Loud Pipes – Saves Lives? Is It a Fact or a Myth?

In motorcycling, the topic “loud pipes save lives” never seems to die. There are many cases where you’ve seen the biker stickers and patches with this phrase. But is it myth or truth? The phrase is related to something that everyone will have a different perspective. Some argue that loud motorcycle pipes prevent accidents and save lives; others argue that the loud noise is merely a nuisance.

Many cities and communities in India have banned motorcycles because of residents complaining about the noise. And before I became immersed in motorcycle culture, I would have probably supported a city ordinance banning motorcycles if the noise bothered me.

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But on today’s’ crowded highways, at a time when more and more things are competing for your attention as a driver, it’s easier to notice a loud motorcycle. It’s even almost impossible to miss a very loud one, whether it’s in your blind spot, in front or behind you. One can’t think of another method that increases the visibility of motorcyclists, without them being visible to the other person. Govt. has made a rule to keep the headlights permanently switched on, on two wheeler’s, but can that actually help in saving the motorcyclist in an accident as that can’t be seen when the motorcycle is at a blind spot.

So, loud pipes make motorcyclists more visible to others on the road, and this increases safety. Now how much this contributes to saving lives is difficult to measure, but you might say that increased safety reduces the chances of serious accidents. There’s your answer: “loud pipes save lives” is true.


Article by Gurpreet Kaur Bawa


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