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post #1 of 165 Old 05-05-2010, 03:13 PM Thread Starter
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Nice loud Pipes

I want to put some good pipes on my DL1000. Riding out here in Southern California can be dicey sometimes, and ever since I started riding my V strom it seems traffic has gotten worse. Then I remembered that my last bike was loud, and after watching another bike nearly get run over at night (I actually didn't see him, or hear him, I just heard his little bike horn) I decided I need my loud pipes again.
Does anyone have some good suggestions?
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post #2 of 165 Old 05-05-2010, 03:21 PM
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My suggestion: Don't rely on exhaust pipe noise to keep you safe.

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2 Brothers pipes without the tip are supposed to be quite loud. They have a sound clip on the site for a TL1000, very similar.

There's a youtube video on modding the stock setup if you can weld. Search Modify VStrom Exhaust and you should find it.

And don't rely on loud pipes to keep you safe.

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Two Brothers M2 without the sound reducing power tips would do the trick for you, believe me. I put 'em on mine, and they were too loud, I ended up buying the inserts that drop the noise level by 7-8 DB, made em much nicer. You can add or remove the inserts in a few minutes with a torx, so you have a choice. I'm still deciding if I like em or not, PM me if you're intersted maybe they'll be for sale this summer. I have three video clips on youtube if you search for dl1000 exhaust upgrade.
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Sound is directional. Plus pipes project the sound behind you, how will that keep you safe. I prefer to use riding skill and paying attention to keep me safe. If letting people know that some idiot with loud pipes just went by, like I do every time one does than just run straight pipes like the Harley crew does, we know how much everyone loves them. Personaly I am trying to quiet mine down.
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Loud pipes suck and do nothing for safety -- all they do is piss people off you've already passed.

Anyway, I think Two Brothers pipes are widely regarded to, uh, suck the most.

I can understand a preference for hearing more engine noise (not my cup of tea, but I understand), and there are other alternatives that have a beefier sound without the unholy Godzilla racket released by the 2Bros pipes.



Honestly, you could have simply said that you prefer to hear your V-Strom sing, and asked about the best-sounding pipe. There was no need to repeat that goofy old biker myth about lifesaving pipes.

Next you'll be telling us that helmets break necks, and that you can't touch the front brake or it'll fling ya over the handlebars, so if you really want to stop in a hurry, you gotta learn to lay 'er down...

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Seventy percent of accidents involving a car and a bike are when the car makes a left turn in front of the MC. Loud pipes are meaningless to reduce this risk to you.

A good pulsing headlight might help.

Loud pipes are going to bother the person in the car behind you that is in the perfect position to mess you up when you don't see it coming.

I've ridden the streets on a 15 HP Yamaha XT225 and a on a loud Harley.

The pychos in cages don't care. Either way you're on the defensive.

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Loud pipes suck and do nothing for safety -- all they do is piss people off you've already passed.

Anyway, I think Two Brothers pipes are widely regarded to, uh, suck the most.
I was told the same by my local dealer. He said that Two Brothers was always the first to market with pipes for any new bike and they did it because they put so little "engineering" into the pipes. They just sell a straight-pipe with some packing inside it.

If that's all ya want, then why not just pull off the stock can and slip on a staight piece of pipe - lots cheaper!!

I have to agree with sound being so directional....next time you see a bike (harley) in your mirror in the distance note how little you hear it until it gets REALLY CLOSE behind you- and when you're stuck behind one with straight pipes forget it!

Loud pipes will be the end of motorcycling as we know it until people start to police themselves -- NY is already stopping bikes and IMPOUNDING THEM ON THE SPOT if there is no EPA stamp on the pipes!!

Don't get me wrong - I like the sound of a well-tuned engine with a healthy growl but sometimes it just goes too far!!

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Do you have a white or yellow helmet?

Do you wear hi-viz clothing?

Do you have a Stebel Nautilus air horn?

Loud pipes are every bit as likely to create drama as prevent it. And if there is more than one motorcycle around with loud pipes, it doesn't do a bit of good. And those loud motorcycles have now created legislation that affects all of us: in Boston it's a $300 ticket if you have an exhaust without an EPA sticker. Denver, ditto.

If you want a louder exhaust because you like the sound, go to it. Don't think it will make you safer.

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OP, aren't you glad you mentioned loud pipes

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