and smallness of penis.

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Apr 10

Posts: 74

exceledsteve says:

For sale...

Road legal scorpion oval race can with link pipe for Honda CB1300... Seriously... Recently acquired bike with this pipe which is too loud for my taste. Looking for perfect standard Honda can instead. Will swap. Even though it is MoT legal it's still too loud for me. There, I've admitted it... And according to a University of Life study I'm no less of a man for it.

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Dec 10

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preunit says:



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Jan 11

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snev says:

Huh ?


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Aug 07

Posts: 8

sultan3458 says:

Loud Exhausts

I would hate to live in a world where you never heard a VFR/RVF, DUCATI 916, BMW Boxer Twin, or KTM single on an open pipe. Even Harleys sound glorious, and don't even get me started on old Yamaha RDs sporting Alspeeds! Having owned many different bikes with aftermarket exhausts, I just can't ignore the fact that pedestrians and other road users are definitely more aware of my presence when i'm "illegal". So that fact alone has got to be a positive. Particularly as we, as bikers, are so vulnerable. Even if it's a Sunny Sunday and I'm in the garden BBQing instead of riding, the sound of loud bikes passing by does not bother me at all. On the contrary, you can create an excellent drinking game out of "guess the bike". I've been known to identify a Guzzi on Conti's from a mile and a half away:) So, a wonderfully, musical, thunderous cacophony of sound, coupled to a touch of added safety and with just a twist of "Bad Ass, rebelliousness thrown in. Yes, loud exhausts are fine by me.

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