Thanks, my fear is that my bike is so leaned out to be able to be sold in Europe, that I may need to enrichen the A/F a little. Anybody know about Califrornia models requiring any A/F adjustment when putting aftermarket pipes?
About the loud pipes save lives, I knew I should not put that piece of text in my post. I actually think that the whole "loud pipes save lives" is more of an excuse to ride with loud pipes than anything else. I've heard some disgustingly loud pipes on Harleys by guys trying to portray the bad boy image and revving their bikes to get people to look at them. I even told one of them to stop acting like a child and stop bothering people; funny how the "bad boy" followed my order and stopped the nuisance he was creating. Not my style of pipe usage.
However, loud pipes warn pedestrians of my presence. I've been in close encounters of being close to running over distracted pedestrians. Likewise, a loud pipe will save you when you come to a stop in town and the guy behind you is distracted. I always rev my bike when coming to a stop and I see the person behind me automatically pay more attention. Stock pipes can only be heard with the window down, so it's a louder pipe for me for those with their window up. Yes, with loud music he/she probably won't hear me, but I'm covering my bases here for those who WILL hear me.
Any time I enter a situation in which pedestrians are likely to be around, I rev my bike to warn them of my presence. Stock pipes are not loud enough for this purpose.
The above two situations are real situations in which a louder pipe will save you. I do agree that they serve absolutely no purpose for a left-turn crash or for any highway situation. For that, I have LED lights on my lightbar and on my engine guard, which form a wide triangle that's very visible. I really can tell the difference and I highly recommend such a setup to anyone who wants to be VERY visible.
I also live in a place which is full of tourists all year round. It's very common to see tourists walking along the road distracted. We also have some serious curves here everywhere so I see in every single ride tourists walking across curvy roads looking at maps. With louder pipes, a distracted pedestrian WILL hear me coming and a distracted driver behind me when coming to a stop will hear me most of the time. I have enough experience with this to know for sure that louder pipes help for these situations.
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Last edited by EuroDude; 02-10-2017 at 07:08 AM.