Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: West Des Moines, IA
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I use earplugs on the highway always. Yet I do still hear enough engine rumble to satisfy. The plugs help with making it not so much to become a bother on longer travels, and keep my ears from ringing when I reach the end. I can still hear the speakers, and I can still hear what I need to around the bike. I agree that "loud pipes saves lives" thing is about like deer whistles. Some say they work great, most say a waste of money. I rode with a Harley rider with loud pipes a few times. When I was behind him I could hear him with a half mile and more between us. When I was in front it was like he wasn't there until he came up almost to my tail... too late to alert me to do anything if I had to watch out for him. Same when I'm in my cage, don't really hear any loud pipes until they pass me. And all that was before I started wearing earplugs. I guess I'm with the group that likes a relatively quiet bike, but want it to have a distinctive sound. Not like a car, but not loud. My 1990 GW was quiet enough to ride up to a pedestrian who wasn't watching and surprise them. That was nice. That was also one reason to have a loud horn to use when needed.
prior and current bikes:
1973 Harley Davidson 125 dual sport- sold
1997 Kawasaki Vulcan 750- sold
1990 Honda Gold Wing GL1500- sold
2005 Suzuki Burgman 650- traded
1998 Honda ST1100- sold
2014 Honda CTX1300A (U.S.A. Ion Blue Deluxe)-sn: 489- primary transportation
2003 Honda Metropolitan CHF503 (wife's ride)
flickr photos of CTX1300A
Yep, that lone state of Maine is where I owned my first mc.