California's new sound laws / Aftermarket Pipes?
Posted January 08, 2003 - 12:50 PM
Are the Rangers already conducting sound checks? Are they giving warnings or tickets?
Posted January 08, 2003 - 01:21 PM
Posted January 08, 2003 - 01:31 PM
Posted January 08, 2003 - 04:00 PM
1. A citizen has to have hundreds of dollars worth of equipment to test whether they are in violation of the law.
2. It is possible that the equipment is not mass produced yet to bring vehicles into compliance; ie: there is now a mandate without the technology to allow people to comply.
3. The enforcement of these laws is somewhat arbitrary. External factors out of the rider's control can contribute to a legal reading in one area and an illegal reading in another. Factors such as vegetation, ground hardness and material, nearby vehicles or buildings, moisture and humidity levels, and training levels for testers (rangers) all have an effect.
I can't think of a single law that would stand to this scrutiny in any other area of American life or in many courts in the US. I don't know why it should here.
For my part, I just installed a FMF Q series. It's probably the closest to meeting the standard, but I don't really know until I am tested.
Can you imagine if they suddenly required every automobile owner to go out and purchase $400 of new emissions equipment in order to continue driving on state highways? Can you imagine if they then did random testing along the highway and gave out $200 tickets for non-compliance? Especially if you did not have the equipment to learn whether the equipment had a chance of passing or not? Can you imagine the outcry?
To their credit, the BLM and USFS seem to be somewhat flexible on meeting the 96dB limits for now, but could force you to park your scooter at any time and they would have the law on their side.
WHAT NEXT, SPEED LIMITS IN THE MIDDLE OF THE DESERT?
I just have to shake my head in disbelief.
Posted January 08, 2003 - 04:44 PM
Notify you as you come in to get the bike sound checked - I've been told that they will give you a one-ride grace period if you fail.
If you pass, they issue a sticker that is placed on your red or green sticker.
Next time in, they just look at the sticker(s) to let you by as usual.
BUT... if your bike "somehow" becomes noticeably loud around a ranger they will require field checks and may prosecute in flagrant violation cases.
Bottom line here is that you can't even get in if your bike doesn't pass sound.
Posted January 10, 2003 - 09:59 AM
That is why I try to ride on the weekdays after work, They don't hassle you one bit. But on the weekends its a nightmare. I live in Los Banos but work in Hollister, PM me sometime to go riding.
Does anyone have that vortek tip? and does it perform well?
Posted January 10, 2003 - 10:02 AM
No hassle riding
No nuts going the wrong way
and less crowded
ok thats three.
I would be willing to hook up anytime...