Well, it's that time of year again. The annual crackdown on loud pipes is here.

So - are you one of the proponents that thinks Loud Pipes Save Lives?

It's your right to buy and install pipes as loud as you want but remember, as with any right, it is also your right to pay the price for infringing on the rights of others.

Now don't get me wrong, I love the deep throaty rumble of a good set of pipes as much as any one, however - there is deep and throaty and then there's loud and obnoxious.

I for one do not believe that loud pipes save lives, I think defensive riding saves lives.
At one time the "Loud Pipes Save Lives" motto rang true, back in the day before increased sound proofing of vehicles. Hell in most vehicles today you can barely hear an ambulance or fire truck coming. In today's day and age, the only thing that's going to keep you safe on your motorcycle is your own skill and your ability to stay focused on the job at hand - riding your motorcycle.

I know that many will disagree with me and that's just fine with me - it'd be a boring world if we all liked the same things or all believed the same things.

If you are one of those individuals that feels it's your right to use your right hand in such a way that you are setting off car alarms and rattling windows - if you don't know there is an appropriate place and time to do that...then be prepared to pay the fine.

There is an old adage - If you can't do the time then don't do the it goes with pipes and helmets. You are bucking the system and it will cause you grief. You know that from the outset so if you choose the behaviour....

Ride safe - ride like they are blind and can't see you...

Belt Drive Betty

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