What would you do if your neighbor's ear-splitting motorcycle exhaust woke you up every morning, 2 hours early?
That's the scenario the missus and I have found ourselves in, with the cough of an air-cooled v-twin creating an unwanted alarm clock just outside our bedroom window. Ironically, I tend to work late into the evening writing about motorcycles (and can't blame the guy for letting his carbureted engine run for several minutes before he jets, especially since my How to Ride a Motorcycle article advises proper engine warmup.) But the fact that he's running excessively loud, aftermarket pipes has wrecked my sleep schedule, not to mention the peace of the entire block.
California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's Senate Bill 435 passed last year, and will require an EPA sticker to be displayed on all bikes manufactured after January 1, 2013 in order to prove their compliance to 80 decibel noise limits and emissions standards. But the law is a feeble gesture that's easily circumvented; nothing would stop a would-be offender from removing the baffles from within a stock exhaust system, while leaving the sticker intact. Or better yet, the purpose of the law becomes moot if stickers are simply slapped onto offending pipes.
So, back to my predicament: if you were in my shoes, what would you do-- and have you ever faced this problem yourself? I've posed the question in my Forum, and want to hear your advice; click "Comments," and share your thoughts!
Sleepless in Los Angeles,
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- MIC Offers Standardized Way to Measure Motorcycle Exhaust Volume Levels
- New York City Tries to Ban Loud Motorcycle Exhausts
- Man Shot Over Loud Motorcycle Exhaust
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