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Loud Pipes Hurt Your Ears

At the risk of upsetting anyone who rides a very loud motorcycle I would like to go on record and say that I do not believe loud pipes save lives. I believe that more often than not the rider wants a loud bike because they think it’s cool, or it will get them some attention. Not necessarily good attention, but it does get them attention. Having said that, I also think it is possible to have a great sounding cruiser that doesn’t piss off the neighbours, or anyone else you pass.

Anytime I’m in my car and a loud bike comes up behind me on the highway, it is almost on top of me before I hear it.  Now, as a rider I understand the sound, and will stay in my lane because I know the bike is close, possibly in my blind spot. I also believe loud pipes often scare the “you-know-what” out of some drivers and could cause them to swerve, or brake suddenly. Read more…

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