Well Chandra-herbert has it right with criticizing the lack of standardized testing. That a cop with an iPhone can write you a ticket is BS.
Perhaps... dare to dream... standardized, objective testing with reasonable limits that a stock pipe won't fail? And a bunch of genuinely obnoxious bikes ticketed?
Paging Ian Tootill...
The statement on the article “There is no evidence loud pipes does anything for safety, it just pisses people off" Is such hog wash, I run an after market pipe on my bike and fully acknowledge I am over the Vancouver 93 db level. I know with a doubt when a driver changes lanes on me (halfway) I've been saved by reving my bike to signal the driver of my presence. Let's face it the horns on our bikes are nothing more than a fart in a wind storm.
Also just because my bike is load doesn't mean I'm out there reving the shit out of it, it's a little self control when and when not to roll the throttle back.
Again...... louder pipes does saves lives
You have self control.
Knuckle draggers on hardleys dont.
Hipster trash with holes in their headers dont.
Future road crayon squids with megaphone slipons dont.
Also those people will complain just to complain. First it was molson indy, now skate parks are too loud...
"Honda = Boring, Suzuki = Wannabes, Yamaha = Poser, Ducati = Overated, BMW = Compensating, Aprilia = Insecure, Buell = BCIT business... go faKOffee." - PUREVIL
I thought there was a standard test for Canada ?
< spell chequer is totally bustimacated >
Sorta made me laugh when I open the article to read it and the first thing I see is a pic of a BMW GS!! Not exactly what I think of when I think of a loud bike, haha. So if noise is an issue to residents anywhere, they better start testing lawn mowers and weed wackers and lets not forget chainsaws etc... We might as well shutdown construction in the city because we wouldn't want noise complaints. With that being said, there are some real losers out there on thier HD's with exessively loud pipes, deal with the HD's and most complaints would go away.
Relying on a loud pipe to save your life is a fool's errand.
But otherwise yes, even loud pipes don't have to be obnoxious if used respectfully in quiet neighbourhoods.
The problem isnt sport bikes with 100-110DB exhausts, its bikes with straight pipes with 120+ DB exhausts. But of course, if it's on two wheels, it all gets lumped in as the same.
Because to the public at large and the folks about to plan the crackdown there is no difference between that GS and a straight pipe cruiser.
To them all motorcycles are tarred with the same brush and should be subject to more stops, more inspections, and more regulations.
Fill the house with bees.
Those ffnn hardley dudes ruin it for everyone. I can't walk down the sidewalk with one of those idiots revving the shit out of their bike to let me know how cool they are.
If I sit outside in the evening, I can hear the obnoxious hardley roar miles away. Where are the cops? Pull these idiots over and ticket them.
It's entirely possible to have an aftermarket pipe and not cause obnoxious noise everywhere you go, but those that intentionally do so need to be slapped upside the head by the long cock of Johnny Law.
"Yamaha" - it's Japanese for "fuck your sports car."
I did a run up to Harrison on my gsxr (which is definitely over legal db limits) and my brother/gf drove up. When I was behind them or even next to them, they couldn't hear me the slightest bit. Only once I pass them can they hear me at all. "Loud pipes saves lives" is an utter bullshit white lie we tell our wives/moms to make them feel better about us riding. Exhaust project backwards, not sideways or forwards. Want to be safe? Be defensive and use your horn.
I rarely hear Harleys around my place anymore,
the occasional Sports bike and of course all the ambulance/firetrucks/police driving between shootings, but nobody ever complains about that noise.
You all got to realize that nearly no bike on the street other than a V twin runs some kind of "Muffler/Slip on" Only a V twin rider runs a straight pipe with no means to take the bark out of the exhaust.
Having owned a V Twin for a season I met other riders...all telling me ways to make my bike louder. WHen asked why would I want a straight pipe most said the BS about it saving lives but almost the same said it was fun to make noise and set off car alarms. Most are as dumb as they look...
Remembering Bill Mclean.
Having had a colonoscopy......I have now seen where the sun don't shine......(Me)
You nailed it.It's entirely possible to have an aftermarket pipe and not cause obnoxious noise everywhere you go, but those that intentionally do so need to be slapped upside the head by the long cock of Johnny Law.