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post #1 of 18 Old 07-13-2017, 11:41 AM Thread Starter
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Poll: How Do You Feel About Loud Pipes?



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'Loud pipes save lives' and 'the louder it is the faster it is' are all phrases you’ve probably heard before, but for a lot of people – particularly the non-riding public – loud exhausts prove to be obnoxious. Which camp do you find yourself in?
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post #2 of 18 Old 07-13-2017, 01:32 PM
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I'm pretty torn on the subject... If I could get all the horsepower & linear power delivery that my full race system delivers with an exhaust that was 100% silent I would be perfectly ok with that. I simply don't need the auditory stimulus to enjoy the way my bike performs, but I would not want to give up the performance just to have a quieter bike.

That being said, I would GLADLY run the stock exhaust on my streetbikes for the rest of my life if every single Hardly-Ableson rider had to do the exact same!
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Loud pipes...well, good thread.
I'm on the fence, not so much because of performance mind you LDH is spot on...but more for me "because of" the sound.
It does seem to be true that even though the actual sound is behind you......when you come a rumbling down the street, obnoxious and all, cagers WILL INDEED notice that "something freakin' LOUD" is coming their way.

So I'm torn on the loud pipes. I think they help but I can see where my neighbors and cagers would look at my bike and think...."what an a$$Hat on that 919r".

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My Delks, with baffles out are loud when I want but can also run very quiet.

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I like a nice rumble at idle, but don't strive to make my bikes loud. That said, I'm somewhat in LDH's camp here; part of the point of my aftermarket pipes was to make the bikes perform better (whether I need them to or not!). Unfortunately, that's made the Tuono a touch obnoxious; not _quite_ as bad as a Harley, though

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^^ Can those be used as db killers? Mine aren't working very well.
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^^ Can those be used as db killers? Mine aren't working very well.
Use two green and red one and you won't have to re-map.
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A symphony that can't heard is no symphony at all.
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Back in the day when Harley was still owned by AMF I did some test riding for them. One of the engineers had come up with a set of pipes for sportsters that were good looking,quiet and made good power. I asked if they were gonna be on next years bikes and he said hell no they will just cut them off with a hacksaw.

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A symphony that can't heard is no symphony at all.

Go home Sandy yer drunk

That's like saying if you can't taste your Ribeye then it's not a steak

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Go home Sandy yer drunk

That's like saying if you can't taste your Ribeye then it's not a steak
Actually, my efforts at dry wit get even worse when I'm lit ....... LoL
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as i become more and more vintage, I prefer less racket. As do my neighbors.
I've seen folks make U turns in front of ambulances with siren blaring and light a flashing totally oblivious to their surroundings.
Extreme vigilance, you just have to assume every ones out to get you.............because they are totally oblivious.

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Agreed on the "less racket" comment.
But....there have been many a times that I've been on the freeway in a crawl pace, and was deciding to switch to the HOV lane, whendst a 2020 R1 with supersonic aftermarket can "blips" the throttle and makes a ripping hellava noise that makes me drop a load. If I hadn't heard that "BRRRrrrr" sound, ida probably cut the rider off.

Motorcyclist ALWAYS need to drive as though a cager is out to kill em. Always. it's the rule of the concrete jungle. I don't think cagers are out to creme motorcyclists intentionally, they just don't see them. I've been in the cager side and I can see how easily it is to NOT notice a motorcycle. it's like comparing the visual size of a flea to a "hornet".....two very different masses and one is barely visible.

So...still on the fence on the loud pipes.
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as i become more and more vintage, I prefer less racket. As do my neighbors.
I've seen folks make U turns in front of ambulances with siren blaring and light a flashing totally oblivious to their surroundings.
Extreme vigilance, you just have to assume every ones out to get you.............because they are totally oblivious.

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Agreed on the "less racket" comment.
But....there have been many a times that I've been on the freeway in a crawl pace, and was deciding to switch to the HOV lane, whendst a 2020 R1 with supersonic aftermarket can "blips" the throttle and makes a ripping hellava noise that makes me drop a load. If I hadn't heard that "BRRRrrrr" sound, ida probably cut the rider off.

Motorcyclist ALWAYS need to drive as though a cager is out to kill em. Always. it's the rule of the concrete jungle. I don't think cagers are out to creme motorcyclists intentionally, they just don't see them. I've been in the cager side and I can see how easily it is to NOT notice a motorcycle. it's like comparing the visual size of a flea to a "hornet".....two very different masses and one is barely visible.

So...still on the fence on the loud pipes.
all my friends and acquaintances whose time was cut short whilst on a bike were not the ones who rode like 'lunatics'.
They were the ones that rode their bike like it was a car.......just in traffic. I believe in riding through traffic always.
Don't have to be nuts about it, just don't occupy a lane like an automobile. Grew up on the streets of Chicago
on my Schwinn Phantom, when I got my Norton Atlas in 66 the older bikers said I wouldn't live to see my 21st birthday.

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all my friends and acquaintances whose time was cut short whilst on a bike were not the ones who rode like 'lunatics'.
They were the ones that rode their bike like it was a car.......just in traffic. I believe in riding through traffic always.
Don't have to be nuts about it, just don't occupy a lane like an automobile. Grew up on the streets of Chicago
on my Schwinn Phantom, when I got my Norton Atlas in 66 the older bikers said I wouldn't live to see my 21st birthday.

Yet Here I am
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all my friends and acquaintances whose time was cut short whilst on a bike were not the ones who rode like 'lunatics'.
They were the ones that rode their bike like it was a car.......just in traffic. I believe in riding through traffic always.
Don't have to be nuts about it, just don't occupy a lane like an automobile. Grew up on the streets of Chicago
on my Schwinn Phantom, when I got my Norton Atlas in 66 the older bikers said I wouldn't live to see my 21st birthday.

Yet Here I am
Best to All
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My uncle, who is now 82, has been riding motorcycles for the last 62 years. He stopped riding this year.
he's in good shape, a bit banged up but no limbs missing, nor gimps, nor one leg shorter than the other issues......

Consider yourself LUCKY "BIG TIME". you, as my uncle, as I hope to be, one of the lucky few who can live for a long time and still be riding a motorcycle till almost the bitter end. I knew a fellow in South Florida. In Miami. He owned a motorcycle shop called "South West Cycles" (formerly about 30 years ago known as "Kawasaki of South Miami"). Well, this fell "Abner" was his name, God bless him, was riding till he was 95. He could barely turn the damn bike let alone control it.......HE was also ONE OF THE LUCKY ONES.

Count yer blessings and consider YOSEF lucky indeed.

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The thing I dislike the most is when people do something I don't expect. Your chances of getting doored while lane splitting are significantly less when they don't know you are there. It's easier for me to get through traffic when people aren't constantly reacting to my presence. If everyone drove like a normal person, there wouldn't be any problems for me. The only times I've had to do some emergency moves are when people cut u turns or make left turns in front of me. Loud pipes wouldn't have done a thing in those scenarios, as they were in front of me.

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My Delks, with baffles out are loud when I want but can also run very quiet.
Same here... Delkevic SS70 super short twin pipes make a nice cracking loud sound when I make them. Otherwise they can be manageable. I did put the baffles in them for a tank of fuel but felt a noticeable lack of snap in the throttle response- so I pulled them back out.
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