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The Why’s of Motorcycles: Loud Pipes

from https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:HONDA_CBR_600RR_-_Yoshimura_Exhaust.jpgLoud 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