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Edmonton, Alberta, claims to be the first Canadian city to officially start fining motorcycles for excessive noise levels that exceed 92 decibels while idling or 96 decibels while the engine is revving to benchmarks of 2000 and 5000 rpm.  The city council passed the new bylaw amendment that took effect on July 1st, the fine was set at $250.

During the demonstration prior to July 1st, police tested in excess of 100 bikes and found about 15 percent of the motorcycles failed by using a sound meter that was placed 20 inches from the exhaust.  Police will be “fine tuning” their ears in order to decide who will be pulled over for a sound test.

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  • deadman

    Pick on the bikers some more, all you need is a cop with a sore ass or little man syndrome and you will get a ticket. Tune their ears . Might as well tune a fish.Make sure you are tested with a meter not some dink out of the academy trying to make a name for himself.

  • Larry

    It will be very interesting to see the stats on how much money is raised for charity next year in Edmonton compared to how much was brought in by riders who USED to ride before, this excuse of a law meant to protect the people of that city, went into effect. It’s just another type of tax grab. Don’t these cops have anything better to do …. like find REAL criminals ?

  • RiderUSA

    You riders in Canada don’t want soundmen. Send them south. I’ll welcome them. Seems like big noise is needed by boys with small brains and small *****. Don’t come back with “loud pipes save lives”

  • Malcolm Clarke

    I hope this applies to all vehicles. I put a after market exhaust on my bike to make it quieter, because I don’t like loud exhaust on any vehicle.
    Guess I’m a criminal also.

  • Joe

    Many bikes are too loud. Way too loud. But this law won’t be applied fairly any more than any other law. A year ago one of Saskatoon’s finest took the stand and perjured himself for a traffic ticket. If a cop wants to hassle you, you’re screwed.

  • dan

    You may not like to hear what saves lives but the fact is car drivers simply do not take the time to be aware of their driving environment. The road belongs to all of us not just those with large, gas guzling vehicles. If car divers will not take the time to look around before changing lanes or making other fast and stupid moves on the road, we have to defend ourselves and be loud enough to be seen by those grooving to music or talking on cell phones while they drive their 20 MPG vehicles on the road. My bike gets 50 MPG. Let’s encourage the safety of those types of vehicles and discourage the use of 20 MPG vehicles.

  • Mike S.

    I’m definitely not a fan of excessively loud pipes, but I do believe that being able to hear a bike in your blind spot has saved at least one life. I’ve been riding for 45 years and am very motorcycle aware. Like most of us that ride, we spend more time in our cars or trucks than we do on our bikes. This is just a “for instance” that I’m sure a lot of people have experienced. I was driving with my family in our SUV in moderately heavy traffic, looked in my mirrors before changing lanes and didn’t see or hear the Gold Wing in my blind spot. Fortunately, the bike had a loud horn and I avoided possibly killing the guy because of it. The videos here stated that you won’t have anything to worry about if you leave your stock system in place. Sure, most stock systems are as quiet as a car, as was the stock system on my Vulcan 1500 Classic. My wife was very much in favor of me getting louder pipes, as she was unable to hear my bike while riding alongside her. Most people are not aware of bikes and their relatively small size doesn’t help either. My new exhaust system doesn’t make a lot of noise, but a driver with his/her window rolled up in their car can at least hear it. I wear a neon safety vest and don’t mind sticking out like a sore thumb in traffic. The extra noise my exhaust makes is one more thing that helps make other drivers aware that I’m in the lane next to them. Having said all that, I don’t believe that my exhaust would pass the test in Canada. I’d be very sorry to see that sort of thing happen here, but in this economy a number of local jurisdictions are doing some things we’d never think possible just a couple of years ago. A small city in Kansas just passed a “driveway tax” to gather more revenue.

  • BG

    RiderUSA
    You riders in Canada don’t want soundmen. Send them south. I’ll welcome them. Seems like big noise is needed by boys with small brains and small *****. Don’t come back with “loud pipes save lives”

    Loud pipes save lives!!!

  • norm

    I have stock pipes on my cruiser, who needs louder, it gives you and others a headache. Defensive driving means don’t drive in someone’s blindspot. I believe California just passed some noise law.