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New Law in California Targets Motorcycle Exhausts Hot

Despite protests from the American Motorcyclist Association and thousands of riders, California has passed a law that targets motorcycle exhausts.  On Sept. 28, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed into law Senate Bill 435, which states that motorcycles must display an exhaust system label certifying the motorcycles meet federal sound limits.  All street motorcycles registered in the state and built on or after Jan. 1, 2013 will fall under the guidelines.

If you are thinking that you can sidestep the law with a new slip-on, forget it.  The law also states that aftermarket exhaust systems made on or after Jan. 1, 2013, are to display the EPA sound emissions label. Violators face fines of up to $100 for a first offense, and up to $250 for subsequent offenses.

I am no fan of obnoxiously loud exhausts, but I am less of a fan of laws that single out motorcyclists.  There is no such labeling law for car and truck exhausts.  So if you drive a car, you can modify your exhaust any way that you want.  No one will be crawling under your vehicle to check for labels.

Give us your thoughts AAB readers.  Did the Terminator just sign away more of our freedom?

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0 # cpuspeed 2010-10-04 03:01
I thought the law wouldnt pass. Sure we need something to curtail loud pipes by obnoxious squid riders but this isnt going to do anything. Isnt there a law against loud pipes already and its up to the discrection of the officer to enforce and cite offenders? Not too hard to pick out the offenders... theyre the loud ones.

Anyway this law is a huge blow against motorcycle manufacturors and motorcycle parts manufacturors ie bad for sales and an economy that is already in the dumps and bankrupt. It is already more difficult to make bikes that pass California emissions. The trickle down affect is less sales and less jobs needed. Do you think this type of bill would pass if it was for cars? I dont think so. Whats really bites is that law or no law the same guys who ride with loud pipes will continue to do so, there attitude is obvious... they dont give a crap.
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0 # Baseman 2010-10-04 10:21
Laws against loud pipes have been around a long time. Is this to prevent the possible requirement of having a cop carry around a decibel meter to prove that the bike's exhaust were too loud?

What has happened to the Terminatior? He liked cool rides as much as the next guy but seems to have been transformed into a pussy Democrat by his wife. He dumped logical, conservative thinking long ago.
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0 # MARK O DUDUM 2010-10-04 15:01
I AM IN AGREEMENT FOR THE LAW. AS A RIDER I FEEL LEAVING A MOTORCYCLE THE WAY IT IS (STOCK) NOT IS RELIABLE BUT MORE FUN TOO RIDE. KNOW THOSE ON HARLEYS LIKE HELLS ANGLES,BAYRIDER S,MONGALE,AND OTHER ROUGH CLUBS HAVE LOUD BIKES AND ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS LAW THAT WAS SIGNED.

LOUD PIPES SAVES LIVES IS ALL HOGWASH. YOUR COMMON SENCE AND GOOD JUDGEMENT SAVES YOU FROM AN ACCIDENT ON A MOTORCYCLE,NOT LOUD PIPES AND BEING A NUT OR A JACKASS FOR THAT MATTER.

MARK SAN FRANCISCO CALIF.
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0 # armeav8rs 2010-10-05 04:59
It's the Nanny State run amok trying to dictate everything you do. How long before a black market exists for fake labels is created. They're punishing the innocent for the acts of a few morons by imposing legislation that takes away your freedoms.

Rebel against a government run amok!
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0 # JJ 2010-10-05 05:44
So he is supposed to be a rider, right? I mean he's crashed one of his own bikes, so at least he has been on one. So he should be doing things to promote the community, right?
That's why we bikers support other bikers and try to elect them when we can, that makes sense right. So I am not sure which pisses me off more.

(1) So is he supporting the motorcycle community as well as it's vendors who make and sell products like exhaust that we bikers tend to purchase.
(2) As a biker he should appreciate that loud pipes help dumb cagers hear what they can't see, that's one motivation for replacing the quiet pipe in the first place.
(3) Lastly, that better be an old photo cause it's his freaking state that started the smoking ban in the first place and there he is puffing on a stogie.
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0 # Roger 2010-10-05 07:16
Your bike was compliant with the noise law the day it rolled off the assembly line. Just put the mufflers back on.
I was at a BMW Rally a couple of years ago. You could alwayd tell when the Harley rider started up. The BMW's? never heard them unless they honked the horn.
Loud pipes save lives? If the cage riders would turn the stereo down from 11, turn off the cell phones, open the windows, they might hear you, if they aren't too busy smoking a joint or having a fight with their beloved, reading their work papers, shaving, polishing their nails, looking at their shopping.............
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0 # G Marten 2010-10-07 10:37
I thought he was one of us, but I guess like any other public office holder " Give Us Power to take it all away from you" Trader!!!
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0 # RicerBoi 2010-10-10 07:18
I have been annoyed when I have my aftermarket mufflers on my Civic and the cops pulls me over just because my muffler is too loud. When I see American Choppers, they are even louder than mine and yet they don't get pull over. They are loud even if they're not moving and for my car, it's quiet when it's in neutral only loud when it goes. Finally Arnold is doing something about people who has loud exhaust on motorcycles. Us car enthusiasts all agree that it's not fair when we get pulled over for loud exhaust but yet American Choppers or any motorcycles that has a loud exhaust don't get pull over. Thank you so much Governor Schwarzenegger! Now this is something to talk about at car meets!
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0 # Stephen Castaneda 2010-12-01 09:42
The total sum of california's IQ might be about about 10 they have no common sense. Everyone knows that Arnold has no balls his wife told him to sign the bill and everyone knows she is a major DEMOCRAT Califonia is going to be the first comminust state. Those that don't belive that loud pipes don't save lives must also think that all harley riders are outlaws. The idiots that live in the bay area are nothing but nanny state supporters. They think the goverment should decide everything for them.
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0 # Motorcycle Exhaust 2011-08-01 13:07
It's stuff like this that bother me about living in CA. Loud Pipes save lives simple as that, I can see how there obnoxious in residential areas, but on the freeways, they're an absolute necessity.
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