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Motorcycles must have mufflers. It's the law.

July 2 2002 at 9:00 AM
Johnny Bob  (Login jbob)
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Motorcycles must have mufflers. It's the law.

625 ILCS 5/12-602

625 = Chapter 625 (Vehicles)
ILCS = Illinois Compiled Statutes
5 = Act 5 (Act 5 in Chapter 625 = Illinois Vehicle Code)
12-602 = Section 12-602 (Mufflers, prevention of noise)

Illinois General Assembly - Legislative Information System:

Organization of the Illinois Compiled Statutes (ILCS):

Illinois Compiled Statutes
Chapter 625-Vehicles
625 ILCS 5/ Illinois Vehicle Code
Article VI. Miscellaneous Requirements
Sec. 12-602. Mufflers, prevention of noise:

"Every motor vehicle driven or operated upon the highways of this State
shall at all times be equipped with an adequate muffler or exhaust system in
constant operation and properly maintained to prevent any excessive or
unusual noise. No such muffler or exhaust system shall be equipped with a
cutout, bypass or similar device. No person shall modify the exhaust system
of a motor vehicle in a manner which will amplify or increase the noise of
such vehicle above that emitted by the muffler originally installed on the
vehicle, and such original muffler shall comply with all the requirements of
this Section."


Therefore, any motorcycle which violates this section is subject to receiving a citation. Obviously that includes motorcycles with "straight pipes". The Illinois State Police has issued many warnings & citations around the state for this offense.

Sergeant Randy L. Ness, Illinois State Police - Loud Motorcycles:

and Motorcycle Mufflers:


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Johnny Bob
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more links re MOTORCYCLE NOISE

February 22 2004, 9:24 AM 

--------- re MOTORCYCLE NOISE ----------

(Chicago) 18th District Revs Up Enforcement Against Motorcycle Noise

re Motorcycle noise (loud pipes)

Do loud motorcycle pipes (usually on Harleys) save lives?

Motorcycle Cruiser Magazine - AMA, MRF Team Up to Tackle Noise

American Motorcyclist Association Position on Excessive Motorcycle Noise

Illegal Boosted Motorcycle Mufflers

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Re: more links re MOTORCYCLE NOISE

April 19 2006, 3:40 PM 

Funny commercial with a loud motorcycle.

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