If you’re going out for a ride in British Columbia’s Comox Valley, try to keep a low profile. The area’s RCMP detachment is threatening one of Canada’s toughest motorcycle crackdowns yet.
The coming crackdown takes aim at noisy motorcycles, unsurprisingly; municipalities across Canada have been battling loud bikes this year. Comox Valley RCMP are setting a noise limit at 91db at idle, or 2,000 rpms, but they are also are handing out $109 fines for motorcycles with the exhaust pipes cut, or the baffles removed – and they’re towing those bikes, too.
Exhaust pipes aren’t the only equipment the Comox cops are looking at. If your license plate isn’t mounted horizontally, if you can’t reach your footpegs without stretching, or if you’ve got ape hanger handlebars, they’re also threatening fines. They’re also cracking down on unlicensed riders and unsafe helmets, but that sounds like a good idea.
Don’t plan on cracking your throttle to ride your way out of trouble, either. If you’re caught speeding 40 kph or more over the speed limit, the RCMP say they’re going to hand you a minimum of a $368 fine, penalty points on your license (including a possible driving suspension), and impound your motorcycle for at least seven days. Ouch.