Cops Busting Loud Motorcycles

The latest topic of discussion within our riding club and some of the other riding clubs in our area, are cops taking greater focus on busti...

The latest topic of discussion within our riding club and some of the other riding clubs in our area, are cops taking greater focus on busting loud motorcycles.

Our club visits Old Town in Temecula, CA, because it's close to where most of us live, and we like to hang out at the bars and restaurants there. None of us have really loud pipes in our club, though we all have aftermarket exhaust systems. We're louder than stock pipes, but not LOUD loud.

The culprits are those bar hoppers, who like to show off their spotless clean Harleys (the ones that hardly ever get ridden), but are obnoxiously loud. The more attention they can muster, the more people who see what t-shirts and tattoos they're wearing. They stop at the stop sign, and then gun their engine really loud as they blast down the street for a whole 50 feet, until they come up to the car in front of them.

Last week, Temecula cops reportedly wrote 40 tickets for aftermarket exhaust. They're not citing bikers for loud motorcycles, they're just targeting them. But they bust them on something else. That something else is usually an old federal law (dating back to 1972), that requires the exhaust to carry a stamped identification number matching the same number stamped to the frame. This supposedly prevents someone from putting aftermarket pipes on their bikes. It's tougher to fight a citation on this law than being cited for loud pipes.

Our club had been holding its monthly meeting in Old Town Temecula, at The Bank of Mexican Food. We'd bring in about 20 people, and probably generate about $500 in receipts for that place each time. But we're not going to risk it anymore. We're taking our business elsewhere.

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