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Sound Off: Motorcycle mufflers

Are there any laws governing how loud motorcycles can be?

State law requires motorcycles to have a working exhaust system, just like any other licensed motor vehicle on the roadway. KSA 8-1739 states, “every vehicle shall be equipped, maintained and operated so as to prevent excessive or unusual noise. Every motor vehicle at all times shall be equipped with a muffler or other effective noise suppressing system in good working order and in constant operation.”

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JJE007 1 year, 1 month ago

I hate that, while I really like the sound of a rumbling bike, I simultaneously despise the personality of some bikers who obviously get off making their pipes' spew.

Life is weird. I can no more call for the cessation of bike noise than I can for the dismissal of my opinion.

Listen to the exhaust. Listen to the public outcry. Let law enforcement decide what shall be punished and what shall pass. Neither side should expect "justice", though...as life is weird.

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kxdad 1 year, 1 month ago

the loud pipes on the crotch rockets don't bother me so much. mainly because on "race night" (last summer it was tuesday, used to be wednesday, waiting to see what night it will be this year) after 9pm when they race out to the lake and back to iowa on clinton parkway they go by so fast i hardly hear them...

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kwilkins74 1 year, 1 month ago

Does that mean you will be over the center line then redneck? I'm speechless from your comment.

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redneck 1 year, 1 month ago

Loud pipes are not cool, they are simply somebody being very rude. Have a little consideration for others man! And stop crowding the center line as well. You will get the worse end of the deal if you're 800 lb ride bounces of the bumper of my 4000+ lb pickup truck. Just think about it.

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moralebooster 1 year, 1 month ago

I have to say that sometimes it gets frustrating when those noisy motorcycles drown out the sound of my AR-15.

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ridikkulus 1 year, 1 month ago

If you happen to be one of those sensible people who rides, and has stock pipes, and you don't wrap your engine up to a number of RPMs that will probably throw a rod, and you don't "tap it" while sitting in a driveway, you are probably not the people we are addressing. MOST riders are pretty considerate and watchful. Thank you for that.
The group we are addressing is the one entailing "Those Other Guys". The "Not Stock Pipes" people. The, "Oh, look at me! I'm compensating!" people.

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catfishturkeyhunter 1 year, 1 month ago

I don't ride a motorcyle nor will I ever. I don't have anything against motorcycles or the people who ride them. If thats their way of life so be it. What I get sick of hearing is when a motorcyclist gets killed in an accident they all come together to blame everyday traffic and blame people who supposedly don't look for motorcycles. The ironic thing is that most the people I see riding bikes do not have one ounce of protective clothing or gear on there person. Its kind of hard to stick up for people who outright ignore every saftey precaution there is because they want to ride free or just look cool. If its not that, its the morons on bikes weaving in and out of traffic at high rates of speed ignoring speed limits. Its not just crotch rockets either, I see guys on Harleys doing the same stuff. Personally I don't see the sense in forcing the occupants of an automobile to wear seatbelts and not forcing motorcyclist to wear helmets by law. I will take my chances in a car all day with out a seatbelt and I wouldn't get on a motorcycle even if I did have a helmet. As far as loud pipes go, its all about looking cool. They serve no purpose other than that. This may not be true for all riders, and I am certain that it is not. I won't put up a false percentage to substantiate what are simply my observations. But this is how I see it, cut and dried.

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Mike Edson 1 year, 1 month ago

I don't agree that loud pipes save lives. I have had drivers pull out in front of me while they were looking straight at me. While I don't use drag pipes, they are louder than the stock Harley pipes. The only places I have seen that don't allow motorcycles are apartment communities. When I was looking for a place to live in Kansas City, that had to become part of the consideration on where to live. Those communities that did not ban motorcycles had a noise ordinance. In short, I like the sound of my bike, but I am not going to be a jerk about it by constantly blipping the throttle.

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Valkyrie 1 year, 1 month ago

I would rather listen to a nicely tuned motorcycle engine than some moron with their car stereo turned up so loud it would drown out a 747 engine. With the bass turned down so low, it rattles your windows a block away. If I wanted to listen to their freaking music I would be sitting in their car. Yes I ride a motorcycle and she is quieter than most cars.

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trinity 1 year, 1 month ago

I am still waiting to see this "Motorcycles Not Allowed" ban list thingamajig. What a load of blow. I ride. A mid-size Harley with stock pipes, reasonable decibel level. He's not quiet, but he's not nearly as loud and throaty as some Harleys. Just love all the folks who are taking this as an opportunity to rag on motorcycle riders in general....priceless. Many of us just simply love Harleys; I have absolutely zero to prove to you or anybody else. I'm with Staci-the ONLY Harley apparel I will buy is either off the clearance rack (when I cave in and actually enter a dealership-hate those places) or from a swap/second hand type thing. I'm a woman. And I am PAST my midlife crisis. I'm educated. And there's still nothing in this entire world that compares to the feeling of rolling down some two-lane highway on my bike, following my beloved hubby on HIS Harley. If we wear the "black leather" it's for protection from cold, wet, etc. And that'd be the only reason. Why am I wasting my time, as the t-shirt says-"if I have to explain, you wouldn't undestand".

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Staci Dark Simpson 1 year, 1 month ago

I don't bash you for quiet pipes. 1. No stocks for me. 2. Bike paid for in cash. 3. You should be scared on the road so that you notice those around you and are alert to dangerous drivers. 4. I am educated shocking as that maybe. Btw, the only licensed gear I have was bought off a clearance rack. I am a woman in my 30s so no midlife crisis yet. Continue to judge, bikers are used to it.

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FiremanChris 1 year, 1 month ago

I've driven a sensible, modest, quiet motorcycle for years. It's funny how the people with the "loud pipes save lives" are usually some mid-life-crisis riders with no skill, inadequate gear, and no helmets. Loud pipes don't save nearly as many lives as skilled, practiced, attentive riding, adequate safety gear, and some freakin helmets. You can see me from far away with my riding gear, and I'm not wearing some ridiculous chaps and overpriced, Harley-branded, useless leather gear.

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hitme 1 year, 1 month ago

I've ridden a bike for years; I've always felt sorry and embarrassed for those who felt the need to have a loud bike. My casual observation is that most of those with the louder bikes seem to have the lower IQs.

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Armstrong 1 year, 1 month ago

First of all not a baby boomer guy so impotence not a problem.Translation: - I own stock in Viagra

Second, our bike was probably cheaper than most of your cars. - I can barely afford to make payments on my bike

if you are behind me, you are still a threat. - I'm scared to ride in the street

Yeah so our bike is annoying to you - See above post

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Staci Dark Simpson 1 year, 1 month ago

First of all not a baby boomer guy so impotence not a problem. Second, our bike was probably cheaper than most of your cars. Also, if you are behind me, you are still a threat. Yeah so our bike is annoying to you, but so are yippy dogs that poop in my yard and the 1990s rap rattling out of your Prius.

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Armstrong 1 year, 1 month ago

Loud pipes = I'm desperate for attention, I even bought this really expensive bike so please look at me

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Tony Kisner 1 year, 1 month ago

You can always ask the gentleman operating the coveyence to dismount so that you could discuss the situation. No need for the local constable.

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wprop 1 year, 1 month ago

the orthadontist "BIKER"in leathers....9 th and mass...reving his very loud HD...takes out his ear protection plugs....goes in coffee shop.......

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Gotland 1 year, 1 month ago

Impotent baby boomers have to feel like men somehow. So pop a viagra and jump on your extremely loud waste of money and annoy the hell out of everyone.

I still don't know how they get around the seatbelt laws everyone else has to conform to?

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ksjayhawk74 1 year, 1 month ago

There's an episode of South Park that sums up this situation very nicely...

http://www.southparkstudios.com/full-episodes/s13e12-the-f-word

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Staci Dark Simpson 1 year, 1 month ago

Well if you are pissed off about our loud pipes then the point is proven. If you notice then you know where I am. So put your cell phones down, quit reading your newspaper, putting on your lipstick, and pay attention to the road. If you don't like loud pipes, tough, they are here to stay.

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skinny 1 year, 1 month ago

Show me one place that bans motorcycles! Then I'll make sure and go ride through their lot!

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Liberty275 1 year, 1 month ago

"Effective" is subjective. I think straight pipes are perfectly effective. As long as the pipe terminates behind the rearmost rider to mitigate the possibility of CO poisoning, those will suffice.

Roll up your window if you don't like it.

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irvan moore 1 year, 1 month ago

that wasn't my motorcycle you heard last night, it was my snowblower

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Keith 1 year, 1 month ago

Loud pipes save Loud pipe manufacturers!

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optimist 1 year, 1 month ago

The reality is that the problem is not the noise but the lack of courtesy. While I have a performance exhaust on my motorcycle it still contains a baffle which manages the noise. However even the stock exhaust on larger bikes are too loud to be idled in ones driveway in the late hours of the evening. This issue isn't really so much about the noise level as it is about the lack of consideration that many have for others. My exhaust is loud but legal and I refrain from letting it idle in the driveway when my neighbors or their children would be sleeping and I avoid "hammering" on it, especially in residential areas as to avoid being discourteous. There is no reason I can’t have fun at the same time as I respect others. This being said those of you that annoy others with your exhaust are rude and obnoxious and those of you that moan and complain (or worse demand legislation) about everything everyone else does just because you don’t like it should get a life. You may some day find yourself on the receiving end of someone else’s dislike for something you appreciate.

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WoodsB 1 year, 1 month ago

I ride a bike quite a bit and I can tell you the ones with the loud pipes are just trying to look cool and get attention. They sit at a red light or a stop sign waiting to go and all they want to do is crack the throttle a bunch of times and make a lot of unnecessary noise. A lot of people on bikes don't get what the ride is all about in my opinion.

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shawneekat 1 year, 1 month ago

My husband and I ride, and we understand the concern that too many people are so involved in everything but driving when they drive that they don't see motorcycles. Heck I drove a full size red pickup truck that distracted drivers never saw. But, that's not a good excuse for the loud pipes. Best advise to riders, always ride like you are invisible, because to most people you are (regardless of how loud your bike is). Loud pipes are attention getters, but it's not the attention you profess it to be. It's just annoying.

The solution to the problem is all drivers should pay more attention to their surroundings when they drive. Good luck that will never be accomplished, cars/trucks are so simple to drive and full of distractions, and too many people are too self absorbed to care.

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jhawkinsf 1 year, 1 month ago

Speaking of people wanting attention, cars that are like rolling boom boxes, with their windows rolled down no matter the weather. They too are obviously disobeying whatever noise ordinances are in place, yet the police ignore them as well. A sign of the times, I guess.

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irnmadn88 1 year, 1 month ago

The 'loud pipes for safety argument' is a misnomer due to sound projection/reflection and the Doppler Effect. Modified exhaust pipes sound more aggressive. Similar to the negligible performance gains for the 'fart can' exhaust pipes put on import cars.

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neworleans 1 year, 1 month ago

They are loud machines; ridden by people wearing black leather clothes; wanting attention.

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skinny 1 year, 1 month ago

Motorcycles are loud for a reason! To keep people from running them over. You'd be amazed at how many people don't even look before pulling out or switching lanes.

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Richard Heckler 1 year, 1 month ago

Our former neighbor must have relocated in that persons neighborhood. Don't expect LPD to deal with this. Certainly not with any consistency.

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