Royal Enfield has been maintaining a standard in its segment so far. With innovative products like the Himalayan and youth-friendly colours, the company is hitting the right spots. While some may argue, the experience of riding an Enfield has been mostly unaltered since inception. The flavour is their bikes is quite addictive and popular. Royal Enfield started its rejuvenation story only after being taken over by Eicher. The upcoming 650 twins will be another jewel in the brand’s throne. While Royal Enfield dispatches all bikes adhering to the government’s norms, some distasteful ‘Fukra(s)‘ convert a civil tourer into mass-ear-killers. A Royal Enfield dealership has decided to not service such bikes. Read along.
Royal Enfield Dealership – Soni Automobiles
The Royal Enfield dealership by the name of Soni Automobiles is situated in the North West part of Delhi. The dealership is one of the prominent showrooms in the region with their service station operates through the entire week. The owner Mr Virender Shokeen, today asked the service manager, Mr Abhay to ” Stop testing bikes with aftermarket exhausts, effective immediately”. This step is definitely bold and equally commendable. Their plan is to educate and demoralise the riders to opt for cheap loud exhausts.
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Royal Enfield Dealership – The Issue
A Royal Enfield Himalayan owner dropped his bike for service yesterday. Under the supervision of the dealership, while doing the test run, the engineer was stopped and the bike was confiscated by the officials of Delhi Police. The reason stated was aftermarket loud exhaust. The bike is now parked at the Vijay Vihar Police Station awaiting release documents. While some may argue about the riding style of these workshop engineers, the bikes have to be stress tested as a part of each service routine. Certainly, the dealership is not at fault here.
Royal Enfield Dealership – Noise Pollution Rules In India
According to The Noise Pollution (Regulation And Control) Rules, 2000, the permissible limit for various types of vehicles ranges between 77 dB to 94 dB. The noise is calculated from four parameters i.e. noise from the engine, transmission, exhaust note, noise due to slamming of doors and the use of horn. While you may think 77 dB is not that far off from 94 dB, one must remember that the decibel system is logarithmic. A luxury limousine is permitted up to 77 dB and a 4-stroke motorcycle is permitted up to 94 dB. A difference of 17 dB here, means 17 times the sound pressure. For reference, check out the video from 2012, wherein, the Police Officers from Oakville, California, USA are conducting a Voluntary Noise Test for some Harley Davidson bikes.
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