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post #1 of 71 Old 07-13-2017, 01:36 PM Thread Starter
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Poll: How Do You Feel About Loud Pipes?

'Loud pipes save lives' and 'the louder it is the faster it is' are all phrases you’ve probably heard before, but for a lot of people – particularly the non-riding public – loud exhausts prove to be obnoxious. Which camp do you find yourself in?
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post #2 of 71 Old 07-13-2017, 02:29 PM
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I'm in the camp of yea/no!
I believe in the db limit! It hurts to hear anything over 80ish. Damage starts around there as well. But that may be my age to. Yes a free breathing exhaust can help performance.
Noise, in the concrete jungle you can hear a bike coming from a ways off. Hell you can hear one a ways off even if it's not coming. But anywhere near 40+ mph and you are over driving the noise. So in the sticks or hwy, what's the point?

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post #3 of 71 Old 07-13-2017, 04:09 PM
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Took the FMF Q4 off my Gen 2 and went back to stock - I prefer a quiet bike.
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post #4 of 71 Old 07-13-2017, 06:13 PM
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On a KLR? Loud pipes make noise! That's about the extent of it.
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post #5 of 71 Old 07-14-2017, 08:59 AM
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Loud pipes don't save lives. Just think about it. You are going down the road in your car with the windows rolled up, enjoying the air conditioning and the too loud radio. You decide to pull out and pass the slow driver in front of you. There is a motorcycle in your blind spot. You won't hear his loud pipes in time to warn you not to pull out. The sound of his pipes trails behind him, but to save his life, they must speed ahead of him. Loud pipes are for the thrill of the rider and they annoy those who don't appreciate them. Also, they might be exciting for short rides around town, but after a long day of riding, they still pound in your brain and exhaust you as well as your motorcycle.
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post #6 of 71 Old 07-14-2017, 03:30 PM
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There's sounding nice and then there's way to loud. I like a bike with a tasteful rumble or roar, but If I can hear you a quarter mile away it's to loud. Seems to be mostly an issue with Harleys around here, there isn't nearly as many sport bikes with obnoxious exhaust anymore...I'm guessing this has to do with the newer bikes needing to be remapped if the exhaust is messed with.
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post #7 of 71 Old 07-15-2017, 02:48 PM
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Don't like 'em - particularly if I am following one.

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post #8 of 71 Old 07-15-2017, 07:31 PM
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Don't like 'em, no Sir. I just don't care for loud noise and AM radio or FM radio and News.

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post #9 of 71 Old 07-16-2017, 12:42 AM
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Originally Posted by ClutchAbuse View Post
There's sounding nice and then there's way to loud.

For sure. There's that beautiful rumble and growl, then there's obnoxious! On a KLR adding a pipe is nothing but extra noise as it's never going to be much faster (unless you're big bore kitting and the rest at the same time). I prefer quiet on the dual sport especially on the trails as it keeps you a little more under the radar.

The Ninja on the other hand will be getting a full Yoshi or Akro system at some point!
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post #10 of 71 Old 07-16-2017, 07:53 AM
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It depends on the bike

With D&D full stepped exhaust on my Hinkley Triumph, the decibels are a bit un nerving at times. Even so, I completed a full 3,500 mile trip through Baja and parts of Mexico with that set-up.

The KLR is going to be much quieter.
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