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Written by Tim Kessel, Courtesy of

Despite protests from the American Motorcyclist Association and thousands of riders, California has passed a law that targets motorcycle exhausts.  On Sept. 28, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed into law Senate Bill 435, which states that motorcycles must display an exhaust system label certifying the motorcycles meet federal sound limits.  All street motorcycles registered in the state and built on or after Jan. 1, 2013 will fall under the guidelines.

If you are thinking that you can sidestep the law with a new slip-on, forget it.  The law also states that aftermarket exhaust systems made on or after Jan. 1, 2013, are to display the EPA sound emissions label. Violators face fines of up to $100 for a first offense, and up to $250 for subsequent offenses.

I am no fan of obnoxiously loud exhausts, but I am less of a fan of laws that single out motorcyclists.  There is no such labeling law for car and truck exhausts.  So if you drive a car, you can modify your exhaust any way that you want.  No one will be crawling under your vehicle to check for labels.

Give us your thoughts AAB readers.  Did the Terminator just sign away more of our freedom?


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2 Comments on this post

  1. Amazing website. Very helpful. Thank you for sharing.

    Delcie Eastburn / Reply
  2. I would hope some sense would prevail here, adopt sound testing as advocated by AMA instead of labels, and test all vehicles, including vehicle sound systems….c n nm

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