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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by chainsaw, Mar 17, 2013.

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  1. OoltewahSpeedShop
    Joined: Oct 18, 2007
    Posts: 3,103


    I was in Texas last November and the Police never even looked my way. My Roadster is WAY loud.

    Usually in my part of the country, the cops are bikers..... I think it's called the "Blind Eye"
  2. Not all of us are 19.....
  3. Truckedup
    Joined: Jul 25, 2006
    Posts: 4,081


    People who run open exhausts on slow low compression engines should be arrested.
  4. Greaser Bob
    Joined: Mar 5, 2006
    Posts: 1,325

    Greaser Bob

    Semi's and public transit buses are louder and more obtrusive than my open headers, and they run uninhibited. But what I do dislike, are the wannabe bikers leaving the bars on the weekend, and driving through the quiet neighborhoods. Butt-punks.
  5. mohead1
    Joined: Jan 18, 2013
    Posts: 590


    I have a rumbling Harley (actually two) that are high compression, cammed up runners, plus the Coupe is muffled, but is pretty loud.....have you ever listened to a screaming Honda with 4" bullshit exhaust or a metric bike with straight pipes, or the local wannabe with the subwoofer that costs more than the car its in.....gimme a break....
  6. raprap
    Joined: Oct 8, 2009
    Posts: 768

    from Ohio

    Loud Pipes save Lives!
  7. One of my buddies worked nights and had a neighbor like that, he talked to the guy and nothing was resolved. After he aimed a few 4 ounce rockets to go off in the neighbor's yard at 3 AM, he got the message.

  8. slowmotion
    Joined: Nov 21, 2011
    Posts: 3,271


    I'll go on record right now saying I like a good sounding car, or a good sounding Harley. Key word being 'good'. Loud and/or obnoxious is a different story, and subjective to boot. :eek:
  9. Fairlane Mike
    Joined: Sep 21, 2010
    Posts: 389

    Fairlane Mike

    I agree, slowmotion, I'll throw in the "Blappy" sounding stuff, sounds like someone shooting ducks! And the Fart Cannons!! I still want to score a Hon-Duh and take it out back, hook my old 4x to it and drag, roll it and use it for target practice!! To me those rice burning junkers are so un-cool!!
  10. He's right. I work at a new car dealer, and those people cannot even identify their own car, and all they have to remember is model and year, I already know the make!!

    Denver, CO. has a law that states you must have OEM exhaust on your motorcycle. It's because of all the loud Harleys and rice burners that we have these laws.

    And I, for one, do not believe the "loud pipes" myth: I understand the Doppler Effect.

  11. Weasel
    Joined: Dec 30, 2007
    Posts: 6,693


    Define loud....:rolleyes:
  12. ESGEE
    Joined: Feb 25, 2013
    Posts: 606

    from Sweden

    The subjective quality of sound of great intensity, i know couldent help it;)
  13. 53 sparky
    Joined: Feb 22, 2013
    Posts: 131

    53 sparky

    My profession is as a sound engineer. The term "95db" is not enough information to provide an accurate statement about how loud something is. Sound pressure levels (SPL) are measured using several different scales similar to how we can measure temperature in Celsius, Fahrenheit, or Kelvin, or speed in MPH, KPH, or knots. Also, we perceive how loud something is relative to how close we are to it. If you stand 3 feet away from something, you will hear it as twice as loud as if you hear it 6 feet away, which is twice as loud as it would be if you are 12' away. This is called the "inverse square law".

    Ask your friendly officer of the law to provide all of the measurements necessary to demonstrate in a scientific way that will hold up in court exactly how loud you were, and I expect you'll have different results.

    Judge: how loud was he?
    Officer: uh.. I dunno. But he was REALLY loud!
    Last edited: Mar 18, 2013
  14. blowby
    Joined: Dec 27, 2012
    Posts: 7,556

    from Nicasio Ca

    x2. Around here for every loud hot rod there are 100 straight pipe Evos. I'm hearing more and more quiet Harleys now though, maybe they are realizing that annoying everyone isn't really all that cool, or maybe ear damage is setting in.
  15. Diavolo
    Joined: Apr 1, 2009
    Posts: 815


    No, they don't.

    As a previous rider of the V-twin variety, I can honestly say that loud pipes didn't do shit for me, even when the exhaust was booming in their open window. Cage driving idiots are idiots and no noise is going to make them listen.

    Drive offensively, but not offensively, and own your own safety. Many a time I have changed lanes, blown past or detoured to avoid a M/F idiot on the road with their cell phone in their hand texting to their BFF.
  16. 1971BB427
    Joined: Mar 6, 2010
    Posts: 6,786

    from Oregon

    I think you'd be better off driving "defensively" not offensively! After riding on two wheels for nearly 50 years, I never drive offensively.
  17. I just watch out for everyone n am as loud as possible!
  18. PossumJR.
    Joined: Oct 26, 2009
    Posts: 423

    from Walls,MS

    I have never had anything but open headers on my model and have NEVER had an issue. I pass cops everyday and never try to Quiet it down when passing them......the thing is most cops are not gonna screw with giving a hot rodder a ticket because they know for the most part we rarely cause any trouble.....atleast thats how it is here any way.....its why i love living in mississippi they really just dont care that much
  19. Dreddybear
    Joined: Mar 31, 2007
    Posts: 6,019


    Did you ever expect to see people whining about loud cars on the Hamb? What a joke.
  20. PossumJR.
    Joined: Oct 26, 2009
    Posts: 423

    from Walls,MS

    ^^^^totally agree......what has happened to people
  21. ilikeflatblack
    Joined: Nov 27, 2006
    Posts: 139

    from HASLET, TX

    thats fine, my 32 plates match a city vehicle in houston. i get a ticket they get a ticket.
  22. PossumJR.
    Joined: Oct 26, 2009
    Posts: 423

    from Walls,MS

    ^haha same here. Im running 28' mississippi telling what theyll come back to.......and dont care.
  23. wingman9
    Joined: Dec 30, 2009
    Posts: 804

    from left coast

    I think you hit it, the test will be whether they can hear their cell phone or not. I ride a Harley that's got a bit of a rumble but the crackle from a straight pipe still gets to me.
  24. silversink
    Joined: May 3, 2008
    Posts: 917


    I bet your a ball of fun----just saying
  25. fsae0607
    Joined: Apr 3, 2012
    Posts: 871


    Really? Maybe out your way in orange county? Never seen one here in LA county.
  26. PossumJR.
    Joined: Oct 26, 2009
    Posts: 423

    from Walls,MS

    I dont know about the rest of yall but when some no-life loser neighbor complains about noise.......i tend to turn UP the noise a bit......Now if someone asks nicely to keep it down late at night, that i can respect but doing it just to be a prick....they just create thereself more of a problem.I have no problem tuning on my carbs at 2AM if needed
  27. firingorder1
    Joined: Dec 15, 2006
    Posts: 2,147


    Remember folks, loud pipes means you have a gazillion HP under the hood and you are a badass dude. Just like you remember back when you were 12 years old.
  28. And some speed stickers and bullet hole stickers makes you a super bad ass!
  29. 38standard
    Joined: Jan 4, 2010
    Posts: 322

    from il.

    I think the Hot Rod hoodlums are getting old.
  30. texasred
    Joined: Dec 3, 2008
    Posts: 1,101

    from Houston

    I saw an old 81er at the bike show in Vegas a few yrs. ago with a t shirt that said "THE LOUDER THE PIPES THE SHORTER THE DICK". just his opinion, but nobody was questioning him about it..
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