Hey Colorado Strommers, if I am in Denver on my bike-legally licenced in Arizona and I have an aftermarket pipe on my Wee, will I be ticketed? Pg # 28 of Augustís American Motorcyclist (the AMA magazine) shows that Denver has recently passed a law that goes into effect July 1, 2007, that basically forbids any exhaust pipe/muffler other that stock! So if I bash my pipe in, or decide to loose a few pounds and shed the stocker, I get two weeks to prove I fixed it or pay a $500 dollar [email protected]
#! This is regardless of the noise level, meaning I could have a pipe even quieter than stock and still get a fine?
I donít know man, it isnít enough that every cell phone operating cage driver is out to hit us, now they want to limit my modifications to stock applications. Or if I want to visit Denver-because now I donít think I could move there, do I have to put back my stock pipe? This means if I want to work on an older bike, I have to find the stock pipe, good luck on many models like an 1987 VFR or an old Kawi just begging for Muzzy.
I know it has been the air cooled push rod crowd (notice I didn't slam any brand here!) and the racer crowd that has got us to this point. Jerome and Cave Creek (Az) have already enacted similar laws although Cave Creeks is based on allowable noise, Jerome is any muffler other than stock.
I know many of you are fine with that law, but for those of you that plan of keeping your Stroms for years (or at least until that 2% dealer loan gets paid) what happens if your pipe gets damaged or there is a need to replace it. I ride year round and my lower front pipe looks pretty trashed, what is wrong with replacing it with something else-like a Leo Vince? And because I donít like the sound of my Wee ( OK-Vee guys you got me on this one- I prefer the Veeís sound especially through a pair of aftermarket pipes) I am forbidden to improve the lawnmower quality sound of my exhaust, yet my neighbor is allowed to do what he wants to his Mustang as long as it is within the noise limits.
Sorry for the long rant, but I figure some of you may understand and if there are any Strommers living in Colorado, I would be interested to hear your take.