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
For long-time followers of me in my various online mediums, you may have heard that I started riding a motorcycle. If you want to know why, feel free to read my post on the PSB (Perth Street Bikes) forum here. The short version – because my wife said so.
Probably like you, I was fairly ignorant of the differences between motorcycles and cars before I started riding. To me, motorcycles were just two-wheeled cars that tended to attract hoons wanting to ride fast and die young. I’d see them weaving in and out of traffic, speeding past at incredible speeds, and generally being unsafe. While this is sometimes true, there is an awful lot of ignorance out there about what motorcycles can and can’t do and why motorcycle riders act in specific ways.
I’m going to start this series of posts with a common complaint car drivers have of motorcycles. Continue reading The Why’s of Motorcycles: Filtering