Some people suggest that loud motorcycles save lives. There is absolutely no research to prove this statement. There is, however, a lot of research regarding the cause of motorcycle fatalities. Motorcycles have a fatality rate that is 18 times that of cars because of four main reasons:
Motorcycles operators have the highest rate of DWI convictions, speeding convictions, and suspended or revoked licenses compared to drivers of other vehicle types. They also have the highest rate of single vehicle accidents. 27% of all motorcycle accidents involved fixed objects other than cars (USDOT Traffic Safety Facts 2000).
Loud motorcycles do not save lives. Driving the speed limit, not drinking, and wearing a helmet do save lives. The sooner motorcycle operators learn these facts, the sooner the motorcycle fatality rate will decrease and the peace and quiet in our neighborhoods will increase.