Call to challenge exhaust noise fines

Lack of motorbike noise testing facilities

In the wake of recent fines for motorcycle exhaust noise and the controversy of roadside testing procedures, another issue that unfairly affects riders in some states is the lack of testing stations. Longtime motorcycle advocate Wayne Carruthers asks how riders can access test stations, particularly in country areas of NSW, Queensland and Victoria. “The issue …

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Trump aid for Harley-Davidson penalty

President Trump is coming to the aid of Harley-Davidson which was slapped with massive fines last year for fitting aftermarket tuners that emit illegal amounts of pollution. His administration has waived a $US3m portion of the fines in which Harley had to pay to replace conventional wood stoves with cleaner-burning versions. Harley will still have to pay the …

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Police hammer noisy motorbike exhausts

Police hammer noisy motorbike exhausts

Police have been known to hand out fines for noisy motorcycle exhausts, but in India you not only get a fine, the cops hammer the exhausts at the side of the road until they are useless. The police crackdown follows noise complaints by Residents in Bangalore and Mysore, according to Indian motoring website Rushlane.com. That seems …

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Are cars noisier than motorcycles?

There are more cars with loud and faulty exhausts than motorcycles, yet the media has demonised riders in reports on the issue. The Environment Protection Authority Victoria released data in December showing that 5000 noisy vehicle notices were issued since January 2014. Ok, about 12% were for motorcycles which is about three times the proportion …

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2017 Harley-Davidson CVO Limited with 114 Milwaukee Eight V-Twin

Noisy motorbike exhausts doomed?

As noisy motorbike exhausts seem doomed by complaints and heightened law enforcement around the world, Harley-Davidson has been able to increase the noise of its new models. Their new Milwaukee Eight V-twin engine is mechanically quieter which means they have been able to make the exhaust note louder and richer while still remaining legal in world-standard …

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Clearing up Harley emissions fine

Harley-Davidson says customers do not have to return bikes to have a Screamin’ Eagle engine tuner removed after the company copped an emissions fine. The US Environmental Protection Agency last week fined Harley $12m ($A15.7m) for fitting aftermarket the tuners which have been found to emit illegal amounts of pollution. As part of a resolution of the issue, Harley …

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More fines coming for tuners, exhausts

After Harley-Davidson was fined a total of $US15m last week by US authorities for selling aftermarket tuners that affect emissions levels, we can expect more fines. It seems the US Justice Department and Environmental Protection Agency has simply targeted Harley first because it represents half of the US “heavy motorcycle” market and they want to …

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Harley-Davidson Screamin' Eagle Street Performance Tuner waiving

Harley-Davidson fined over illegal tuners

Harley-Davidson has agreed to pay a $US12m ($A15.7m) fine over the fitment of aftermarket Screamin’ Eagle Street Performance Tuners which have been found to emit illegal amounts of pollution. Harley-Davidson Australia spokesman David Turney says they have not sold those tuners in Australia. Instead, they sell Screamin’ Eagle Pro Super Tuners, but only with the “implicit instruction that they …

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‘Bad’ ethanol forced on motorcycles

Governments are continuing to push ethanol in fuel, despite it not being suitable for most motorcycles and the US Environmental Protection Agency calling for a cutback in its availability. The latest government to consider an ethanol mandate is Queensland which has shown bipartisan support in the erroneous notion it is good for the environment and …

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