http://www.canada.com/Loud+motorcycle+pipes+improve+safety/4866786/story.html Loud motorcycle pipes don't improve safety By Dave Hay, The Daily News May 31, 2011 As a rider into my 48th year on two wheels, a retired police motorcycle rider and instructor and a licensed riding instructor with my own company that teaches safety and correct riding techniques, I have to respond to some letters written in the Daily News. Some have been touting illegally modified motorcycle exhausts as a safety system. My experience, training and opinion differs from those who want to use the "noise-is-safety excuse." I would call my option "an effective approach to motorcycle safety." Car drivers need to be made aware of the presence and vulnerability of motorcyclists and during the 2008 riding season I created a series of TV commercials and a media campaign to do just that. I would suggest that ICBC could spend money and effort to continue reminding drivers. To say that a response to public complaints about being annoyed by illegally modified exhausts, and observations of unsafe riding actions that the motorcyclist is being a safe rider is ridiculous. Noisy exhausts are not the sound of safety, they are the sound that annoys other people. Doing wheelies, stoppies and riding aggressively is not hazard avoidance. A safe rider has accepted their vulnerability and they ride accordingly by being proactive, scanning ahead, observing traffic in front and behind and making sure the cars see them. Install a headlight modulator and a decent aftermarket horn, as I did. I also wear a high visibility jacket. That way when you see a problem you are prepared with an escape route and a plan of action. If someone starts moving into your lane then use the modulator, hit the horn, slow down and move out of the way. If you are relying on rear facing loud pipes to save you from an approaching car that turns across your path, you are throwing away the most effective tools. If you have time to ride along revving your engine, you have time to do something that will really be effective and safe. Loud pipes don't save lives -- they annoy the very public that we as riders want to respect us as road users. Dave Hay Campbell River = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = Discuss! I have a sound meter - one of these days I will have to test it's sound profile.