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Exhaust too Loud! Neighbors call the cops!
« on: October 11, 2007, 02:33:24 AM »
Yeah.  Seriously.  They called the cops...

Last night I was taking my bike out for a spin.  I'm a beginner and I wanted to feel the rush - I was having withdrawals.  The bike isn't even legal yet so I went to a church parking lot to practice various MSF maneuvers and ride through a mostly residential area trying to get a feel for the bike.  My friend was there in the parking lot, playing guitar and watching me, when it came around 10:30 PM I decided to head back home because I had a feeling I might be waking up some people with my extremely loud Vance and Hines exhaust - I told him to meet me there.  He nodded but continued to jam in his brights.  So I go home, which is just a couple of blocks away.  My friend calls...

"Dude, the cops came"
"Are you serious?"
"Yeah they said they had a few noise complaints from around the area."
"Well, are we in trouble?"
"Nope.  They came about 30 seconds after you made your exit from the parking lot.  They were confused because I was just sitting there playing a guitar but there was supposed to be a motorcycle.  So I told them I saw some kid on a bike just going around the neighborhood but hadn't seen him lately.  Even they were wondering 'why are we even out here in the first place? it's not even 11 o'clock yet which is when the noise ordinance is in effect.' "

Also, today my brother told me that his friend's Mom, who lives across the street from us was complaining about it and was about to call the cops.  I live in a place like that where people don't have a second thought about calling the police for the smallest of things - but what can you do...

So... basically I need to know what is a quiet exhaust for the GS500?  I have a 1989 model with a Vance and Hines and it is TOO MUCH LOUD.  Oh, and if anyone has a quiet exhaust and they want a vance and hines on their bike, I am open for trades!
« Last Edit: October 11, 2007, 02:35:00 AM by OPTheory »

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Re: Exhaust too Loud! Neighbors call the cops!
« Reply #1 on: October 11, 2007, 03:11:08 AM »
Unlucky mate!

I'd be pissed if my neighbours did that to me.

You could always go stock.

If you want a less restrictive than stock exhaust, I'd be looking at a stock can from a bigger bike.

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Re: Exhaust too Loud! Neighbors call the cops!
« Reply #2 on: October 11, 2007, 04:07:49 AM »
My bike is very very loud, still legal tho apparently - its stamped. It must be right at the top end though because other bikers on biker rallies can hear me coming :) or when they're riding with me can still hear my exhaust from the pack of bikes lol. I've never had a complain although i do try to be quiet when i come back from work past midnight.
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Re: Exhaust too Loud! Neighbors call the cops!
« Reply #3 on: October 11, 2007, 07:34:42 AM »
Maybe the can just needs to be repacked.

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Re: Exhaust too Loud! Neighbors call the cops!
« Reply #4 on: October 11, 2007, 08:05:43 AM »
Its almost new  :dunno_white:  Its not too loud that its disturbing people i mean ive heard MUCH louder its just louder than most but its a niceeee sound. Sounds like OP'Theory could do with repacking his exhaust because if you have an aftermarket road one it should meet noise levels sounds to me like somethings up. Its not hard to repack an exhaust either. All it is in the packing is basically loft insulation but with increased fireproof ness.
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Re: Exhaust too Loud! Neighbors call the cops!
« Reply #5 on: October 11, 2007, 09:21:11 AM »
I have a stock exhaust I will trade you .
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Re: Exhaust too Loud! Neighbors call the cops!
« Reply #6 on: October 11, 2007, 12:25:05 PM »
I also have a drilled stock exhaust to trade.
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Re: Exhaust too Loud! Neighbors call the cops!
« Reply #7 on: October 11, 2007, 06:26:43 PM »
Sorry guys!  :dunno_white:

The deal is off.  I opened it up and long story short there was practically no stuffing inside the muffler which explains why its soooo loud.  Now where do I get some good packing material?

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Re: Exhaust too Loud! Neighbors call the cops!
« Reply #8 on: October 11, 2007, 09:10:01 PM »
i had the exact thing happen to me one.  but luckily i was deputy mayor of the city at the time.  be polite and let it pass
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Re: Exhaust too Loud! Neighbors call the cops!
« Reply #9 on: October 11, 2007, 10:50:40 PM »
Sorry guys!  :dunno_white:

The deal is off.  I opened it up and long story short there was practically no stuffing inside the muffler which explains why its soooo loud.  Now where do I get some good packing material?


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Re: Exhaust too Loud! Neighbors call the cops!
« Reply #10 on: October 12, 2007, 07:03:33 AM »
^^^^^ What he said


Basically packing in the exhaust is just loft insulation.
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Re: Exhaust too Loud! Neighbors call the cops!
« Reply #11 on: October 12, 2007, 10:14:20 AM »
I have damn near the same thing happen to me EVERY weekend... well, almost.  Whenever my band practices the cops show up.  We practice sundays, noon to 4PM... not a big deal right?  Well the same people keep filing complaints and well it's come to the point where we're going to file a harassment complaint because we have a court order they the people who keep calling the 5-0 signed saying we get to practice on sunday, from noon to 4.   :2guns:

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