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Old 05-10-2010, 06:48 AM   #1
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Loud Exhaust?

So, after the Holstclaw thread I had a epiphany this morning.

I started riding a "new" bike 2 weeks ago. It's basicly the same as my old bike except its way newer/nicer and is WAY quieter. The old bike had a V&H super sport exhaust that while not ear spliting was loud. This bike has the
stock 2 into 2 pipes and aftermarket slip ons that even though they are straight through open baffled they aren't that loud.

I've had more cars move over on me in the last 2 weeks then in the last
2 years!

Before X chastises me I make it a habit to NOT ride along side cars. I am
usually ahead or behind a "pack" of cars in traffic. While passing though
I swear I have had at least one move over on me at least once a day for the
last 2 weeks.

Do loud pipes really save lives?

I know my horn does... as soon as they start wondering into my lane a little toot usually sends them back into theirs...

FWIW, I like my new quite bike....

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You already know my stance. Anyone up for my blind-folded passenger scenario? It will demonstrate that if a person is unable to see you, auditory faculties kick-in, and they will be aware of your presence.

As stated previously, people wear bright-orange vests, but what good is it if the driver does not even see you? Same with quiet vs. loud exhausts.
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Before X chastises me I make it a habit to NOT ride along side cars. I am
usually ahead or behind a "pack" of cars in traffic. While passing though
I swear I have had at least one move over on me at least once a day for the
last 2 weeks.



The with what he thinks! You riders do what fit's you! I'm not gonna sit here and go around and around with what I think I'll save it for when I get the chance to do it face to face. My pipes are not stock, so if it helps me to be heard when not seen then great a added plus.
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Old 05-10-2010, 07:57 AM   #4
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I added this to my bike

737 H7055

Now my exhaust faces forward and everyone gets the out of my way
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You already know my stance. Anyone up for my blind-folded passenger scenario? It will demonstrate that if a person is unable to see you, auditory faculties kick-in, and they will be aware of your presence.

As stated previously, people wear bright-orange vests, but what good is it if the driver does not even see you? Same with quiet vs. loud exhausts.
I wore Hi Viz for about 1.5 years, and eventually put it away because I decided it made me more of a target.
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If you are always assuming they do not see you then the arguement of loud pipes/bright clothing etc doesnt effect your riding characteristics.
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So, after the Holstclaw thread I had a epiphany this morning.

I started riding a "new" bike 2 weeks ago. It's basicly the same as my old bike except its way newer/nicer and is WAY quieter. The old bike had a V&H super sport exhaust that while not ear spliting was loud. This bike has the
stock 2 into 2 pipes and aftermarket slip ons that even though they are straight through open baffled they aren't that loud.

I've had more cars move over on me in the last 2 weeks then in the last
2 years!

Before X chastises me I make it a habit to NOT ride along side cars. I am
usually ahead or behind a "pack" of cars in traffic. While passing though
I swear I have had at least one move over on me at least once a day for the
last 2 weeks.

Do loud pipes really save lives?

I know my horn does... as soon as they start wondering into my lane a little toot usually sends them back into theirs...

FWIW, I like my new quite bike....

i am all for loud exhausts.

in all fairness also, i have rode my brother's brand new 6R for the last week and i have not had too many serious incidents of lane switching(not that i have one every week with my louder R6) as

it could be because i have been doing break in ridibng and have been going really slow so car on the road could pass me if they wanted to(i guess they are more likely to know you are there if they came from behind you n and passed you).

while your experience does not prove the loud exhaust case, mine does not disprove it.

so i guess it is going to be a personal preference and i'm not going to try and racer x... i mean my preference down someone elses throat until they agree i am .
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I'm only saying it is a epiphany I had when I was going by a car this morning and they started over on me. I have been thinking that people were all of a sudden driving worse then I realized that it just started when I started riding this quieter bike. Nothing else has changed but the tone of the exhaust. Same rider, same riding habits, same type of bike, same roads, same traffic, same times of day, bazzillion times increase in "lane creap".

YMMV.

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I would agree with you. Every time I ride my father's bike which has a quiet exhaust someone creeps over in my lane. EVERY TIME. Not so much with my bikes with aftermarket exhaust. I know when I hear a loud exhaust I look around to see where it is. I just drive around in first gear when on surface streets and honk my horn at every car that is waiting to turn. Yes it is obnoxious, but I've been riding/commuting for a long time and I'm still here so F*** em.
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wow, a thread about loud exhaust and Racer x is not here yet to tell how his spacebike is never within a mile of a car? must be a dream
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wow, a thread about loud exhaust and Racer x is not here yet to tell how his spacebike is never within a mile of a car? must be a dream
I heard he actually has an ejector seat with drink holders so he won't get dehydrated in the event of an emergency and mirrors in front of mirrors so people can see themselves seeing him just to be safe.
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Agree 100%
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When I first got the busa I had several people come over in my lane right off the bat. That thing was super quiet. I put pipes on and it reduced incidents right off the bat. Im a firm believer in the theory loud pipes save lives.
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If you are always assuming they do not see you then the arguement of loud pipes/bright clothing etc doesnt effect your riding characteristics.
I agree with this except when you're in Houston from 7-9am and 4-7pm. It's hard to keep people from riding beside you when you're crammed on the streets like sardines. If you slow down to let them get ahead of you then someone else takes there place.
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I heard he actually has an ejector seat with drink holders so he won't get dehydrated in the event of an emergency and mirrors in front of mirrors so people can see themselves seeing him just to be safe.
i heard he decided to go through flight school to get training on ejector seats and then he combed through all the FAA regulations to make sure the ejector seat was within code. he got it installed, but since his pipes werent loud enough someone teleported their car into his lane (they had to have teleported because racer x doesnt ride alongside cars) and then x had to use his ejector seat. when he landed officer coleslaw wrote him a ticket for the ejection seat rockets being over 80 db.
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Come on guys.... I didn't start this as a bash X thread, I just realized this morning that there might actually be something to "loud" exhaust making you more promenent in traffic. Now, "ear bleeding" is rediculous... (hint open race can GSXR going south on HWY3 through League City 7-8am M-F....)
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