“Loud pipes save lives,” they say. They’re wrong.

That maxim is easily debunked since, as RevZilla pointed out not long ago using basic physics, your bike’s exhaust and the sound coming out of it are pointed behind you, not in front of you. Better mods that could save your life are your headlight and horn.

But some riders don’t see it that way, and think that loud pipes in general are just awesome. News flash: they generally aren’t. It’s one of the more annoying bike mods out there.

What’s the rest of them? That’s our question of the day, and it can include modifications annoying to drivers and pedestrians around the bike, as well as mods that are bad ideas and make life more difficult for the actual rider, too.


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