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All aftermarket exhausts and many stock exhausts are illegal in NY.

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So today I finally got a CBE after 2 years of being stock, and day 1 I get followed by a cop for a while. I wasn't pulled over or anything but it sort of ruined the fun of having the exhaust. I decided to look up what my course of action would be if i were to be pulled over, turns out you can't do ANYTHING about it. Any modification to your exhaust or mufflers is illegal, if you have any exhaust or muffler mods you only haven't gotten a ticket because the police have decided not to give you one.

Not only is it illegal under NY State traffic law to modify your exhaust or mufflers AT ALL, but it's also illegal to have bypass valves in your exhaust.

Can anyone with a legal background explain to me how manufacturers that have sport modes on their exhausts aren't all being sued?

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There's been a big to-do going on for years about this in the motorcycling community. The short of it is that there is no way that a P.O., using a sound meter, can reliably duplicate the testing conditions on an exhaust system for noise. There are too many other variables that come into play, mainly the testing environment of the street, which is not the lab where the actual testing (for db) is done.

The trick is to not have a 'too loud' exhaust, whatever that is, to avoid getting stopped in the first place.
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It's also where you live.

POs in areas with dense(r) populations usually can't be bothered to write muffler tickets, unless a large number of loud vehicles gather in a particular spot week after week and do stupid things. Prompted by calls from the locals, then they come down like hammers and write a lot tickets for the noise, burn-outs, racing up and down the main drag, etc.
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