Re: Originly posted as idiot's today
The noise limited Tirol road has a 95dB "standing noise" limit - less than is allowed under current the Euro homologation limts. The Ducati Multistradas used by the local police exceed the 95dB limit as Will noted. IIRC the limit applies between the 1st March & 31st October i.e the normal summer riding season. Again IIRC, the fine is in the order of €400 if you get caught & they are noise testing at the side of the road to check compliance. Motorrad magazine had a list of compliant bikes last year & there may be other roads being affected. Sad state of affairs when you are not allowed to use a road on an unmodified, homologated, otherwise fully legal bike - but the limit was at the request of locals fed up with a constant barrage of noise from modified bikes, usually not local & who don't often stop and benefit the local economy (hotels, cafes etc.).
I seem to recall reading that France does have functional noise cameras.
There are a lot of restrictions being applied "over there" concerning bikes alone or more draconianly towards bikes - several stretches of road in Germany now have motorycle bans (some part time, some seasonal, some total) & a large area of Northern Italy in the Dolmites has substantially reduced speed limits for all traffic, but lower limits still for motorcycles only - down to 50 kph for bikes in places, where other traffic can do 70.
Loud pipes don't save lives - but they do annoy the hell out of local residents of popular routes. Noise cammeras, noise limits on roads, roadside noise checks are just remedies applied to try to reduce a perceived problem that a minority perpetuate.
But we will all suffer the consequences.
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