Posted: Dec 27, 2011
|I don't agree with "Loud Pipes Save Lives". It is a misnomer, and when you think about it, the noise is pointed to the BACK, not to the idiot in front of you. Yes, it gets people's attention, but usually in a negative way. My '69 FLH has slightly baffled drag pipes on him. My '02 Police bike has true duals and 'Thunder Cones'. My '10 Limited has stock pipes. I prefer the stock pipes because I can hear my bike, and what is going on around me. |
Yes, the Thunder Cones sound 'cool' when you back off, and they can be loud if I want them to be. If I could afford the changeover, I'd put stock mufflers back on him.
It is probably the configuration of the Spyder that gets the most attention. You are as wide as some small cars, as well.
There probably isn't a 'nice' way to tell your neighbor he is a P.I.T.A. with his loud pipes, but you might ask him to ease off, at least until he clears the block.
Posted: Sep 8, 2012
|I'd have to disagree with some of your thoughts on loud pipes. MY main danger where I ride is deer. They outnumber people I'd bet at least 10 to 1. They hear my bike and, so far, run AWAY. My pipes are 'legal', but not stock ('05 Ultra Classic with the Screaming Eagle Stage III upgrade). I can ride through neighborhoods without folks throwing rocks at me, but if I crank it on, it's heard. Next I'm putting air horns on it for the idiots on the road - 'specially the Adam Henry's on their cell phones or texting...|
Posted: Sep 9, 2012
|Riding in the Chicago area with a quiet bike is suicidal.|
Hardly anyone checks their blind spots or uses signals.
I bet if we rode nude, everyone would see us! LOL.
Posted: Oct 27, 2012
This is another controversial subject that riders bikers will talk about for along time.
I have open Short Shots on my ride. Yes they are very loud and handy. When I'm riding along side a four wheeler and they try to come over into my lane I'll accelerate my speed and sound to remind them I'm there.
I"ll get out of town 98% of the time when I ride. So I don't worry about who hears my ride.
Keep the rubber side down.
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