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post #1 of 12 Old 08-02-2007, 01:21 PM Thread Starter
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Exhaust-Denver and #@$!!!!

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.

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post #2 of 12 Old 08-02-2007, 01:35 PM
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I just searched the Rocky Mountain News site, and only found an article about the LEOs busting a bunch of street racers and squids. I can't help but think that the typical aftermarket pipes on a Strom wouldn't attract a lot of attention. My feeling is that the police will be using it as a tool to get to the guys that cause earth tremors when they drive by.

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post #3 of 12 Old 08-02-2007, 01:40 PM
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If you are getting pulled over for an after market pipe on a Wee the that cop is just fishing for something. I think that the intention of that law is to cite the squids. I seriously doubt that any LEO is going to give a Strom two looks. Unless its me going 20 over the limit. :twisted:
 
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Exactly! I'm not a big fan of aftermarket pipes myself, but I recently found out that the replacement muffler for my 1200 Bandit would have been $750.00 from Suzuki versus maybe $350.00 from the aftermarket. Which makes the most sense to you? However, nobody blinks when my neighbor (in a residential area) "tests and tunes" his Mustang drag racer. Not a peep about those ridiculous car stereos after the school lets out. And honestly, since so many of them own "air cooled push rod twins" not a faint whisper from the law about their noise level. I would love to keep my pipes stock as long as possible, but refuse to believe that if/when I need to swap out, I'm suddenly a sinister member of society's dark underbelly. Include EVERYONE in these laws and I may support it. Until then, the only thing louder than a Gixxer pipe is the collective exhalation of hot air.

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I would not worry too much about having a bike registered in one state that does not comply with the laws in another state. It is along the same lines of driving a truck with a lift kit that is legal in one state across the state line to a non-lift state. To me you really need to comply with the state that prints your registration.

I think that MightyShep is absolutely correct that the cops would be fishing for something with an aftermarket pipe on a Wee. I think you would be a lot quieter than a cruiser with unbaffled pipes or a rocket flying by at 12,000 rpm.

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Does CO have a state inspection? We do in VA and that would be a "perfect" opportunity to enforce some stupid law like this one.

Why can't they just have some sort of noise ordanance and leave us alone if we're not being obnoxious?

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Fishing for "HOME LAND SECURITY".

We haven't seen anything, YET.

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Ok, I live in Denver

The idea behind this law is to discourage people who have those rediculous cruisers with insane pips that ride through neighborhoods reving their engines uselessly. As long as you are not being obnoxious you will not have any problems.

My last bike was an 05 CBR600RR with a Yoshimura race exhaust system. It was unbelievably loud. If I wanted it to be... But I never had any problems with it because I was not revving it up in the neighborhoods.

Also, this is a city law. The city itself is not that big so you definitely wont have any problems outside of downtown.

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Does CO have a state inspection? We do in VA and that would be a "perfect" opportunity to enforce some stupid law like this one.

Why can't they just have some sort of noise ordanance and leave us alone if we're not being obnoxious?
We dont have inspection. It is a city law so a state inspection wouldnt do any good anyway.

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I would change it out and chance it... not sure any denver cop could spot non stock pipes anyway... I lived there for 30 years... they have more on their minds besides matching numbers on pipes....

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