I have been instructed to post more by an early retiree to be so i will choose this relatively innocuous and uncontentious thread to immerse myself back in the fold.
As most NVM attendees will admit I am a fan of the loud exhaust, it has been mentioned by some on here that perhaps I have taken it too far, I do this purely for my own enjoyment though. I bloody love the sound of a loud bike at full chat. It stirs my cold dead soul.
My thoughts on the matter are, everyone is out to kill me so I will do my best to avoid them.
If they hear my exhaust all the better, if not I would hope to spot them first.
Loud pipes save lives!! Do they really?
When driving my car I do not usually hear anyones exhaust until they are alongside or past me. As you may have noticed, on most bikes the exhaust points generally in a backwards direction and the laws of physics suggest the majority of the noise will go that way also.
Unless you are being seriously loud it is unlikely you will be heard. The traffic noise in London or other cities and the sound insulation in cars now adays will generally render everything, except something stupidly loud even at low revs, pointless from a safety point.
When filtering on motorways I have noticed that more people pay attention to high beams and emergency flashers rather than exhaust.
If having a loud exhaust is the most anti social thing that I do then I am OK with that, a lot of you know where my levels of anti social are at
I have zero qualifications and certainly no additional bars.
I have only my own experience of riding.
I aint dead, although I am amazed by that fact sometimes, I have only had two notable accidents both of which dented the pride more than the bike and neither of them had anything to do with the noise of my exhaust, unless you consider a minor injury sustained at the hands of my wife when a personal exhaust exceeded expectations one evening.
Now to continue with the popcorn, toffee is the best although I am also partial to salted.