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Old 10-04-2010, 08:43 PM   #101
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does anyone know the legal decible level for the city of houston for motorcycles? i've emailed them, but if anyone knows off hand it would be great. i got a ticket for my bike being too loud. i have a 2001 CBR600F4i with a scorpion slip on.
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Old 10-04-2010, 09:28 PM   #102
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I think it is around 100-110 db
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Old 10-04-2010, 10:13 PM   #103
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Old 10-05-2010, 09:01 AM   #104
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I was of the opinion that loud pipes worked. As a noob with only 11K miles under my belt I moved up from a stock shadow 600 to a shadow 750 with cobra pipes. I immediately noticed a reduction of doofus cages moving over on me from almost one per day to one per week or less. The one per week continued for the next 40K.

Then I got the results of my hearing test back and...well...I now have tinnitus worse than I did before. So I switched back to stock pipes and thought "well, lets see if loud pipes actually work."

Result? I am back to almost one incident per day and when I rode up to the Firkin and Phoenix on Sunday and had three incidents.

So anecdotal evidence concludes that loud pipes do decrease the frequency of stupid cager .

I am not going to switch because I have not felt in danger in any of these incidents (because I do know how to ride..., I shouldn't have written that. Now I will get run over), I increased my mpg by 30% and I like how the bike sounds. Plus my clutch is weak so I couldn't use WOT before or after the change so I notice no reduction in power as the clutch was the weakest link.

My thoughts, carry on people.
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Old 10-05-2010, 11:27 AM   #105
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I believe loud pipes places the rider at an advantage in traffic.
Plus nice sounding exhaust on any vehicle is cool.
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Old 10-05-2010, 11:39 AM   #106
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There are varying degrees of loud, and there are varying reasons for being so. Ilove the sound of an engine with a performance exhaust. I can't recall the last time I heard a sportbike exhaust that I thought was obnoxiously loud. I really don't generally care for the sound of stock pipes, and have had many many vehicles of two and four wheels with performance aftermarket exhaust systems. Between our two Ducs with 2Bros and Ferracci systems on them, they're far from quiet - buth they're not ear-splittingly loud for the sake of loud either. Can you hear me in traffic? Sure, but I don't rely on it and I appreciate the perdformance gain more than the decibel increase. I see a lot of posts getting a little defensive about their loud sportbike exhaust, but they're probably not the ones that most would find that offensive anyway. We used to have neighbors about 6 houses down on the other side of the street in Georgia that had two Harleys loud enough to wake us two stories up from a dead sleep at 3am- and our baby at the time. Guys were constantly "saving their lives" apparently from all things inanimate and otherwise as judged by the constant throttle whacking. There's a line between loud and douchebaggery.
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Old 10-05-2010, 11:45 AM   #107
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I run open pipe. mainly because i bought it like that and havent found an exhaust i love yet
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Old 10-05-2010, 12:27 PM   #108
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This is a good discussion. My son in law brought a decibel meter to TMS with us last year. The NASCAR Trucks and the IRL both showed 119 db about 27 rows up at the start of their respective races.

I had a Harley (with a purple haired passenger) go past me on Kuykendahl Sunday evening that seemed almost that loud. I saw everyone he passed look at him. Was it the noise or the chick with the purple hair?

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