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post #1 of 57 (permalink) Old 07-13-2017, 01:39 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 57 (permalink) Old 07-13-2017, 03:06 PM
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For a Harley they are expected, For a Goldwing, they are not. I don't like them. So I fall into the category of "not like"......Isaac
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post #3 of 57 (permalink) Old 07-13-2017, 03:19 PM
I don't mind a little noise, ya know a good throaty sound, but to be ear splitting loud is totally unnecessary. I would much rather to still be able to hear my radio.

I do like the sound of a 4 cylinder sport bike with a header at full song, but still don't need the ear splitting loud thing.
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post #4 of 57 (permalink) Old 07-13-2017, 07:08 PM
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The poll doesn't have enough options. Ridiculously loud--no thanks. I sold a Vulcan nomad with stock pipes when I got my wing. I love my wing but to say I don't miss the rumble would be dishonest. A nice reasonable rumble when I roll the throttle would be nice.

All the other benefits of the goldwing make it worth having a bike that sounds like a sewing machine.
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post #5 of 57 (permalink) Old 07-13-2017, 07:52 PM
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Much prefer the, whispering "Swish" of a Gold Wing passing by, Than the BELLOWING, BELCHING, BARKING roar of so many of the other. Too often while looking out over a peaceful valley/ mountain/ river/ or other beautiful scenery, I've had the special moments ruined, by the noise of a THUNDERING set of pipes or sets of pipes, passing by.
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post #6 of 57 (permalink) Old 07-13-2017, 10:46 PM
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I have ridden behind loud pipes in group rides too often. I value my good hearing. I named my Goldwing the "Red Ghost" partly based on how quiet it is
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post #7 of 57 (permalink) Old 07-14-2017, 12:35 AM
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Quiet, please.

I doubt we'll ever know, but it would be interesting to see how many of the motorcycle/pedestrian incidents included a bike with loud pipes. And while we're at it, how many pedestrians were doing something with a cell phone.....phone call, text, game, email.

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Depends on which buddy I'm riding with. The buddy with a bike that's known for a rumble, he automatically lets me take the lead position. The buddy with a Goldwing.........it doesn't matter.

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I'm in the quiet group also. I did a 1500 mile trip with a friend with one of those "loud" bikes. My only demand was that I lead the way so I didn't have to listen to him the entire way.

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post #10 of 57 (permalink) Old 07-14-2017, 06:01 AM
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How do you think the slogan " Follow the leader. He's on a Honda " came about. Hint : LOUD PIPES.

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