Harley Stops Selling Screaming Eagle Exhaust

An older post from the Kneeslider reports that Harley Davidson will cease selling Screaming Eagle exhaust systems for street bikes after Ma...

An older post from the Kneeslider reports that Harley Davidson will cease selling Screaming Eagle exhaust systems for street bikes after May 31, 2006.

In my conversations with other riders, there seems to be those who hate loud pipes, and those who love 'em. The Kneeslider seems to hate 'em...
I like the sound of performance as much as anyone but being considerate of others is one of the hallmarks of civilized society. If you act like an inconsiderate fool, people react, and often their reactions are bad for a lot of others far beyond the guy that got their attention.
Ok, I respect that opinion, even if I have aftermarket pipes on both of my bikes. But I wanted to make some comments.

If it was simply about preserving the quiet, then where is the effort to reign in on obnoxiously loud cars and trucks?
  • There are a lot more pick up trucks with loud aftermarket exhaust than bikes with loud aftermarket exhaust.


  • There are more lowered Honda Civics with loud whiny megaphone tail pipes than there are motorcycles with loud aftermarket exhaust.


  • There are more 1970's muscle car hot rods with loud aftermarket exhaust than there are motorcycles with loud aftermarket exhaust.
If there are more loud cars and trucks than loud motorcycles, why are people focusing on bikers?

It's because people hate bikers. That's all it is.

Laws against loud motorcycle exhaust is simply the justification for stopping bikers from enjoying too much freedom. It's the biker lifestyle that a minority of people are afraid of. They use the loud exhaust pipes as rationale for removing them from their town.

For one thing, the issue of loud pipes never comes up in cases of a single rider gunning his throttle in a suburban neighborhood. It's not even an issue on freeways and city streets where motorcycles are loudest.

Rather, the issue of loud pipes comes up during bikefests. I monitor the news everyday for this blog, and that's the only time the issue comes up. It's been a big issue at bikefests in Laconia, NH, and Daytona, FL, but in only in certain cities like these. You don't hear complaints about loud exhaust pipes in Sturgis, SD. People in Sturgis seem to love the bikes, or tolerate them at best.

That's why I said it's an issue of hate; it's not consistent throughout every city. Perhaps, the folks in Sturgis understand the history and significance of their annual bikefest, that they appreciate it. But in Laconia, they take an anti-biker attitude, and use the loud exhaust as the justification. If they had a Boy Scout Jamboree in Laconia, would they just as well complain about screaming children?

The helmet laws, the loud pipe laws, even that stupid federal law on owning just one chopper in your lifetime, it's all an attempt to stop people from enjoying the biker lifestyle, and making them conform with the mainstream.

Harley Davidson is only concerned about protecting the wonderful business position it's in, hence is taking measures to prevent legislation that might hurt its sales.

But the fact is that the reason why laws against loud pipes can easily pass, along with helmet laws, is because few people ride motorcycles compared to cars. The solution towards preventing such legislation is to increase motorcycle ridership to the point where lawmakers fear angering their constituents.

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