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Old 25 Jan 2010
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Question Noisey bike - problems with the law??

my old BMW R65 is a tad noisey (the stainless pipes are basically straight through.

Will I get into trouble with the law anywhere in continental Europe?

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Will I get into trouble with the law anywhere in continental Europe?

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In Italy (and Slovenia), in theory , yes. This is one of the few reasons for which the police stop bikers. I'm quite sure that if you have a valid MOT then you should be ok, but don't take my word for it.

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In Italy (and Slovenia), in theory , yes. This is one of the few reasons for which the police stop bikers. I'm quite sure that if you have a valid MOT then you should be ok, but don't take my word for it.

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Same in Fran├že and Spain, but usually (it is also very rare) they stop sport bikes, to whom it's drivers change the exhausts for a more performance one, (= noisy one)

So, you shouldn't have any problem with your bike.
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In france, the police/ gendarmerie have sonometers but mostly only round the big cities. If you're not stoopid about it you'll probably be ok (ie shut the throttle down a little as you drive past a police car...)
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German police can be a bit picky as well. German laws on vehicle modifications are the most stringent in europe. Doesn't mean they necessarily apply to you on a foreign reg'd bike though.

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Honestly, you don't have too much to worry about with a foreign number plate. Obeying construction+use type laws in other EU countrys is a grey area, and the police generally stay away from it to save themselves the bother. Speeding and other traffic offences are obviously fair game though!
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In Denmark the police normally only checks bikes in connection a bike rally or such.

In Germany they also conduct raids and if they find an illegal exhaust, they confiscate it and then you are not allowed to continue on your own wheels.
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Germany for sure. Even totally legal bikers from Denmark get a worried about going down there with their after market cans on.

Police in Denmark are the same as the UK. If they hear you blaring away they will pull you and Denmark is a lot quieter than the UK.

Get it fixed before you travel. It will save you money and hassle in the long run.

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In the Netherlands (where I live) it can be a problem and I know you will not be allowed to enter Switzerland with loud pipes.
I was not allowed into Switserland when my exhaust of my SR500 broke on a trip. Only when I explained and showed that it just broke a few hours ago and that I would repair it the ASAP and that I was on my way back to family in Geneve, I was allowed in.
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