Loud exhaust pipes? Loud exhaust pipes is a divisive issue in the motorcycling world. There are 2 main camps. One is pro-volume and go with the slogan "Loud Pipes Save Lives". The otherside believes "Loud Pipes Risk Rights". I am curious to see what my nonriding TB brethren think about the issue. The loud exhaust is typically created by removing the muffler. In many states this is illegal and most manufacturers do not produce bikes without mufflers. The "straight" pipes are typically aftermarket accessories added by the rider. The pro-volume category believes that the volume will alert more drivers to their presence. However,the majority of motorcycle accidents occur from in the 11:00-1:00 range in front of a motorcycle. Loud pipes have led to some cities enacting legislation that bands motorcycles from specific roads at certain times of day. Personally, I believe the loud pipes do nothing good for the motorcycling community. I think they are a nuisance. They damage the hearing of everyone around them, especially the rider. They can't save lives if they're pointed backwards. So, how do you nonriders feel about excessively loud bikes? Has your life or environment been affected by these bikers? Do you approve of the noise because it is "part of being a biker"? And sorry if I'm not making sense. I've been studying and my brain is fried.