Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Thunder Bay, ON Canada
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About loud pipes. This is an observation that I've been wondering about for some time. With my stock exhaust bikes - they are relatively quiet and I very rarely encounter wildlife (e.g., deer) scurrying across the road in front of me when riding alone or with other quiet bikes. However, it seems that when I'm riding with someone who has a loud, thunderous exhaust - it not only seems to startle human bystanders, but it seems to send full families of confused, startled, and crazed panicky deer darting across the road in all directions all around us on rural roads. I wonder if there is any correlation between exhaust loudness and risk of injury due to wildlife collisions.