Government wants to make car & motorcycle customization an offence! ACT NOW!

puttbutt

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NY
I don't know about other countries, but in this country, you're not suppose to tamper with the muffler because of anti-noise regulations. but base on the many times that I have heard after pipes installed, I don't think the cops are really interested on enforcing any motorcycle laws except checking vehicle inspection stickers during the middle of the day when the weather is nice, if you happen to live in small towns and villages and the municipality needs revenue.
 

Andy131

Getting there...
Location
Manchester UK
4 or 5 years ago I was thinking about buying a bike, liked the look of the adventure style bikes as they would be easier on my back. A colleague took me around to the local BMW dealers that also sells Harleys - both Wayyyy to expensive for me. A brand new Harley was coming of of the dealership - beautiful noise but obviously not legal. I asked the mechanic how come they could sell it like that, his response was that the customer was always right, and come MOT time (ministry test) an exhaust without a silencer was only an advisory, so it would still pass. If the owner got pulled by the police all he had to do was bring it back, they would refit the original exhaust, do the test and issue the document to say that it had passed, then refit the custom exhaust.
 

puttbutt

Well travelled
Location
NY
I don't understand the logic that people depend on the amount of noise that their bike makes to save them from a collision, instead of riding defensively.
 

Morgan60

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Location
NW USA
I don't understand the logic that people depend on the amount of noise that their bike makes to save them from a collision, instead of riding defensively.
If you are lane splitting in California or riding in very heavy city traffic with multiple lanes going in the same direction autos can hopefully hear you coming up on them. No you can’t depend on the noise to keep you safe. You must always keep your wits about you and stay very alert to everything around you. All it dose is give the autos you are coming up on one more since that something, a noisy motorcycle is coming up on them and on what side you are on, so they can pay attention just a little more and that again hopefully give just a little more safety and keep you live.

Really, in Cal. the cars move over easily a 16 to 20 inches on ether side two to three cars ahead of you, when in very slow traffic, that is if they can hear you coming! Lane split, try it you’ll like it! But only where it’s legal please.
 
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Andy131

Getting there...
Location
Manchester UK
Even after being away from Bikes for 40 years it was no surprise that in the first 3 weeks of riding I have had two drivers pull out from side streets and force me on to the pavement, and had one idiot actually drive into the bike while it was parked. So every little helps when it comes to survival.
Having lived next to the town byepass for 35 years, a one mile strait with no speed cameras and nowhere to put a mobile speed camera, every sunny evening BBQing in the back garden has been spent with the sound track of Bikes and cars attempting to reach 200mph. Most with louder than average exhausts, my wife said it was Karma, as when she met me I had a Honda 500/4 with four into four megaphone exhausts.
 

puttbutt

Well travelled
Location
NY
I had purchased a used sportster one year that the owner had installed after market pipes. one day while commuting over the George Washington bridge, was next to a guy in a car, his window down, when I suddenly noticed his front wheels was moving over into my lane. Gave him a toot of the horn, and it startled him. He apologized, and said that he didn't realize I was there. luckily for me, he wasn't doing a quick lane change, and that I was vigilant. a year later traded the bike in for a sport tourer, because I use to work the evening shift, and didn't want to disturb the neighbors.
 

Bluestrom13

Well travelled
Location
UK
You can make all the noise you want with your bike's exhaust, but be no safer. SOD'S LAW says the guy in the cage pulling across and into you will have an even LOUDER STEREO playing at maximum volume.:(
 
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