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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?

Thanks for making me think Motorcycle.com! Now stop it!!
 

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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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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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Don't like 'em - particularly if I am following one.
 

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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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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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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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I live in a small town just off of an arterial road that runs right through town... Lol, I can't stand loud pipes! And that goes for noisy diesel trucks with aftermarket exhausts too. It's ok if you like a little rumble out on the highway, but the "look at me!!!" crowd that likes to walk on it in towns and residential areas just pi$$ people off. So yeah, guess I'm saying I don't really care for them ;)
 

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Loud horns and paying attention saves lives.

Loud bikes make us all look bad, and especially I enjoy the stealth of a stock
KLR when crossing a random plot of earth and disappearing just as quickly.

Hehehehe,
Cheeeeeeeeap with 108Db Fiamm Freeway Blasters (autozone)dual horns.
 

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I have the Lexx on my 05 and my 08, the 08 I just purchased and it has the 'turn-down' end pipe on the Lexx, it is noticeably quieter than the end pipe that comes on the Lexx. I like the quieter version, after a 1000 mile trip on the 05 with the Lexx I was tired of the noise.
 

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I think it pollutes the environment. The motorcyclist who drives the bike is the only one who enjoys it. And sometimes I'm not really sure about this.
 

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I like mildly loud except on the Goldwing. Quiet sewing machine is nice on long cross country trips.
I can sort of understand the "loud pipes saves lives" mentality but when I'm driving the car, I usually only hear them by surprise when they blow past me lane splitting 20 mph faster than the flow. Already too late for me to give them more room to hog my lane.
 

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The argument that loud pipes cannot be heard coming up behind you doesn't hold much water. We've all heard loud vehicles approaching from behind. Two vehicles with extremely noticeable exhaust notes are Harley's and Mustang's - particularly the older 5.0's. Many,many times I have been running down the road and know exactly what is behind me before I am ever able to see the vehicle.

Obnoxious is obnoxious. I do like a machine that sounds alive, though. I know the deer are noticeably much more aware of my presence with my slightly louder muffler I have on the bike now. I see many more tails disappearing in to the woods now vs the spooked little creatures scampering back and forth in front of me in the road.
 

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For those who believe that loud pipes save lives ... why is it that that the whisper-quiet Goldwing, ST & BMW pilots aren't the ones getting creamed by cagers? (parry, parry, score)

Because the BMW's are always brokedown and any cager with common sense would be terrified to bump in to the behemoth that is a 'Wing. :wink2:
 

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Loud pipes??? search South Park for "The F word" episode and you will see the loud pipe types ... Noise doesn't mean more power or faster. Typically you loose power opening up an exhaust without proper jetting/tuning and unless you run it on a dyno you can't properly tune it, you are just guessing ...
 

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Loud pipes??? search South Park for "The F word" episode and you will see the loud pipe types ... Noise doesn't mean more power or faster. Typically you loose power opening up an exhaust without proper jetting/tuning and unless you run it on a dyno you can't properly tune it, you are just guessing ...
BRAH-BRAH-BRAH-BRAH-BRAH-BRAH!

I honestly HATE the sound of Harley's. And that's one of my favorite episodes of South Park.
I'm going to base my opinion on how I feel about certain car exhausts:
A loud exhaust is ok if it suits the car, however there is a very fine line between loud and obnoxious. I personally think an exhaust should add tone or bring out certain tones in the rev range, not just to be loud.
 
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