One thing I know for sure, the motorcycle manufacturers and the after market exhaust industry just took a hit of epic proportions in the US.

Motorcyclist and governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a new Motorcycle Exhaust Anti Tampering Law which enforces a 27 year old law that is on the books in the US.

80 decibels folks - that is it, that is all and if you do not have the EPA sticker you will be cited.

Now, as many here are aware - we in Canada do not write most of our laws but simply adopt them from the US - predominantly from California. This J2825 that the US MIC and the Canadian counter part the MMIC have been pushing as a potential standard was looked over and passed over by the California Governor in favour of the harsher and easier to enforce SB435. The other noise and emissions laws in California are just as harsh:

All you dudes and dudettes who feel that having ear splitting pipes is the answer to your safety get ready - as a general rule it takes 5 years for California law to make its way here. 

Had the rude, the selfish and the inconsiderate been policed in this country and elsewhere - had the biker community not gotten so big so fast and had we acted like bikers and policed ourselves we would not be in this boat.

The surest way to safety always has been and always will be learning to ride in a defencive way - adding an air horn may also help.

Beyond that get ready - because like it or not - California EPA laws will become the norm here the way have in the past. If you want a modified exhaust in the future it will need to be EPA approved just like it is in the states....

The Federal Law in Canada is already harsher that the Edmonton bylaw - but unlike the Edmonton bylaw it is all encompassing.

In Edmonton - if you want to staunch the flow of anti motorcycle sentiment  - watch for updates from Liane Langlois as she has sent out questionnaires to all of the Mayoral candidates to find out where they stand on a number of issues and once those answers come in she will have a candidate that she will recommend all motorcyclists look seriously at voting for!

As always, your feed back and in put are wanted and welcome. It is only through honest and open dialogue that we will ever get anywhere.

In the News today:
In Windsor Ontario the MS ride hosted by the Lone Wolf Clubhouse was a huge success

For Sons of Anarchy Fans - Jax has a Canadaian mission.

In Saskatoon SK a rider was charged after a collision

Also in Saskatchewan a rider in Regina is in hospital after a collision with a van.

I hope and pray that if you are riding today you will Ride defensively, ride your own ride - do NOT let peer pressure get the best of you...Ride like everyone around you is BLIND, has an UNSAFE load and IS out to get you and please - ride Proud not Loud - invest in a 140 DB Air horn instead! AND CHECK YOUR TIRES AGE - AND YOUR TIRE PRESSURES DAILY!!!!

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