Loud pipes save lives. That’s a saying the the motorcycle community. Here is the thought process:
- Most accidents happen because people don’t notice a motorcyclist.
- Loud pipes make you more noticeable.
- Therefore loud pipes will save your life (or at least avoid an accident).
In my first outing with the PSB group on an organized learner ride (a group ride designed to give people new to motorcycling practice in a safe environment), I was picked up by a member (in Australia, you can ride a motorcycle without a license as long as you have a “shadow” to follow you). His bike was fairly loud both in sound and in color. I don’t think he had an aftermarket exhaust but it was a heck of a lot louder than my bike. On our way to the meet point, I watched as he allowed a car to pass in front of him, the lady waving her thanks. Half a block later, she almost merged into him. He revved his motor and the car jerked back into the proper lane.
Evidence of the Loud Pipes theory? At the time I thought so. Continue reading The Why’s of Motorcycles: Loud Pipes
You may have seen motorcycle riders in the movies (or around town) wearing leather jackets or vests with a ton of patches on them. It is very indicative of the Harley/outlaw biker mystique. I have never been interested in that type of bike or that type of style for that matter. I don’t know if it was all the anime I watched as a kid (Akira anyone?) or what it was, but the sport bikes have always appealed to me. Honestly, it doesn’t matter what type of bike you prefer – sport, cruiser, off-road, or even scooter – gear is between you and the ground, not you and your bike preference.
When I was a kid, I met a guy at the park down the street. I was young so I probably shouldn’t have been talking with him but I did. He rode a motorcycle. I asked him about his helmet. He said he didn’t wear one (I doubt there were helmet laws at the time). His reasoning was because a helmet can snap your neck if you land wrong. Even at my tender age (whatever it was), my first thought was that a snapped neck was better than a smashed head. Continue reading The Why’s of Motorcycles: Gear