Question.What do you think about saying ,,Loud pipes save lives,, ? I have still original pipes.
Question What do you think about saying Loud pipes save lives I have still...
I have loud pipes
I have loud pipes. but don't think of them as making me safer.....That is what driving skills and gear are for. I just don't like my bikes quiet, that said pipes can be too loud. That gets annoying on a long ride.
Loud pipes help...but it's attentive and safe driving by the cars and bikers that actually saves lives.
It's true, when you are heard, ppl know your there....
Problem about the theory has to do with doppler effect. You don't hear those pipes in a car if the bike is coming from behind you. The sounds is traveling behind the bike.
They do save lives. Especially on more dated vehicles. These newer cages are pretty damn sound proof tho
I don't know about that Doppler hypothesis, it ain't like your bike is moving faster than sound. Sure, it's louder from behind, but louder is louder. Bass frequencies travel spherically.
Yeah it seems a little off. But the true studies brought up on here prolly focus on the modernize state of the art cages that are practically sound proof when the windows close
Trains should be heard too but was watching a report yesterday about how many people are killed walking on train tracks. Reporter proved you don't hear a diesel train until it's almost on top of you. I try to be aware of everyone around me but have had bikes pass when I'm riding my bike that I didn't hear until they were right by me. Loud straight pipes but at 70-75 mph the sound couldn't catch up fast enough. Even worse in my car with windows up and radio on.
I live in a quiet neighborhood, so I kept my stock pipes on the Honda ACE for 3 years. I got tired of people pulling out in front of me almost every time I rode. I put on some aftermarket baffled straights on. Guess what? Drastic reduction in people not "seeing" me.
I have had similar situation with other bikes flying passed me. I mean I check my mirrors and surroundings a lot. But boy we can fly on 2
I keep my stock. I like em. but I live in Florida and we can straight pipe anything here where I live. No laws on it
I installed a headlight modulator. They are going to see that long before they hear my pipes. A lot cheaper than a new exhaust too.
Do you have a part number for it. I'm interested in using one. Does the light flash at night or how do they work ? Thanks for any info.
Len, can you provide more info.
Headlight Modulator. www.signaldynamics.com/. You can buy direct or jp cycles sells them as well. I bought mine some years ago and it had to be wired-in. Now I think they have a "Plug 'n' Play version. It has a light sensor that disables it at night. Hope this helps.
They also have a brake light flasher that will draw attention from the rear.
Nothing will replace loud pipes, but I'm going to look into these as additional tools.