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New California Law “Muffles” Motorcycles

Earlier this week, California Governor (and motorcyclist) Arnold Schwarzenegger signed into law the Motorcycle Anti-Tampering Act (SB 435), originally introduced by state Sen. Fran Pavley (D-Santa Monica).

What does this bill mean to bikers in California? It means that all motorcycles produced after January 2013 will be required to have a visible EPA stamp that ensures the exhaust is clean burning and doesn’t exceed a noise level of 80 decibels. For those bikes not displaying the stamp, fines of  $100 for the first infraction and $250 for subsequent violations will be imposed.

“The noise caused by illegally modified motorcycle exhaust systems is a major quality-of-life issue across the state,” Sen. Pavley said. “Basic common sense and decency dictates that when a motorcycle drives by and sets off every car alarm on the street, it’s too loud.”

It’s interesting that motorcycles are the only target in the bill’s 80-decibel limit (which is roughly as loud as a vacuum cleaner). A point could be made that an equal amount of noise is generated on a regular basis from car alarms, police and news helicopters and loud car exhausts. Is this a case of motorcyclists being unfairly targeted again — or is it a matter of a few morons racking up their pipes in residential neighborhoods and tarnishing the reputation rest of the motorcycle community?

Regardless of how you feel about the new law, it will ensure that the state’s 800,000-plus registered motorcycle owners adhere to both noise and air pollution standards. Please leave your comments here. We’d love to hear what the motorcycle community has to say.

About the Author:

Patrick Garvin began his stint with J&P Cycles at the start of 2008 after doing some installs for us at Daytona and Sturgis for two years. Currently, Patrick splits his time between the eCommerce team and purchasing, finding new and exciting products for our website and catalog. When he’s not at his desk, he’s zigzagging across the country with J&P’s event crew. Patrick has an obsession with going fast on just about anything, a trait he shares with his 6-year-old son Race. You can usually find both of them wrenching in the garage or ripping through the fields on dirt bikes. Emma, his beautiful wife of 7-plus years, puts up with his antics and keeps his head screwed on because he certainly wouldn’t be able to find it without her.


  1. Mike July 11, 2016 at 6:39 pm

    It won’t be long before some inventive manufacturer creates a nice easy bolt-on exhaust bypass valve that will let you run your bike legally for purposes of EPA yet let you bypass the stock exhaust when you want. Hot-rod builders have been doing it forever. Flip a switch and you are legal.

  2. Zipper July 2, 2016 at 9:56 am

    There is one solution. Move out of California, or vote.

  3. Little Wolf June 5, 2015 at 2:05 pm

    Have you ever considered that your hatred for motorcycle riders is discrimanant. Lawn mowers make loud sounds, leaf blowers make loud sounds, trains make loud sounds even in the dead hours of the night. Just because you don’t like something because of it’s look or sound doesn’t mean you should treat them horribly or punish them for it.

    Consider this, parades on a certain topic are inconvenient for drivers and can possibly offend you by said topic may offend you and may also be very loud, but do you take that away from people? No.

    Do you enjoy having to listen to a bunch of boom boxes from your neighbor with a music genre you don’t like? No? Will you take it away from them just because it offends you, a certain crowd of indaviduals who don’t agree with another? I may be early in my years on this world but I can tell you all that you who agree with this law are discriminating against motorcycle riders just because they make too much noise.

    So if you are going to yell at me/someone who opposes this law, consider this, this is my opinion, a born right of mine as a citizen of America and as a human being, just as it is a motorcycle rider’s right to purchase their bikes with loud pipes or a person who wants to go mow their lawns at 6 o’clock in the morning even though it’s loud and will wake you up.

    Oh one more thing, if music is considered expression, even if it’s loud, visual arts are considered expression, even clothing one wears is considered expression, wouldn’t a motorcycle’s body (eg. It’s pipes) be considered a motorcycle rider’s expression? So if we took away their expression, isn’t that taking away their freedom of speech which demonstrates the infringing of the first amendment? I mean if you say whatever you want to me, you’re expressing yourself, so if you can say as you please no matter how offensive your opinion is then… Aren’t you being unfair to said motorcycle enthusiasts?

    Just thoughts of a little wolf

  4. Buster September 26, 2013 at 4:19 pm

    This law only gets 2013 & newer or does it apply to all?

  5. Joe neisser August 5, 2013 at 9:10 pm

    What in the hell this pr**k says bikes are to loud. Ok how bout the brothers and that so called music or the little rice rocket cars they put out more noise arrnold needs to get his head out of his a** loud pipes save lives.

  6. amsmith170 July 9, 2013 at 10:38 am

    The law is horrific in that it doesn’t take into account that exhaust parts wear out just like any other part on a motorcycle. When this law first passed, I asked 3 of the major aftermarket exhaust producers “which of your products meet the criteria specified in this law?” The replies ranged from being ignored to “We produce our products for off-road use only.” I see the aftermarket getting a little better, but this appears more of a legislated obsolescence rather than an environmental solution. The law is also flawed in that it is not equally applied to other combustion-powered vehicles and equipment such as buses, leaf blowers, and large trucks.

  7. Bulla July 5, 2013 at 2:30 am

    When I first purchased my Harley with stock everything on it, it was very quiet and within regulations of California law. It was also very dangerous due to the fact that not only am I harder to see because a motorcycle is smaller then a car, but I wasn’t able to be Hurd as I was driving passed someone in a car. I was almost ran off the road many times. My wife liked the quiet stock pipes but she felt way better about my safety after putting on aftermarket exhaust pipes. Cars can now hear me coming and even though they can’t see me as well, I haven’t been ran off of the road. I’m willing to get a ticket for having louder pipes because a $100 ticket is nothing compared to my life.

  8. hate you August 26, 2012 at 8:51 am

    This law is well passed due. These loud bikes often match their owners. Lame and loud.

    • Joe neisser August 5, 2013 at 9:18 pm

      Ok a**hole you apperntly do not ride unless it is a moped I ride a 1942 Indian 442thats a inline four and I have been riding since 1978 my first bike was 47flat head that I got at an army auction that law is going to get brothers and sisters killed

    • Oil Patch Grubby Buddy July 1, 2016 at 2:43 am

      Just letting you know you think it is lame and bikers suck, ill tell you one thing I know you suck. You have fag day I dont like it but you shove it in my face and that pisses me off so deal with it.

  9. bababooey March 26, 2012 at 10:49 am

    Some are gang stalkers, or jerks who just like to draw attention to themselves, after all if they needed to be heard, why not just install a loud horn.

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  24. C. Frelin October 30, 2010 at 4:50 pm

    If the 80 decible threshold is held to be that point that violates public decorum, then why not write the law to include any source that could generate noise in excess of the 80 decible limit identified in SB435?

    Would the sound of a lawn mower / chain saw /leaf blower be ay less an intrusion. It appears that since this would affect a greater number of citizens who would be responsible for compliance the proposing party chooses to oblige only a small minority to minimize opposition or punish motorcycle owners for some personal bias.

    If 80 decibles is the violation, then enforce it equally.I’d bet if Fran Pavly would be made to replace the rusted out exhaust on her power equipment she wouldn’t find this legislation a priority.

    Why is it when we’re not personally impacted we can find so many ways to improve the world?

  25. C rack October 22, 2010 at 12:54 am

    How bout the dummies with 30″ woofers in thier cars. The entire area within a mile shakes and vibrates like an earthquake and your teeth and brain rattle in your skull. I’ll take loud pipes over it any day. One more thing, this only applies to bikes produced after 2013, lot of good bikes left to sound off…lets the morons know you’re coming so they don’t take you out by cuttin you off!

  26. ridewithconfidence October 19, 2010 at 10:59 am

    Too many times have I been cut off, just to see some idiot rocking out to an enya soundtrack, and reading some bs, greenpeace initiative. I have an exhaust on my bike and I still get cut off once a week atleast. I commute on my bike everyday 100 miles between work and school, I got a ticket last night for a modified exhaust well I was on the freeway. The cop was a nice guy but told me he had to do it, and I told him I hope he understands, but ill see him in court. I don’t have headers and honestly my bike is quieter than a stock Harley. Cops are controlled by the greenpeace morons and I guess the greenprace morons didn’t get the memo that a stock gsxr-6 gets better gas mileage than any highbrid. I guess ill start having to commute in my 69 camaro that gets 8 miles per gallon. That’ll spare the air!

  27. Jay October 15, 2010 at 6:12 am

    I was going to tour from Ont. Canada to Cali and back next summer but i think we will ride to Nova scotia insted and spend our money there.

    “discrimination” that’s all i can say

  28. Tony Dhono October 13, 2010 at 11:03 pm

    I have been riding Harleys since 1971 and still ride a 1981 shovelhead FXWG wideglide with Dyna Power slashcut aftermarket pipes. These pipes are “medium loud” and not menacing,with a sweet bass
    sound that people do not hate even when you
    enter a basement, easing it on the trottle.I’ve asked questions about the possible disturbing noise it creates but have had no negative comments yet. I personally do not like “very loud” pipes as I do not need the attention they create but I do need some assurance that I am heard when approaching a car so I can pass safely without creeping up on it. Riding a crotch rocket with no sound scares the living shit out of me as it is too quiet. Overly loud pipes also give the engine less power as they do not give sufficient back pressure to the engine. One doesn’t need to show off to enjoy something so if us bikers will take into consideration that there are other people with rights too on the planet, maybe we can keep a good thing going without becoming a “Johnny Dumbass” who manages to get things outlawed by overdoing it.(This happened to apehangers in the past).

  29. TAMBI LINDSEY October 13, 2010 at 1:51 pm

    LOUD PIPES SAVE LIVES! I love my Paughco’s — swept up for better hearing!

  30. WT October 12, 2010 at 9:52 pm

    It is too bad that lawmakers have to do what common sense can’t. Overly loud bikes are not cool!
    The sound of raw horsepower does not have to be deafening as is the idiot with the loud stereo, who mistake clairity and quality for the sound of a large buffalo bashing inside his trunk, and 1000 screaming cats inside a well for what they think is music!
    A motorcycle dosn’t have to anoy the rest of the world just so the rider can feel free.
    The restriction may be too quiet but it was long overdue for some sort of limit, as the brunt of the noise is never heard by the rider. how would any motorcycle rider liked to be forced to listen to a Boy George album!

  31. Mike October 12, 2010 at 2:29 pm

    It is another law that might not be inforced like immigration or somthing like that I live in california all my life stupid laws like this come an go. First we need to weed out the stupid in this economy.

  32. james click October 12, 2010 at 12:52 pm

    California’s broke.This is just another tax that the bean counters have cooked up.Beware all motorist.Bikers and car enthusiast are under attack.The greenies and government elitist want to eliminate the internal combustion engine as we know it.loud pipes save lives!

  33. Steve October 12, 2010 at 9:10 am

    Seriously..?… thats rediculous. My father has been a Harley rider for over 30 years. He’s always told me “loud Pipes saves lives” and thats a fact to live by. I agree with the post head of me about the morons on their cell phones that dont pay attention. Its bad enough in my own truck that people cut me off and dont think twice about it so whats the consequences of a motorcyclist with no exhaust noise and gets cut off? a dead one. If Arnold is complaining about harley pipes being a nuisance what about all these ricers with fart cans?? i dont care for that noise myself. Well hopefully the government dont use the same stipulation for nascar drivers and quiet their exhaust.

  34. Told Uso October 12, 2010 at 8:33 am

    I’ve heard the arguement too many times that loud pipes save lives. I’ll concede that sometimes it does make a difference but there are entirely too many self centered “look at me” buttheads riding with excessively loud pipes that needlessly and intentionally annoy people just because. This has been a long time coming and frankly I don’t care if it does come to my state. I do feel the law is being unfairly enforced as I’m also tired of coffee can tuner exhausts and loud stereo’s. Even HD started an ad campaign warning riders of excessive and unnecessary noise but too many didn’t get the memo or don’t care because it’s all about them. People don’t realize that noise ordnances are usually local laws and you never know when you’ve just passed some local or state level legislature with your “over compensating” exhaust and have just motivated that person to take action. Wake up bone heads. You are doing irreversable damage and ruining riding for the rest of us.

  35. Steve October 11, 2010 at 9:24 pm

    Shouldn’t we be able to sue the State to set aside this law until argued. I believe we are being singled out when other motor vehicles exceed 80db as well as other power equipment. This is unfair and unequal use of the law. Prejudice against one set of people or vehicles. Any lawyers out there? I’d bet you can find 2010 stock Automobiles with excess of 80db motor/exhaust noise and especially stereos. What about leaf blowers, mowers, chain saws, trimmers, etc? Japanese cars with aftermarket exhaust? This cannot be legal

  36. tnt2bard October 11, 2010 at 7:43 pm

    The reason why we keep our bikes loud is so the idiots and even the good drivers can hear us. That’s the point. It has saved our lives, I don’t know how many times. People just can’t see everything when they drive. Big trucks, van, suv’s, trees, fences, etc. Block their view. These are facts. The loudness keeps us safer than bright color or even reflectors do.
    If someone gets killed because they were not seen in a situation where they could have been heard, do we sue the state of California for wrongful death? I would. Those bullet bikes creep up on cars all the time. They are too quiet. This law is a mistake.

  37. HD 2003 October 11, 2010 at 5:26 pm

    Noise means safety — if people can’t see a bike, at least they can hear it (unlike hybrid cars that often surprise people on the streets and in parking lots). Unfortunately, I live in California and I own two Harleys with after-market Vance & Hines pipes on them both. Even before I swapped the pipes out, my stock pipes set off alarms occasionally, because the car alarms were/are too sensitive. Something to consider.

  38. MJ October 11, 2010 at 2:54 pm

    So if 110 dB = baby crying, should people be ticketed for their kid interrupting my quality of life at a restaurant?
    Here are some common sounds and their decibel levels:
    50 dB refrigerator
    50 – 75 dB washing machine
    50 – 75 dB air conditioner
    50 – 80 dB electric shaver
    55 – 70 dB dishwasher
    60 – 85 dB vacuum cleaner
    60 – 95 dB hair dryer
    65 – 80 dB alarm clock
    75 – 85 dB flush toilet
    80 dB ringing telephone
    110 dB baby crying
    90 – 115 dB subway
    120 dB ambulance siren
    130 dB jackhammer, power drill
    130 dB percussion section at symphony
    140 dB airplane taking off
    95 – 110 dB motorcycle
    110 dB symphony concert
    110 dB car horn
    110 -120 dB rock concert
    112 dB CD player on high
    117 dB football game (stadium)
    150 dB firecracker
    157 dB balloon pop
    162 dB fireworks (at 3 feet)
    163 dB rifle
    166 dB handgun
    170 dB shotgun

  39. lawdogg October 11, 2010 at 2:20 pm

    I would rather hear a motorcycle with loud pipes than observe drivers talking on cell phones resting on their shoulder’s,or drivers with their pets on their laps. Which of the two mentioned problems are more dangerous to the public?

  40. Malcolm October 11, 2010 at 9:17 am

    Over the past year we’ve had volcanos and floods and pretty much wiped out everything the Green People were trying to accomplish as far as ‘cleaning up the planet’ and they’re still hard at work trying to make us all feel guilty about riding our motorcycles.
    Harley Davidson and all the aftermarket companies basically abandoned their client base and will in 2013 pay for this mistake when their customer loyalty dies because we can’t have our loud Harleys.
    I’d like to say I’m glad I don’t live in California but it doesn’t matter because once CA makes it law all the surrounding states adopt their assinanine laws. Floods and volcanos are going to continue and in the end nothing we do will help or work, our efforts to save the planet comes down to making bikers quiet their bikes?

  41. Matt October 11, 2010 at 12:50 am

    Loud pipes do save lives its not all in the ability to ride. I have rode for many years. The problem is the idiots talking and texting on they’re phones and not paying attention to what they are doing. What about laws on that Arnold?

  42. Running Bear October 10, 2010 at 4:14 pm

    This is the exact reason why I have left California, the state of my birth. Law after law restricting the civil liberties of the individual. it is beyond ridiculous and infringes on every aspect of life from hunting to home ownership. BUT, if you are a criminal, member of a gang made up of minorities or an illegal alien you are allowed all the freedoms you can take. San Francisco and Oakland are 2 of many cities where the City government has declared them sanctuaries for illegal aliens. A solution might be to stop buying new MC’s and then maybe the manufacturers would step in.

  43. Post in Melbourne Fl October 10, 2010 at 9:13 am

    Just like the ol saying, “Another law passed, & another freedom lost.” I don’t live in Cali any longer, but even down here in Fl. load pipes are a must. Especially when riding on the road w/ a bunch of “near deads”. As yall know, people don’t pay enough attention on the road. WE NEED SOMETHING TO DISTRACT THEM FROM THEIR CELL PHONES!!!

  44. Mark Baumgartner October 9, 2010 at 8:29 pm

    LOUD PIPES SAVE LIVES. Maybe California needs to be concerned about their economy instead of bikers pipes. I would get quite pipes, get the sticker and then put my loud ones back on again so I don’t get killed on Californias over crowded highways.

  45. Mark Baumgartner October 9, 2010 at 8:26 pm

    Thank God I don’t live in California. Maybe they ought to be worried more about getting out of debt by working for it instead of fining motorcycle enthusiasts for loud pipes.

  46. Panhead Jack October 9, 2010 at 5:13 pm

    California needs to just fall off into the ocean and Arnold needs to go with it…that State is full of liberals that “impose” themselves on everybody’s freedom !

  47. Panhead Jack October 9, 2010 at 5:05 pm

    I believe it is time to send Arnold back to Austria where human freedoms are not so important

  48. Jim Rector October 9, 2010 at 10:36 am

    A quick read of the responses to this new law indicates to me a low level of education. Spelling does count if you want people to take you seriously.
    The new law impacts a small minority of bikers who think that loud is beautiful. The hype that loud pipes saves lives is bogus. The bikers killed or seriosly maimed in my county were not saved by loud pipes. Excessive speed, alchohol and general lack of basic riding skills are the prime cause of death and injury. My only accident while riding for
    over 35 years was an encounter with a patch of sand. Loud pipes would have had no impact on the
    mishap. Loud pipes seem to indicate loud mouths.

  49. Gerald October 9, 2010 at 7:21 am

    The main reason for the LOUD pipes is for SAFETY, because of the idiots on the 4 wheels and ususally with a phone in their ear. The Politicians are running out of laws to make to justify the jobs,

  50. TED October 8, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    I am glad to be a Canadian in BC. We wouldn’t tolerate this kind of crap. The government of California seems to feel that a quiet MC will enhance the CA life style while putting the enthusiast at risk. Once the insurers start paying out big claims for accidents that could have been avoided if the MC was heard and not just seen maybe they will lobby the Governor to rethink this ridiculous law. What ever happened to the Old Saying ” Loud Pipes Saves Lives”
    Get a Grip Arny

  51. scott October 8, 2010 at 7:06 pm

    Can you still breath California without getting fine!

  52. john October 8, 2010 at 5:09 pm

    i’m not from california , but should’nt ” arnold ” and sen. pavley be worried about more important things ? such as , unemployment , california’s economy , wild fires , gang wars , just to mention a few problems that california and this country have . 80 decibles ?! what the hell is that ? why don’t you quite down the ” illeagle mexicans , aka gang members ” , and the ” brothers ” and the white wanna be ” brothers ” riding around in their ” low mobiles ” , with their music blasting around 250 decibles or more ? when you chuckleheads get these things under control , maybe then , and only then should you worry about loud pipes ! arnold , you and sen. pavley are part of the problem , not the solution . LOUD PIPES SAVE LIVES !!!!!

  53. CJ October 8, 2010 at 9:38 am

    There the goes the market for new HDs in CAL. Time to buy out all the used bikes and watch the JAP crap sales take over the new bike market share. Cause nobody that ride an HD wants to feel like they are sitting on something that sounds like a sewing machine. We like like the cage drivers to hear us coming for a damn good reason. Everyone knows what it looks like when a cage hits a bike. cj

  54. Oliver Leveritt October 8, 2010 at 8:17 am

    The Loud Pipe crowd has created this situation. It always cracks me up to hear someone talk about how the only thing that saved them from being run over was their loud pipes. My only reply to that is, “Doesn’t your HORN work????, and don’t you have any rider skills — such as observing and avoiding?”

    I have logged over a quarter million miles on motorcycles in the last couple of decades. I find loud pipes offensive and annoying outside certain limited circumstances. I have relied on traffic assessment, riding skills, and occasionally — my HORN.

    None of the times that someone almost hit me did it ever occur to me that it was because I didn’t have loud pipes.

    Apparently the new CA law will only affect bikes manufactured 2013 and later. I guess that means that all the loud-pipe yahoos can continue to irritate the populace for a while.

    Sometimes, an issue has to be examined from multiple perspectives. Here’s a most excellent perspective:

  55. Jeff October 8, 2010 at 8:14 am

    Ladies and Gentlemen, I live in New York. The laws here are just as bad but- most of the law enforcement community ride Harley’s that have loud pipes. I have one and ride in the city everyday. My “loud pipes” have saved me many time- especially with the A**clown taxi drivers so please don’t tell me loud pipes “don’t save lives”! Yes, you must drive responsibly and respectfully but as evident in hospitals around the country- you can be a responsible, safe driver and still get crunched. If we want these ignorant laws to stop- we MUST ALL BAND TOGETHER and change the laws- not just bitch and moan when a law is signed into the books or yell and make a fool of yourself at a “so-called” rally which turns into a drunken anger frenzy. I am a Marine and Biker for life! When we are we ever going to learn that freedom isn’t free! WE MUST FIGHT FOR IT!

  56. Tony Crook October 8, 2010 at 6:41 am

    Another reason to stay out of California. One day the entire state will slide off into the ocean and the remaining US will be done with them.

  57. ken jackson October 8, 2010 at 6:01 am

    when are we gonna take our country back and stop letting them tell us what we can do!!!!!!!!!!

  58. chris parco October 8, 2010 at 12:31 am

    I dont know if loud pipes save lives or not , ive tried it both ways baffels in or out quiet or loud I still get cut off people cut over in the car pool lane, you just have to keep your dinstance & drive safely.people dont even use blinkers any more thats scary. [I even took a riders course/ that helped] I dont think that I will buy a newer bike because of the epa/& the people in control who know nothing about bikes. for now Ill keep the baffles in so I wont get hassled or ticketed/ well keep the black side down & good luck c.p.

  59. Albert October 8, 2010 at 12:27 am

    Looks like bikes made after 2013 are going to be much cheaper than their 2012 equivalents… Nobody will want them! And the resale value of bikes made before 2013 will be great (much like the resale value of pre-1975 cars is easily $2,000 more than their 1976 counterparts due to the california smog laws).
    Just another in the long list of reasons California sucks, from a lifelong (so far) resident. This state is going to the Prius driving democrat queers, and its just a matter of time before we start pushing back.

  60. Mark October 8, 2010 at 12:22 am

    What A Joke!!!!!! The Police have Loud Pipes or the Very Reason We Do and They are going to fine us for having Loud Pipes when they Have them too? The beginning of this story said that Arnold is a Biker??????? HUH must be wanna them Boys that Ride a muffled quiet GOLD WING!!!!!!!!

  61. Captian Roscoe October 8, 2010 at 12:12 am

    How loud is a train horn? And why do they need to use a horn in the first place? Maybe to save lives? I believe a train is bigger than any bike, and more visible, stays in it’s own lane, and some crossings with gates. So let’s remember where the tracks are and take the train horns away also!

  62. AL October 7, 2010 at 11:46 pm

    Ah come on Arnold is out for him self. He dosnt care about this state any more because he on his way out.

  63. Sonny October 7, 2010 at 11:07 pm

    Let’s see……..lawn mowers, leaf blowers, fire trucks, police and news helicopers, the CHP planes circling overhead…….yeah none of these aren’t noise issues!! This is a targeted attack on bikers by Sen. Fran Pavley of Santa Monica. HEY PAVLEY, lighten up and get a life. Oh yeah, Arnold, you turned out to be a real piece of work too. Two great examples of what’s wrong with California.

  64. Rob (RJ Choppers) October 7, 2010 at 10:02 pm

    This is non-sense! Leave the pipes alone and ticket the few that are making all the noise. Too many times have my non-stock pipes allowed others to hear me before they see me. Rinehart, Vance & Hines, etc. make great pipes and with baffles in; allow riders to be heard, therefore safe.

  65. ken patterson October 7, 2010 at 9:11 pm

    guess I will take this state off my holiday list ,but then , california was a nice place to visit, my loss. I do run the stock muffler on my 75 FXE and find it much louder then the new bikes…

  66. Tom Drummond October 7, 2010 at 8:02 pm

    since this went on in California it won’t be long till it hits the East coast THINK ABOUT THAT

  67. Christopher Robin October 7, 2010 at 7:31 pm

    I’m sure glad I dont live in a dumb ass state like Ca. were actors (not even a good one) run peoples lives.Maybe aronald should get a job at Disney land working with GOFEE !!!

  68. Al October 7, 2010 at 5:18 pm

    Just another useless government contribution. If you want to cut down on noise pollution and carbon footprint reduction, start unloading loud mouthed govt. employees driving taxpayer provided cars/trucks and motorcycles. Make no force them to walk to work with duct tape over their upper exhaust holes.

  69. jeff carlson October 7, 2010 at 3:38 pm

    Thank you California. This leads me wonder if California is really necessary. This will only stop at the ballot in November. Thank you also to all the drag pipe queens. Common sense has gone on both extreems of this one, now we all must brace for the national push. Arnold is not a biker, he’s a pretty boy slacker.

  70. Daniel October 7, 2010 at 3:19 pm

    Loud Pipes Save Lifes!!
    Bikes take up less room, use less Fuel and put out less Carbon Dioxide in this World!
    I’m an Arnold Fan! I’m a little disapointed that he let this pass!
    I wont be buying any New Bikes!

  71. Daniel October 7, 2010 at 3:15 pm

    Loud Pipes Save Lifes… I have a few bike! A couple loud ones and a couple quiet ones. I’m polite to my neighbors when i’m riding my loud bikes!
    I’m a Arnold Fan! I’m a little disapointed that he would target the biker!! Or atleast defend us Bikers! Bikes’s take up less room, use less gas and put out less Carbon Dioxide than most vehicles on the road. I wont be buying any New Bikes after 2013!!!!

  72. Martin October 7, 2010 at 3:06 pm

    Loud pipes do get you noticed but, not always favourably. The noise level of my ride comes in around 84dB to 86dB. That’s loud enough for a comfortable day’s cruising through anyone’s area. Several have already said it best, “what saves lives is good riding habits.” Ride like you know that the moron in the SUV REALLY IS TRYING TO KILL YOU!
    I have many freinds that ride and they all have their own opinions as well. One decided that he was going to put pipes that were “louder than Hell” on his bike. He got the attention but, not the kind that he wanted. When he proudly wound ‘er up for the boys in the ‘hood, the cops that were sitting down for coffee in the station 6 blocks away decided to check out the racket. They gave him tickets for noise violations almost every time that he went out for the next month. He decided that a couple of hundred bucks for another set of pipes was cheaper than the $1800 that he’d wracked up in fines.
    If you don’t like the laws, write to your local reps or get involved at rallys that aren’t just another excuse to “hang out and get pissed.” As I said at the start, “ride smart.” Don’t rely on “ear-buster” pipes to save your arrogant ass.

  73. holmesy5 Canada October 7, 2010 at 1:11 pm

    Augast 29 th of this year I was on my way home from a ride and a jackass in an SUV pulled out in front of me! I was doing 50mph (80kph) and I hit him broad side! Now I’m home recooperating and in for a long rehab!! I had VH pipes on my 09 Fatboy but the wind was at my face! All the vehicles around me said they could hear me as plain as day! He should have heard me as well if he didn’t have his radio so loud!! Loud Pipes do save lives! If those other vehicles didn’t hear me and know that I was around them I might have been run over while I was laying on the road!!!

  74. Marc October 7, 2010 at 12:49 pm


    If it wasn’t for my loud pipes that car would have continued to driff into to my lane. Becuase of my loud pipies I gained the attention of the driver as he quickly swerevd back into his lane white as a ghost.

  75. Fritz the biker October 7, 2010 at 12:36 pm

    No wonder Cailf. is broke. Just have a new exaust installed by the dealer.

  76. Left Coast Tim October 7, 2010 at 11:39 am

    This is when the after-market exhaust companies need to grow a pair and take legal action en masse.
    Mufflers are a legal product, and they should not be legislated out of business. These aren’t cigarettes, for goodness sake. And remember the Oakland P.D. a couple of years ago when they took delivery of their new Beemer-bikes, and they IMMEDIATELY put after-market pipes on them for rider safety!
    So, just as with Termignoni and Ducati, Arrow and Triumph, the pipe-makers need to get their units checked-off as a “approved factory exhaust option”,
    then the customer can order various pipes upon delivery, and the mis-guided “sound police” can go spin!

  77. darren October 7, 2010 at 11:28 am

    i bought a flhtcui bike with loud scrm eagle pipes, it was too loud to really drive and enjoy. you could drive it short hops but to really spend hours on it was a head ache.
    im not sure if it should be law unless they are handing out tickets to EVERY DRIVER and EVERY make of machine car truck and seqway that exceeds the noise limit.

    umm loud pipes save lives?? um loud pipes give me a head ache,
    safe drivers save lives.

  78. Sunny October 7, 2010 at 11:15 am

    About time. I ride. Don’t tell me “loud pipes save lives” and then wear a potato chip on your head. Loud pipes are for vanity. Good riding skills save lives.

  79. Sam October 7, 2010 at 10:53 am

    What An Idiot This Just Proves That His Dumb Ass Should Have Just Stayed In Acting. Thats Bull That Motorcycles Are The Only Ones Targeted. I Almost Got Hit By Some Retard Because Of A Dumb Ass Rule Like This.

  80. Homer October 7, 2010 at 10:43 am

    Well I feel that this is bad mistake on this law. I know of the bikers who have loud pipes will be caught and fine first. But this law will make people who think there bike is loud will either sell or not ride as much or maybe trade in there older bike for a new EPA type. Me, I’ll ride now until the law takes effect, and see what options on what type of replacement of pipes. If they have any. and if I don’t like the new types maybe it’s time to sell my ride and retire from riding.
    ” REALLY” I think this is a money making law, for we are being pinch for riding free.

  81. Will October 7, 2010 at 10:06 am

    These people complaining now are a joke.
    As a member of ABATE, We have been screaming that this was coming and trying to fight it for years.
    NO one was interested.
    We have been trying to overturn the Nazi like Helmet law here California for 18 years. No one is interested. We have a rally on the State Capital lawn every year for motorcycle rights including trying to stop new mandatory smogging for bikes and to have a choice on helmets. (women have “choice” on abortion but we don’t have choice on a plastic hat???) but the attendance is tiny in comparison to how many of us actually ride.
    Every time there is a charity ride in this state it is packed with bikers but where are they when it comes to their own freedom ???????
    ABATE is the ONLY organization fighting for your motorcycle rights. You should be involved before you lose more of them and are riding around on a electric scooter.

  82. bruce watson (shark) October 7, 2010 at 9:00 am


  83. Paulverizer October 7, 2010 at 8:49 am

    Obviously this moron who came up wih this law does not ride, and is talking out of their ass. Moron pull your head out of your ass breathe some fresh air and realize one reason we bikers do put loud pipes on our bikes is because of morons like you who don’t ride, and we want you to know we are beside you or behind you so mayber just mayber you will look before you cut us off and kill us.

  84. Crosingzero October 7, 2010 at 7:33 am

    This is just another one of those really stupid laws thats not going to go very far, just like the laws here in florida on how loud a car stereo can be. it wont get anywhere cause any second year law student will smash it in a court room. and it will have only served to get a bunch of people worked up over basicly nothing.cost the tax payers millions and then get reversed Thanks Arnold for confirming once and for what a flipping retard you really are..

  85. Mike October 7, 2010 at 7:18 am

    Here we go again another plunge at the motorcyclelist. It seems when some congress person has nothing to do where they have to pick on those who ride the wonderous two wheeled machines. We as motorcyclelist already have a problem being seen on the roadways and now they want to take away being heard as well. It is apparent that these people who make these decisions are not the ones who ride and careless about those who do. Get off of it!! This is just like Myrtle Beach SC want to attack the biker.

  86. fuzzy October 7, 2010 at 5:12 am

    800,000 registered bikes in Cali and bikers still let themselves get steamrolled. Bunker asks where was ABATE or AMA, well I’m sure they were there along with the MRF which has been sending out emails about this for some time. The MRO’s are almost always there the problem is 99% of the 800,000 bikers that don’t get involved and are uninformed because they don’t belong to a MRO such as ABATE, MRF, AMA but these are always the people that ask when is ABATE going to do something . Apathy is our greatest enemy; when “THEY” try to outlaw motorcycles altogether if there is only 1% aware and fighting it will be too late. And to the people who say this could never happen I ask; do you remember the three wheeled ATV

  87. nixter7477 October 7, 2010 at 3:15 am

    Ridiculous! Loud pipes save lives, I know we all know it, but there is a reason people say it. What this really sounds like is this particular politician has some neighbor she hates, or was abused once by a man on a motorcyle, and is now using their position to strike back at everyone the stereotypically categorize.

    BTW living in CA I will smog my bike when hell freezes over. I would move out of state over the stupid crap this state does with SMOG laws.

  88. Alan October 7, 2010 at 3:07 am

    have you ever sat besid a truck idealing not wearing ear protection i think it might be over 90 desables

  89. Alejandro October 7, 2010 at 12:43 am

    What is quite interesting is that the Oakland Police Department re-piped their entire 25 Harley-Davidson motorcycle fleet with loud pipes.

    “Deputy Chief Dave Kozicki, explaining the department’s decision to toss the bikes’ muted factory-issued mufflers in favor of the more high-volume pipes, cited an accident three months ago in which an Oakland officer riding a toned-down cycle was struck by a motorist who said he hadn’t heard the officer approaching.”

    Now go figure that, a police department confirming that loud pipes save lives. Almost makes a guy want to cheer for the Raiders.

  90. Michael October 6, 2010 at 11:24 pm

    Where in the HELL are the ANGEL’s’…when this “nice and quiet society” allows such “law & od-derves” in they greatest city of angels? Michael … riding free in the heart/ark.

  91. LOUDASHELL October 6, 2010 at 10:55 pm

    Typical Californian BS. First AR’s and now Harley pipes. You can kiss my OREGON ass! This law is intended for California residents obviously…how do they plan to impose this law on bikes registered in other states??

    I feel sorry for those unfortunate bikers that are imprisioned in a state so regulated with senseless trivial laws yet they cannot enforce the tougher laws such as illegal immigration and drug traffiking.

    As has ALWAYS been the case with California..nice place to visit…BUT I WOULDN’T WANT TO LIVE THERE!!!

  92. harleycrash October 6, 2010 at 10:32 pm

    Arnold is a sell out!! loud pipes save lives. Ticket the dumbass reving riders

  93. harleycrash October 6, 2010 at 10:29 pm

    Arnold You sell out!!!! Loud pipes save lives. Only ticket the idiots for a change

  94. TN FLHTK October 6, 2010 at 10:15 pm

    What about all those “Tuner Cars” with the weed wacker mufflers. They are just as loud and twice as annoying.

  95. Mike B October 6, 2010 at 10:04 pm

    Sounds like we have a whole bunch of overpaid decision makers that forgot what the American way of life is all about. I think Sen. Pavley needs to find a new nieghborhood! WE THE PEOPLE do pay you quite well you know.(Don’t forget where you came from) I served my country for 20 years USMC to be free so FO!!!

  96. glenn doty October 6, 2010 at 9:59 pm

    WOW. was contemplating moving to San Jose for a job transfer. wasnt enough that california has a friggin helmet LAW when you can have ape hanger handlebars up to 6 inches past your shoulders , but now i read this article that says AWNOLD is a motorcyclist and wants to make it illegal for any decible above 80 for exhaust pipes well hopefully someone will get that changed sounds definitely like a prejudice law against bikers not just the bikes.Where was it AWNOLD was from again MAYBERRY him and barney could really make up some crazy laws together.FREEDOM and bikes are what makes riding so great. Oh yeah how about that part where you can ride your bike thru traffic between cars i saw alot of bikes doing that on the highway while i was there,,,but….your pipes better be quiet while your doing it.CRAZY CRAZY now i know why California is losing so many people and jobs everyone wants to be free from the crazy laws there.

  97. Mike B October 6, 2010 at 9:45 pm

    Sounds like we have a whole bunch of overpaid decision makers that can’t handle a few people actually enjoying life. I think that Mr. Sen. Pavley (don’t forget where you came from) needs to live in a little better niehborhood. WE THE PEOPLE do pay you quite well! My suggestion, don’t vote for someone you don’t know. I am an American and this is my country also! 20 years, USMC Retired, so FO!

  98. chris olesen October 6, 2010 at 9:24 pm

    My my my, I lived 46 years in California. Road my first bike 1965. No one will ever shut down my pipes. The rule is right, loud pipes saves lives. Drivers dont see us so now their not going to hears us. whats next ALL Leathers have to have targets painted on them.

  99. Ken October 6, 2010 at 8:52 pm

    You dirtbag harley guys have done this to yourself. Loud pipes saves lives is a crock. If you idiots really wanted to save your lives you would wear helmets.
    95% of the time there is a fatality from a motorcycle accident helmets were not on. Most of you guys with the loud pipes pull up to a light or a stop sign and rev up your bikes, “look at me” I hope this becomes a law in all 50 states. You idiots have done this to yourself!

  100. Mark OBrien October 6, 2010 at 8:49 pm

    I find it ironnic that she (Sen. Pavley) refers to common sense and decency that loud pipes are setting off car alarms, if common sense has anything to do with this I would think common sense and decency would say why do you need a car alarm? I was brought to not steal but I still love the sound of the V-Twin. I also find it rediculous that politicians are so concerned to not offend certain cultures in this country, but they have no problem trying to eliminate our culture.
    Oakley Ca.

  101. Biker Bill October 6, 2010 at 8:45 pm

    Way to go California!! We need the Federal Government to step up to plate like you did and pass a federal law restricting noise pollution across this great nation we call The United States of America. As for all the “ignorant” motorcyclists (Look up the word ignorant) it is not “Loud Pipes that Saves life’s” but rather a properly trained motorcyclist operating his or her well maintained bike in a safe and defensive manor that will save your life. Maybe that is why in the State of Florida anyone wanting to obtain a motorcycle licensees, must take a state approved Motorcycle course. As for the 80 dbs. Seeing how this is posted on the internet I also would suggest that you Google “Hearing Impairment” and you will find that 80 dbs may even be too loud.

  102. NickHD October 6, 2010 at 8:27 pm

    Perhaps one our fine upstanding colonial cousins could pick up a portable Decibel meter, pop over to the offending (or should that be offensive?), Senator’s house, then check to see what the sound pressure reading is on all of His fleet of four-wheeled gas-guzzlers- then publish said findings on facebook or something similar…?
    Embarrassment is often effective, particularly when political pressure is necessary…
    Ride safely, with the loud switch set to “Low”…

  103. Springer Williams October 6, 2010 at 8:11 pm

    This is one more way to discriminate against motorcycles.I can’t believe the governor (a Harley Rider?)passed this. Why don’t we bikers lobby a govermental representitive to outlaw not only loud car and truck exhaust but loud booming junk jungle music too?

  104. Mikey C. October 6, 2010 at 8:08 pm

    I can’t see how they can possibly enforce that law. At what point does the offender have to prove his bike is a previous year where the law doesn’t apply. If the police stop you and find out your bike is fine for the year, what recourse do we have by being “stereotyped”? Another B.S. law the Californian lawmakers are enacting. They should look at the problems with illegal aliens, rampant decreasing property values and crime…

  105. Curt October 6, 2010 at 7:57 pm

    Why not use your horn when needed to alert a careless driver rather than blast the environment with a load exhaust? I have an air horn that is easy to hear when talking on a cell phone.

  106. Jeff October 6, 2010 at 7:54 pm

    We may say oh it’s only California but this ridiculous law will be headed your way next. Guarateed… If we give them an inch here and an inch there that inch is soon a mile.

  107. twodogs56 October 6, 2010 at 7:46 pm

    I’m with JD69 ! Cancel my plans for a trip to Cali….
    forever. Let the liberal lawyers have the state ALL to themselves and see how the taxes go up even more without the thousands of Road Warriors bringing cold hard cash to their state.
    Oh….and ‘Arnie’ !!!…. I can write you off my ‘movie’ list, too…..
    Terminate th’ Terminator

  108. Chuck October 6, 2010 at 7:31 pm

    I guess I won’t buy a new bike after Dec 2012

  109. Chuck October 6, 2010 at 7:27 pm

    Just means I won’t buy a new bike after 2012

  110. Kevin October 6, 2010 at 7:26 pm

    so much for new bike sales in California after jan 2013

  111. Riot Stick October 6, 2010 at 7:19 pm

    It starts in Cal, you know it’s gonna spread.

  112. Jose Torres October 6, 2010 at 7:05 pm

    I’m glad that California is al the way on the west side of the US. I live in Puerto Rico and here we have every existing motorcycle law that there is. So I hope that we dont have to deal with this one, cause ,I know that I’m going to get some of those infractions.

  113. r wright October 6, 2010 at 7:03 pm

    its about time, they have it here in edmonton,92 db, because of the dumb ass riders with straight pipes.thnx dumb ass riders for this law, you brought in on, now you pay!!

  114. JR October 6, 2010 at 6:42 pm

    CA can’t pass a budget and is nearly insolvent, but at least the newly paved roads (thanks Obama) will be whisper quiet now. Glad to see the CA government is hard at work trying to fix what really matters.

  115. david semple October 6, 2010 at 6:15 pm

    i suggest a motorcycle event in santa monica with a run in front of sen. pavley’s house.

  116. BG14742 October 6, 2010 at 5:55 pm

    What this boils down to is that some well to do blow hard, probably the one who introduced the bill, was scared when a “nice sounding'” Harley or such scared the crap out of them as they were BSing on their phone or changing lanes without signaling and made a call to get it started as law. Vote em all out. They all suck.

  117. Cecilio Mendez October 6, 2010 at 5:41 pm

    Every little bit helps. I do not purchase merchandise or deal with any supplier from California. Unless I am “forced” to do it. I will rather pay a little more for anything from somewhere else. My usual recommendation from those few I still deal with from California is: Why are you still there? I just hope the whole state becomes a ghost town.

  118. Dean October 6, 2010 at 5:19 pm

    Thank God I will be moved out of this state before then.

  119. Robert October 6, 2010 at 4:57 pm

    Those same loud pipes that set off car alarms, are the same pipes that informs a child playing in the road that a bike is coming. Those same loud pipes are the reason people are still alive! The squeeky wheel gets the oil…I say about time the squeeky wheel gets replaced!!!

  120. bhooser October 6, 2010 at 4:56 pm

    I go to work at 3am. My neighbors don’t complain. I just start it up, and leave. My bike is in gear, and idling down the street before the starter stops spinning. This is nonsense, and it reminds me of why I left Ca. 25 years ago… I live in WV now, no complaints about pipes here, at least not from anyone who makes a difference. The governor rides here, also.

  121. Dave Dow October 6, 2010 at 4:47 pm

    I’ve been riding most of my life. First on a ’70 Bonnie in ’71 and had Harleys ever since and proud of it.
    I live in NH and this noise pollution law for bikes only was shut down a few years ago. Actually twice. This will be tried again for sure. The Democrats now have a foothold in a state that was staunch Republican. We have no sales or income tax but property and other taxes are rising due to the Democratic bleeding heart spending.
    “We the People…” are losing our rights to freedom at an alarming rate and the people of this Great Nation are doing nothing. We Are Doomed!
    I do realize there are some riders out there that are new to the road and want to show the world who they are, (I was one) but now and for years enjoy touring with my modified Roadglide and Reinharts at a low rpm just knowing when a young whippersnapper makes a challenge that I can out ride ’em and make more noise than he. I choose to be humble. As Teddy Roosevelt said: I walk softly and carry a BIG stick.

  122. Mike Ebert October 6, 2010 at 4:47 pm

    This is not a big issue unless they make it retro to include all bikes. The problem with that is the EPA had no regs for real old bikes like my ’81 Sportster. So, don’t write off visiting the great, steal your freedom, liberal, we know what’s best for you. state of Caifornia.

  123. Mike Ebert October 6, 2010 at 4:38 pm

    Exactly what does the law mean to those of us with bikes not produced after 2013? How will older bikes be judged? Most states have a grandfather clause to take these issues into account. I wouldn’t write off travel to the, freedom stealing, unless you’re a liberal who knows best how “you should live”, state of California.

  124. ALDEN October 6, 2010 at 4:33 pm

    One more right taken away. Little by little they are chippingaway at them. In the last 20 years we have lost some many rights too many to count. One of the dumbest is you can’t smoke outside in an open air stadium. Even I who doesn’t smoke disagrees with that, when our tax dollars paid for the place.

  125. David October 6, 2010 at 4:14 pm

    Does this mean no aftermarket pipes on bikes in California? Ouch! That will hurt market.

  126. R.L.Filippi October 6, 2010 at 3:56 pm

    You must be kiddin’, is there anything the Government wont do to make $$$. My goodness Arnold – give it a rest will ya???

  127. gus raptis October 6, 2010 at 2:51 pm

    I believe that they should take out the alarm sound out of the automobiles and just have flashing lights when someone set it off. That would solve the noise!

  128. big bob October 6, 2010 at 2:24 pm

    I sit in my office most of the day and hear the semi trucks go by and set of most of the car alarms on my street. There are few Harley riders in my area that drive my street and i don’t hear the alarms as much as when the trucks go by. When are they going to muffle them and those noisy weed whackers? Loud pipes save lives.

  129. Left Coast Tim October 6, 2010 at 1:56 pm

    This is when I think the after-market exhaust system companies need to step up and fight these laws. They make a legal product, and they should not have their business taken away from them by hysterical anti-2 wheel zealots. Failing that, they should make simple arrangements with the bike manufacturers as Termignoni does with Ducati and Arrow does with Triumph. That way, a pipe from them or any other non-OEM exhaust company COULD be listed as “optional factory equipment”
    and then the government and non-riding critics could go spin (provided, of course, the pipe met the noise standards du jour!).
    Remember, the Oakland PD retro-fitted their new Beemer-bikes with after-market pipes after they took delivery of them, as they were too quiet.
    “Loud pipes save lives”…even for cops!

  130. Mike October 6, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    The law will definitely discriminate against motorcycles.
    It’s my opinion that there are more annoyingly loud cars on the road than motorcycles. The way California legislators are going, you will soon not be able to have a bowel movement without an EPA sticker on your butt.
    Their message: Come visit the Left Coast, but leave your aftermarket pipes at home………………….

  131. AZ FLH October 6, 2010 at 1:45 pm

    This won’t be a big deal for a few years since most motorcycles are a few years old and it sounds as though this only applies to 2013 and newer bikes. However, that is absolutely ridiculous. There Uncle Sam goes imposing yet more silly rules and regulations. When are people finally going to stand up and say enough is enough with all this ridiculousness?

  132. John October 6, 2010 at 1:38 pm

    Hell, even my stock pipe on my V-Rod set off alarms in parking lots well rolling in first gear! This is ridiculous!

  133. LOUDPIPESSAVELIVES October 6, 2010 at 1:38 pm


  134. Scamp October 6, 2010 at 1:27 pm

    Hey its california, I am not suprised. I happen to have a LOUD set of pipes on my bike. I leave for work at 3:00 AM. When asked, my neighbors cannot tell when I leave. BUT, then I dont rack em tolet them know I got a Harley. I save the RACKING for the cell phone users etc not paying attention to their driving and veering toward me with little or no regard. HEY what an idea, make the cell phone offenders pay the same fee as the loud pipes. OMG now thats control

  135. Mike October 6, 2010 at 1:25 pm

    Again the rants of a few are costing the rights of the many. I live on a street that has a quarry, and have to listen to dump trucks drive by all day. I bought the house knowing it was there, and I hear them for a couple of seconds. It’s no big deal. Like other people stated. What about the leaf blowers, chain saws, mowers, weedwackers. Lets get real.

  136. Bunker October 6, 2010 at 1:18 pm

    I am alive today, and many times due to someone moving or turning into my lane without even looking. The only reason that they did not follow through, was due to reving up so that they heard me. Furthermore, I have heard several pick-ups louder than bikes! I do believe that it is not right, and unconstitutional that bikers be singled out. Where is ABATE and AMA on this issue, and where was any opportunity at all for the peoples input?
    Furthermore, anyone who takes out baffles will still have a stamp on the outside, so I feel that this is an attack on after-market pipes…. I guess when we make it fair for all vehicles, this will cause more loss of jobs in California when they put Midas and Meineke out of business here. Elections are coming up…. REPEAL, REPEAL, REPEAL! Get government out of these issues and back onto what they should be focused on!

  137. Perry Blake October 6, 2010 at 1:16 pm

    This bill reminds me of my mother-in-law; toothless.

    No one is going to be pulled over just to check for an EPA sticker, there will have to be other causes.

    Yes, motorcyclists are being singled out because of the idiots that feel they have to make as much noise as possible, even in our neighborhoods.

    I love the sound of a good running Harley, even if its loud, but in town I try to remember that not everyone likes the same sounds.

  138. Perry Blake October 6, 2010 at 1:10 pm

    This bill reminds me of my mother-in-law; toothless.

    No one is going to be pulled over to show their EPA sticker, there will have to be some other cause.

    Motorcyclists are being singled out because there are so many of these idiots that think they have to make as much noise as possible even in our neighborhoods.

    I love the sound of a good running Harley, even if its loud, but in town I respect the notion that not everyone else does.

  139. Hal October 6, 2010 at 12:32 pm

    I can look at this from both sides but simply, straight pipes are not necessary and 80db is rediculously over-muffled. Driven responsibly, (not standing in one place and revving the engine for instance) the sound my H-D makes with V&H pipes (w/quiet packs) is transient and not annoying. My neighbors agree that the sound of that jerk weed wacking for an hour and a half at 7pm is totally wrong. My putting down the street and into my garage hardly gets noticed. But legislation seems to replace consideration and neighborliness and the polititions win through Idiocracy. (Look that up)!

  140. JD-HD69 October 6, 2010 at 12:28 pm

    Well guess i will not be visiting California or any State Parks in California, Thats why i love the LONE STAR STATE, and i just head east to the Blue Ridge Mts…..

  141. John October 6, 2010 at 12:17 pm

    What pisses me off the most is that you never hear anything about these laws until they’re already passed!

    What a piece of legislation! Limits new bike sales, limits aftermarket parts sales, but generates revenue in the form of fines for the state.

    It’s pretty clear who the politicians are helping, Themselves!

  142. Streetglider October 6, 2010 at 12:04 pm

    This state is getting worse with each election regardless of what we the people vote there is another group out there to oppose it. Now we have a state full of illegal aliens that drain our resources and complain about our bikes being too loud! What will it be next? We voted to legalize medical marijuna and now it’s illegal to grow it for personal use. We voted against gay marriage and how many gay couples have gotten marriage license. Maybe we should vote for this noise level control because you know it will be overturned in the courts afterwards by someone that doesn’t like it.

  143. ron October 6, 2010 at 12:02 pm

    Man , don’t you know it, they fond some money without pissing off the rich.
    The HD dealers after 2013 will have to leave CA or build mopeds.

  144. Samuel Mohad October 6, 2010 at 11:46 am

    Why didn’t you guys would turn your anger and attention to all the newbs on Harleys who are constantly gunning their muffler-less bikes FOR NO REASON? (Actually, I think a lot of you ARE newbs on Harleys.) Nothing is worse than sitting next to some douche who thinks he’s on the starting line up of Daytona circa 1968.

    It’s all you wanna be’s on all the chrome-festooned two-gallon paint shakers that made this an issue. No one ever complains about the (functioning) muffler my 25 year old Guzzi!

    If you guys are so concerned about being seen, why don’t you wear bright orange vests and similar bright colors and get some lights? Because you don’t think it’s “cool” to look like a neon popsicle instead of some kind of gay leather boy, that’s why.

    Here’s a news flash. If you ride a bike, you are A) invisible, and B) in great danger. YOU make the choice to ride, YOU have the responsibility to deal with the consequences. (Oh, yes, and the road is full of idiots. Shocking.)

    Deal with the reality, or stay the hell off the bike.

    And use your horn. That’s what it’s for.

    The Old Timer

  145. Wilfried E. Stippich October 6, 2010 at 11:16 am

    I am a German Biker with good connection to many American Bikers. In my country we have exactly the same problems with “abnormal good” politicians (especially “The Greens”): whispering exhaust systems, no air cooled engines after 2013 because gas emission and so on. I think we (you) have to fight with the voting paper.

  146. vin October 6, 2010 at 11:12 am

    Democrat… that says it all. The liberal communists are at it again. Wait till Obama gets done with this country… we’ll be the last country to wage internal war over freedom… vote them all all out in 2008 and 2010…!!!

  147. Paul Beran October 6, 2010 at 11:05 am

    I’ve been riding motorcycles for 32 years. Most of the other comments cover the ridiculousness of this law. To me it isn’t even about bikes. It’s about our government. IT STINKS! November is coming. Make a change America!

  148. Bill October 6, 2010 at 10:34 am

    This is a load of c**p, the politicians should be trying to fix the million other things that are wrong with California rather than worry about the db levels from bikes…and why only bikes and not loud stereos and blowers, etc. The politicians are attacking the biking community just like they are attacking the off road community and closing down our riding areas, we all need to get involved to stop these retarded politicians from screwing things up even more than what they have already. There are some idiots out there that don’t have any common sense and they like to rev their bikes even when in residential areas no matter the time of day but that doesn’t mean the whole biking community needs to be punished.

  149. mike1101 October 6, 2010 at 10:31 am

    Sadly, I am in the Navy and just got orders to San Dog…. Oh well…. I guess I’ll just keep my bike registered in Texas. That way California can keep their hands and crazy ass laws off of it!!!!! Who the hell do they think they are? So here’s my question…. Can we, as a nation, kick California out of the Union? Or do they have to cecede on their own? Or hey, maybe a constitutional amendment that all elected officials take an IQ test and a psych eval and the results be posted next to his/her name on the ballot!!!!!

  150. Gerald Mann October 6, 2010 at 10:24 am

    I live right outside of Daytona Beach Florida a state overpopulated by older folks , now these people complain all year long about bikes and noise , yet when one of them makes a turn in front of us or cutts us off , the first excuse is , But Officer I didn’t even see him , usually it ends up the old person is let go usually withou even a ticket and the biker goes to a hospital or morgue …So my question is this how can people with hearing that can hear a bike going past on a road outside cannot hear one that is traveilny right next to them ???? Come on Arnold give us some protection the noise helps us stay alive . Why not make re-licenseing mandatory every few years after 60 ?????

  151. Jerseyretired October 6, 2010 at 10:22 am

    I have a Harley with Screamin’ Eagle II exhaust. I want some noise above stock but not open pipe. I find that people in cars are emitting as much noise as bikes. What about those that have the stereos so loud that windows rattle in houses and cars several yards away? If you are going to be fair, then make an across the board noise level. Make it so it is fair and can be enforced. I feel motorcycles are being targeted. I am glad I live on the east coast.

  152. Brad Dusatko October 6, 2010 at 10:12 am

    I and I’m sure most bikers with loud pipes show conderation.If I am crankin up my bike in a parking lot with people,especially small children I keep it down to mimium sound level. I often am thanked.On the open road it’s a different level an I evjoy it. Consideration now will help fight this bill.

  153. Gene October 6, 2010 at 10:09 am

    Another example of Big brother syndrome. It seems to always start in California.
    Do you let the goverment run every aspect of your life?

  154. chuckmonk October 6, 2010 at 10:09 am

    Once again dumbass polititians making dumbass decisions they know and care nothing about. Another reason to avoid going to California.

  155. scott lucey October 6, 2010 at 9:53 am

    I think we need to boil this down to what it is. It’s a fact that bikers take off pipes to replace with louder ones. Why needs to be left to the choice of the operator. The problem is that some people find the noise to be intrusive if not annoying. It’s hard to draw a parallel with lawn mowers or chain saws since they can argue that these devises are used for a specific function and are not modified.

    If we bring it down to items that invade personnel space with their noise levels and are used in large part for hobby or recreational the argument needs to include: car stereos and boom boxes, snowmobiles, out board motors on boats, shot guns, cars, horns that play college fight songs, and a host of other things that exceed the “acceptable Db of 80 and annoy the general public.

    It seems like every morning I wake up there is some additional intrusion in to personnel rights and freedoms and often times it involves bikes.

    When will it be that we have to have smoke eaters mounted above our BBQ grills to protect the ozone and save our P.E.T.A neighbors from having to smell cooking animals? How about those stupid bumper stickers that say your kids and honors student or the ones with the stick people indicating how many people are in you enormous family. This could be very insensitive to cram in the face of someone with an underachiever at home or worse yet, can’t have kids. When will these be banned?

    I want to find that little prick that keeps drawing the line in the sand shrinking my freedoms and ring his little spineless neck.

    Scott L.
    Omaha NE

  156. JIMBO October 6, 2010 at 9:21 am


  157. BigK Kevin Marshall October 6, 2010 at 9:15 am

    I’m from Kingston Ontario Canada no anti-loud pipes law in the Province of Ontario yet, but I believe eventually it will be implemented. The Province of Quebec already does have an anti-loud pipes law in effect to muffle motorcycles. I don’t have loud pipes on my 750 Honda Shadow Ace but I do have a loud set of Dixie Musical Airhorns ( 118 db) on my motorcycle. They have been very effective in preventing me from having collisions with motorists. Is it illegal to put Locomotive Train Airhorns on a motorcycle in the State of California? Trainhorns are louder than the loudest motorcycle exhaust system.

  158. Tucker October 6, 2010 at 9:13 am

    What would you expect from the socialist state of Californication. The state that is broke and worries about protecting illegals and gays and pot.Now the bikes are the target. What a sad socialist state.

  159. Tiger October 6, 2010 at 9:12 am

    Arnold should have to ride in down town traffic for 6 weeks without a side car and no loud pipes and see how many times they try to run his a$$ down then let him try it on a bike with loud pipes and see the diff. for himself.I was planning on a vacation to California but if he is going to do this crap I will just keep my bike trips to every other state and never give any of my money to Calf. I use the state campgrounds when I go so it is all state rev. they lose. way to screw the state Arnold Veto this law now before it gets worse America land of the you cant do this you cant do that free. my A$$ the only thing you are free to do here is get fine after fine after fine long live hitlers law.

  160. GrayWolfe Rider October 6, 2010 at 9:09 am

    This is a bad omen. Things like EPA regs and other federal nonsense starts in Cali. Then sweeps the country. They use it as a test bed for all ideas that make no sense. The people in Cali are so sweep up in being part of a movement or cause they care not for whose toes they step on. The only movement Cali needs is to flush itself down the drain, and leave the rest of us alone to live our lives in FREEDOM.

  161. Nick October 6, 2010 at 9:00 am

    Once again you have some out of conrol politician who thinks he needs to make a name for himself restriciting our rights!!
    Thank you left coast for once again proving that you have no regard for freedom!!
    The only thing you are going to hurt is new bike sales in your state and aftermarket parts sales. Arnold go back to making movies and get out of the republican party…you are not anything close to a conservative!!

  162. Airchief October 6, 2010 at 8:53 am

    Two things:

    First, as several have noted this is clearly an assault on ‘bikers’. If you were attacking ‘noise’ then you would put the 80 decibel limit on any noise. Anyone put a meter on dump trucks lately? lawn mowers?

    Second, Just why is it that we don’t get wind of crap like this until after it is pased into law? The Democrat Party is ‘for the common man’ like a rattler likes rats.

  163. Northwest Rider October 6, 2010 at 8:40 am

    I have ridden bikes a lot of my life, and agree with the majority of people on this comment page. But what I also know is that there is some reasoning behind this. While louder pipes do save lives, which I feel should be legal, there are some idiots out there that have pipes so loud that they literally do set off car alarms as they ride by, or hurt peoples ears. This is a classic case of government seeing a problem, and taking the wrong steps toward fixing it.
    So, to the government: get some common sense and think things through before you pass laws to regulate something you know nothing about.

    To the minority of bikers that have insanely loud pipes: get some common sense and recognize the difference between safety and unbelievably obnoxious. You are ruining it for the rest of us.

  164. Curt Schock October 6, 2010 at 8:35 am

    Sounds like the worst noise coming out of California is not from bikes but from the (easy ride) politicians, don’t forget to throw out the trash November 2nd

  165. BGats October 6, 2010 at 8:32 am

    Looks like CA just lost my business forever to include me NEVER EVER supporting anything Arnold. This law is BS as is discriminatory towards motorcyclists. There are other noises that needs to be regulated. Way to go CA and Arnold for taking even more jobs away from people during times like these. 80 db is way to low. I’ve been to Europe and their laws are like this. I am a true believer when I say “Loud pipes save lives!” Motorcycles that you cannot hear are motorcycles you cannot see. Besides, quiet bikes have no personality. Did they even think this through? The japanese and every other m/c manufacturer shouldn’t have to cter to the CA code. CA should just lose business. Effin’ dumba*s decision CA. I’m sorry to say I even call that place home.

  166. Al Maynard October 6, 2010 at 8:32 am

    This issue is a combination of ingredients. First, if we’re running unmuffeled bikes or give someone a blast of pipe when we go by, we’ve contributed to the new law. Second, I’m retired and love to open my house up to nice weather. I can tell you I’ve had to close the doors many times because of the leaf blowers going 8 hrs. a day, six days a week. They’re just as loud and the little ring-ding engines contribute lots of pollution. Personally, I think we’re being picked on, and I’ll stay out of Ca., thank you very much.

  167. vince October 6, 2010 at 8:28 am

    I ride a bike, been doing it for about 25 years. I own a Harley built by Tony Carlini and it had the loudest open pipes you ever heard. I hated the loud noise so much I had to put baffles in the pipes. I hate loud pipes, just so you know. But…..but…..the fact that some stupid politicians actually wasted our tax paying time on something so stupid is so unbelievable it’s ridiculous. With all the other more important things going on in our country, this is about the smallest problem I have ever heard addressed. When a loud bike whizzes by me I close my ears, just as I do any other loud noise, end of discussion. WASTE OF TAX DOLLARS!!!!!

  168. Ron October 6, 2010 at 8:27 am

    That whine you hear is motorcycle riders who want to deafen the rest of the world. Yes I do own a motorcycle – two in fact. And they, and every bike I’ve ever owned, have the stock exhaust on them. All it takes is a few jerks to make us all look bad. The “bad boys” have done that with their loud pipes, regardless of the brand of MC they ride.

  169. David Chisholm October 6, 2010 at 8:17 am

    GREAT!!! Motorcyclist are making a nuisance of themselves particularly those who operate “American’s Noise Machine–HD”. It appears that virtually every buyer of one of these alters the exhaust system. I hope that the enforcement of this law is made into a TV series similar to SPEEDERS but titled NOISE MAKERS so that I can hear the excuses the owners offer for the racket their bikes make. Good work Arnold!!!

  170. DocCobra October 6, 2010 at 8:14 am

    Even though I do not have loud pipes on my Dyna. I don’t think think anyone should tell us what we should or shouldn’t do with our Motorcycles. Politicians should worry more about enforcing Drugs, Crime, trying to improve the economy, finding more jobs for US Citizens, better pay for US Citizens, stop educating NON US Citizens for FREE so that they can be my Directors and Supervisors, Hire more US Citizens in our Hospitals and our Government, stop giving Food, Medicare, Medicaid to NON US Citizens that can fend for themselves. We need people in Politics that have the guts to make a positive change in our local, State and Federal politics. Help the Elderly to receive the benifits that NON US Citizens are getting and telling them that they don’t Qualify because they made to much money when they were younger..Do “We the People” need to make changes to our government and elect NEW Polititians. I am a NAVY Vet
    ( Vietnam era to Desert Sheild/ Desert Storm) I was ready to defend this Great Country so that we as US Citizens could be free. Don’t tell us to slience our Bikes or our voices..

  171. Gary October 6, 2010 at 8:06 am

    We have muffler regulations on cars so some regulation on bikes might be alright, but 80 decibels???? No after market modifications? These people are insane! VH, Cobra etc are history in California. What a crock of shi@@! Eliminate straight pipes and you’ve solved a problem and kept business’es going. Yeah you piss off a few bikers but you haven’t screwed the entire biker community as well as the whole industry. Arnold, your an idiot!!!

  172. BamBam October 6, 2010 at 8:01 am

    why is it a few bad apples have to spoil it for everyone.the elected office holders always go to the extreme what ever happened to common sense? vote the over reacting bums out of office they are only making things worse for the for the people is this not what Hitler did and we are supposed to be free oh well on to the next joke

  173. Clayburn9 October 6, 2010 at 7:58 am

    So what is Oakland PD going to do? Remember when the PD added aftermarket pipes to their bikes so they will be heard?
    Since this only applies to Jan 13 bikes and later, I guess the PD (and everyone else) will keep an older bike. Way to help the economy!!! No new sales.

  174. Jim Salisbury October 6, 2010 at 7:57 am

    Another reason not to visit California.

  175. Ty-Down >Eastcoast Bikerdude October 6, 2010 at 7:55 am

    Thx. California, just what we need over here on the otherside…It is very well known that California sets the standard for motorcycle emissions and safety control for the rest of this nation. Guess NO,and O2 sensors wasn’t enough to clogg up our sense of self satisfaction on our pipes for our rides-now you have the entire nation looking towards the”Jetsons”
    aftermath. Here is some fuel for your oversights>TURN THE DAMN ALARM SENSORS DOWN! GO ABATES GO. Loud pipes saves lives.

  176. MrC October 6, 2010 at 7:54 am

    As a rider I believe loud horn’s, bright multi-lights and loud pipe’s save live’s! If you ride, you surely do understand.
    It would be simple go to the main Cycle Corp’s, ie..Harly, Honda, Yamaha, BMW, Kawasaki, Ducati and get an overall average decible level of their main pipes and then, table that average decible level for further discussion. Who the hell came up with 80…noone want’s ride a powerful machine that sound’s like a scooter!

  177. Rick Taylor October 6, 2010 at 7:50 am

    This law will reduce jobs for americans. There are several muffler and exhaust manufacturing company’s in the US.

  178. Scott Whicker October 6, 2010 at 7:47 am

    Although my straight pipes are loud and sound really cool, that is not the reason I put staight pipes on it. The 1st 3 months I had my bike with the stock exhaust (quiet), I was almost hit 3 times by cars that had no idea where I was. I was not speeding or breaking any other traffic law. The reason they did not see me is because they were on their cell phones and not paying one bit of attention to what was happening around them. Since I put “loud” pipes on my bike, I have not had that problem. Although they may not initially see me, they can certainly hear me and will then look for the “noise” they are hearing. Loud pipes do save lives! It doesn’t surprise me that California would pass such a ridiculous law. The left wing nut jobs in that state typically react emotionally without any reason or logic behind their decisions. Good news is they are 3000 miles away from me and I have no intentions of ever going to that state. Eventually they will legislate themselves to oblivion.

  179. Chris H October 6, 2010 at 7:42 am

    Loud pipes saves lives, it’s as simple as that. How about putting mufflers on some of the whacked out lefties in Hollywierd?

  180. Debbie October 6, 2010 at 7:35 am

    This is utterly rediculous. I have been riding for 20 years. If it wasn’t for my pipes, there are many times I would have died. Arnold Schwarzenegger, obviously is not a biker or never has road. Especially on california roads, of which I have and 99% of the cars out there disregard the safety of bikes. Arnold you may know alot about body building but you know nothing about safety. I too work out in the fashion of figure competing, and that alone does not give me knowledge of riding on the road with cars, only being a biker gave me that knowledge. LOUD PIPES SAVES LIVES. You allwo those freaking cars with the hidious pipe to roll around, stop tampering in things you know nothing about. $%^&*(

  181. Rus October 6, 2010 at 7:26 am

    Nothing gives me more pleasure than seeing some rich chick in her BMW roll up her window because she can’t hear her cell phone converstation – You know why? Because I know she knows I’m there!!! I ride a 96 Ultra, and it sounds great. I always throttle down while inresidential areas, but when I’m on the open road, ‘burping’ my bike is better than any horn.

    Loud pipes don’t take lives, they save lives. Like it or not, that is a fact. Drivers on cell phones kill – Like it or not, that is a fact!! Focus your efforts on enforcing laws aimed at eliminating distractions for motorists, and quit discriminating against bikers.

  182. Steve October 6, 2010 at 7:15 am

    What about those stupid cars that drive by rattling my windows, knocking the fillings out of my teeth and confusing my heart bad enough to skip a beat?

    If sanctions are to be placed on noise pollution, there’s where I’d start.

    But that said, I must point out as others already have that it only takes a few selfish, inconsiderate persons with self-esteem so low that they feel they must be noticed somehow to spoil it for everyone else.

  183. Charlie Buffalo October 6, 2010 at 7:02 am

    This isn’t about loud pipes. It’s about control and revenue gathering. The B***h who introduced this thinks the people it affects have no power and they can make much needed funds from all the fines that will follow. The only way to stop this is through your voices being heard throughout The Peoples Republic of Kalifornia. It’s time to organize and show them you will NOT be stepped on! If this thing holds up it will bleed across this country like the cancer it is. Good luck Bros.

  184. ken October 6, 2010 at 6:49 am

    Arny. spend your time on real issues. Go down on the border and protect that sive you call a border and keep the trash out of our countryu. You would do much better. Leave the bikers alone.

  185. Rick October 6, 2010 at 6:47 am

    This is just another example of peoples rights being taken away. The government is suppose to be by the people, for the people. Instead it has become a government for a select few.

    I agree with Ish, the only way to fix this is to get out and vote!

  186. Shaf October 6, 2010 at 6:47 am

    Most of these comments have been about Harleys. A Harley has a beautiful tone (if not revved really high) but those 4-cylinder bikes with loud exhausts, man, they are really annoying and I’m a biker. Best sound of all is from a Ducati!

  187. Kevin October 6, 2010 at 5:15 am

    I guess Sen. Pavley doesn’t have any more important issues to take up his time. Why didn’t He also target tuner cars and loud car stereos.

  188. SFRider October 6, 2010 at 5:02 am

    Did Arnold ever get his motorcycle operator’s license. Seems like a few years ago he got ticketed for riding without one then beat it by arguing motorcycle with side car wasn’t really a bike. What kind of biker is that?

  189. DrBird October 6, 2010 at 5:01 am

    It is sad to see that the land of freedom slowly but surely becomes the land of politicians, lawyers and other morons.

  190. SFRider October 6, 2010 at 4:57 am

    The most irritating noise in California is from rotary mowers, weed whackers, and leaf blowers. And they don’t just drive down the highway and come by occasionally. They buzz around your neighbors’ yards on a daily basis and make you forget what peace and quiet ever was. Why doesn’t Arnold do something useful and regulate those. Stop picking on bikers!

  191. Audrey October 6, 2010 at 4:34 am

    Unbelievable, as many people who ride now , and are not seen or ignored on our highways, and killed due to irresponsible drivers in a hurry, LOUD PIPES SAVE LIVES !!!! Get over it, there are many vehicles out there louder and causing more damage to the environment than my motorcycle. Where does it stop ?? I will be seen and heard coming through an intersection with unattentive drivers on the roadway irregardless !

  192. John A. Gonzales October 6, 2010 at 3:52 am

    Look several of you are starting to argue. Here is the deal. It has nothing to do with poitical affiliations. I thin name calling and calling people irrisponsible is ignorant. We have a C.A.R.B. whick has had a taste of victory in recent years and seem to be lobbying to get more EPA laws on book that will have their logo on it. The problem really isn’t loud pipes. These idiots hate motorcycles. and Govenator thinks he will keep getting votes cause it’s the flavor of the day.
    Gues what loud aftermarket mufflers can pass a decible test if you are carefull raise your rpms to to test level slowly. I have done it several times.

    Bottom line is you need to get active and vote these people out of office and quite arguing who is at fault.
    And maybe not doing burnouts infront of your buddies house or infront of the bar might help to but just a thought

  193. John A. Gonzales October 6, 2010 at 3:40 am

    Well I guess this means I am glad I don’t live in california. but I see two things that will happen next. First we will begin to see some company come up with an EPA heat resistant decal or maybe some creative guys with a set of metal stamps will put thier own version of it on their pipes. So if some one starts making money on this remember me for royalties.
    Another idea is to modify the factory mufflers. I think an end cap for stack pipes if you cut off the end and change out the baffleing you still have that stamp on the muffler bodies. Another cool idea. from me. I need to get pattents. Remember most cops are to stupid to determin whether you stock mufflers have been modified or not. I guess thats why Fulsac is doing such good business on making new baffles for CVO bikes.
    Think about it this way there are bub 7 mofflers and bub7 stealth that are 50 state legal but to look at them is hard to tell the differance.
    Use your votes to send a message. In Albuquerque Myor Martin Chaves intituted an quiet zone to get rid of motorcycles which was backed by city council. We warned them that we would organize and vote them out if they did. Well they did. NOw we have new council members and a new Mayor. It can be done but people have to stand up and Vote.

  194. Diamond Dave October 6, 2010 at 2:51 am

    Please read the language carefully – It states all bikes “produced” after January 2013…. will be required to have the inspection sticker…. Not bikes that were manufactured prior to Jan. 2013 . .. .

    All the Best! Ride Safe & Loud – Hurry and get your 2012 Model and modify the hell out of it.

  195. Rick Hettwer October 6, 2010 at 2:41 am

    i never was a terminator fan.. all talk and nothing to back it up.. just more bullshit to see if he can get voted in again.. what ever he thinks will win a vote,.. he’s all for it.
    has nothing to do with M/C exhausts at all.
    if you cant handle the noise any louder than a vacume cleaner then move out of the country MR Arnold.
    you suck

  196. Indian t October 6, 2010 at 2:37 am

    efff arnold and the phony politicians which he has become I run straight pipes on my Indian and always will shove your fines arnold!!!

  197. kevin steele north jersey October 6, 2010 at 2:34 am

    what if you have out of state plates and you get a ticket?

  198. Allan October 6, 2010 at 2:29 am

    Arnie isn’t and never was a conservative.He is a liberal all the way through.He truly has messed up Cali.
    I have two HD’s, the road king has VandH headpipes and python exhaust, pretty loud and the springer has stock exhaust with baffles removed and neither one has ever set off a car alarm.
    This is just another way for the government to grab more of your hard-earned $.
    Those of you who don’t mind this legislation or think it is good for the environment ,just wait your time is coming when they take something from you.

    Ride free Brothers

  199. Snake October 6, 2010 at 2:21 am

    Jon..your ’03 Fatboy will NOT pass this laws restrictions…and
    Bro’ John…go back to saving the trees and the whales and leave the bikes alone !

  200. Steve October 6, 2010 at 1:46 am

    Know wonder Palouise, Boxer, and Feinstein keep getting reelected, the voters in their areas have stopped thinking for themselves! “This woman that got this bill passed is just like the rest of the left thinkers, they hate anything that doesn’t fit into their little sterial life!”
    Unless we (citizens) get off our A****, and vote this trash out of office, we’ll be living in a country like the one in that movie “Demolition Man”!
    Think I’m crazy: Just look at what’s happening around the country right now!
    “I don’t want a perfect life, but a life without politicians telling me what ‘they’ think is perfect for me: they forget that that title they are so proud of , is only loaner, they don’t own it!!!”

  201. Richard October 6, 2010 at 1:45 am

    I ride a Harley Fat Bob but still have little sympathy with those complaining about this. I think its stupid how some people think its acceptable to put overly loud pipes on their bike and infringe on the rights of the rest to a reasonable level of noise in their neighbourhood.
    If you want to blame anyone then blame the dumb few who ride bikes that sound like a jet fighter taking off. That amount of noise is obviously anti-social and you’ve screwed it for the rest of us with your childish land-pirate selfishness.

  202. Phil October 6, 2010 at 1:38 am

    I am torn on this concept; I have had after market pipes and enjoyed the additional HP and torque.
    I also got a kick when I set off car alarms; this is
    probably not responsible behavior. I don’t think
    you need to be heard from a mile out nor setting off
    car alarms. There really needs to be a compromise
    between increased performance and an acceptable
    noise level. The after market manufacturers need to
    be working on this because it will not stop on the west coast.

  203. Hanging Dick October 6, 2010 at 12:56 am

    As a former Lieutenant and motor officer, I would never let officer’s under my command enforce this type of legislation. It is another example of CA restrictions on it’s citizens. Senator Pavely does not deserve to be in politics and I hope that people in her district vote her out when she comes up for re-election. This type of legislation in not the half of it.
    Wait until 2013 when part of the Obama Health Care kicks in and you have to pay 3.8% for any house you sell or rent. Thats one that most people don’t know about and only a few Senators have read. Thats not only California, thats all over the U.S.

  204. Magoo October 6, 2010 at 12:33 am

    I guess The Motor Company won’t be expecting to sell near as many bikes made after 1/1/13 in California. Another great move for the economy.

  205. Ken October 6, 2010 at 12:29 am

    Once again, the PRC (People’s Republic of California) has imposed it’s socialist, controlling will among the people. California SUCKS.

  206. Larry Milton October 6, 2010 at 12:18 am

    Hello fellow bikers. I recently moved into CA. Before that, in Indiana I heard a lot of bikers say they didn’t feel safe unless they had loud pipes. I have been biking for 40 years, and have never had to have loud pipes to feel safe. I notice that the ones who don’t feel safe are very seldom wearing bright colors to be more visible. They also often ride pretty fast etc so I think the safety aspect is a joke. LOUD PIPES and BIG BIKES ARE MACHO!!!

  207. Chazz October 5, 2010 at 11:58 pm

    It is about time someone took a stand against
    loud pipes.It is not just about YOUR rights to have loud pipes, it’s also about other people’s rights NOT
    to hear the obnoxious sound they make.
    And really, all the noise is just an ego booster. It’s
    an easy way to scream; Hey, look at me! to everyone
    you pass by.

  208. crunch October 5, 2010 at 11:47 pm

    A few ignorant few motorcycle riders have ruint it for all…..and they are going to cry the LOUDEST !
    I have straights on my Harleys and I don’t POOP in My neighborhood and they never ever hear me leave…..Thats respect……some could care less and Roar away everyday to go to work or for a ride.
    Thats the ones that caused the law to be made.
    I am in a state that has a helmet law for those under 18 years old…….i wear a helmet all the time.

  209. Bishop October 5, 2010 at 11:46 pm

    I’m a cop. I ride an 08 Harley Davidson Street Bob. It’s loud as shit. I ain’t changing it. Guess us dedicated riders just won’t be gettin any new bikes huh. Killing new HD sales sure stimulates the economy I guess. I think years of watching a real man do his stunts has clouded his thoughts.

  210. Mike October 5, 2010 at 11:44 pm

    What starts in Cali often spreads to the rest of the country. Motorcyclists have toughted a “right” to loud exhaust for years arguing loud pipes save lives while non-riders complained about the excessive noise. Nows the time to chip in and help fund a comprehensive study looking into the actual dangers of riding motorcycle, such as what causes them, how do cagers interact, do loud pipes really save lives, etc. Otherwise we won’t have the ammunition to protect our interests the next time non-riders try to limit how we ride and what we own.

  211. Steve October 5, 2010 at 11:39 pm

    This is not a Republican issue, Arnold is not a Republican he is just a spincter puppet for those other guys. The State is bankrupt and they want to drive out businesses and jobs out of State and overseas. I aready have a Mom and Dad and don’t need the Cali Crew to tell me what I can and can not do. I respect others already, maybe Arnold need to learn to respect others and start addressing real problems anreal issues like paying California’s debts.

  212. Ron Sheweloff October 5, 2010 at 11:34 pm

    Almost every night I hear a car go by blasting that big bass rap or a car or truck that makes just as much or more noise than my VH long shots not all of them but here comes one now. I live in California and have seen it turn into a suck hole it sucks your tax dollars to pay for illegals births, schooling, medical care. It sucks you individual rights. Arnold is an idiot when it comes to making decisions that have an impact on a person individual god given right to happiness. California just plain SUCKS!!!! I can’t wait till I retire and move to Arizona or New Mexico.

  213. Steve October 5, 2010 at 11:19 pm

    Just another reason to boycott California, the State is broke, Arnold is all show and no go, its like he is possessed by some screw the people demon. This law only benefits imports (mopeds pretending to be bikes) California is outlawing big screens, bikes, toys from MacDonalds. I know a State can’t leave the Union but can we kick them out? Maybe we could give the State to North Korea.

  214. Johnny Ray October 5, 2010 at 11:18 pm

    You people with the irresponsibly loud pipes have brought this upon all motorcycle enthusiasts-I hope your egos are satisfied.
    My exhaust is modified mostly for performance but I do enjoy the slightly louder tone. I don’t know if it is over 80DB but it doesn’t set off car alarms and most of the populace dosen’t seem to startled when I split traffic.
    Smart, defensive driving will save more lives than any exhaust noise. Loud pipes don’t save lives, it just pisses off most people trapped in their cages.
    I am glad to have any sort of regulation as I am tired of hearing straight pipes on a Harley from miles away! All that noise and so little forward motion….

  215. Ish October 5, 2010 at 10:56 pm

    I dispise the politics/politicians of CA. They try to rule everything in our lives. I would get out of here except all my kids are here. They want to take our guns , clean air restrictions ( while China blows soot into the air unrestrained), Now they want to make sure we can’t modify our rides. that will sure help the economy, huh. I’ll just keep riding my 1992 FXRT bagger and they can do without the sales tax on a new one. We need to vote out ALL encumbents. Stop bitchin’ and GET OUT AND VOTE!

  216. Al October 5, 2010 at 10:56 pm

    I’m a Terminator fan…big time Arnie fan. So I’m truly disappointed to know that he’s gone to the dark side. Guess the socialists wave knows no limits.

  217. bro john October 5, 2010 at 10:53 pm

    I have an apartment in the inner city of Vancouver.
    In the summer we are constantly bombarded with
    excessive noise from altered motorcycle pipes.
    Everyone knew this type of legislation was coming,
    and let’s face it, voluntary compliance just wouldn’t
    work. I don’t want to hear a bike when it is a quarter mile or more away. Loud pipes, don’t save
    lives, any more wearing a baseball cap makes you a 300 hitter in the majors. Good luck getting the
    legislation overturned.

  218. Stryker October 5, 2010 at 10:46 pm

    You can’t even get a bone stock Harley to run below @90 db. I was staitioned in Germany and the German Gov. imposed the same noise limit to 87db (I think) but they had to revise it to 92 db because most bikes (stock) were way louder than that.

  219. Zymurgy October 5, 2010 at 10:45 pm

    When we were considered ne’er do wells we wouldn’t follow the rules at the cost of the consequences.Now that we have many riders among us who are used to following rules the powers that be will use this growing majority to apply peer pressure to force us into conforming.When you are out of the wind,have a heater,mirrors,a radio,and a cover over your head you are in a car on 2 wheels.

  220. Zymurgy October 5, 2010 at 10:32 pm

    P.S. Kids hear ya coming also and they wont step off the curb in front of you when they dont see a large object like a car,etc. coming.

  221. Zymurgy October 5, 2010 at 10:29 pm

    In the north country animals about to cross the road can hear my Harley coming and are always standing back 30 ft or so till i go passed.I dont think its because they prefer American made machinary as much as they’ve got big ears and use them to avoid danger.It’s better that their superior hearing warns them that an unknown possible danger is approaching and getting out of the way, rather than being surprised when blinded by headlights and not knowing which way to run to avoid the object.This is good protection from smaller animals,deer and elephants.Cows and elk are too stupid.I’m not making this up,I’ve been riding over 50 yrs.

  222. Ronan Collins October 5, 2010 at 10:18 pm

    is their any way to recall this bill?

  223. Chopper Rider October 5, 2010 at 10:05 pm

    I will always have loud pipes on my Harleys. It is what I want to hear. I do not think that loud Rap music should be fined, even though I can’t stand it.
    Californians are too corrupt$$$$$$$.

  224. James Hayes October 5, 2010 at 10:05 pm

    Consider the source of where the bill came from out in fairy land,Arnie and his gang

  225. Redman October 5, 2010 at 9:53 pm

    The law applies only to motorcycles, eh? Apparently Sen. Fran Pavely has no problem discriminating against a mere 800,000 voting, tax paying citizens of California. Sen. Pavely, I’m certain that your gardener uses a 2 cycle mower and leaf blower. Why don’t you attack them? As a California resident, I can assure you that I will not be spending my money anywhere near Santa Monica.

  226. J T October 5, 2010 at 9:32 pm

    @JeepDog said on 10-05-2010,

    You forgot to add that we give you the choice to wear a helmet or not!

  227. KC October 5, 2010 at 9:26 pm

    Glad I took a ride through California this year. Don’t think I’ll go back after the new “Anti Motorcycle” law goes into effect.

  228. harold October 5, 2010 at 9:17 pm

    Just another example of more and bigger government to strangle the freedoms of a selected few. to bad this doesn’t cover loud radios and loud cars also

  229. Raven Maniack October 5, 2010 at 9:07 pm

    I’m on the east coast but I hate that regulation.
    The boys in the gov. always thinking of something to mess up a person’s life. I got two Harleys in the late 70’s, both with straight pipes.They sound great.
    They run clean. They won’t be going to Ca.
    Swartzniger, once an actor always an actor. I hope you don’t ride a Harley because you don’t deserve

  230. John cumba October 5, 2010 at 9:04 pm

    Let him go back to his country! We will have no rights at all soonfuck em all thats why we should go not 1% we should go 100%. loud pipes save life!!!!!!!!!

  231. Jon October 5, 2010 at 9:03 pm

    I ride a 2003 Fatboy anniversary model. V n H 2to1. Not loud at all.
    I guess loud pipes don’t save lives. And cigarettes and second hand smoke do…to the point. Which one is a more important topic?

  232. Fivemile October 5, 2010 at 8:58 pm

    Listen-up brothers and sisters. Everyone who rides in CA and every other state for that matter should join ABATE and get ABATE to act on this NOW !!! Before it spreads to all our 50 states.

  233. Mikemc October 5, 2010 at 8:49 pm

    It is a ridiculous law being passed,a complete waste of time by CA.’s senate. A few people lay on their bikes now everyone who owns a bike in CA has to suffer. Maybe these useless senators and State reps of CA. should pass a law on loud bass driven car audio systems or tax Napa valley for producing wine that people drink then get into their BMW’s and drive.CA has much bigger problems like their deficit. CA wake the F%^K up

  234. ultraclassic October 5, 2010 at 8:49 pm

    That is why I am glad I was born, raised, and still live in Texas. The lone Star state lets you do what you want with your bike with in reason. I have loud pipes on my bike along with several friends who are in law enforcement and they strongly disagree with this law. I really feel sorry for the riders in California. All I can say is good luck and vote out the people that do not understand our way of life.

  235. Peter October 5, 2010 at 8:48 pm

    Yet another reason for me not to travel to the state of California……….

    Why does the California government go after vehicles, when one of there largest issues is drug abuse that they allow to be imported across from the Mexican border?????

    Arnie, go back to your homeland and leave us native Americans & Canadians alone…….

  236. lunch box October 5, 2010 at 8:43 pm

    i hope and pray that that we all come together to fight this. because, just as thay are doing with our right to protect our selves. there hiting us with more and more taxes when are we going to say enough is enough. lets all stand behind all the groups that know how to fight this. God bless and ride safe. p.s and loud

  237. chris October 5, 2010 at 8:37 pm

    the NRA fights for our gun rights because our founding fathers so stated that we have the right to keep and bear arms, and if they had owned a harley!
    their other amendment would have stated that the sound of a harley shall never be infringed upon.
    so wake up arnold if you say you are an american,although you were not born in the USA like most of us or served our country in time of war, i would like to remind you that this is a free country of respect and law and order. but what you don,t understand is that only the person or persons that break laws are to be dealthwith not the whole community. should all that walk into a bank be arrested because they look like bank robbers or just the guy who treis to hold up the bank? WAKE UP

  238. Vince October 5, 2010 at 8:36 pm

    Arnold is wasting more of the tax payers money. I bet he leaves California the minute his term is up and will move to more friendly taxed state. Boycott all Arnold movies he doesn’t deserve any more of our money and has already taken enough in the last 7 years and Meg Whitman is just as dangerous if not more!!!

    As a police officer I will never enforce this law!!!!!

  239. enrique silva October 5, 2010 at 8:34 pm

    Maybe if more people would join ABATE and voice there concerns to there elected officials things like this would never happen.

  240. Stan Wilk October 5, 2010 at 8:33 pm

    I walked out one snowy day here in chicago to snowblow my driveway and heard a motorcycle running down the street . Only it wasnt a bike , it was one of those tuner cars , loud as heck. They tried to throw bikes off of our lakeshore drive til someone pointed out that it was a federally funded highway project and throwing bikes off was discriminatory . This is gonna put as big a dent in the after market suppliers (a lot of them based in california) the way cash for clunkers did in the auto biz. .. Looks like the bike parts suppliers will need to move out of State , like maybe the midwest and rust belt?? .. well c’mon down ! We need the jobs more than the Californians do … By the way , ISnt Arnold a republican ?.. So yoa cant trust either a rep or a Dem .. Ya wanna know why ? They never had to really work for a living Politics is just a big Mushroom rooted in the likely fodder .. and blue or white they just take a bite out of the chosen side ..

  241. rayray October 5, 2010 at 8:32 pm


  242. Mike October 5, 2010 at 8:30 pm

    One version or the original version of this bill was to retroactive the noise restriction to 2003. Guess pre 13 bikes will become like pre 76 (no smog) cars??? I am so tired of being told how to live my life!!!!

  243. JR October 5, 2010 at 8:28 pm

    Once again the Dems are sooo stupid.

  244. Bill October 5, 2010 at 8:21 pm

    I wouldn’t call your Governor a “motorcyclist”. The only time he rides is when it benefits his career as a politician or over-the-hill actor.

    We still ride free in Florida, loud pipes and optional helmet, so come on down. Of course in south Florida, speaking Spanish will help.

  245. Mike October 5, 2010 at 8:19 pm

    I think this is fantastic. I’m so glad to see that the lawmakers and leaders in the State of California don’t waste valuable time and effort on silly issues. Too many times politicians focus on silly things like Border Security and Immigration, Education, Budget Woes, or Crime. I feel certain none of these problems exist in California anyway. Every night we watch the world news and are bombarded with the horrifying stories of the social decay caused by loud exhaust pipes on motorcycles. Congratulations on your work to address a “major quality of life issue”. Indeed. The rest of us are reminded why we are glad to live anywhere besides California. Keep up the good work.

  246. DocBrock October 5, 2010 at 8:17 pm

    Hey, didn’t Schwartzenegger get a ticket after he crashed a couple years ago for riding without a license??.. had his kid was with him too. Just saying, guy should mind his own business. Guys riding by with drag pipes (which don’t help performance for most street riding, just make it loud as f*ck)… little overboard but 80 decibels seems a little low.. but how the hell are they going to enforce that anyway? Cops gonna start riding around with noise measuring devices? Ha…Just giving cops an excuse to pull guys over more than anything.

  247. Dawn October 5, 2010 at 8:13 pm

    I am not sure why motorcycles are singled out in regards to noise pollution. Before allowing these laws pass for motorcycles a protest should be done re: loud muffler ends on sports lowrider cars, the decibels should be .monitored on the boxes put into cars to elevate bass, etc loudness of the music. This is they are slowly taking away our rights. We are slowly becoming a communist country.

  248. Mike October 5, 2010 at 8:13 pm

    I think this is fantastic. I’m so glad that the greatest political minds in the state of California don’t waste valuable time on silly things like immigration and border security, bankrupt coffers, crime, or anything like that. Every night we watch the world news and the headlines are about the relentless attack of loud motorcycles terrorizing the entire state. A “major quality of life issue”, indeed. Keep up the good work California. You remind the rest of us throughout the United States why we are glad we live anywhere other than California!

  249. chopperjohn October 5, 2010 at 7:58 pm

    Just another reason why me and tens of thousands of other people and companies taking our money elsewhere and are moving out that socialist over-bearing tax riddled state leaving it for the Illegal Aliens to suck the economy dry. Now I ride in beautiful weather with noisy exhaust and live a better life without every last dime extracted from my pockets by the liberals.

  250. George October 5, 2010 at 7:46 pm

    I have had to rap it many time in my life to save my butt from cage drivers to let them know I am there. LOUD PIPES DO SAVES LIVES!

  251. MICAH MURRAY October 5, 2010 at 7:40 pm

    Harley- Davidson is an American legacy, and loud pipes are a big part of that!!! Them pigs can write all the they want, they ain’t going to shit! H-D won’t stand for it, because there money will be affected drastically! And yes I am one of those load ass, straight pipe ass holes!!!! FTW

  252. Drkskyz October 5, 2010 at 7:33 pm

    What an asinine idea. Maybe no one has tried to take the lane from Arnie because they didn’t see or hear him. Oh that’s right he gets escorted wherever he goes, so he doesn’t have that problem. Wake up A.S._hole the rest of us riding don’t have that luxury. If you’re heard, you have a greater chance to be seen, therefore a better chance to get back safely from your ride. This nonsense law needs to be repealed and the bikers in Cali need to united and fight for their rights now.

  253. Craig Aquilina October 5, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    Maybe you californians should take up a collection,to take out the Governor ask him to veto the bill,and you will give him an all expense paid trip to the Playboy,mansion.He seems to like commiting acts of infidelity there!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  254. The New Guy October 5, 2010 at 7:30 pm

    You guys need to get your heads out of your back sides. You have been required as car and truck owners as far back as the 60’s to have vehicles that comply with the EPA emissions laws and CARB, The California Air Resource Board. Bikes will have Cat converters and all the things that are required to keep the air clean and quiet. It is not your right to disturb my quiet enjoyment. Grow up and get with the program. TNG

  255. Jeff T October 5, 2010 at 7:26 pm

    Started riding again after 20+ years of cage driving.
    1st month with stock pipes I had at least 8 close calls with cars cutting me off or pulling into my lane with me right beside them.A couple of sorry’s mouthed through the window afterwards,but still scared me shitless.
    After installing a set of V&H Bigshots it’s only happened once and even then when I cracked the throttle a bit they pulled back into their lane.I’ve talked to my neighbors to make sure I am not botherining them and all I’ve heard is”they sound good and yes I can hear you, but they are not bothersome.I sometimes come home late or leave in the early am(1-3 am) and do my best not to “throttle it until I am on the highway.
    Wake up America and vote.Not for freebies and handouts but for real issues and leaders.I guess arnold figures he’ll be too old to ride after 2012 and it will be allright to regulate other peoples freedoms.

  256. Malcolm October 5, 2010 at 7:24 pm

    We now have a simular city bi law here in Edmonton Alberta Canada. Silly hall came up with a motorcycle noise bi law. As of this year your bike at idle can be no louder than 90 decibles and just slity louder above idle.

    Sounds like California is going down the same road. It would of been covered by the basic noise by law but to only target bikes is unfaire at best.

  257. Jim October 5, 2010 at 7:24 pm

    The clowns in sacramento haven’t got a clue. The “law” is unenforceable and the lawyers will have a ball (not to mention making big bucks off their fellow law makers idiocy) getting it repealed.
    Remember. This is kalifornia at it’s best.
    This place is a joke.

  258. Drkskyz October 5, 2010 at 7:19 pm

    What an asinine idea. Maybe no one has tried to take the lane from Arnie because they didn’t see or hear him. Oh that’s right he gets escorted wherever he goes, so he doesn’t have that problem. Wake up A.S._hole the rest of us riding don’t have that luxury. If you’re heard, you have a greater chance to be seen, therefore a better chance to get back safely from your ride. This nonsense law needs to be repealed and the bikers in Cali need to united and fight for their rights.

  259. Chris Walker October 5, 2010 at 7:11 pm

    I see this new law as just another way the Government controls what we can do. If there is a problem with after market exhaust making to much noise then let it be delt with on a per bike situation. A dog bark is louder.

  260. Willi October 5, 2010 at 7:08 pm

    this is ridiculous! god damn school buses are louder than that!!! we should fine them also!! freackin ridiculous!!!

  261. Old Rider October 5, 2010 at 7:00 pm

    Without hearing us via the exhaust, I guess they’d prefer we have to lay on our horn button long and hard at every intersection and driveway in order to be heard, and hopefully seen before that inattentive car drive pulls out or crosses in front of us potentially causing us physical injury, but merely a dented fender for them. Hearing motorcycles horns all the time would soon annoy these same people complaining about hearing our motorcycle’s exhaust.
    I’m not an expert in car alarms, but I believe it’s the sound vibrations that sets off over-sensitive motion sensors, not the volume. The garbage truck going by sets off several alarms in my neighborhood every week from the low-pitch rumble vibrations that we can feel inside our own home as it passes by. If it was sheer volume, wouldn’t any police sirens set off every alarm as well as they passed by?
    Granted many abuse the premise of loud equals safe by revving the engines when not necessary but factory “meemph” horns sure aren’t going to get a driver’s attention if they got they own stereo cranked up or if ‘sealed’ inside these newer road-noise proof cars.
    Hey Arnold, keep your government off my freedom!

  262. Dave October 5, 2010 at 6:59 pm

    It’s time to take interest in the political game going on. Band together as a special interest group (they appear to be getting all the grease) and vote the self- absorbed morons out. It is truly all down hill from here until the “people” state their likes and dislikes as a organized functional group.The politcal incompetance is growing at an alarming rate and the liberals seem to be leading the charge. Its funny when you really look back at this issue. California is about to fall into the ocean with it’s accumulated debt, immigration issues and lack of competant government but the political hacks still find time to chase motocycle industry. Oh yeah does the jet that Nancy Perlosi fly’s around in fall under the laws pointed at noise abatement or CARB? Oh yeah thats right she is exempt …she ‘s a politician.

  263. Carve October 5, 2010 at 6:50 pm

    Unfortunate, perhaps, decibel level a bit to low probably, but lets also keep in mind that currently there are restrictions for autos regarding exhaust as well. I think it is 95 db. The point is there are hundreds of vehicle laws in Ca. many which people violate daily (tinted windows, exhaust, impaired windshields, lighting defects etc.) so most will go unseen/heard. So when you ride “rolling thunder” around town be gentle, save your blasts for the tunnels and rural areas and you will probably be fine. I am guessing this will be a fix it tkt. Conscientious is the word of the day.

  264. Roy October 5, 2010 at 6:46 pm

    Here in Va.they have laws for load music in cars that rattle your windows in your car or house as they pass you. I’ve seen the cops watch them drive by and do nothing. But I bet if the load pipe law was here they would harass every bike they see.
    What’s the difference load is load. Leave us alone and enforce the laws to protect us not harass us.

  265. Ntnomad October 5, 2010 at 6:46 pm

    Sounds like a Republican idea. Are the wealthy and actors exempt from this restriction as in recent accounts of bad behavior?

  266. Art Christofersen October 5, 2010 at 6:40 pm

    Two thoughts here.
    First thought. I live on a street where the car alarms routinely go off disturbing my rest at 2:00am or so. I own a bike that surely would be illegal under the new law. (Vance and Hines straight shots.) My bike has never set off any car alarm that I know of. So using Sen. Pavleys stated logic to ban my motorcycle has no merit.
    Second thought. I can recall three instances where I personally was not side swiped by a car because they heard my bike at the last minute. Given the litigious nature of our society I wonder how long before some injured biker sues the senator for damages? If the concept that eliminating an attention getting noise is dangerous is hard to understand I would suggest checking the volume of the (legally mandated) backup warning signals on various public and construction vehicles.

  267. George Van Teslaar October 5, 2010 at 6:39 pm

    Having worked for the Dept. of Motor Vehicles in CT for 18 1/2 years, and specializing in noise abatement, especially for motorcycles, I can state that there are many aftermarket manufacturers that have exhaust systems, mufflers if you will, that are compliant with Federal EPA Regulations.

    If a state is going to pass a noise abatement law for motor vehicles then they must include ALL motor vehicles, not just a particular one.

    As someone already has posted, what about all the small cars that drivers are putting the aftermarket canisters on, and their “boom boxes”, don’t forget tractor trailers and their large diesel exhausts, hot rods, etc., etc., etc.

    This is what happens when the public stays home and doesn’t vote. The only reason some politicians are still in office is because WE elected them, and WE continue to elect them.

    Any program that the Federal or State Government takes over will become a mind boggling fiasco. Take a look at the US Post Office, Social Security, Medicare, National Education. I could go on and on, but you get the point.

    WE, collectively, have got to take over control of our elected officials so that they REPRESENT us, NOT themselves.


  268. Icon October 5, 2010 at 6:37 pm

    Just say you no habla english and they wont ticket you. California sucks your wallet anyway they can.
    This is just another way to get your cash so they can fly to washington to rape the rest of the nation.
    Why are all the Cali’s movin to Texas wellll Hmmmm
    i wonder.

  269. Ted Kiper October 5, 2010 at 6:35 pm

    Each time any legeslative group convines, we loose a few more freedoms. It is time to organize and put an end to the current trends.

  270. Tom Nickson October 5, 2010 at 6:21 pm

    I feel for my fellow bikers in CA. What can I say it’s the LEFT COAST; ya’ll sent Pelosi to the congress didn’t you? Hopefully with enough lobbying you can get this overturned. How about one set of standards for ALL vehicles.

  271. Mike05 October 5, 2010 at 6:04 pm

    This is why I will never live in or visit California. The most f****d up state in the Union. Godd**n tree huggin’ m****r f*****s.

  272. Dan October 5, 2010 at 6:04 pm

    as for folks riding into a controlled are…. Every cop that has stopped me asks where I am from… If I say from Montreal. they ask if I am aware of the law and then tell me I am in violation and a ticket comes my way.. If I say from out of town… its pretty much giddy up and get out of here…. so if you are visiting you catch a break….

  273. Dan October 5, 2010 at 5:59 pm

    We have a law similar to this in Quebec. ALL motorcycles are subject to it no matter what year. My wifes 883 has screaming eagles (which are factory) and the cops bust her ass all the time for noise..BUT as long as it has the engraved printing on it the pipes are legal…My Shovel has original pipes that have Harley stamped on them an although they are loud, they comply because they are factory. So even if a cop has a decibel reader on hand your pipes can be loud as long as they are stock. As for aftermarket stuff… Ebay my friends…

  274. kEiTh October 5, 2010 at 5:43 pm

    I am against opressive laws that are out there just to collect money.

    ( here comes the big hairy but)

    Would you all be happy if all motorcycles, cars trucks and whatever else you can think of had straight pipes? How many cringe when a ricer with a tomato can muffler comes by or that car with the giant heart beat rattling the license plate. This is not a sudden thing that was sprung on the riding public. The threat has been out there for a long time. Most of the motorcycle dealers were loudly proclaiming that if the riding public did not self regulate, the government would do it for you.

    And here it is.

  275. Craig October 5, 2010 at 5:40 pm

    It is just targeting bikers.When a kid in a car pulls up along side of me, and I can hear his car stereo thumping over the sound of my bike,how is it, I’m the only one illegal? Cali seems like the starting point for a lot of changes, and this crap could spread!

  276. Steve October 5, 2010 at 5:36 pm

    When will pirate gear wearing harley riders with loud pipes finally understand that:

    1. Loud pipes do not save lives
    1. Loud pipes only restrict all of our rights as riders

  277. pat October 5, 2010 at 5:30 pm


  278. JeepDog October 5, 2010 at 5:30 pm

    By the way J&P, Arnold is NOT REALLY a biker. He does not even have the proper license (motorcycle endorsement). He just plays a motorcyclist in the movies!

  279. pmusso October 5, 2010 at 5:16 pm

    Well what about all the rice burner cars that sound like a huge chainsaw coming down the road. And let’s not forget the gunshots that are alway’s going off. I thinks Arnold has turned into one of those Girlie men he talks about?

  280. Steve October 5, 2010 at 5:05 pm

    Ca has always been liberal when it comes to the wealthy and extremely dictatorial when it comes to the masses, nothing new here. This new law is just another step towards seperating the elite from the massesmuch the same way as the mayor on NYC has tried his best to tax the single family home owners in the outer boroughs to death and restrict their travel by car into manhattan. Arnold works for the rich the same as all of these political hacks.

  281. oldgit October 5, 2010 at 4:55 pm

    What happens to the person that rides into California with different pipes? I will bet they will get a ticket.

  282. oldgit October 5, 2010 at 4:51 pm

    What happens to the person that rides into California with different pipes? I will bet they will get a ticket. How many will get pulled over because the cops think they have a 2013 or newer bike. Nice way to check up on the biker crowd!

  283. Rob October 5, 2010 at 4:49 pm

    Yep, looks like 2013 will see a steep drop off in new bikes sold. Hopefully Harley and all the riding foundations/groups will fight to overturn this.
    Can we PLEASE get this no talent ass clown of an actor out of the Governor’s seat? Arnie, you’re a far better actor than you are a leader. PLEASE, stop ruining California.

    OOh here’s one, why don’t you put a tax or a fine on those ginormous land barges that everyone love’s to drive around a guzzle gas all day? Oh yeah, you like those so that wouldn’t be in your best interest.

    Why no law against all the thugs driving around with loud pipes on their cars, blasting rap while driving through our neighborhoods?

    I can’t wait to see you go Arnie, you suck.

  284. JeepDog October 5, 2010 at 4:45 pm

    I am a retired Police Officer and after retiring I have taken up riding. I also like to work on my bike. One quarter of the fun involved is having a great sounding engine. So, I installed some Vance and Hines pipes (from J&P). No, they are not obnoxiously loud, but I have altered the exhaust! The fact that I have done that makes me a violator?! This, I believe is a miscarriage of justice! The maximum decibels cited is indeed significantly below that of large trucks, airplanes (at altitude), lawn mowers, leaf blowers, the crazy people next door playing their rap music and some barking dogs!

    Let’s face it. The people of California have elected nothing but socialist idiots the last few years and I for one am tired of the few telling the many what to do. I am moving to Arizona as soon as I can. In Arizona, I can ride my altered exhaust bike down main street while wearing my .45 and waving the American Flag!

  285. Slashman October 5, 2010 at 4:45 pm

    We all new this was coming, the law makers are trying to take even more of our rights away and when you talk about decibles, the amount that is required means no sound at all. When I put my pipes on my bike it was after I was hit by someone that did not hear me, she looked right at me and said I did not hear you. Then I put my pipes on and now they not only hear me they see me. So yes loud pipes save lives. I knew that it would come and it finally is here. Next seat belts or air bags for bikes. If you ride then you know this will not save lives. It will only cost more money so no one will want to make or buy bikes anymore. HOpe the come up with a good design for the future of bikes.

  286. Zeke October 5, 2010 at 4:38 pm

    Good thing I live in Idaho so I can go to Arnold’s house in Ketchum,Id.and rap up the pipes there.not really.Too many peaple are abusing the rights we have now so the rest of us get screwed because of their arrogance.idaho is trying to play the same games but not getting to far as of yet.

  287. macgyver119 October 5, 2010 at 4:36 pm

    Once again our tax dollars at work….and the total idiots we elect to……….not really sure what they do.

    Sorry for your pain down there in Ca. I’m up here in Wa. and if it’s happening there, I’m sure we’re soon to be suckered in.

  288. or-rider October 5, 2010 at 4:35 pm

    What about the non-California residents?? If I don’t live there I’m certainly not going to tweek my pipes down to make them happy. I guess I’ll just stay on the Nevada side of the border and spend my dollars there. Oh, and for those of you who didn’t get the gist of this new bill…its a new form or registration (a NEW tax on you) disguised under a regulation…

  289. BW October 5, 2010 at 4:17 pm

    Please find picks of this senator and the govenator on harleys and post them everywhere.

  290. claude ranupas October 5, 2010 at 3:59 pm

    What’s the actual meaning of this new regulation?

    Does it mean that ALL bykes -regardless of their year model- will have to be “re-muffled” to avoid being fined?
    Or could I keep using my Vince&Heynes rockets as I am now?
    Someone, please enlight me!

  291. Robert October 5, 2010 at 3:56 pm

    As usual, California passes another unnecessary law, geared to generating income. See how much they lose when people stop buying motorcycles in their state. Sales tax revenues, licensing and registration revenues, etc.

    I say give California to Mexico and be done with it. Morons!

  292. lilbear68 October 5, 2010 at 3:56 pm

    well it looks like my ol shovelhead got a reprieve and after 2013 goes up in value

  293. BK October 5, 2010 at 3:53 pm

    I bought my 2006 FLHTPI three years ago with stock pipes. I ride 50 miles to work from the north side of the twin cities to the south side all on the freeway during rush hour and ride it rain or shine from May to November. I went from about one or two four wheelers cutting me off daily with stock pipes to about one per week with my V & H’s. How is that for proof of loud pipes save lives.

  294. rudy October 5, 2010 at 3:47 pm

    Check out the GOVS Harley(google images ) and the exhaust pipes. Not stock and my neighbor has the same type, which are not exactly quiet. Oh, but this law only applies to 2013 and on. I think the GOV should practice what he preaches before signing any laws.

  295. Jim October 5, 2010 at 3:45 pm

    So 80 Decibels. How loud is a stock Harley right now? Will they have to modify their existing stock pipes to conform with this BS law?

  296. Chuck October 5, 2010 at 3:43 pm

    Arnold is a sell out and always has been. I live in CA and will now purchase everything I can through the internet out of state so I don’t pay any sales tax and get free shipping to my door. It is a shame, but the law will be for dirt bikes, cafe racers, Harleys, and other road bikes as well. It is to stop any modification. What about the leaf blowers, wood chippers, mowers, trash trucks, car alarms, plains? The government should govern not control.

  297. Tailgunner October 5, 2010 at 3:41 pm

    I would much rather listen to a motorcycle go by than some bozo with their stereo blaring some crap and a bass cannon in their trunk that you can hear every bolt in their car vibrating loose.

    I will take the side of the bikers (and I am one) who NEED to have loud mufflers so the idiot cagers with their stereo blasting might get some clue that there is a motorcyclist in their vicinity and maybe, just MAYBE, LOOK before they just change lanes and cream an innocent biker. As it stands, “Gee’ your honor, I didn’t see them” is like the get out of jail free card in Monopoly….

  298. Gary October 5, 2010 at 3:33 pm


  299. CalamityJane October 5, 2010 at 3:29 pm

    LOUD PIPES SAVES LIVES!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    no matter what you say gov. they do save lives.
    keep your cali laws in Cali not in my state not now not ever!!!!!!!

  300. Viper1 October 5, 2010 at 3:16 pm

    If this is the So called “standard” then when can we expect the similar law which governs the modified exhaust on every automobile which has its factory muffler replaced at Midas, Meineke, Pep Boys or any one of a million other muffler shops. Im quite sure theres no EPA stamp on those.

    Whatya say Arnold?

  301. ROY October 5, 2010 at 3:13 pm

    Not surprised. It is California after-all.

  302. ROY October 5, 2010 at 3:08 pm

    It’s California! What do you expect?

  303. Lolita October 5, 2010 at 2:52 pm

    First of all, loud pipes do not save lives. With the windows closed, radio (or Ipod on), kids in the back, etc. etc. drivers can’t hear a motorcycle, even with louder pipes. What saves lives is being seen and smart riding. Loud pipes startle most cagers and/or non-riders (including me and I ride my own motorcycle). I don’t totally agree with the decibel setting and the fines, but if that isn’t enough check out the latest issue of Motocyclist magazine. There’s a list of all the newly posed threats which lawmakers are trying to impose. It’s a lot more scary than quieting loud pipes.

  304. RRD October 5, 2010 at 2:50 pm

    I purchase 09 Electra Glide and it had Calf catalytic conv runs very hot and sucks. put Vance Hines headers screaming eagle air cleaner kit now its fun to ride. Keep your rules in Calf not my state

  305. BadBob October 5, 2010 at 2:34 pm

    Finally. I have this buzzing in my ears all the time now. The last thing I want to do is ride next to another loud motorcycle.

  306. Mike Jenkins October 5, 2010 at 2:33 pm

    A good reason not to go to California, it is a shame there is some good riding if you know where to look.

  307. sj October 5, 2010 at 2:29 pm

    Just another way to extract money from individuals. God knows the ‘fruit and nut’ state is beyond bankrupt and heading for a meldown of Biblical proportions. The voters are getting EVERYTHING they deserve.
    I’ve flown through California twice and don’t care to ever stay there.

  308. David Chisholm October 5, 2010 at 2:24 pm

    GREAT!!! Motorcyclist have made a nuisance of themselves with the altered exhausts. We need a similar law back east.

  309. Chuck Poler October 5, 2010 at 2:22 pm

    I want a law that car alarm manufacturers will not exceed the same dB level as what is being required by the new 2013 exhaust noise laws.

    With each law passed, America, someone loses their freedoms…somewhere. I remember a nation of morality, not laws that governed our actions. They were Gods moral laws; right out of the Bible, word for word. So now we take God out of the equasion. Live with it or return to God and his morality. There are only two laws…that’s it, that’s all of the laws. TWO!

  310. MN October 5, 2010 at 2:22 pm

    Great: 1st they pass the helmet law that says a consenting adult must wear a helmet. Now, they say you can’t have loud pipes. So when you get run over because they can’t hear you, you’ll be less likely to suffer a head injury. Sort of cancels out the motivation for the helmet law I’d say.

  311. sam past fed up October 5, 2010 at 2:20 pm


  312. Lady Biker October 5, 2010 at 2:11 pm

    It takes one bad apple to ruin the bushel. Loud pipes save lives. It is better than a horn that is ignored and right at your finger tips.

  313. Fritzini October 5, 2010 at 2:11 pm

    Glad I live in SC and not SoCa

  314. Rick Meyers October 5, 2010 at 2:05 pm

    Once again a few of the “Just gotta wake up the dead” morons wreck it for everyone else. They made it all too easy for those dolts in Sacramento to do this.

    I have been riding for 48 years and I want and have a respectable amount of rumble on my crusier..but not at the cost of giving heart attacks every where I go.

  315. greg October 5, 2010 at 1:59 pm

    this is crazy. LOUD PIPES save lives. That way the idiot drivers hear us coming and do not run us over. if they are going to make it law then make it law for everything. Cars, tractor trailors, lawn equipment, construction equipemnet, excavtation equipment. the goverment just wants to rule all our lives. We need to stand up Americans. quit being a push over.

  316. Mike Campbell October 5, 2010 at 1:45 pm



  317. Larry October 5, 2010 at 1:44 pm

    If you get pulled over by the coppers because of loud pipes, just say to him…”I’ll be back” and make a run for it. LOL

  318. John October 5, 2010 at 1:32 pm

    Kalifornia is near the top of my list of states I would NEVER move to at any price.

    Motorcyclists are easy prey for restrictive laws. You have a helmet law. What is the most common fatal injury in a auto accident?….Head trauma.

    Helmet laws for cagers too.

  319. Faith October 5, 2010 at 1:28 pm

    What a load of horse manure. Picking on motorcycles.. why don’t you look at cars with stereo (we call them boom-boom cars) that are so loud you can hear them in a house with all the windows closed! They’ve rattled pictures off my walls! What about the idiot that is out mowing his lawn at oh-dark-thirty in the morning because he wants to get it done before work? What about the snow blowers? Damn.. 80 decibels ain’t NOTHING. If you’re going to sign something like that into law – you better make it across the board – not just picking on one group!

    What a crock!

  320. Shari October 5, 2010 at 1:23 pm

    Yet another example of a law that cannot be enforced from a donut shop.

    Seriously, if you ride in ANYBODY’s blind spot or you can’t ride without splitting lanes to be first in line, you deserve to be in an accident.

    If you need to let your presence be known, get a louder horn, a headlight strobe and a flashing brake light so you can warn people you are there only when you need to.

    I ride a bike with a stock exhaust system and it’s fairly quiet. My next door neighbor rides with straight pipes and I can always tell when he gets home at 3AM because he can’t come down his driveway without reving his engine a half dozen times.

    Leaf blowers, loud cars and trucks, raucus beer parties and ear-splitting rat music also need to be controlled. Most states have laws for these purposes, too but they are not often enforced. You might be relatively safe as long as donut shops exist! LOL!

  321. J. Culler October 5, 2010 at 1:15 pm

    Maybe by the time the law comes around – the decrimalized pot will kick in… and no one will give a shit any more…

    But seriously, that sounds like discrimination to me.

  322. Dick October 5, 2010 at 1:12 pm

    It’s just a stepping stone….first the left coast then rest of the country….
    Unless, We the People stop it…

  323. Loud_Pipes_Save_Lives October 5, 2010 at 1:11 pm

    Sometimes, for th egood of th epeople, the head of state should be made an example of…

  324. Earl October 5, 2010 at 1:10 pm

    I too Believe that Cagers should be held Liable for assault with a deadly weapon. But then again if you’re are dead its too late isnt????? Yes Loud Pipes have saved my Life on more than one occasion. Unfortunately, yes there are Idiotos that are ruinning it for us the Loud Pipe Law Abideing Californians. I am Affraid that this is just the begining of more Regulations towards Bikers. I mean Now the Law is SB 435, whats next SB 436,437, 438 etc. I ride with a Police Officer of the Law and he has a 2to1 Thunder Header. SB 435 is not only unsafe and dangerous, Its unconstitutional. What happened to the right to Liberty,Life and the Pursuit of Happiness?

  325. GB October 5, 2010 at 1:04 pm

    The 80-decibel limit should be applied to ALL Highway and private roads regardless of the vehicle that is operated on them. To make the motorcycle a target of the law is totally wrong. Good Luck, California.

  326. Bob October 5, 2010 at 1:01 pm

    I have to admit that I like a good sounding exhaust, but I agree that Loud Pipes risk rights… It’s happening all over the place. Many places have passed anti noise laws against motorcycles, such as Myrtle Beach, California, Denver, CO and many gated communities across America. Loud pipes don’t save you… if they did I would have had many more close calls on my Gold Wing than my Harley. I own several bikes, some loud and some quiet. I have seen NO difference in the number of times that I have been cut off, etc.

    I have noticed however that the people with loud pipes seem to have a harder time keeping their bikes running… have you noticed that the ones with loud pipes constantly blip the throttle? Somehow the riders of quieter bikes don’t have to do that… 😉 If the folks with louder pipes would ride them like the folks with quiet pipes, there wouldn’t be so many people trying to pass stricter laws.

  327. Bob October 5, 2010 at 12:58 pm

    I have to admit that I like a good sounding exhaust, but I agree with the AMA that Loud Pipes Risk Rights… It’s happening all over the place. Myrtle Beach, California, Denver, CO and many gated communities have anti motorcycle laws. Loud pipes don’t save you… if they did I would have had many more close calls on my Gold Wing than my Harley. I own several bikes, some loud and some quiet. I have seen NO difference in the number of times that I have been cut off, etc.

    I have noticed however that the people with loud pipes seem to have a harder time keeping their bikes running… have you noticed that the ones with loud pipes constantly blip the throttle? Somehow the riders of quieter bikes don’t have to do that… 😉 If the folks with louder pipes would ride them like the folks with quiet pipes, there wouldn’t be so many people trying to pass stricter laws.

  328. Johnc October 5, 2010 at 12:53 pm

    Need clarification. This applies to bikes produced after January 2013 correct? What about bikes prior to that date? Whatis the legislative number for this bill?

  329. SUZI BRACKHAHN October 5, 2010 at 12:50 pm

    Sorry but Loud pipes can save lives! I ride all the time and if they don’t see me, they can at least hear me and not run me over. What about our rights as a US citizen to have the right to have a motorcycle with loud pipes?????? Not cool. Next they will be telling us we can’t ride a Motorcycle Right?????

  330. Chopper Rider October 5, 2010 at 12:46 pm

    I have ridden Harleys for 35 years and I will always love them for their look and sound. I am keeping the drag pipes on my Sportster and Shovelhead, not to get attention, but because I like them.
    One of the reasons that I never wanted to move to California is because of the helmet law. Now California has another law that will keep me from ever wanting to live there.

  331. Peter October 5, 2010 at 12:45 pm

    Arnold you are an idiot!

  332. Jerry Costa October 5, 2010 at 12:41 pm

    This sh#t happens only becuse we allow it , get out and vote !

  333. Rocky October 5, 2010 at 12:37 pm

    Harley should gear up for a stellar year in 2012. My 2004 should last until I’m too old to ride. At least current bikes are grandfathered in. They were talking about smog checks every two years a while back. Thank god that did not pass.

  334. Bob Pyle October 5, 2010 at 12:33 pm

    Meanwhile, any commercial and or corporate entity can deafen the population with industrial noise not to mention the decibel level of the police and “emergency” vehicles.

    When they speak of de-regulation, they mean turning loose profit driven parasites on a highly regulated society. Calif is regarded by most easterners as pretty cool except for it’s tendency to enact pablum dripping regulatory legislation to make certain everyone is “nice”. I say piss on nice,,it’s an ugly world and requires confrontation against the freedom robbing forces of government and corporations.

  335. Bill Shorb October 5, 2010 at 12:27 pm

    Since this is an Anti-tampering law, I am sure it will eventually include handlebars, seats, wheels, tire size, and anything else the beaurocrats want to impose. With 800,000 registered motorcyclist, maybe more of them should become registered voters.

  336. Rocky October 5, 2010 at 12:21 pm

    Harley should gear up for a big year of sales in 2012. I know I won’t be buying one in 2013 or later. My 2004 will have to last until I’m too old to ride anymore.

  337. Don October 5, 2010 at 12:18 pm

    Marc, Marck, Marc. don’t applaud a Rebulicat for punishing many for the actions of a few. I was sandwiched between two freeway merging cars and the only thing that saved my can was the roar i layed on my pipes. If your crotch rocket neighbor is so annoying offer to buy him a beer. Most of us lay off the pipes for neighbors with beer!

  338. Ken October 5, 2010 at 12:10 pm

    If you live in Cali, don’t buy a new bike after 2012.. that’s what this says to me.

  339. Ken October 5, 2010 at 12:09 pm

    Well, if you live in Cali – don’t buy a new bike after 2012.

  340. Dennis October 5, 2010 at 12:07 pm

    This law is nothing but a way to target 800,000 registered motorcyclist here in California.
    The law has no real value in regards to anyone’s well being or safety. The thing is all about noise, which really is a big issue when it comes to one’s safety when riding. We have all heard the saying “loud pipes save lives” this is not just a boast of words it is a fact of life if you ride; and if you ride you know this to be true. Then if you look at the fines that go with this law you finally see what it is really about. Let’s get real about this; this law is just one more law that should not have even been considered at all. We have plenty of laws in California that cover this so called problem all ready this is nothing but a waist of time and effort on every one’s part. This is the same type of crap when every one went crazy and passed a gun banned on semi auto weapons that was written so bad it let the majority of the weapons that should have been banned that were your not. This is Government once more being ridicules at best. If the law makers took time to weight the facts instead of targeting Motorcycles on a whim, they would understand that a little noise for a very brief moment that disturbs a one’s so called serenity is not worth one life.

  341. Rick Lopez October 5, 2010 at 12:07 pm

    It looks to me as if this is a specific attack against a particular brand/style of motorcycle and we all know which one that is (I know there are more and more wannabe’s but the law is clearly and anit H-D law). Fortunately it is a law with little in the form of teeth. It addresses new motorcycles and at that, mostly new H-D ones. It does nothing to address the current 800K bikes and counting already on the streed and not constrained by this stupidity. Of course, you do know that emissions and noise laws are already in effect and just not being enforced.

  342. Bush October 5, 2010 at 12:04 pm

    I live in Va. and the law is BS because loud bickes whether holley or jap saves lives.

  343. Brandon October 5, 2010 at 12:00 pm

    thats just dumb most of the time a car cant see a bike but they can hear one so they look harder, i ride and my bike is loud enough for people to hear and i had a guy live next to me that has a harley with straight pipes that shook my wall but i didnt care as long as it wasnt at 3 in the morning. The abate should get involved and make them revoke that law like they did in pa with the helmet law.

  344. riderinthewind October 5, 2010 at 11:58 am

    sounds to me, that motorcyclists are being singled out. and if it is about setting off car alarms, it sounds like the yuppies have their alarm systems set too sensitively…another case of the uppercrust thinking their rights are more precious than anyone elses.
    this just means I won’t be buying a 2013 or later motorcycle…or if I do for some reason, I won’t be riding into California and spending my hard earned dollars.

    Ride Free, is more than just a slogan.

  345. Capt. Rick October 5, 2010 at 11:46 am

    What about lawnmowers & leaf blowers? Definite discrimination against motorcycles. Yeah, they can be noisy, but so are a lot of things on the street ,on the water, & in the air. Nobody’s mentioned the effect on motorcycle sales. When the Fed passed a law taxing luxuries 10% to generate renenue, it was soon repealed, but only after many boat & plane building companies went under. These were companies that were the mainstay of American manufacture of private boats & planes that disappeared from the American economy because of that foolish tax.

  346. bogie October 5, 2010 at 11:45 am

    This is clearly discriminatory – targeting only motorcycles.

    The other victim of this will be the aftermarket exhaust manufacturers, distributors and retailers. The costs to provide test results to comply with the EPA standards to allow use of the stamp are very high – which will be prohibitive to smaller manufacturers.

    What will prevent someone (as a company already does) from re-coring stock exhaust (and removing the catalytic converter material), which will then still bear the EPA stamp. Will put enforcement in a bind.

    For those of us who don’t live there – don’t take your vacation dollars to CA anymore, whether on bike or not. Unfortunately, that will be another potential victim, tourism vendors – but they have the power of the local vote, maybe they’ll be encouraged to use it.

    Another political overreaction…

  347. BS October 5, 2010 at 11:39 am

    unless the motorcycle is driven by a Mexican illegal alien. In that case it is ok.

  348. George October 5, 2010 at 11:39 am

    On the flip side, if you currently own a bike, it’ll go up in value after this takes effect. The manufacturers should ramp up production of 2012 bikes!

  349. LJ October 5, 2010 at 11:37 am

    86db is limit in an OSHA law that requires workers be provided hearing protection if they are subjected to 8 hours of continuos 86db levels or above. 8 hours continuous.. a federal standard. now how many of the good citizens of CA are subjected to 8 hours of continuous levels of loud pipes. And 80 or even 86db is not loud.. period.
    Another law by a democrate sitting around NOT taking care of real issues.
    Get rid of organized crime… Vote them all out in NOV!

  350. Jeff Peters October 5, 2010 at 11:37 am

    My loud pipes have gotten the attention of many a car driver that would of otherwise not seen me. We need all the advantage we can get. If we can’t have loud pipes maybe we should carry shot guns to shoot instead.

  351. BobW October 5, 2010 at 11:33 am

    I guess we have to quiet the bikes down so people can enjoy those bass notes coming from car stereos !

  352. MR C. October 5, 2010 at 11:32 am


  353. Harvey Broadway October 5, 2010 at 11:30 am

    Typical Liberal – the goal of all Liberals is Control – The goal for Democrats prior to the Civil War was Control & Slavery and it still is – The difference is, now they do it with Taxation, Regulation, and Entitlements – This guys no different. The Elitist Liberals in this State, in Congress, and the White House only wish to Control everyone and Everything independent of Gov’t and Give Entitlements to Worthless individuals to keep them Dependent on the Gov’t.. The Gov’t is NOT the Answer, Regulation is not the Answer, Taxation is not the Answer – The Gov’t and Entitlements are the Problem.. and this is just one small piece of the Giant Puzzle being made every day by the Liberals that Control this State and the Liberals that Currently control the Federal Gov’t as well. They must be Removed from Office or this Country and this State, are Done.

  354. Tom October 5, 2010 at 11:30 am

    As a resident of the Peoples Republic of Maryland I can foresee this lunacy migrating to the East
    coast. Lets go after a group of individuals that don’t have the support of the Leftists in this country. Here’s a simple question…ever have a
    SUV with 28″ Dubs, tinted black windows and urban music playing roll up beside you and feel your windows and eye teeth start to vibrate everytime a bass note is played? If California enacted an 80 decibel law about these vehicles the ACLU, NAACP and Al Sharpton would be picketing, protesting and pontificating on how this was blatant profiling of a subculture in our society. Funny how that works.

  355. Tim October 5, 2010 at 11:29 am

    California is just a Tax payer money pit. Set them free from the union “mexifornia”. Let all the Bleeding Heart Liberal actors foot the bill for all the insanity in that @sshole society. Minnesota Rocks! No helmets, Crank up the pipes!!

  356. Aaron October 5, 2010 at 11:18 am

    Gee, didn’t Chicago do this several years ago. Then what they did is cancel every motorcycle supported charity (rides and such) that was handled in the city. So now we have a state doing it 10 years later? Oh well, Arnie’s getting old and needs his beauty sleep, I guess.

  357. Kevin October 5, 2010 at 11:17 am

    There’s definitely been “profiling” being done around here in western NY since at least last year. I’ve been in stops where only bikes were targeted as cars were allowed to pass. There are many cars and trucks on the road much louder than many bikes but nothing ever seems to be directed toward the so called noise issue in that regard.

  358. Talisman October 5, 2010 at 11:08 am

    OK So we have to live with their BS laws. Let’s get some on Cage drivers too. Like maybe, assult with a deadly weapon if a cager runs over a scooter driver. Hummmm.

  359. DP October 5, 2010 at 10:56 am

    Those who are obnoxious with their open exhaust systems ruin it for those who want a little more performance (and sound) with their systems. The public kneejerk reaction to straight pipes is to make all exhaust mods illegal. Loud pipes erode rights…

  360. Pepe October 5, 2010 at 10:51 am

    I’d hope that 80 decibles limit also applies to the thumping crap coming out of car systems. My bike is loud, but when sitting next to one of these cardio-rhythmic-alterators, my bike gets blown over. I hate those

  361. Wildbillca October 5, 2010 at 10:48 am

    I left California because of the helmet law then left Oregon for the same reason.Now I’m going to keep my old bike and keep it loud….And injoy riding thru California with the rumble in my ears.

  362. Marc October 5, 2010 at 10:44 am

    It’s about time. The fools with the loud pipes, Jap or HD annoy everyone around them. They are nothing but bike gang wannabees. If I drove my car with open headers I’d be ticketed. I ride a 2004 FXDL with stock exhaust and have a moron down my street that comes home at 3AM with straight pipes.

  363. Gary October 5, 2010 at 10:41 am

    Maybe at election time Pavely needs to be replaced, Thank god Arnold can go also.
    Only a few screw it up for the rest of us.

  364. cruiser biker October 5, 2010 at 10:40 am

    I don’t believe that loud pipes save lives. I think that loud pipes just pi$$ people off. But, I also think this is another case of unfair enforcement against motorcycles. If they want to protect the environment and other people, they should be enforcing these limitations across all products. That would be fair.

  365. Lee October 5, 2010 at 10:38 am

    Every bike owner in the state should pull their baffles and ride.
    Enjoy the free life, it won’t last long. Democrats are seeing to that.

  366. Trish Prevette October 5, 2010 at 10:30 am

    What about the cars that go roaring down streets
    with their loud mufflers setting off car alarms? Why not
    ticket them? To me they are more of a nuisance then

  367. Marc October 5, 2010 at 10:27 am

    It’s about time. If I drove my car with open headers I’d be ticketed. Most of the obnoxious loud bikes, Jap or Harley are being driven by fools that want to be seen as tough guys or bike gang wannabees. I have an A-hole at the end of my street with a HD and straight pipes and he comes home at 3AM. Get over yourselves and stop annoying everyone. I ride a 2004 Lowrider with stock exhaust.

  368. joe October 5, 2010 at 10:19 am

    maybe if the Gov. fixed the welfare problem there wouldn’t be so many people home complaining about the noise….they’d be out working and wouldn’t have time to complain about noise. They’d be so tired at night they’d sleep. Just another crap law!!!

  369. Ray Stephenson October 5, 2010 at 9:58 am

    November is Election time and they think Bikers don;t Vote! Flip the House!

  370. October 5, 2010 at 9:52 am

    Simple solution.. restore an old bike..

  371. ERNIE BEAN October 5, 2010 at 9:45 am


  372. Don October 5, 2010 at 9:43 am

    Its crap my bike isnt that load but it would be ticketed by those standerds if your bike runs hot now just wait and see how it runs with cats an baffles holding it all back .Then what about performance.Whats next surf board speed controlers.

  373. ERNIE BEAN October 5, 2010 at 9:41 am


  374. LawMan October 5, 2010 at 9:28 am

    Does this bill mean to bikers or to all Motor Vehicles in California?
    Are all Motor Vehicles required to have a visible EPA stamp or just a motorcycle that ensures the exhaust is clean burning and doesn’t exceed a noise level of 80 decibels?
    I am sure this applies to the state operated Motor Vehicles also and who is going to pay the fine for those that do not apply to this rule as for the state. The rule should be fair to ALL so that includes ALL Motor operated machinery not just Motor Vehicles OR BIKERS – noise is nose.

  375. Darrellene October 5, 2010 at 9:25 am

    I am alive and walking because my pipes– I was able to rev and make a little noise — which has saved my life more than once . But It is a matter of self-control. I have the capacity to be loud, but I use it to protect myself from the idiot eating and talking on their cellphone while driving with their knee and changing lanes.

  376. arkay October 5, 2010 at 9:22 am

    Sorry Dennis, but do your homework – Arnold is a REPUBLICAN.

  377. ej October 5, 2010 at 9:20 am

    Dawn needs to stay in her house. She is prob one of those that cuts off bikers cuz she cnt hear em. I don’t know how many times my “loud pipes” have kept me form getting run over by some idiot in the car in the lane next to me. At 80db if the driver has his radio up and the biker is in ther blind spot then there no way in hell the driver will hear the bike and then what just another biker hurt are dead cuz of it! Loud pipes save lives!!!!

  378. Willard G Wood October 3, 2010 at 8:58 pm

    Harley Owners, love the “sound-of-Harleys”, if you try and take this away from them, you will also, find how many are voters, and members of various associations. Unfair laws will get you out of office quickly, and possibly worse things. Free advice, find you another cause!

  379. Rabby Tat October 3, 2010 at 2:26 pm

    The People’s Republik of Kollyfornica has given yet another demonstration of why the free world laughs at it on a daily basis. Such inconsistency. If noise is the true concern, then take steps against all sources of it.

    On the other hand, I am ironically at this site looking for some quieter pipes by choice. My straight pipes worked well where I lived previously, but I will have neighbors soon and voluntarily choose to tame the roar a bit.

  380. wayne October 2, 2010 at 11:50 am

    I think this is all a bunch of bull sh*t, Loud pipes do save lives,Iam living proof of it.I think all bikers and people she protest this and hang together.

  381. Dawn September 30, 2010 at 10:05 am

    I am glad, I hope NY is next. These bikes pop my eardrums and send my heart racing when they come screaming around the corner cluttering up my peaceful day. They would wake my kids from their naps crying because of the sudden loud obtrusive noise. If our cars sounded that way we would get ticketed.

  382. Furcifer September 29, 2010 at 11:17 pm

    Clearly it’s unfair targeting. For those who stand to gain with an agenda, it’s just a simple matter of preying on the intolerance of the majority. It’s just as easy to pass a law requiring no noise above 80 decibels of any kind, but since selective enforcement was always the goal, and the “environmental” angle has been the pat justification for every abuse of civil liberties since the EPA began running amuck with no accountability to the people, it’s not that hard to pull off, politically. The will of the people has been twisted around to tear down civil liberties yet again, and it’s a shame that we always seem to need a judge to check these abuses of power. Then again, I say the hell with them. I would NEVER reside in the People’s Republic of California. At the end of the day, people will get the government they deserve, until they no longer consent.

  383. Marcel September 29, 2010 at 10:03 pm

    What about the phone law and Arnald wife don’t follow it those the biker get the same break

  384. Eric Beyer September 29, 2010 at 8:53 pm

    Did the AMA lobby against this violation of motorcyclists liberties? Where were they when they were needed? Just wondering.

  385. Dennis September 29, 2010 at 7:31 pm

    I wonder what the California Legislature intends to do about modified diesel exhaust systems, the echo/reverb of modified sport car exhausts etc etc.

  386. TLWiz September 29, 2010 at 5:27 pm

    It is a case of the few straight pipe cruisers and sportbikes waking people up and pissing them off – and it is also BS since it does nothing about the guy in the Mustang or Pickup with his super loud exhaust. If the law was for all road vehicles, it would be fair but singling out motorcycles is not fair. The Guvernator isn’t a motorcyclist, he’s just a poser / loser who crashed a sidecar rig and didn’t have a M licence.

  387. Monica September 29, 2010 at 4:30 pm

    Loud Pipes save lives … this is a bs law… modified cars, leaf blowers and helicopters are more annoying than any bike.

  388. Dennis September 29, 2010 at 3:58 pm

    Democrat Arnold is the WORST thing that WE have done to ourselves in this socialist state. Thanks AGAIN for NOTHING “GIRLY MAN ARNOLD”!!! Is it even possible to count how many people YOUR spineless acts have chased out of California?? I don’t think so… I will leave California to the FREAKS, POT HEADS, SISSYS, and WELFARE CASES, I am OUTTA HERE!!!! Good Luck Meg,, You’re gunna need it!!!!

  389. Colleen September 29, 2010 at 3:37 pm

    just another gub’ment law in a ‘communist’ state. Glad I don’t live there and have to pay for their leader’s stupidity.

  390. slayden davis September 29, 2010 at 3:33 pm

    Just another crazy law towards motorcycles. Loud pipes save lifes!

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