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California Wants Quieter Motorcycles

California Wants All Exhaust to Be EPA Approved

It's a trend that is quietly building momentum across the country.  States and Cities are enacting legislation to force motorcyclists to comply with federal noise emission standards as a way to quiet loud pipes.

On Monday August 30, California joined the growing number of states who passed legislation making it a crime to operate a motorcycle manufactured after Jan. 1, 2013, without a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency label certifying that the bike's exhaust meets the federal standard.

The problem, say critics, is that most of the EPA stamps and labels on stock exhaust pipes are difficult if not impossible to find and as a result, many motorcyclists will be unfairly ticketed and harrassed.

The police chief of North Hampton Maine told lawmakers that clean stock pipes on the police department's Harley-Davidson's are easy to locate if you lay on the ground, but that would require two officers to check.  "I would still need two people (present when checking a motorcycle for the EPA label)," Page was quoted on Seacoast online saying  that he would want one officer in position to watch the operator while the other checked for the label. "I'm not going to have anyone lie under the cycle with the rider (on it)."

New York and Denver have passed similar legislation this year.


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  6. To Page in Maine Instead of having two officers or laying on the ground why don’t you try using a mirror?


  7. This is in response to all the riders who just had to have straight pipes on their bikes. Loud Pipes save Lives? BS, now we get legislation like this.


    • I believe this type of legislation will cause a huge drop in sales of bikes of all kinds when it goes into effect. The price of used bikes will go way up. New bike prices will plumet as they longer on showroom floors. This is BAD LEGISLATION and to blam it on loud pipes is wrong.

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