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Poll: How Do You Feel About Loud Pipes?

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I thought my Bub's were good at that on my 88 K model.:grin: Are they even in business anymore?
Yeap, they are.
Eye's right, the name is still around, but it's not the same as it was when you had your K bike. Back then they made performance exhaust systems for different brands and the company was operated by its founder Denis Manning.

Somebody bought the assets and operates now as Bub-Design, Inc. focusing on Harleys.

Bub Enterprises, founded by land speed record holder Denis “BUB” Manning, was a victim of the financial downturn. They sold off facilities and shrunk the company trying to keep above water, but they didn't make it.

Denis "Bub" Manning was inducted into the Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 2006. AMA Motorcycle Museum Hall of Fame | Denis Manning
 

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Never been a fan of loud pipes.

To me, loud pipes are just an image thing. "Look at me, I'm a bad-azz biker!"

No, you're not. What you are is responsible for most all restrictions and limitations on where motorcycles are allowed or not allowed in this country.

So, tune them down a bit boys and girls. You're not doing anybody any favors.

You can be a biker without being a nuisance as well.

As usual... YMMV. :wink2:
 

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I'll add that they don't have a super great reputation anymore, either. Not bad, mind you, but just not top-of-the-line. Better than Cycle Shack maybe.
 

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Eye's right, the name is still around, but it's not the same as it was when you had your K bike. Back then they made performance exhaust systems for different brands and the company was operated by its founder Denis Manning.

Somebody bought the assets and operates now as Bub-Design, Inc. focusing on Harleys.

Bub Enterprises, founded by land speed record holder Denis “BUB” Manning, was a victim of the financial downturn. They sold off facilities and shrunk the company trying to keep above water, but they didn't make it.

Denis "Bub" Manning was inducted into the Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 2006. AMA Motorcycle Museum Hall of Fame | Denis Manning
I thought I read that something happened which is why I asked. That's a real shame.

I'll add that they don't have a super great reputation anymore, either. Not bad, mind you, but just not top-of-the-line. Better than Cycle Shack maybe.
They used to be darn good. I used to switch the ignition off and back after a second or two and get the biggest bang you ever heard. I'm surprised I didn't blow the muffler clean off but it was still hanging in there after 60,000+ miles. Put it on at 3,000 and the day I sold it at 63,000+ miles I did it several times cause I knew it would be the last time I could make noise with it and not hurt anything. Maybe they were just too well made.
 

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I like enough noise to know its there, but not enough to rattle windows of the cage next to me.

That being said, mine is too quiet, but finding out how picky that motor is about air intake, I am not looking into fiddling with the exhaust much either.
 

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I don't buy into "loud pipes save lives" but I do want my bike to sound like a motorcycle, not a sewing machine. A bit of growl sounds good but the guys with exhaust so loud you can hear it across town are obnoxious idiots

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I had a Harley XR1200 that I put a "racing" exhaust on to get more power, ended up spending too much for too little power and having to wear ear plugs myself. Now I have a Triumph Scrambler that an aftermarket (read not street legal) exhaust is available for more power and better sound. No thanks, I will just enjoy listening to the sewing machine and keep a lot of money in my pocket.
 

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My ears ring all the time already. I don't need to make it worse. Guns, Trucks, and motorcycles are all better with mufflers. I have learned this the hard way at 31. I'll be completely deaf by 50.
 
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I almost always keep the exhaust stock on my bikes. I do like the sound of a good piped V-twin, I just don't want to ride one all day. I am one that uses ear plugs on a factory muffled bike. Like John, my ears ring constantly, I will attempt to save what is left of my hearing.
 

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I vote for quiet exhaust, but it's more complicated than that. First off, loud pipes startle other drivers and piss them off, myself included when I'm in a car and get rev-blasted by a loud bike passing. Very inconsiderate and makes people hate motorcycles.

Secondly, even if riders are polite enough to keep it down when close to houses, bikes with aftermarket exhausts improperly installed/jetted can be really obnoxious if they constantly backfire. I live in a hilly twisty road area popular with bikes and often a bike with loud exhaust will roll downhill past my house (Harleys are the most common culprits but some sport bikes as well) riding nice and slow with minimal exhaust noise except for repeated backfiring like shotgun blasts. There I am outside enjoying the peace and quiet of my country property and I want to grab them and ask, "why in hell don't you get that thing tuned correctly, do you think that backfiring is normal or necessary?" I've worked on enough race bikes to know free flowing exhausts don't have to backfire.

Then there are the loud pipe gang that feel they have to gas them up when on rural stretches of road, oblivious to how the sound travels. Here again I can hear the thundering loud Harleys and aftermarket exhaust sport bikes as they roar up a canyon 10 miles and one mountain range away. I like to gas it up as much as the next person, but all my bikes have stock exhaust. And after a 200+ mile ride my head is not throbbing. Just my opinion.

-Bill
 

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I love the beautiful sound of a Harley with a loud exhaust as it cruises by and makes me smile:grin:

Right about now, if I could, I'd pitch a tent on ANY Interstate to hear the thousands upon thousands of Harley's as they all make their way towards the Sturgis Rally in south Dakota:smile_big:

https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?search=Sturgis+Motorcycle+Rally&title=Special:Search

What I find obnoxious is Straight piped diesel pickups, LOUD school buses, terribly loud and stinky trash trucks, low life's over revving their 50 Horsepower, JAP cars with the 5 inch coffee can exhaust, running maybe their CAT converter and no muffler.:surprise:

Most irritating is the 5 million decibels of Hip-Hop, African American or worse Hispanic cacophony that wakes people from blocks away:sad:

How about living in close proximity to an Airport and watching the big Airliners with their obviously 'straight shot' Vance and Hines exhaust systems making one cringe on every take off and not to mention all of the 'black smoggy soot,' that somehow the EPA doesn't seem to care about:sad:

Let's ban stupid ring tones while we're at it:wink2:

Sam:nerd:
 

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Doesn't bother me unless it is over the top. What bothers me is the even louder and more obnoxious noise of garbage trucks and school buses, but complaining about that will go nowhere, because there is no movement to ban them.

I have a background in music, and I like to listen for the overtones in motorcycle music. The well-tuned bikes will have that. Music to my ears.
 

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My new to me bike has loud pipes and my verdict is still out on them. :confused: What I won't be doing is riding my bike through the neighborhood while making as much noise as possible, like one of my neighbors. :devil:
 

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I agree. Loud don't bother me unless it is obnoxiously loud. That said, my pipes as I bought on the bike are loud tho not crazy loud and I do attempt not to make em really loud.

I don't follow the "loud pipes save lives" thing.


To each is own I guess.
 
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