A few weeks ago I mentioned Harley Davidson wants Harley riders to tone it down a bit. Straight pipes can lead straight to anti noise ordinances that affect everyone and once you get someone on city council playing to the voters, those restrictions can be pretty harsh for all bikers.
In this morning's mail, I received my regular newsletter from our local Harley dealer which mentioned something I missed. As of May 31st, 2006, Screamin' Eagle "Race Use" exhausts that fit street legal motorcycles will no longer be available. Harley Davidson said more customers want performance "Street Compliant" products and the company wants to directly address the motorcycle noise issue. You'll be able to order those pipes up until May 31st and the orders will be filled as long as supplies last, after which the product becomes obsolete. Final shipping date under any circumstances will be July 31st.
These types of "race only" exhausts are available for all brands of motorcycles and many guys just bolt them on without a care. Harley is taking a real step to address the issue and that's a good thing. I like the sound of performance as much as anyone but being considerate of others is one of the hallmarks of civilized society. If you act like an inconsiderate fool, people react, and often their reactions are bad for a lot of others far beyond the guy that got their attention.
Harley Davidson is not the only loud pipe market, race pipes are everywhere and they are out of place on the street. Loud does not equal performance, it's just loud. Let's all work together on this. My hat is off to Harley Davidson for doing the right thing.
The Kneeslider: Harley Davidson Says Quiet Please