As promised in some thread I've no idea where now, the WR and I were at the DMV today and happened across a CHP officer (he was already parked there on other business, but thanks!!) and hit him up for some dual sport questions. The post I refered to contained someone's comments about being hassled by the park rangers at one of the local state parks here in Socal, Hungry Valley/Gorman area I believe. Anyway, from the 2002 California vehicle code book... the tank question and a few other freebie's I snuck in. Metal fuel tanks - upon further review, the officer I spoke to said he couldn't even find a listing regarding fuel tanks on bikes, metal or otherwise. There were many listing however on other aspects of our bikes, but not a single one of them related to the fuel tank. He asked why the Ranger had a attitude with it and I replyed that he was probably "really fond of trees", and added a "you know, huh huh huh" to let him know I was kidding a bit, and he smiled back in a way that I assume meant he would get in trouble for calling a fellow state employee a retard. He said should the ranger continue to be "difficult", ask him to provide the vehicle code number and the book he's using. Otherwise, if he can't provide that, ask if he is enforcing some obscure federal regulation on fuel containers and the code numbers and such for that regulation as well. Basically, the ranger in question was being a d1ck. Exhaust/Noise/Straight-pipes - when I asked him about any other concerns that us dual-sporters might want to consider in life, he was quite quick to reply, "Well noise might be something YOU'D be interested in knowing about." Holy crap I was like trying to dissappear thru the crack in the sidewalk as I thought about what stupidity I may have just committed. Well, this officer was way cool and followed up by saying that even if someone wanted to go thru "all that trouble", it is an actual moving violation, but its only a fix-it ticket and can be remedied with replacement of the stock (as manufactured) exhaust systems. So if you have a noisy aftermarket exhaust, basically any of them from my ears, just hang on to your stock unit and that little nipple plug that comes on the stocker. I asked how all those Harley's in the world get away with running straight pipes, the officer kinda did a "Ralph Ferley" (see Don Knotts in 3's company re-runs...) and said, "Well, most of us officers just love Harley's anyway." Gotta love it when the law is so clean cut, eh??? I would have asked him about tires, but I didn't want the ticket. I'm sure the 739 A/T's would have flunked instantaniously. Hope this helps whoever I'm talking about!!