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If you're planning to get a new bike, and looking to run it with aftermarket pipes, you might want to get one that's manufactured before Jan. 2013.

"California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed Senate Bill 435 yesterday that will authorize state law enforcement to ticket motorcyclists who have swapped out their stock pipes for non-EPA-approved aftermarket exhaust. The new law will make it a
California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a bill yesterday targeting aftermarket motorcycle exhausts that don't meet EPA noise and emission standards. crime to operate a motorcycle manufactured after January 1, 2013, that does not meet federal noise-emission standards. Motorcycles will be required to display a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) label certifying that the exhaust system is clean burning and does not exceed 80 decibels. First-time offenders will face fines up to $100 while subsequent infractions can run up to $250.

The bill is meant to target motorcyclists who remove federally mandated, factory-installed emission control devices and replace them with custom aftermarket parts. Aftermarket pipes generally increase power output, but they are also usually louder and less environmental-friendly. The EPA’s position states that the legislation is “aimed at quieting the deafening roar of modified rides and at reducing emissions.”

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Companies like Cobra USA, who makes high performance motorcycle exhausts and is based in Yorba Linda, California, said it will take a pro-active approach to the situation and will work with local governments and entities like the Motorcycle Industry Council to make a more “responsible pipe.”

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Full Article: http://www.motorcycle-usa.com/2/8058/Motorcycle-Article/California-Gov--Signs-Bill-vs--Aftermarket-Pipes.aspx
 

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Hopefully it will be enforced about as well as the loud music and cell phone laws!!

I know where I live I see LEO's sitting at lights next to people on their cells and people booming their music.
 

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I heard that Cobra makes the Victory 2into1 pipes, and the ones I just bought (which were supposed to be the 49 state legal ones without cats) were actually the 50 state legal ones (with cats). They now have a superceded part # and that all of them now have the cats......except for mine - they mysteriously fell out, lol :D
 

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When an ear-shattering loud bike goes past me or in my neighborhood, it is usually a HD. I find it very annoying. I really don't like it that way on any bike. I think it's about time somebody steps up to the plate to quiet these guys down. A friend has an HD with pipes so loud I can't even stand next to it at a stoplight. Why bother with pipes? Just leave the whole exhaust off.

Of course, my opinion goes against the "holy grail" of "loud pipes save lives", etc. Whatever, the stock pipes are just fine if that will keep a lower profile. If you have the loud pipes, then I have to be ahead of you or waaaay behind you to hear myself think.

YMMV.
 

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When an ear-shattering loud bike goes past me or in my neighborhood, it is usually a HD. I find it very annoying. I really don't like it that way on any bike. I think it's about time somebody steps up to the plate to quiet these guys down. A friend has an HD with pipes so loud I can't even stand next to it at a stoplight. Why bother with pipes? Just leave the whole exhaust off.

Of course, my opinion goes against the "holy grail" of "loud pipes save lives", etc. Whatever, the stock pipes are just fine if that will keep a lower profile. If you have the loud pipes, then I have to be ahead of you or waaaay behind you to hear myself think.

YMMV.
Thats a very easy statement to make until you've been in a situation and your pipes kept you from going down. I've had two instances where my pipes got the attention of a inattentive cager where my horn(aftermarket) and screaming did nothing!!
 

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This is for bikes manufactured after 2013 - so we're not quite there yet, regardless if we love, hate, or not care about the new law.

I just hope that in 10-20 years, we're not forced to be riding some silent electric scoots. In the name of environment, everything's possible.
 
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