The LOUD Biker Yells – “Hey, it’s just NOISE!” (Is it Really?)

From time to time I receive push back from the Loud Biker Cult[ure] that their illegal motorcycle noise is simply “just noise.”  “Hey, what’s the big deal?  I’m here and gone in a few seconds, don’t you have anything better to do than worry about my NOISE?”

Every production street-use motorcycle to be operated on the public roadways of the United Sates, whether manufactured in the United States or abroad, must be certified by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) relevant to “total” motorcycle noise emissions.  This certification process is required out of a concern for the health and welfare, the quality of life of the general public.  The U.S. EPA via their Code of Federal Regulations (See Subparts D&E) limits motorcycle noise emissions for street-use/public roadway use, 1986-year model-forward, production motorcycles to a respectfully quiet “total” motorcycle noise emissions of 80 dB(A) as per the Society of Automotive Engineers, SAE J331a “Full-throttle drive-by testing procedure.”

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Unfortunately, 60% to 80%+ of the motorcycles operating on the public roadways of the United States at any given time have had their U.S. EPA, factory-installed muffler removed and replaced with a NOT FOR ROAD USE aftermarket exhaust that emits four-to-twelve+ times (logarithmic scale) the legal, “total,” motorcycle noise emissions of 80 dB(A) – the “minimum” level of protection for the general public.  The following collection of studies confirms the negative physiological/psychological ramifications of illegally LOUD motorcycles, automobiles and trucks currently operating almost completely unencumbered on our public roadways.  Contrary to what the Loud Biker Cult[ure] in our Society would have you believe, their NOISE is much more than simply NOISE!

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lady holding ears 2As I have researched the causative factors under-girding the exponential rise of “illegal” transportation noise in the United States, I was most surprised to discover the unfortunate de-prioritizing of interest in studies relevant to the physiological/psychological effects of transportation noise subsequent to the de-funding of the “Office of Noise Abatement and Control” (ONAC) in 1981.  The most telling, informative, relevant studies are primarily taking place in Europe, Australia and India while the most prolific destroyer of good daily quality of life standards in the United States i.e. illegal motor vehicle noise, is…for all intent and purpose, completely ignored by our Legislators, the U.S. EPA and most tragically, our Law Enforcement Community.  The “first duty” of Government in the United States is “PROTECTION.”  Why is the United States Government refusing to intercede on behalf of the vehicular NOISE beleaguered American citizen?

If you have any questions relevant to the Loud Biker Cult[ure] in the United States, questions concerning causation relevant to why our public roadways are flooded with illegally LOUD motor vehicles, please see the following articles and video.

  1. Article: The Truth About Loud Motorcycles the Police Won’t or Can’t Tell You: https://rickeyholtsclaw.com/2016/03/10/the-truth-about-loud-motorcycles-the-police-wont-or-cant-tell-you/
  2. Article: Motorcycle Noise Enforcement – 101 (for law enforcement): https://rickeyholtsclaw.com/2016/09/12/motorcycle-noise-enforcement-101/
  3. Video: Loud Motorcycles? (Pt. 1) THE LAW: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ouBsdUq-2Iw
  4. As presented to select Congressional Representatives in Washington D.C. in May/2017, The American Quality of Life Act – 2017 (A Federal Motor Vehicle Muffler Mandate): https://view.publitas.com/p222-12679/american-quality-of-life-act-2017-congressional-bill-proposal/

Note: The following research/studies were quickly selected at random from the Internet and I will endeavor to include informative articles as time permits subsequent to adequate study and review.  If you have any relevant studies of interest concerning environmental noise, transportation noise specifically, please share them and I will, most appreciatively, include them here.

Thank you,

Rick Holtsclaw, Houston PD/Retired  Concerned Citizens Against Loud Motorcycles – Facebook C-CALM

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A Few Studies – Transportation Noise and Dissonance/Physiology

 

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Quiet please! Fighting noise pollution

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The WHO [World Health Organization] team used the information to calculate the disability-adjusted life-years or DALYs—basically the healthy years of life―lost to ‘unwanted’ human-induced dissonance. Their results might surprise you.

They found that at least one million healthy years of life (yes, one million) are lost each year in Europe alone due to noise pollution (and this figure does not include noise from industrial workplaces). The authors concluded that ‘there is overwhelming evidence that exposure to environmental noise has adverse effects on the health of the population’ and ranked traffic noise second among environmental threats to public health (the first being air pollution). The authors also noted that while other forms of pollution are decreasing, noise pollution is increasing.

See: http://www.nova.org.au/people-medicine/noise-pollution


 

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Extent of the problem: Estimates of the extent of environmental noise in the United States are far from complete, and research has suffered as a result of a deprioritizing of noise; the most recent EPA data expressly on noise pollution are from 1981. Approximately 104 million Americans are at risk of heart disease, hearing loss, and other health effects caused by environmental noise. Recent evidence from outside the United States suggests that the problem is serious; the World Health Organization (WHO) reports that, in Europe, the burden of disease associated with environmental noise pollution from traffic alone is higher than the burden associated with lead exposure, ozone, or radon.

Scientific evidence: Chronic environmental noise produces a wide variety of adverse health effects, including fragmented and disrupted sleep, annoyance, and hearing loss. These effects in turn lead to cardiovascular morbidity and mortality, neurological/psychiatric sequelae, and morbidity associated with hearing loss. Studies that address the home/work environment have demonstrated a dose-response relationship between chronic ambient noise levels and increased blood pressure; an increased incidence of heart disease; problems with complex tasks in children, along with attention/learning disabilities and hyperactivity; increased distractibility and annoyance in adults; and an increased incidence of diabetes. Current understanding of the causal pathway from exposure to chronic noise to morbidity/mortality includes repetitive sleep fragmentation and micro-arousal (and its cardiovascular and cognitive effects) as well as noise annoyance (leading to stress and its cognitive effects) and the direct effects of hearing loss from noise. Disordered sleep similarly leads to increases in accidents and learning difficulties among both adults and children. Increased noise annoyance also leads to cognitive difficulties (decreased ability to concentrate, learning problems) and stress (which likely contributes to the aforementioned cardiovascular and endocrine effects).

See: https://www.apha.org/policies-and-advocacy/public-health-policy-statements/policy-database/2014/07/16/12/50/environmental-noise-pollution-control


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Transportation Noise Affects the Health of People

 by Bidita Debnath on  June 22, 2017 at 11:44 PM General Health News
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Road traffic and related noise is a major source of annoyance and impairment to health in urban areas. Many areas exposed to road traffic noise are also exposed to rail and air traffic noise.
 
The results published so far show that aircraft, rail and road traffic noise in Switzerland leads to adverse health effects. For cardiovascular disease mortality, the most distinct association was found for road noise. The risk of dying of a myocardial infarction increases by 4 per cent per 10 decibel increase in road noise at home. Also the risk of hypertension and heart failure increases with transportation noise. “Particularly critical are most likely noise events at night regularly disturbing sleep,” says Martin Röösli, principal investigator of SiRENE and professor of environmental epidemiology at Swiss TPH and the University of Basel.

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Exposure to noise in the environment from transport sources is an increasingly prominent feature of the environment. The growing demand for air and road travel means that more people are being exposed to noise, and noise exposure is increasingly being seen as an important environmental public health issue.
 
Meta-analyses have established that noise has a significant effect on risk for hypertension and coronary heart disease. A meta-analysis found that for aircraft noise a 5 dBA rise in noise was associated with a 25% increase in risk of hypertension compared with those not exposed to noise (van Kempen et al., 2002). Two meta-analyses of the effect of road traffic noise exposure on coronary heart disease, where outcomes ranged from blood pressure and hypertension to ischaemic heart disease and myocardial infarction found that environmental noise above 6570dBA was associated with a 10 to 50% increase in risk (Babisch, 2000; 2006a). A recent study estimated that 3% of the total cases of myocardial infarction in Germany are attributable to road traffic noise (Babisch, 2006b).

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Transport noise – the health impacts of noise pollution

Whilst living in cities, near airports or road and rail links, might prove useful for the commute, the noise levels can sometimes be too much to bear.

A growing body of research reveals, transport noise can cause sleep disturbance, cardiovascular disease, elevated hormone levels, psychological problems and even premature death; studies on children have identified cognitive impairment, worsened behaviour and diminished quality of life.

The European Commission acknowledges that traffic noise is one of the main local environmental problems in Europe and the source of an increasing number of complaints from the public. More widely, the negative effects of transport noise have been known for years, but in light of pressing air pollution problems, noise has often taken a back seat. The situation now appears to be changing. At the close of last year, the European Environment Agency (EEA) released it’s TERM 2008 report Transports at a crossroads, the first to contain an assessment of EU-wide noise data. The findings paint a bleak picture – 55% of those living in urban areas with more than 250 000 inhabitants in the European Union 27 member states (67 million people) endure daily road noise levels above the lower EU benchmark for excess exposure.

See: http://www.env-health.org/news/latest-news/article/transport-noise-the-health-impacts


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Increased risk for developing cardiovascular diseases

The results published so far show that aircraft, rail and road traffic noise in Switzerland leads to adverse health effects. For cardiovascular disease mortality, the most distinct association was found for road noise. The risk of dying of a myocardial infarction increases by 4 per cent per 10 decibel increase in road noise at home. Also the risk of hypertension and heart failure increases with transportation noise. “Particularly critical are most likely noise events at night regularly disturbing sleep,” says Martin Röösli, principal investigator of SiRENE and professor of environmental epidemiology at Swiss TPH and the University of Basel. “The threshold for negative health impact is lower than previously suspected.”

Noise also favours Diabetes

In addition to cardiovascular diseases, transportation noise also increases the risk of developing diabetes. This is shown by an examination of 2,631 people exposed to different degrees of noise pollution. “Two mechanisms play a role,” explains Nicole Probst-Hensch, Head of the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health at Swiss TPH. “On the one hand, the chronic release of stress hormones influences insulin metabolism. On the other hand, sleep problems are known to negatively affect metabolism in the long term.”

See: https://bioengineer.org/transportation-noise-increases-risk-for-cardiovascular-diseases-and-diabetes/


A Compilation

The effect of transportation noise on health and cognitive development: A review of recent evidence

Article · January 2007with12 Reads

Contribution by a Physics Instructor

I’m glad someone brought up the issue of the impact and measurement of sound levels. Yes, this is a scientific measurement of sound levels which are, by design and implementation, measures of air pressure variations. A commonly used unit of air pressure is the Pascal (in honor of Blaise Pascal, the father of fluid dynamics). It is sometimes confused with sound power measurements (energy, watts over time). Both are logarithmic (exponential) mathematically and somewhat perceptibly. Thus a six deciBel (honoring Alexander Graham Bell) increase in pressure is a 4x increase in power. I could go in to much more detail but this isn’t the forum to do so. I have taught the physics of sound at a college level, and have spent much of my academic career studying it.

Back to the point, Measurement and effect are somewhat different. Now I’m being academic. The common (legally) used scale for noise measuring instrumentation is “A” weighted, meaning that it accounts for the statistical interpretation of what humans are most sensitive to. I, personally and professionally, don’t agree that an “A” weighted scale tells the whole story. I’m alone in that assessment as far as the EPA and other regulators. This is why I differ. The human sensory system is designed for survival of the species. When we hear a roar (low frequency energy diminished by the “A” weighted instrument), it does not reflect our visceral response. Our adrenal glands produce cortisol designed for “flight or fight”. We haven’t yet evolved beyond that. This human response is well known. Our bloodstream is inundated with a hormone designed to keep us safe. Unmuffled vehicles produce energy below what our ears perceive Yet our body does. It’s known as infrasound. Our military is very aware of this phenomena. We’re wired for it!

Noise is power in every sense, literally and figuratively, and should be minimized such that when it’s necessary for survival it’s useful. Otherwise, it’s like Aesop’s fable of continually “crying wolf”. It eventually loses its innate usefulness. Then we die! Mostly from stress related illness, like the number one killer in America, heart disease. I am so perplexed as to why three percent of the population (or less) [the Loud Motorcycle Culture] has this much power over our lives. Man, I could go on…as I type this… unmuffled motorcycles, trucks, et al invade my domicile and my mind, with such a stupid, selfish, idiotic declaration of their perceived freedom. Not to mention our political representatives who blindly support them, cynically, for campaign donations. Sorry Rick, but showing me how evil they are…well, my outrage meter is broken. I have a dark heart today!

Charles Lang


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Clean Air Act Title IV – Noise Pollution

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What is Noise Pollution?

The traditional definition of noise is “unwanted or disturbing sound”.  Sound becomes unwanted when it either interferes with normal activities such as sleeping, conversation, or disrupts or diminishes one’s quality of life.  The fact that you can’t see, taste or smell it may help explain why it has not received as much attention as other types of pollution, such as air pollution, or water pollution.  The air around us is constantly filled with sounds, yet most of us would probably not say we are surrounded by noise.  Though for some, the persistent and escalating sources of sound can often be considered an annoyance.  This “annoyance” can have major consequences, primarily to one’s overall health.

Health Effects

Noise pollution adversely affects the lives of millions of people.  Studies have shown that there are direct links between noise and health.  Problems related to noise include stress related illnesses, high blood pressure, speech interference, hearing loss, sleep disruption, and lost productivity.  Noise Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL) is the most common and often discussed health effect, but research has shown that exposure to constant or high levels of noise can cause countless adverse health affects.

Learn more about the health effects:
The Noise Effects Handbook, Office of Noise Abatement and Control, US EPA, 1981 Exit
Noise and Its Effects, by Dr. Alice H. Suter, Administrative Conference of the United States, November 1991

See: https://www.epa.gov/clean-air-act-overview/clean-air-act-title-iv-noise-pollution


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Noise Control Act – 1972 Congressional Statement

42 U.S. Code § 4901 – Congressional findings and statement of policy

(a) The Congress finds—
 
(1) that inadequately controlled noise presents a growing danger to the health and welfare of the Nation’s population, particularly in urban areas;
 
(2) that the major sources of noise include transportation vehicles and equipment, machinery, appliances, and other products in commerce; and
 
(3) that, while primary responsibility for control of noise rests with State and local governments, Federal action is essential to deal with major noise sources in commerce control of which require national uniformity of treatment.
 
(b)The Congress declares that it is the policy of the United States to promote an environment for all Americans free from noise that jeopardizes their health or welfare.
 
To that end, it is the purpose of this chapter to establish a means for effective coordination of Federal research and activities in noise control, to authorize the establishment of Federal noise emission standards for products distributed in commerce, and to provide information to the public respecting the noise emission and noise reduction characteristics of such products.

The Legislative Aspects of Noise Pollution

A Brief Review of the Legislative Aspects of Noise Pollution by Dr. Brind Kumar*, Sharad V. Oberoi@, Akash Goenka @ http://home.uchicago.edu/~mstaisch/Sharad/papers/Legislative%20Aspects%20of%20Noise%20Pollution.pdf

Excerpt:

With the advancement of science and technology at an unprecedented pace, the urban centers of today’s world have evolved not just in size but also in terms of the living conditions provided by them. This has brought about an increasing new awareness about the noise pollution, which has become a part of our day-to-day lives. Studies have been conducted to trace the amount of damage caused by the noise from various natural as well as man-made sources, especially traffic. In fact, noise has come to be associated with the mental, physical, emotional and psychological well-being of an individual, be it human beings or even animals. In legal terms, noise can be considered as an assault on an individual. Apparently, this is a potential hazard to the provisions of sound living conditions and needs to be checked at planning, administrative and judicial level.


To be continued…

Trump Expected to Drop Harley-Davidson’s $3-mil. fine for EPA Violations – Why?

Washington Examiner:

Trump expected to drop Harley-Davidson’s $3 million fine for EPA violations



Comment by Rick Holtsclaw, Houston PD/Retired…

I understand and fully support the President’s efforts to keep business, manufacturing, in the United States and considering the recent market/financial woes of Harley Davidson Inc. and their proposed move to Thailand, dropping the $3-million dollar EPA fine is painfully understandable. Unfortunately, I understand there may also be some shenanigans – compromises involved in the original $12-million dollar lawsuit, EPA v. Harley (2016), filed under the auspices of the Clean Air Act.

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The EPA sued Harley Davidson, Inc in 2016 for violations of excessive “particulates emissions” relevant to Harley motorcycles having been fitted with Harley’s Screaming Eagle Super Tuner devices. Those Super Tuner’s being necessary to remap the fuel injection system on motorcycles that had been illegally tampered with in violation of Federal Noise Emissions Law as the owners of those Harley motorcycles opted to remove their quiet factory-installed mufflers and replace them with a LOUD, “free-flowing”, NOT FOR ROAD USE, aftermarket exhaust mechanism for the sole purpose of emitting ILLEGAL NOISE.

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The illegal tampering e.g. removing the quiet, legal, factory-installed muffler and replacing same with a NOT FOR ROAD USE – LOUD, free-flowing exhaust, required manipulation, re-mapping, of the fuel-injection system; otherwise, the illegally modified motorcycle performed terribly. In addition, some of these “modified” motorcycles had their intake system “upgraded” with Screaming Eagle parts. I do find it rather hypocritical that Audi/VW was hammered by the U.S. EPA for emissions violations yet Harley and their LOUD Biker advocates are apparently receiving “a pass.”

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I grow weary of the political prostitution with these motorcycle manufacturers, Motorcycle Rights Organizations (MRO), the motorcycle aftermarket exhaust manufacturers and the LOUD Biker Cult[ure] who thumb their defiant, arrogant, “entitled” nose at the rule of law and NOTHING IS DONE while our Legislators have their backs scratched and palms greased by the well-funded MRO lobbyists and our local elected officials prostitute themselves with the Loud Biker Cult[ure] for profit at unlawfully LOUD motorcycle rallies; this, while these shady shenanigans are compounded by our Local and State Law Enforcement Community who compromise their integrity by permitting far too many of their sworn personnel to ride and drive illegally LOUD while giving the narcissistic Loud Biker Culture a free pass – very little to no enforcement of our muffler laws for over three-decades…and the people suffer!

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In my humble opinion: IT’S PAST TIME TO INVESTIGATE HOW MUCH MONEY IS CONTRIBUTED BY MOTORCYCLE RIGHTS ORGANIZATIONS, MOTORCYCLE MANUFACTURERS, TO THE CAMPAIGNS OF OUR LEGISLATORS AND OUR EXECUTIVE BRANCH OF GOVERNMENT.

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Why has the American citizen been forced to suffer under the constant bombardment of the narcissistic Loud Biker, Loud Auto, Loud Truck Cult[ure] in America and NOTHING IS DONE?

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Vance and Hines not for road use advertisement

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For more information on the EPA v. Harley (2016) civil suit, please see my article: “U.S. EPA Sues Harley for $15-million dollars; Better yet, the Aftermarket Scam is Out of the Bag“: https://rickeyholtsclaw.com/2016/08/20/epa-sues-harley-for-15-million-better-yet-the-aftermarket-scam-is-out-of-the-bag/

For more information on the Loud Biker Cult[ure] in America, please see the in-depth article: “The Truth About Loud Motorcycles the Police Won’t or Can’t Tell You”: https://rickeyholtsclaw.com/2016/03/10/the-truth-about-loud-motorcycles-the-police-wont-or-cant-tell-you/

Rick Holtsclaw, Houston PD/Retired – Concerned Citizens Against Loud Motorcycles – Facebook (C-CALM)

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Harley-Davidson Spirals Down – Will the Illegal NOISE Follow?

Article by Seeking Alpha,

Harley-Davidson Spirals Down, Announces U.S. Layoffs, Builds Factory In Thailand

Jul. 19, 2017 1:44 AM ET

About: Harley-Davidson, Inc. (HOG)


Comment by Rick Holtsclaw, Concerned Citizens Against Loud Motorcycles – Facebook

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Though metric motorcycles are no less culpable, the Harley product, the big V-twin nostalgic air-cooled piece of vibrating junk, is the iconic destroyer of millions of American’s daily quality of life and is the monster destroying their health and welfare via the narcissistic Loud Biker Cult[ure] who insists they have the “right,” the “entitlement,” to thumb their arrogant nose at the Federal and State rule of law by removing the quiet, legal, factory-installed muffler and replacing same with an incredibly LOUD, NOT FOR ROAD USE, aftermarket exhaust.
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These illegal NOT FOR ROAD USE exhausts emit between four-to-twelve times (measured on a logarithmic scale) the legal, “total,” motorcycle noise emissions of 80 dB(A) as restricted for the protection of the American citizen by the U.S. EPA (1986 production year forward). In the hands of the irresponsible, narcissistic, Loud Biker Cult[ure], the iconic Harley, illegally equipped, has become nothing less than an instrument of assault against the American citizen.
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The Loud Biker Cult[ure] in America, for all intent and purpose, has become a group of debased “domestic terrorists” who seek to usurp the protective intent of the rule of law while negligently, recklessly, destroying the daily quality of life of millions of American citizens. I would like to hope that the economic fall of Harley in the United States is the precursor to the decimation of the Loud Biker Cult[ure]…yes, I know…but one is allowed to dream; after all, this is America! Perhaps Harley’s product from Thailand will be reminiscent of the AMF debacle…thus, extinction of the Harley NOISE Plague!
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Related article…
See my in-depth, NOT Politically Correct, article relevant to the Loud Biker Cult[ure] in America at: The Truth About Loud Motorcycles the Police Won’t or Can’t Tell You: https://rickeyholtsclaw.com/2016/03/10/the-truth-about-loud-motorcycles-the-police-wont-or-cant-tell-you/
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With all sincerity,
Rick Holtsclaw, Houston PD/Retired
Concerned Citizens Against Loud Motorcycles – Facebook
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LOUD Motorcycles – Illegal Exhausts – Conspiracy – Dealers – Causation?

Please forward this article via Twitter to @EPAScottPruitt – Access the Twitter link below…

Where Are You – U.S. EPA?

The attached article by Dealers News, “SHADES OF GRAY: Selling and installing aftermarket exhausts, and the legal liabilities for dealers,” (URL subsequent to this explanatory narrative) suggests that the retail of NOT FOR ROAD USE aftermarket exhausts to be fitted to street-use motorcycles is a “Gray” area, but, truth be told, the illegality is “black and white.” Fact is, there exists a clear and irrefutable “criminal conspiracy” among the…

1) Manufacturers of NOT FOR ROAD USE exhausts that are fitted for street-use motorcycles and “covertly” intended for use on our public roadways…

2) Distributors of NOT FOR ROAD USE exhausts…

3) Retailers of NOT FOR ROAD USE exhausts…

4) Installers of NOT FOR ROAD USE exhausts…

5) Operators of NOT FOR ROAD USE exhausts…

It is the United States Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) who is directly responsible for providing a “national uniformity of treatment” and it is the U.S. EPA, a regulatory agency, who has failed for some thirty-years to regulate the illegal, criminal conspiratorial, marketing tactics of the motorcycle aftermarket muffler manufacturers in the United States…and the people suffer!

The U.S. EPA via the Code of Federal Regulations requires a sample(s) motorcycle, one that is representative of the make and model motorcycle seeking certification to be operated on America’s public roadways, be tested for “total” noise emissions output via a scientifically controlled testing procedure identified as the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) J331a Full-throttle drive by test. The U.S. EPA requires this motorcycle noise emissions test in response to concerns for the health and welfare of the general public. The SAE J331a testing procedure provides a more “real world” analysis of motorcycle noise emissions exposure by the general public.

EVERY production, street-use motorcycle to be operated on the public roadways of the United States is restricted to a “total” motorcycle noise emissions of 80 dB(A) (1986-production year forward) – safe and respectfully quiet.  Every production motorcycle for use on America’s public roadways is shipped to the retailer with an approved, compliant, properly labeled, respectfully quiet, motorcycle muffler affixed to that motorcycle and it is the responsibility of America’s Local and State Law Enforcement Community to ensure those production motorcycles maintain their approved, factory-installed, safe, quiet muffler or a muffler conforming to the acoustical dampening characteristics of the factory-installed muffler subsequent to retail and FOR THE LIFE OF THE MOTORCYCLE.

THIS…

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U.S. EPA Muffler Label (roadway use motorcycles)
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Motorcycle Frame Label

NOT THIS…

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Not all aftermarket manufacturers use the NOT FOR ROAD USE label thus demonstrating defiance of the Federal regulations while demonstrating absolutely no concern for regulatory intervention.  The U.S. EPA is first and foremost culpable for this dangerous, illegal, motor vehicle aftermarket exhaust conspiracy playing a major factor in the destruction of good daily quality of life standards as well as recklessly endangering the health and welfare of the general public.

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NOT FOR ROAD USE exhaust mechanisms for retail today that are fitted to street-use motorcycles and ILLEGALLY operated on America’s public roadways easily emit between four-eight-ten-twelve+ times the legal, “total” motorcycle noise emissions of 80 dB(A) (dB differentials measured on a logarithmic scale) and it is that 80 dB(A) which is the “minimum” level of protection for the general public.  Subsequent to 1981, there has been an incremental yet consistent de-prioritizing of research and enforcement relevant to the dangers of environmental/transportation NOISE in the United States; as a result, the following decades witnessed an exponential increase of illegally equipped/illegally LOUD motor vehicle operating unencumbered on America’s public roadways. In conjunction with the increase of illegally loud motor vehicles, the quality of life and the health and welfare of the American citizen has deteriorated proportionally. Motor vehicle NOISE enforcement and regulatory control is, for all intent and purpose, absent in American society and again…THE PEOPLE SUFFER…WHY?

A “partial list” of available NOT FOR ROAD USE aftermarket exhaust Manufacturers can be viewed in the Addendum section of this article.  For information/resources regarding the negative physiological/psychological effects of transportation noise in the United States and in Europe, please see my article “The Truth About Loud Motorcycles the Police Won’t or Can’t Tell You” – the URL for this document is among the “relevant articles” listed below.

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See featured article:

SHADES OF GRAY: Selling and installing aftermarket exhausts, and the legal liabilities for dealers

http://www.dealernews.com/shades-of-gray-selling-and-installing-aftermarket-exhausts-and-the-legal-liabilities-for-dealers/

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For examples of this criminal conspiracy, please see the following relevant articles and video:

1) My LOUD Evening at the Harley Dealership – the Truth Shall Set You Free: https://rickeyholtsclaw.com/2016/08/08/my-loud-evening-at-the-harley-dealership-truths-a-killer/

2) Video: Evidence of Arkansas Motor Vehicle Noise Conspiracy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XZ–8v2S784

3) The Truth About Loud Motorcycles the Police Won’t or Can’t Tell You: https://rickeyholtsclaw.com/2016/03/10/the-truth-about-loud-motorcycles-the-police-wont-or-cant-tell-you/

4) Loud Motorcycles and the EPA: A Letter & Plea for Intercession: https://rickeyholtsclaw.com/2016/09/16/loud-motorcycles-the-epa-a-plea-for-intercession/

5) EPA Sues Harley for $15 Million Dollars: Better yet, the Aftermarket Scam is Out of the Bag: https://rickeyholtsclaw.com/2016/08/20/epa-sues-harley-for-15-million-better-yet-the-aftermarket-scam-is-out-of-the-bag/

6) Motorcycle Noise Enforcement – 101: https://rickeyholtsclaw.com/2016/09/12/motorcycle-noise-enforcement-101/

Thank you,

Rick Holtsclaw – Houston PD/Retired  –   Concerned Citizens Against Loud Motorcycles – Facebook

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Addendum

Following, is a partial list of aftermarket motorcycle exhaust manufacturers flooding the motorcycle market and our streets with illegal, egregiously LOUD and DIRTY non-compliant motorcycle exhausts…why is this permitted to continue? Where is commonsense and common decency?  Where is the care and concern for the vehicular NOISE beleaguered American Citizen? List was last edited in April/2009.

List acquired from: http://pnwriders.com/threads/exhaust-company-list.50742/

Akrapovic – http://www.akrapovic-exhaust.com

ANR – http://www.anrperformance.co.uk/

Arata – http://www.arata-ex.com/

AreaP – http://www.areapnolimits.com/home.html

Arrow – http://www.arrow.it

ART – http://www.artexhausts.com

Axcial – http://www.axcial-sport.com/moto/moto.html

Barabbas – http://mysite.freeserve.com/barabbas

Beet – http://www.beet.co.jp/index2.html

Black Hole Exhaust for BMW – http://rbracing-rsr.com/bmwexhausts.html

Black Widow – http://www.bwracing.com

Blue Flame – http://blueflameperformance.com

BOS – http://www.bos-exhausts.com

Boxer BMW Performance – http://www.boxer-performance.com/products.htm

Boz Bros – http://www.bozbros.com/exhausts.cfm

BSM – http://www.bsm-exhausts.com

Carbon Can Co – http://www.carboncan.co.uk

Cobra/Eagle Exhaust – http://www.speedpro.de/auspuffset.htm

D&D – http://www.danddexhaust.com

DAM – http://www.damexhaust.com/

Delkevic – http://www.delkevic.co.uk/

Devil – http://www.devilbikes.com

DPM – http://www.dpmsilenziatori.it

Dynomite- http://dynomite.co.uk/Dynosite/HTMLfiles/home_fin.html

E PRO – http://www.eijyupro.co.jp/toppage.htm

Erion Racing – http://www.erionracing.com

Cobra F1 Exhausts – http://www.cobrausa.com/

FC Racing – http://fc-racing.com/

FRC – http://monsite.wanadoo.fr/frc.echappements/

FMF Racing – http://www.fmfracing.com/

Foran (AU) – http://www.dropbears.com/f/foran/index.htm

Formula 1 – http://www.formula1mc.com.au/

G & G – http://www.gegbike.com/

G-Force – http://www.gforceexhausts.co.uk

Gianelli – http://www.giannelli.com/

Graves- http://www.gravesport.com/index.html

G.P.R. – http://www.gpr.it

Hard Rock Pipes – http://www.hardrockmotorsports.com/HR1_web/HR1_web_home.html

Harpoon – http://www.harpoon.es/

Harris – http://www.harris-performance.co.uk

High-Tes Exhaust (Spain) – http://www.jacmotors.com/

Hindle – http://www.hindle.com

Dale Walker’s Holeshot – http://www.holeshot.com/

HMF – http://www.hmfengineering.com/

Indigo Sports – http://www.indigosports.com/

Invader – http://www.trikbitzracing.iofm.net/invader.htm

Ixil – http://www.ixil.com/

Jack Lilley – http://www.jacklilley.com

Jardine – http://www.jardineproducts.com/home.asp

Jolly Moto exhaust (IT) – http://www.jollymoto.it

K-Factory – http://www.k-factory.com

Krieger – http://www.krieger-competition.com/

Laser/Jama – http://www.laser-jama.nl/

Leo Vinci – http://www.leovince.com

M4 – http://www.m4exhaust.com

Marving – http://www.marving.com/

Maxx – http://www.morini.com.au/maxx/index.html

Mecatwin – http://www.mecatwin.com/

MHP – http://www.jacklilley.com

Micron – http://www.micronexhaust.com

Mig – http://www.mig.fr

Mihara Specialty – http://www.mihara.co.jp/

MIVV – http://www.mivv.it/

Moriwaki – http://www.moriwaki.co.jp

Motad – http://www.motad.co.uk/

Muzzy – http://www.muzzys.com

Nikko – http://www.nikko-racing.com/

Nikon – http://www.nikonexhausts.co.uk/

Ninja – http://www.ninja.tm.fr

Nojima Japan – http://www.nojima-japan.co.jp/

NWS – http://www.n-w-s.com/#

Oshiro – http://www.oshiroridingtools.com/

Over Racing – http://www.over.co.jp/over_racing/index.html

Powermax – http://www.powermaxexhaust.com

Power Plant Fabrications – Super Maxx Race Exhausts – http://www.tyler6.freeserve.co.uk/

Predator – http://www.predatormotorsport.co.uk/

Promotive – http://www.promotive-exhausts.co.uk/

Quill – http://www.jbracing.co.uk/index.htm

Raven Racing – http://www.ravenracing.co.uk/

RC Koshien – http://www.rckoshien.co.jp/

Redline Exhaust (AU) – http://redline.vcsweb.com/index.html

Another company called Redline (UK) – http://www.redlinewunoff.co.uk/

Remus – http://www.remus.au

Renegade – http://www.renegade-exhausts.com

RS Product – http://www.rsproduct.com/nouveaute.php

Sato Racing – http://www.satoracing.com

Scorpion – http://www.scorpion-exhausts.com

Sebring Technology – http://www.sebring.de/

Side Kick – http://www.sidekickperformance.co.uk

Silmotor – http://www.silmotor.com

Spec A (Yamamoto Racing) – http://www.yamamoto-eng.co.jp/

SP Tadao Racing Parts – http://www.sptadao.co.jp/

Staintune – http://www.staintune.com.au/index.html

Sudco – http://www.sudco.com/

Sugaya – http://www.srs-sugaya.com/

Supertrapp/Kerker – http://www.supertrapp.com/

Superpole – http://www.superpole.nl/

Swona – http://www.swona.com/

Taylormade –

Thunder – http://www.thundercompetition.com/

Ti-Force- http://www.tiforce.com/top_page.html

Tigcraft – http://www.tigcraftusa.com/

Termignoni – http://www.termignoni.it/

TSR – http://www.tsrjp.com/

Tsukigi Racing – http://www.tsukigi.co.jp/

Tubi/HPE – http://www.tubistyle.it/home.htm

Two Brothers Racing – http://www.twobrothers.com

Vance & Hines – http://www.vanceandhines.com

Venom – http://www.venomexhausts.com/

Wolf – http://www.wolfracing.co.uk

Wiley Co – http://www.wileyco-racing.com

WRP – http://www.windtrading.it/

Wunoff – http://www.wunoff.co.uk

Yoshimura – http://www.yoshimura-rd.com

Zorstec – http://www.zorstec.net/

Ztechnik exhaust for BMW – http://www.ztechnik.com/

 

Rolling Thunder Bikers in D.C./2017 = Hypocrisy!

Rolling Thunder Motorcyclists Rumble Into DC for 30th Year

Expect major, rolling road closures, especially Sunday

http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/Rolling-Thunder-Rides-Through-DC-for-Memorial-Day-Weekend-for-30th-Year-423914654.html


Question and Comment by Rick Holtsclaw, Houston PD/Retired – Concerned Citizens Against Loud Motorcycles – Facebook…

As an old Marine Infantryman with 1/1 and as a retired 31-year veteran of the Houston PD, I see “so called” veterans riding in this “Rolling Thunder” biker “protest” by the thousands…I have a question. Where is the respect for the Constitutional rights and civil liberties of the American citizen and where is the respect for the “rule of law?”

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At a minimum, some 60% to 80%+ of the bikers in attendance at this Rolling Thunder debacle are atop motorcycles that have been illegally modified to emit noise levels that are four-to-eight-times (measured on a logarithmic scale) the legal “total” motorcycle noise emissions of 80 dB(A) as restricted by the US EPA’s Code of Federal Regulations – that “total” motorcycle noise emissions being the “minimum” level of protection for the general public.

EPA muffler label

Verses

epa closed course label on muffler

These LOUD Bikers, for narcissistic-selfish reasons, opt to remove the legal, quiet, US EPA approved factory-installed muffler and replace same with an illegal, NOT FOR ROAD USE, competition exhaust that is responsible for the destruction of millions of American families daily quality of life and unnecessarily endangers their health and welfare, especially for those living and working in our congested urban areas.

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True, honorable, Patriots and Philanthropists do not modify motor vehicles to emit illegal noise then proceed out onto our public roadways and use that noise to destroy the quality of life of others…this is the behavior of a selfish, irresponsible, bully…not a man and certainly NOT a Patriot who has sworn to uphold and defend the United States Constitution!

I, [name], do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.

I was in D.C. the week (16-19 May 2017) prior to this Rolling Thunder madness and presented a Congressional Bill Proposal to end forty-years of loud vehicle nonsense on our public roadways…LOUD vehicle nonsense promulgated by an almost complete absence of enforcement.

Shame on the Rolling Thunder biker organization for violating the civil rights and civil liberties of the American citizen and shame on the Rolling Thunder biker organization for mocking the protective intent of the United States Constitution, our State Constitution and the rule of law…laws enacted specifically for the protection of the United States Citizen. Shame on Vice President Mike Pence for accepting his “induction” into the Rolling Thunder Biker Organization while this Administration promised a strict adherence to “the rule of law.”

Finally, remember that there is absolutely NOTHING that transpires at the annual Rolling Thunder Motorcycle Rally in D.C. that could not transpire with the attendees atop a motorcycle equipped with the legal, quiet, US EPA compliant, factory-installed muffler affixed to said motorcycle – absolutely nothing.  Illegal motorcycle noise is indicative of narcissistic, abusive, bully, irresponsible behavior on the part of the operator…”men” and Patriots and Philanthropists and Christians don’t modify motor vehicles to emit illegal noise emissions in violation of the rule of law and use that noise to assault children and disrespect their neighbor!

God Bless America!!!

Questions?

1) Article: The Truth about Loud Motorcycles the Police Won’t or Can’t Tell You: https://rickeyholtsclaw.wordpress.com/2016/03/10/the-truth-about-loud-motorcycles-the-police-wont-or-cant-tell-you/

2) Article: Motorcycle Noise Enforcement – 101: https://rickeyholtsclaw.wordpress.com/2016/09/12/motorcycle-noise-enforcement-101/

3) Congressional Bill Proposal: The American Quality of Life Act – 2017: https://view.publitas.com/p222-12679/american-quality-of-life-act-2017-congressional-bill-proposal/

4) Video: Loud Motorcycles? THE LAW: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ouBsdUq-2Iw

5) Video: Loud Motorcycles? Obfuscation and Deceit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UxFtHInScZQ

6) Video: Philanthropy or Thuggery? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dCvd-j6yMMM&t=889s

Rick Holtsclaw, Houston PD/Retired
Concerned Citizens Against Loud Motorcycles – Facebook, YouTube and WordPress

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B.A.C.A. & Motorcycle Noise Hypocrisy

To the Concerned Citizens Against Loud Motorcycles (C-CALM),

In our battle, in our struggle to STOP the purveyors of illegally equipped, illegally LOUD motor vehicles operating unencumbered on our public roadways – in our efforts to defend the rule of law and most importantly the health and welfare, the quality of life of our families…there comes a time when we must confront hypocrisy with truth.

The Bikers Against Child Abuse (BACA) is an organization of illegally LOUD bikers whose stated intentions are admirable, but their methods beguile their legitimacy and their honesty. Following is my response to a BACA supporter who took issue with my suggestion that BACA’s illegally LOUD motorcycles undermined the honor and integrity of their stated goals.

Please, confront the hypocrisy and the lies of the Loud Biker Cult[ure] and counter their obfuscation with truth!

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Comment from Mr. Ben Ishmael, (27 May 2017)

Rickey Holtsclaw whether or not their exhaust is illegal doesn’t mean that they don’t sincerely care about kids. I think their exhaust is irrelevant.

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Response by Rick Holtsclaw, C-CALM

Hello Ben, After a tour of duty with the United States Marine Corps Infantry and subsequent to 31-years of service with the Houston PD, I’ve learned a thing or two about the heart of man.

The way a man or woman “rides” is very telling of the condition of their heart. A true Patriot or honorable philanthropist does not seek self-aggrandizement but seeks to honor, love, respect and serve others. The illegally LOUD members of BACA are not servants or philanthropists, they are individuals seeking accolades and praise for their participation in the Group Dynamic that portends a facade of machismo and respect but at the heart is void of substance. Love, honor, respect for one’s neighbor and the community at large speaks volumes, much more so than mere works and pretense.

Fact: There is absolutely NOTHING the illegally LOUD BACA members do at a philanthropic event that could not be accomplished with the members atop a motorcycle equipped with the legal, safe, compliant, US EPA muffler affixed to that motorcycle. Want respect, desire admiration? First learn to respect the rights and civil liberties of others and most importantly, the rule of law…then one’s works will have substance and depth.

Hypocrisy? Require that all BACA members ride with their legal, factory-installed muffler and watch an overwhelming number of the members leave the organization – it is the “illegal NOISE” that is the icon, the little god of these biker organizations and if the rule of law were to be uniformly enforced, their interest in group activities would die like a body succumbing to a metastasizing cancer.

Fact: You can sprinkle powdered sugar on dung, but at the end of the day – its remains dung.

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See my video, Philanthropy or Thuggery? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dCvd-j6yMMM&t=889s

Video: Loud Motorcycles? Obfuscation and Deceit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UxFtHInScZQ

Article: The Truth about Loud Motorcycles the Police Won’t or Can’t Tell You: https://rickeyholtsclaw.wordpress.com/2016/03/10/the-truth-about-loud-motorcycles-the-police-wont-or-cant-tell-you/

Have a nice day Ben,

Rick Holtsclaw, Houston PD/Retired
Concerned citizens Against Loud Motorcycles – Facebook, YouTube and WordPress

me at lubys

D.C. Police Motorcycle Detail and Illegal Noise (A Compromise w/Integrity?)

See D.C. Police Motorcycle Video below…

Over this last week (May 16-19, 2017), Concerned Citizens Against Loud Motorcycles (C-CALM) accompanied Noise Free America in Washington D.C. to lobby for the protection of the motorcycle NOISE beleaguered American citizen. On my final day in D.C., I observed the D.C. Metropolitan Police Motorcycle Detail escorting Vice President Pence onto the White House grounds (see video below)…following is my Email to Chief Newsham of the D.C. Metropolitan Police regarding what I observed.
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Dear Chief Newsham,

I was in D.C on Friday, 19 May 2017, standing at the intersection of 17th and Pennsylvania Avenue when I heard the D.C. Metropolitan Police Motorcycle Detail escorting Vice President Pence onto the White House grounds at that intersection’s entrance. I was disheartened to see this sharp, professional, motorcycle detail riding police Harley Davidson motorcycles illegally equipped with illegally LOUD Kerker aftermarket exhaust mechanisms affixed to approximately one-half of the fleet in the motorcade.

Chief Newsham, why are you permitting the D.C. Motorcycle Detail to ride in violation of the Federal Law that requires every street-use motorcycle be equipped with the US EPA compliant, properly labeled, quiet, motorcycle muffler? It is disheartening to see this elite, very visible, honored, motorcycle detail riding motorcycles that are blatantly illegal and emitting decibel levels that are, under hard acceleration, emitting in multiples (logarithmic scale) the legal, safe, “total” motorcycle noise emissions of 80 dB(A) as required by Federal Law via the SAE J331a testing procedure. The United States EPA restricts “total” motorcycle noise emissions to 80 dB(A) for one very significant reason: that 80 dB(A) is the “minimum” level of protection for the health and welfare of the United States citizen and is designed to protect their quality of life.

EPA muffler label

I see that D.C. has encumbered itself with redundant, unnecessary, sound meter legislation for motor vehicle noise emissions. Nonetheless, the noise emissions emitted by the illegal Kerker aftermarket exhausts most likely easily exceed the limitations of D.C. Motor Vehicle Code #2811. Shame on D.C. for usurping the protective intent of the Code of Federal Regulations Title 40 → Chapter I → Subchapter G → Part 205 → Subpart D → §205.152 which restricts street-use motorcycle noise emissions, 1986-year model forward, to a quiet and safe 80 dB(A).  The Kerker exhaust on the D.C Police motorcycles are also in violation of Title 40 → Chapter I → Subchapter G → Part 205 → Subpart D → §205.158 of the Code of Federal Regulations requiring a US EPA muffler label on the muffler canister positioned in a readily visible location.

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Our law enforcement community in the United States should be pillars of exemplary perfection regarding the rule of law and the protection of the health and welfare, the quality of life, of the citizenry they are sworn to protect and serve. Considering the out-of-control motor vehicle NOISE problems on America’s roadways, your compromise with NOT FOR ROAD USE aftermarket exhaust mechanisms on your police motorcycles provides a sense of legitimacy to the narcissistic behavior, illegal behavior, of the Loud Motorcycle Cult[ure] in the United States. Personally, I expected more from your elite Department.

See D.C. Motorcycle Police video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=15FKaGKZtD4&feature=youtu.be

Related video and article,

Video: Loud Motorcycles? (Pt. 1) THE LAW: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ouBsdUq-2Iw

Article: The Truth About Loud Motorcycles the Police Won’t or Can’t Tell You: https://rickeyholtsclaw.wordpress.com/…/the-truth-about-lo…/

Congressional Bill Proposal – A Federal Muffler Mandate: The American Quality of Life Act – 2017: https://view.publitas.com/p222-12679/american-quality-of-life-act-2017-congressional-bill-proposal/

Article on D.C. Police and internal problems: “D.C. police Chief Cathy Lanier celebrates last day on the force, tinged with controversy” http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/sep/15/dc-police-chief-cathy-lanier-celebrates-last-day-o/

D. C. Municipal Regulations
2812 ALTERATION OF MOTOR VEHICLE EXHAUST SYSTEM
2812.1 No person shall modify or alter the exhaust system of a motor vehicle or motorcycle in a manner that will amplify or increase the noise emitted by the vehicle above the level permitted under §2811 of this chapter.
2812 .2 No person shall use or operate a motor vehicle or a motorcycle having an exhaust system that has been modified or altered in a manner that will amplify or increase the noise emitted by the vehicle above the level permitted under §2811 of this chapter.
2811 – Any motorcycle 82 dB(A) 86 dB(A)

Sincerely,
Rickey D. Holtsclaw, Houston PD/Retired
Concerned Citizens Against Loud Motorcycles – Facebook

me at lubys