As far a life saving motorcycle stuff for me it probably would be 1-Helmet 2-Modern disc breaks 3- decent riding position
So when a look at me attention whore on an old style curser with no helmet, wearing dark colors, feet kicked up on hwy pegs, talks about "loud pipes save lives" ? yeah whatever..
On the hwy and in traffic in side a moving car I really never even hear load pipes mixed in with the other noise of hundreds of cars and trucks, it just blends into the rest of the noise and makes it louder.
The only time I really hear them is blipping the throttle at stoplights, as I take a nice summer walk down the sidewalk, as I eat on the restaurant patio.
Seems to me the "loud pipes save lives" is more of a political slogan against noise ordinances.