Wow! that's very sad to know. Here in California, the law is motorcycle friendly. Very much, if you own a bike you own the road kind of thing. I have rode along a bike cop and he is even more aggressive and noisy ridding his motorcycle than me. Rules don't apply to motorcycles here, that's the whole point of ridding a bike you don't have to be behind a car, you can go wherever you fit. I try not to abuse it. About the noise, that's just to let cars know that you are there, to let know distracted car drivers that you are close to their texting facility.