That didn’t take long.
Less than a month after Ontario relaxed COVID-19 restrictions to allow outdoor dining, we’ve got the complaint train leaving the station. Ordinary people are once again sick of modified motorcycle exhausts. So, we get a piece from Sabrina Maddeaux in the National Post with this headline: “Unmuffled motorcycles are an assault on my freedom to have ears that don’t bleed.”
Lest there be any doubt as to Maddeaux’s feelings, the sub-hed reads “The culprit is a gaggle of men in Sons of Anarchy cosplay, compensating for their inferiority complexes with outsized douchebaggery.“
From there, we get considerable complaining about loud pipes and their impact on enjoyment of public space (there’s also a link to some previous discussion about this problem on CMG—we’ve never been against performance exhausts, but we have taken a stand on obnoxious noise).
And then, at the end, we get this (emphasis ours):
“It’s far past time Canadian municipalities got serious about the impact unmuffled motorcycles have on communities. I hear many government budgets are strapped for cash post-COVID. Here’s a perfect opportunity to make a few quick bucks by enforcing noise bylaws and ticketing offenders. Those caught with illegally modified vehicles should be subject to increasing fines each week they refuse to fix the issue. At some point, motorcyclists who refuse to follow the rules should have their hobby horses impounded.”
This is the future reality that awaits the loud pipes crowd. No matter how much of a smoke screen they run to promote their noisy motorcycle lifestyle, their arguments fall apart, and increasing numbers of people are angry about their behaviour, all across Canada. Eventually, they’ll be forced to comply, just like the no-helmets crowd. Just as dirt bikes are being driven off public lands, loud-piped bikes will be forced off roadways.
But for now, everyone still has to put up with the noise. The comment section in the NatPo story shows that despite evidence to the contrary, loud pipes lifestylers are convinced their exhausts are saving lives and also their right in public spaces.