The police in India are known to target the two-wheeler riders, especially if it a loud motorcycle or an expensive bike. Such attention-grabbing motorcycles can become easy targets for the cops and here is exactly what happened to his Kawasaki Ninja ZX10R rider.
The video put up by DC Days on YouTube shows how he gets flagged down by traffic police in Bengaluru. The video is taken from the helmet-mounted camera of the rider Deepak Chauhan and he was riding with a pillion at the time.
The Kawasaki Ninja ZX10R stopped by the cop had a loud SC Project exhaust. However, the traffic police officer who flagged the bike in the first place stopped for the faulty number plate. The video shows that the cop asks for Driving License and the Registration Certificate of the bike. Later, the rider is sent to the senior police officer who is sitting in the Interceptor vehicle. The senior police official says that the bike has aftermarket loud exhaust but then the rider argues that he was stopped for the number plate. After the discussion, the cops issue a challan the rider for the aftermarket exhaust.
If a vehicle has two different faults, legally the police can issue two different fines to the owner. However, due to a miscommunication, the cops only issue a ticket for the exhaust. The cops took Rs 1,100 for the faulty exhaust while no money was taken for the number plate.
Since superbikes are extremely attention-grabbing, they become an easy target for the policemen. The situation is similar in almost all the states in India. It should be noted that the new amended MV Act has become a law and has been imposed on 15th August. Under the new amendments, the fine amounts have been increased by multiple folds.
In many cases, the cops take off the aftermarket exhausts and break them or seize them. This is done to ensure that the exhaust cannot be used again. Such cases of seizing the exhaust or destroying them have become quite common in the major cities of the country. However, no such thing was done to the Kawasaki Ninja ZX10R.
Aftermarket exhausts are illegal to use on the public roads. This is because they cause massive noise pollution and exceed the sound level set by the authorities. However, they are legal to buy in India and can be installed on the motorcycles too. Vehicles with aftermarket exhausts can be used in private properties like a racing track or a farmhouse. Using them on the public roads is illegal by law.
Police forces from multiple states have targeted Royal Enfield motorcycles for installing aftermarket exhausts. Till now, thousands of Royal Enfield motorcycles have been fined by the police for such exhausts. Also, the cops target the high-end motorcycles for being extremely loud but sometimes they mistake the stock exhaust of such bikes for aftermarket exhaust systems. This is why scientific tools like a decibel-meter should be used before issuing a fine to such modified vehicles.