Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Strongsville, Ohio
Gents, this subject can be debated till the proverbial 'cows come home'. Now being almost 65 years old I grew up with bikes in the early chopper years, late 60's and early 70's. My buddies and I rode everything, BSA twins, Triumph Tiger Cubs, Honda 305 scramblers etc. We would get stopped for handlebar height checks, broomstick in the pipes and anything else they could think of. My one buddy had what they called 'snuff r nots' in the pipes of his 305 Honda. For those who don't know what they are they were washers with a hole in the center. The end of your 'straight pipe' was cross drilled and these were inserted with a pivot shaft, spring and knurled nut. They could be rotated for somewhat quiet use or turned for straight pipe use. The bottom line is we as a motorcycling community feel we always have our riding rights being infringed on but why should we be any different than the automotive sector. I can't imagine what it would sound like to have every second car go by with glass pack mufflers installed. I enjoy a bike with nice sounding pipes but when was the last time you saw a baffle in a set of Two Brothers 'mufflers'? They can make any laws they want but until the police get out and do something other than sit with a radar gun in their hand we can make all the noise we want but the writing is on the wall. Motorcycling venues are closing, cities are enacting noise ordinances and enforcing them, laws are being made that only stock exhausts can be replaced and many others. In case you haven't figured it out, we are bringing this on ourselves.