Join Date: Jul 2018
Location: Iloilo, Philippines and La Crosse, Wi
Year/Make/Model: 2018 Kawasaki Vulcan S and 2008 Kawasaki Vulcan Classic LT and 2016 Honda Zoomer
Displacement/CC's: 650cc, 900cc and 100cc
Color: Black, white and silver
Big expense and illegal
I'm not going to make any friends with this post, but here it is anyway.
I'm not a big fan of aftermarket pipes for several reasons:
I do not believe having loud pipes is the answer for safety reasons. I use a headlight modulator (legal throughout and states and Canada) and high vis jacket and helmet. I also avoid traveling at night.
It seems a must get and expensive device to re-tune your injectors and timing if you install after market pipes (is it really worth it?)
I like the low growl of my stock pipes and when I punch the throttle it doesn't scare the bejeepies out of everyone in a cage within 30 feet.
Depending on the cop, they can write tickets for loud pipes and it is against federal law to modify the exhaust. State laws that are more restrictive, like in California are very strict and some motorcyclists are complaining.
I think loud exhausts are a public nuisance and are a selfish addition to saying "hey look at me, I'm cool", like playing your brand of music way to loud.
Hate to say it, but some motorcyclists seem to think that sound ordinances and local, state and federal laws do not apply to them.
Studies seem to indicate that loud pipes do not help for safety reasons, and can create a hazard. BUT, the question is, how non partisan is the study?
As one legal site said, ".......the operation of an illegally LOUD motor vehicle on the public roadways of America is an intentional, willful, “assault” on the individual, the general public exposed to same."
I used to have a loud bike in the late 90's and all it did for me was turn heads, probably 90% of them saying "hey look, it's another 2 wheeled AH!"
Last edited by Trapster; 07-18-2018 at 02:22 AM.