Originally Posted by Cary Grant
What are the noise regs on motorcycles in NYC, any? The CEO of Harley is in a bit of a stink as he has been quoted saying Harley needs to turn more to quite bikes... resoundingly booed by his core of course- but his point is many communities are banning, considering banning noisy bikes. There's one such proposal going on here where Harleys roam in packs down main street all summer long.
I'd happily join such a movement and I've been riding for years. I've never understood the fascination so many riders have for obnoxiously loud motorcycles - far worse than any segment of the car enthusiast community (ricers, muscle cars). The only bike I've ever had with an aftermarket exhaust is the CBR600RR I bought used last month and while I had some misgivings, it truly seems no louder than stock; the PO added it with a Power Commander to bump hp a bit but it's still surprisingly civilized.
Oddly, we've got almost a dozen bikes parked on my block and not one is loud, and two of them are Sportsters. I'd say the loudest is a Vulcan, but it still appears stock.