Originally Posted by 64Strat
Recently, I've had my pipes save me from some potentially very nasty situations. One situation in particular was in congested traffic and a distracted woman, talking on a cell phone when she decided to take my spot WITHOUT looking, and I know she didn't look 'cause I was watching her. I very quickly pulled in the clutch and blipped the throttle and she darted back. Problem avoided.
So, emphatically YES!! they work. No BS, no nonsense... get over it.
The same thing has happened to me in my car. Luckily my car has a device known as a horn. Pressing a button makes it blare, which luckily has resulted in the same accident avoidance as your loud pipes.
The above pipes weren't loud enough to keep the woman from starting to move over so they didn't save any lives there. Bikes don't come standard with loud pipes, people have to buy them from the aftermarket. Aftermarket bike horns cost less than aftermarket pipes, horns don't require you to rejet/reflash the bike to make it run right, and I can hit my horn button quicker than you can pull in the clutch and rev the engine. I can even accelerate away from something while activating a horn. With the clutch in, you're just coasting. Given all that, it would seem horns are capable of saving more lives than loud pipes are?
Your anecdote does nothing to convince me loud pipes save lives any better than other solutions.
But I pretty much agree with everything else you were talking about.
PS - yes, I do ride, for the last 20+ years now. And a couple of my bikes are less quiet than when they left the factory so I'm no saint either...