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Old 3rd Oct 2021, 18:35
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Noisy vehicles

Has anyone else noticed the upsurge in really loud exhausts over the past year or so? Out walking this afternoon there was rarely a point where no motor cycle or car with a pop bang exhaust was not audible. Judging from the time that they can be heard I suspect the distance is up to a mile. These are obviously illegal as the exhausts are modified to make them louder. It would seem the easiest thing for a cop to just ticket them with a fixed penalty. Why do they not bother?
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Old 3rd Oct 2021, 18:47
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Yup. The loud exhaust and pop pop pop brigade has become a real pain in the arse around here. Though since the petrol crisis began, they seem less keen to waste the fuel by burning it in the exhaust. Police also had a purge at a "meet" a couple of weeks ago and impounded several dozen for various offences.
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Old 3rd Oct 2021, 19:38
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The glorious sound of a Yamaha RD250 with a macron expansion pipe.


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Old 3rd Oct 2021, 19:58
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Don't get me started on those pathetic individuals who appear to feel the need to use their cars as toys. Surely there are laws that could be enforced that get them off the roads and their cars crushed.

Rank antisocial behaviour!
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Old 3rd Oct 2021, 21:43
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The glorious sound of a Yamaha RD250 with a macron expansion pipe.


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Is that the one that makes the anti UK whining noise?
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Old 3rd Oct 2021, 22:14
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I discovered 2 weeks ago that the pop bang’s actually a ‘tune’
I thought it was because they’d had a go themselves & done it badly but no!
They pay £200 upwards to sound like the engine’s misfiring.
I remain amazed that anyone would choose to do it , let alone pay.
LV- I had a pair of Allspeed expansion pipes on my RD.
Loud & crackly but it didn’t sound like a misfire...
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Old 3rd Oct 2021, 22:20
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i guess it beats getting run over by a no noise EV
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Old 3rd Oct 2021, 22:39
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Originally Posted by Flugzeug A View Post
I discovered 2 weeks ago that the pop bang’s actually a ‘tune’
I thought it was because they’d had a go themselves & done it badly but no!
They pay £200 upwards to sound like the engine’s misfiring.
I remain amazed that anyone would choose to do it , let alone pay.
LV- I had a pair of Allspeed expansion pipes on my RD.
Loud & crackly but it didn’t sound like a misfire...
Memory wasn't quite right. It was Micron not Macron. Yep, the pop pop pop crackle. And a K&N air filter to squeeze abit more out of a bored out carb.

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Old 3rd Oct 2021, 23:30
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Old 4th Oct 2021, 02:05
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Hey, those people spend serious money on a muffler that makes it sound like they don't have a muffler
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Old 4th Oct 2021, 06:36
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Usual comment round here "Five horsepower car with twenty horsepower exhaust".
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Old 4th Oct 2021, 07:53
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Originally Posted by tdracer View Post
Hey, those people spend serious money on a muffler that makes it sound like they don't have a muffler
It's not just noisy mufflers, the preferred method of operation is to accelerate hard then back off which is followed by a series of loud explosions. "Vroooooomm pop pop pop, vrooooooooooom pop pop pop" all the way down the road even in the middle of the night. In traffic they hang back then go for it. Some of them are little boys with bum fluff driving to work (or school) on their own who don't seem to know how to drive other than anti-socially and thinks we old fogies are impressed. They really are quite pathetic.

I don't mind the odd bit of decent car sound, but the guy round here who has a lime green Ferrari and revs it to about 50 squillion RPM needs to understand that a screaming chainsaw does not sound impressive.

On the other hand, loved the Griffon Spitfire that performed a few low runs at Kenley Aerodrome a couple of weekends ago - I couldn't see it but from where I was a couple of miles away, it sounded bloody marvellous!
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Old 4th Oct 2021, 08:31
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Originally Posted by Effluent Man View Post
These are obviously illegal as the exhausts are modified to make them louder. It would seem the easiest thing for a cop to just ticket them with a fixed penalty. Why do they not bother?
They are probably waiting for the driver to commit a real crime, something like telling a risqué joke or making a sexist comment.
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Old 4th Oct 2021, 10:22
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Originally Posted by UniFoxOs View Post
Usual comment round here "Five horsepower car with twenty horsepower exhaust".
"All fart and no follow-through" is a variation on this with the same sentiment.
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Old 4th Oct 2021, 10:25
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I'm not particularly impressed that modern luxury brands like Mercedes-Benz are now fitting these [email protected] noise boxes to their cars as it makes them sound cheap and tacky, i.e fake. Bloke down the road owns a late model V8 MB turbo, and when he switches the fake sound off the engine sounds silky smooth and refined, but when he turns it on it sounds raspy, harsh and artificial, just like a clapped out cheap 4-pot box that has been fiddled with by its young first-time vehicle owner.

Last Sunday when planning my lockdown exercise entitlement of a walk along the beach I noticed the police helicopter buzzing overhead, thinking the anti-lockdown protesters were about (like last week which I found scary) I delayed my walk for a couple of hours. Upon arrival all was good and the seaside was very busy, a few minutes into my walk I heard a very loud bang, bang, just like a double barrel shotgun firing skeet. Holy sh!t I thought, this is not good at all, then I soon heard a third bang which was unlike a shotgun and concluded that if I didn't see women and children running then it was just a car or motorbike backfiring. Last week there were about 150 police in force and had the same numbnut driving that vehicle been around then I'm sure it would have been a new kind of experience for him.
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Old 4th Oct 2021, 10:27
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They are not trying to impress old fogeys, they are trying to impress each other - and girls of course, which is ironic because they also belong to the small willy brigade.

There was an antisocial motorbike rider around here with a very loud exhaust that caused disturbance and annoyance even when he was on the other side of the valley. I was thinking of ways to sabotage his bike without getting caught, but someone else must have had a word because we no longer hear him at all.

Police???? Ha !!! When did you last see a police officer doing a normal patrol? They are not there at all unless an incident has been phoned in, when they all jump in their cars and drive mod-handed to the incident and stand around.

I suspect the boring answer is that to ticket a noisy exhaust, police would require evidence. Since Dixon of Dock Green and Gene Hunt retired, the word and experience of a police officer is presumably not enough. So unless officers carry calibrated sound level meters, an attempted conviction will just be thrown out by any half decent lawyer.
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Teenagers delight in pi55ing off old farts. Anything the oldies dislike is actively encouraged.

At least, it was when I was a teenager, aeons ago

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Old 4th Oct 2021, 13:04
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Every time I'm annoyed by kids doing what kids do I think back to my own youth.
We have a kid on a "slightly" modified electric scooter whizzing past 4 to 6 times a day, slung our his shoulder is the biggest ghetto blaster on sale pumping out some godawful rap junk.
I gave him thumps up first time around, now I get a smile and a greeting.
If I could just persuade him to play some decent stuff. Steppewolf, Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, but noooo.
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Old 4th Oct 2021, 13:33
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Pouring raw, unburned, fuel into a hot exhaust for the sole purpose of making noise is, in my mind, a wonderful way of spending unwanted money. Nearly every modern sporty motor vehicle with a sense of self-respect has the "binoculars" button which, when pressed, will activate the "pour fuel down the tailpipe" feature.

I for one love it, but do realise I'm not old or sour enough to join the grumpy old sod brigade. I do appreciate memory fades, along with the ability to nurse a proper boner, as you get old, but would encourage our more senior members to think back to their own youth and all the silly stunts they pulled, which pee'd off the the older generation.

Staying young at heart is a choice you should make; nobody likes an old, grumpy sod.
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