California governor Arnold
Schwarzenegger has signed a bill that prohibits the removal of
factory exhausts on new motorcycles.
Bill 435 requires motorcycles made
after Jan. 1, 2013 to wear a label stating that they pass federal
Swap exhaust systems and lose the
label, and riders will get fined $100 the first time and $250 for
However, fix the problem and a first offence will
Politicians say motorcycles that make
too much noise are ridden by rotten apples, but motorcyclists say
existing laws already keep the number of rotten apples low.
The stickers make it easy for cops and other bureaucrats to tell when a motorcycle exhaust has been modified.