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Yamaha had a run of bad electrics during that era.  Lots of bad stators on many models.

All Japanese bikes in general had bad electrics in that era I'd say, mainly due to the Shindengen shunt style regulators used and inadequate oiling of stators. Followed Honda right into the 2000s. Kawasaki too.

Does anyone know why this law was passed in the first place?  That has me puzzled...

Ride on,


Two very simple reasons.

1) Existing fine/fix-it ticket was clearly an ineffective deterrent. Loud pipes in car culture has been getting increasingly worse the last few years as far as d-bags with open pipes in their 2018 Camaros/Mustangs/etc. Yes "ricers" always had their fart cans and muscle guys had loud exhausts but these new Corsa pipes are ridiculous.

2) Income.

"(c) Test procedures for compliance with this article shall be established by the Department of the California Highway Patrol, taking into consideration the test procedures of the Society of Automotive Engineers."

Pretty sure CCR1036 will apply as it is SAE standard. That seems to be the CHPs most current testing procedure.

Rain has been here, so no riding for me (sorry I'm not that hardcore.) Been playing with the closest thing to a motorcycle..

I did buy a cheap Miata off Craigslist and spend the last 2 days giving her some love.

Oil change, coolant change, air filter.

Gave her a wash, clay bar, compound, polish, and wax. (Before/After)

Tomorrow the brakes come in, as do the new spark plugs and wires.

Boy, was that old paint looking rough. Still nothing amazing, but it's passable until I can do a respray.

Item 3 in the above post states “ excludes motorcycles”, but then states “noise limits for motorcycles of various year ranges”, confused...

The $1000 insta-fine, as I understand, does not apply to motorcycles. I was just noting the existing db limits that net you a fix-it ticket currently (unchanged)

Oh no, the misinformation campaign spread to you too?

Let me clarify the law for the 1000th time, because if you listen to Facebook if you look at your exhaust wrong they fine you.

1) The actual laws have not changed as to what defines 'modified to be excessively loud.'

2) If your (car's) exhaust is under 95dbA, has a muffler, and no cut-out device installed.. you're good. Even if they try to ticket you it's beating it in court like a speeding ticket. They don't carry calibrated db meters with them.

3) Doesn't apply to motorcycles. We have our own db limits defined and this law change specifically has text that excludes motorcycles. Here are the CA db limits for exhausts. Oh and any bike 2014+ must have a carb approval on their exhaust no matter the dbA rating.

A noise limit of 88 decibels applies to motorcycles manufactured after 1969 and before 1973; 86 decibels applies to motorcycles manufactured after 1972 and before 1975; 83 decibels applies to motorcycles manufactured after 1974 and before 1986; 80 decibels applies to motorcycles manufactured after 1985.

4) How is the testing applied? db meter 19 1/2 inches from your exhaust pipe tip (same level) held at a 45 degree angle. Engine rpms held steady @ 75%.

Edit: I think $1000 is a bit steep, but it has all those strait pipe idiots thinking twice from what I can tell on Facebook, so maybe not so bad. The biggest issue I have is with people trying to spread petitions that don't get the basics of the new law factually correct, and essentially try to scare people into signing them. If they presented them without the false information it would go a long way to increase credibility.

Bikes For Sale / Re: Ninja 500 Kawqasaki 2005 $600
« on: 01/03/19 05:46PM »
Great all around bike, and for that price,  :31:

what is this riding "season" nonsense? we live in so cal and can ride year round!

To a point. It's getting close to freezing overnight here and not hitting 50F until 10-11AM. There was a ride I wanted to go on today but the guys were adamant about leaving at 8:30AM.. like dude its 40F at 8:30, no way!

If you have appropriate gear, it's doable. If you don't, it's cold.

Cleaned under the skirt of my 98 VFR. Swapping fluids this week. If the local stealership has RoadSmart 3 tires I'll probably get some new tires late this week, too.

Miscellaneous / Re: Harbor freight motorcycle dolly
« on: 12/20/18 10:35AM »
^ same. They're nice to have around when you have a moto addiction and too little space.

Sad to lose another independent retailer (aka not Revzilla/Cycle Gear)

Parts For Sale / Re: Honda Nighthawk 750 parts
« on: 12/11/18 12:30PM »
Hope somebody can use these, the little nighthawk is a good UJM!

Bike Nights / Re: RADwood LA [80s-90s Auto/Bike Show]
« on: 12/03/18 11:12PM »
Yea, it was rad. My car won "Raddest Future Collectible" by Barrett-Jackson.  :3:

Bike Nights / Re: RADwood LA [80s-90s Auto/Bike Show]
« on: 12/02/18 05:46AM »
I suck at mornings, but this is gonna be a blast!  :3: :3:

Bike Nights / Re: RADwood LA [80s-90s Auto/Bike Show]
« on: 11/30/18 09:35PM »
Todd, knowing your skill-set and attention to detail, that truck will look amazing if you're able to score it.

Bike Nights / Re: RADwood LA [80s-90s Auto/Bike Show]
« on: 11/28/18 09:34AM »
It'd be awesome to see OCMOTO peeps there. It's been a blast the 2 others shows I've been to. There's a skate demo this year with some period correct skaters "Skate legends @sal_barbier and Dan Rogers will be joining us at RADwood LA for a special exhibition" Last year had a BMX demo with 2 dudes from the movie Rad! It was totally rad.

Plus there is the whole Peterson you can tour separately if you'd like. I haven't been there yet so I'll probably grab tickets and check it out too.

Little bit of both. I'm going to shoe on some new tires on my 98 and run her for 1000 miles or so here soon!

Bike Nights / RADwood LA [80s-90s Auto/Bike Show]
« on: 11/26/18 11:55AM »
estanner and I will be going to Radwood. We've gone to a few of their shows now, and they're a blast! Total 80s-90s theme.

I'm bringing my 89 Pontiac Firebird Formula 350 and estanner is bringing her 99 Honda VFR800.

Car entries are sold out, but Motorcycle entries are still available. I know some of you have some rad rides!

RADwood is a celebration of '80s and '90s automotive lifestyle. The car show that blends period correct dress with automotive awesomeness. A period correct event for cars, trucks, and bikes from 1980-1999 that captures the essence of a bodacious era.

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