A Cop’s Advice – Riding Loud (Discussion)


The following discussion takes place within the comment section of a YouTube video titled, “This is Why People Hate Harley Davidson Motorcycles” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6z-DCbOLYzc) published by a “shadetree surgeon” – (A coward who hides behind a fictitious name).  A “Matthew” (among others) responds to my initial comment to the video and that’s where I will begin this conversation.  A Mr. Tim Krietz chimes in on the conservation and, with fervor, defends the idea that riding illegally loud is acceptable and Tim provides his “educated” perspective on why our laws are “flawed and arbitrary.”  I’ve chosen to elaborate on this conservation because the language is, for a refreshing change, lacking the usual vulgarity and obscenity – vulgarity/obscenity that is par for course from the Loud Biker Cult[ure].

Note: “shadetree surgeon,” in response to my comments articulated within this article, has made a very detailed and well-rehearsed video that mocks and disparages my stance against the operation of an illegally loud motorcycle on our public roadways.  The video is well made and certainly worth a watch before or subsequent to reading through the following discussion:

Loud Pipes Ruin Liveshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T0OfvN1lO2w

Thanks for your interest,

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

Initial comment to video by Rickey D. Holtsclaw, Houston PD/Retired,

I don’t hate Harley Davidson Motorcycles – I rode one as a Houston PD Motorcycle Officer, but what I do fervently despise is the calloused, hedonistic, arrogant, selfish, irresponsible, personality-type that illegally modifies or illegally equips their Harley product with a NOT FOR ROAD USE aftermarket exhaust mechanism emitting between four-and-eight-times (logarithmic scale) the EPA restricted “total” motorcycle NOISE emissions of 80 dB(A). Want to argue about that? Read a couple of my articles on the subject first then let’s talk…
Sincerely, Rickey D. Holtsclaw, Houston PD/Retired Concerned Citizens Against Loud Motorcycles – Facebook

Matthew – (searching for reasons why he should not ride loud)

Thanks, bro! Ricky is right. People deserve peace and quiet and some people really do go too far especially the Harley types. However, I think you just need to be loud enough to be heard so drivers are aware of your presence. Can you imagine the danger of having an electric motorcycle and how no one would be aware of your presence? Our brains and bodies are subconsciously very perceptive and we sense the presence of others around us in traffic. An interesting example is a friend of mine who is deaf and drives exceptionally well. I thought he would have trouble knowing when emergency services were coming up through traffic etc, but he doesn’t usually he is aware before others are.


Response to Matthew by Rick Holtsclaw, Houston PD/Retired, C-CALM

1) Though I fully understand your suggestion that motorcycles should be just loud enough to be heard (for safety), this idea has been tried, unsuccessfully tried, and it’s generally referred to by the Loud Biker Cult[ure] as “Let those who ride – decide!”
2) As a very experienced motorcyclist myself, I fully understand the love of motorcycle NOISE – for me, it’s the sound of a well tuned in-line four (with the OEM-Factory Installed Quiet Muffler) on a Honda 929 or my Hayabusa (the quiet muffler permits me to hear the air-intake working – beautiful)  – but with that said, I know the LOUD Biker Cult[ure] and I know that if the law provides one-inch, they will take five-miles.
3) The United States EPA has strictly regulated “total” motorcycle noise emissions to 80dB(A) since 1986 for all street-use motorcycles. Forty-six of our fifty States have enacted muffler laws that mirror the protective intent of the Federal Law. The average aftermarket exhaust on a large displacement V-twin motorcycle emits between four-to-eight-times+ (logarithmic scale) the legal 80 dB(A) – that 80 dB(A) being restricted as the minimum level of protection for exposure by the general public. Many of these aftermarket exhausts can be heard, under hard acceleration, for up to and over one-mile!
4) I’m far too long winded on this subject to take up the space on “shadetree surgeons” video page – if you’re interested, I will share some of my articles related to the subject at hand…thanks Matthew!
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/
Article: Loud Motorcycles and the US EPA: a Letter and Plea for intercession: https://rickeyholtsclaw.wordpress.com/2016/09/16/loud-motorcycles-the-epa-a-plea-for-intercession/
Thanks again Matthew,
Rickey D. Holtsclaw, Houston PD/Retired Concerned Citizens Against Loud Motorcycles (C-CALM) – Facebook
Matthew responds,
Yes, as I said, I read some of these. Sure I love the sound of my motorcycle and I also respect my neighbors right to a peaceful life, but of course a balance has to be struck between being loud enough to be sure that car drivers can hear you and notice your presence and not so loud that it disturbs the peace that your articles right point out that people deserve. 80 db is pretty quiet and I wonder if they took into account that bike are heard often before they are seen when they made this limit.
C-CALM Note: Tim is a proponent of riding loud and self-proclaimed audio engineer…See his defense of loud motorcycles here: https://rickeyholtsclaw.wordpress.com/2017/01/30/loud-biker-rant-v-concerned-citizen-discussion/
Matthew, it’s important to note that the EPA rules through mandates the public is not allowed to vote on, many of which are arbitrary, just as in the case of exhaust sound pressure. In the end, the EPA is effectively a bureaucratic autocracy, and ultimately does whatever it wants. I’m a degreed audio engineer, and I can tell you that many of the testing ranges and methods are flawed, which is widely know and accepted, even amongst government. This is one of the reasons vehicle noise, except in the most extreme cases, is difficult to prosecute in the US. Not to mention what a waste of government resources the entire pursuit actually is.
Response by Rick Holtsclaw, Houston PD/Retired, C-CALM with responses to Tim Kreitz included…

1) Actually Matthew, if you read my “Motorcycle Noise Enforcement-101” article, you will discover that sound testing, the use of sound meters, is redundant and is not required or allowed in 46 of the 50 States within the United States. Why would sound meter testing not be allowed and why is it redundant? The motor vehicle muffler statutes (46 State Statutes) do not contain the statutory elements defining/articulating the parameters for sound meter implementation; therefore, sound meters cannot be admitted as evidence in vehicular noise adjudication…this is a good thing [for a number of reasons which are explained in other articles here on WordPress.]

Most muffler statutes contain the statutory elements of “excessive or unusual noise” and/or they require the “factory-installed muffler” or a muffler conforming to the specifications of the factory installed muffler. Sound meter testing is unnecessary and redundant because the factory-installed muffler has already been tested – an aftermarket exhaust is prima facie evidence that the motorcycle is in violation – if the sound emanating from the suspicious motorcycle is louder than the quiet OEM, factory-installed muffler, you have a violation and the motorcycle is cite-able and an investigation of the operator is warranted. I maintained a 99.8% conviction-rate for all noisy vehicle citations brought before me for adjudication using Noise Comparison Analysis (NCA).

These two motorcycles are both illegally equipped with NOT FOR ROAD USE aftermarket exhausts emitting, at a minimum, between four-and-eight-times the legal 80 dB(A)  “total” motorcycle noise restriction as per the Code of Federal Regulations! (Logarithmic Scale Used)

2) The US EPA mandates and specifically articulates the parameters by which street use motorcycles are to be tested within a scientifically controlled environment, a full-throttle/to max brake-horsepower drive-by test where said motorcycle’s “total” noise emissions are measured at 49.2 feet on each side of the motorcycle. Note that the “total” motorcycle noise emissions are examined, not just the muffler output.

3) If the test sample successfully passes the drive-by testing procedure, the muffler that is to be affixed to the retail motorcycles will receive an embossed EPA compliance label that is to be positioned in a “readily visible location.” There will also be a frame label indicating at what RPM the motorcycle reached the 80 dB(A) maximum output along with a warning that tampering with the noise control device on the motorcycle is a violation of Federal Law. Also, in accordance with the Code of Federal Regulations, the motorcycle’s owner manual will contain a warning about “tampering” with the noise control system on the motorcycle.

EPA muffler label

honda epa label on frame

4) Matthew, what it all boils down to is the integrity, virtue, maturity of the individual operating the motorcycle, auto or truck on our public roadways. Let’s take this to the point where the rubber meets the road. The US EPA, via their Code of Federal Regulations, specifically regulates motorcycle emissions noise as a result of concerns for the health and welfare, the quality of life of the American citizenry – especially relevant and sensitive to this NOISE nonsense are our children, our elderly, our handicapped and those living within congested urban areas.

little girl at the 2016 steel horse rallychild holding ears loud motorcycle cropped

Matthew, as you decide to ride loud or ride respectfully, ask yourself this question. What kind of a man, what personality-type opts to remove the legal, quiet, factory-installed muffler on their motor vehicle, then replaces that muffler with a NOT FOR ROAD USE aftermarket exhaust that emits multiples of the legal dB(A) (when measured on a logarithmic scale) – then – makes the affirmative decision to take that illegally loud motor vehicle out onto a public roadway, into our communities across America, and use that illegal, dangerous, intrusive, NOISE to audibly assault children, the handicapped or our elderly? Ask yourself, what kind of a “man” opts to abuse others with illegal noise – can we truly call this “man” a Patriot, an honorable philanthropist, a “real” motorcyclist? No Matthew, this behavior is indicative of a very selfish, hedonistic, narcissistic, bully – and Matthew, you can take that to the bank…I’ve personally cited and arrested more than my share of the Loud Biker Cult[ure] and I can confirm that analysis.

harley-rider-shooting-the-finger-over-epa-finesif it feels good do it biker creed

When it’s all said and done Matthew, the choice is entirely up to you. In our society today, there are overwhelming numbers of men and women who adhere to an ideology of Moral Relativism – “if it feels good do it” and to heck with anyone else. Again, your life, your choice!


Again Matthew, all the testing procedures and standards are flawed and arbitrary, regardless of the technical minutia surrounding them. Moreover, the stamps and tests are essentially meaningless after a time anyhow, because stock exhausts get louder and less effective with age. It’s all a game the manufacturers and EPA cooperatively play. The end game is about money and influence, not noise or the environment.

Response by Rickey D. Holtsclaw, Houston PD/Retired

Hello Matthew and in response to Mr. Kreitz …

1) Not to be redundant Matthew, but the law is clearly written, the procedures and purposes for administering and enacting that law extend from the Noise Control Act of 1972 via the associated Congressional Statement.

2) Mr. Kreitz argues a worn-out argument from the Motorcycle Rights Organizations who attempt to defend their selfishness in modifying their motorcycles to emit annoying, dangerous, intrusive, illegal motorcycle noise by lying to the public stating that the acoustical dampening characteristics of the factory-installed muffler are only valid for 1-year or 3730 miles. What?

Within the Code of Federal Regulations, there is a subsection referred to as the Acoustical Assurance Period or the AAP. The Acoustical Assurance Period states that the factory-installed muffler is warrantied for 3730 miles or 1-year. The AAP is nothing more than a warranty from the manufacturer to the consumer promising a compliant and effective muffler. I’ve written on this controversial subject…

“Now please listen-up.  It’s at this point that the obfuscating Motorcycle Rights Organizations are going to rise-up with a defiant fist and argue that the factory-installed, EPA certified muffler’s acoustical dampening characteristics are only valid for one-year or 3730 miles, whichever comes first.  What?  This is simply another lie of the Loud Biker Cult[ure] and their supporters that take the Acoustical Assurance Period (AAP) (CFR §205.152 (a)(3)) in the Code of Federal Regulations (a muffler warranty period required by the EPA to protect the consumer) and twist it to say something that it simply does not say.  The author of the AAP, a Mr. Ken Feith, formerly of the EPA, has clearly stated (Pg. 2 and 17 – 21) that the AAP or the acoustical dampening characteristics of mufflers on modern motorcycles is intended to remain in effect for the LIFE OF THE MOTORCYCLE; therefore, please don’t be an uninformed victim of this pervasive LIE of the Loud Biker Cult[ure].”

Matthew, Mr. Kreitz wants you to believe that the original muffler’s acoustical dampening characteristics are irrelevant because it is subject to degradation over time. My personal experience has been that if the factory-installed muffler is subject to degradation relevant to acoustical dampening effectiveness, I’ve not noticed same on a single one of my motorcycles I’ve owned over the years…in fact, one of the last Police Honda Goldwings I took out of service had 90 some thousand hard, hard, police miles on it – the muffler sounded to me to be as quiet at the end of service (90K police miles or so) as the day I put the motorcycle into service.

Note, the acoustical dampening characteristics of the factory-installed muffler are designed to remain in compliance with Federal standards for the life of the motorcycle, if not, if the muffler is damaged or is in need of repair/replacement, the Federal law mandates that the new, replacement muffler conform to the emissions suppression requirements of the OEM/factory-installed muffler. There are probably thousands of almost new OEM/factory-installed mufflers laying around seeing that their irresponsible owners opted to remove a superior product and replace same with an expensive NOT FOR ROAD USE aftermarket exhaust that requires fuel-injection remapping (a super-tuner) and adjustment – simply foolish and irresponsible – all to make illegal noise for hedonistic/narcissistic purposes.  Regarding super-tuners, see my article on the EPA v. Harley Lawsuit: https://rickeyholtsclaw.wordpress.com/2016/08/20/epa-sues-harley-for-15-million-better-yet-the-aftermarket-scam-is-out-of-the-bag/

3) Mr. Kreitz would have you believe that the muffler laws of the Federal and State governments are all about money – Mr. Kreitz advocates a libertarian non-aggression principle/ideology precariously convoluted with a dose of anarchy, nihilism and moral relativism (as evidenced by his other writings) – basically, confusion that is fueled by selfishness, arrogance, entitlement, hedonism and narcissism. It would not be wise to follow his lead…

4) The only “MONEY” and “PROFIT” in the operation of an illegally LOUD motorcycle is the aftermarket criminal collusion existing between the:
— Manufacturers of NOT FOR ROAD USE aftermarket exhausts
— Distributors of NOT FOR ROAD USE aftermarket exhausts
— Retailers of NOT FOR ROAD USE aftermarket exhausts
— Installers of NOT FOR ROAD USE aftermarket exhausts
–The losers? The losers are the purchasers of NOT FOR ROAD USE aftermarket exhaust mechanisms (surrendering a perfectly good exhaust and installing an inferior expensive piece of junk) and the American citizens whose daily quality of life, along with their health and welfare, are destroyed by this selfish, irresponsible, illegal vehicular NOISE nonsense.

5) Again Matthew, it’s totally up to you. Do you serve yourself and your hedonistic/narcissistic desires or do you respect your fellowman, do you love and honor your neighbor and his family?

I will end my discussion here seeing that Mr. Kreitz, as a result of his personal arrogance and hedonism, will simply argue and obfuscate in an attempt to justify abusing the American public with illegally equipped, illegally loud motorcycles – it’s an antisocial behavior that has continued unabated due to law enforcement participation in the illegal conduct, apathy, laziness and nonfeasance.

Thank you Matthew


Matthew responds…

Propesp InternacionalHighlighted reply 2/6/17
Having analysed [sp] both sides of the arguments put forward by Tim and Mr Holtsclaw, I wish to share my conclusions.
1) Mr. Holtsclaw is actually the psychopath here. Those who, albeit hedonistically [sp], put NOT FOR ROAD USE mufflers on their bikes are not psychopaths, just a bit misguided and inconsiderate.
2) Mr Holtsclaw has a total fixation for this minor cause.
3) Mr. Holtclaw [sp] should find a hobby that takes up more of his time and/or get therapy. 4) Mr. Holtsclaw probably doesn’t have sex any more and this has been going on for a very long time.
5) If he switched to persecuting people who text and drive, he would probably get more support and stop appearing such a twat. With all due respect to all parties, of course.
Rickey D. Holtsclaw, Houston PD/Retired responds…
Like I’ve elaborated on ad nauseam, there is truly no argument here. Only two very simplistic questions and a summary question must be answered…
1) Do we, in a civilized society, have a responsibility to obey the rule of law – the rule of law, Federal and State, enacted specifically for the protection of our health and welfare and our quality of life?
2) Do we have a moral and ethical obligation to respect our fellowman, to love our neighbor and respect our neighbor’s family, to safeguard our most innocent?
3) Does the owner of a motorcycle have a “right” to disobey the Federal and State statutes and remove the US EPA muffler mechanism on a motorcycle and replace same with an aftermarket exhaust mechanism restricted as NOT FOR ROAD USE, an exhaust mechanism emitting, at a minimum, four-to-eight-times (logarithmic scale) the “total” motorcycle noise emissions of 80 dB(A)?
In response to question #3…
If you do agree, then “yes” – operating an illegally LOUD motorcycle on our public roadways is permissible.
B) If you do not agree, then operating an illegally LOUD motorcycle on our public roadways is NOT permissible.

No argument – just facts and personal moral and ethical decision-making.

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/

Rickey D. Holtsclaw, Houston PD/Retired

Concerned Citizens Against Loud Motorcycles – Facebook
A Mr. Reino Saurus makes a contribution to the discussion… (I find it very difficult to lend much credence to a coward fearful of using his “real” name, but…)
In response of “right to do so” I think yes. My rights should not be hindered by someone that believes that they are superior to me by being given the privilege by other people I don’t know and therefore have in no way earned my respect to make a decision on what my rights of life should be. I know what is coming and it’s a lecture of laws are made for the common good of all. Laws are put into place by opinion on what is or isn’t socially or morally acceptable to ones own standard, which in no way means it is on the same thought pattern as my own. And before I even get the self righteous belittling spiel about how I must think that murder is acceptable too then, please stop and don’t even try. There is a complex difference between running someone down with my bike and the use of aftermarket pipes to get a note on my ride that I find acceptable and enjoy. So yes it’s my “right” to do so, but again that just boils down to opinion of it being my own right with freedom to choose for myself. I in no way plan to get drawn into an argument of silly rhetoric or the bandy of words that im sure is to follow this comment while you go on your self appointed conquest for a freer more peaceful and quiet America. I wish you good luck in your quest but ask you leave me out of it, thank you. And on a side note,  Keep the rubber side down and everyone enjoy the ride.
Rickey D. Holtsclaw, Houston PD/Retired responds to Mr. Saurus…

1) Ah, the pervasive ideology of Moral Relativism so often chanted by the Loud Biker Cult[ure] to defend their selfish and irresponsible-illegal behavior. Long story short in response to this ludicrous and indefensible rationalization for disrespecting others: there is a truism that has existed from the Genesis of mankind that a man will reap what he sows. Some refer to this truism as Karma – I simply use the Biblical admonition of reaping and sowing. It is an immutable law that is fulfilled in a sundry of ways and it simply cannot be denied. Enjoy the destructive hedonistic/narcissistic worldview – again, enjoy.

2) Remember that in our democratic experiment, a democracy that is based on the rule of law…as a matter of citizenship you’ve entered into a civil-reciprocal relationship/contract with the Sovereign. The Sovereign/the State has promised to provide you protection – in turn – you are expected to set aside some of your perceived “natural rights” and agree to obey the laws established by the Sovereign, laws that are mindful of the betterment of the whole – also – you agree to pay your taxes.

This is the hinge-pin of a successful democracy and is more articulately defined as patriotism and basically being a “good citizen.” When a substantial portion of our society is ignorant of this social contract or simply refuses to obey same for the sake of hedonistic/narcissistic pursuits, the society, as a whole, suffers. I don’t expect you to care or have any concern, just a statement of fact.

Will America Ever Truly be Great Again? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s1z1_uSNdM4

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


(Another coward fearful of using his real name)

Dave Goodenough 2/6/17 Thanks for the laugh guys. Someone shared your page on a biker forum, naturally you are the laughing stock of the 9000 member page. I’ll give my Ducati a couple extra revs in your honor next time I’m out. Peace!


Response by Rickey D. Holtsclaw, Houston PD/Retired to Dave Goodenough…

As an old retired cop whose motivations and desire to do the right thing have been laughed at, scorned and mocked for decades, I’ve grown numb to the adversity, vulgarity, accusations, slander and hatred. When all is said and done, this is not my fight, I’m simply making every attempt to be obedient to my Lord and faithfully fulfill what He has laid on my heart to do. If I am successful, Christ is to be honored and glorified, if I fail, I have failed – but I can do nothing less than be obedient to the One I love and adore. Please pass that along to your 9k membership.


Dave Goodenough 2/6/17 (FB) Nothing vulgar going on Mr ex-cop. Just a bunch of guys enjoying life, and living the dream. No need to get all worked up because we have a bit more fun than you. Just do what makes you happy, live life the way you see right, and let others enjoy theirs too. No need to cast blame or try to limit other people’s happiness over the occasional rumble of an engine. Smile, laugh, love, and if need be buy some good headphones.


Sounds very “morally relativistic” and utopian in nature, but again…I’m not “worked up” and I’m glad you’re having “fun” but not at the expense of others quality of life. There is no “blame casting,” just a defense of our most innocent and those who do not have a voice to speak out.

Again, yes, I’m battling overwhelming odds and a society that is wholly given over to selfishness, hedonism and narcissism – all in the name of “fun.” You do your thing and I’ll do mine – I truly have no other option but to stand – and in response to your suggestion regarding “headphones,” no one in our society should have to protect themselves from the selfish, narcissistic misbehavior of others, especially when valid, Constitutional, Federal and State laws directly addressing that hedonistic behavior were enacted specifically for the protection of the quality of life of the general public.

You insist that I should smile, laugh, love..yet you deny these civil liberties to the most innocent who suffer, daily, from your illegally equipped, illegally loud motorcycle…that Sir is unadulterated hypocrisy.


Matthew responds…

What has been left out here is exactly what Tim Kreitz said. Look at who made the rules and why. When you consider this, Mr. Holtsclaw’s arguments don’t work. They would if the authorities who create the rules didn’t make the them in an arbitary fashion and with the manufacturers happily agreeing in order to make more money. Therefore, we are obliged to abide by a law in which we weren’t consulted when it was created. That sir is undemocratic.
Rickey D. Holtsclaw, Houston PD/Retired responds…

Rickey Holtsclaw

Wow!!! How far our society has fallen from the rule of law and how ignorant are those who have been indoctrinated into this false sense of entitlement. You’ve fallen for the fools lie and the obfuscation of Moral Relativism. How silly!
In our democracy, who creates law? The citizenry? No, the representatives of the citizenry. Because you don’t like a law or the law interferes with your sense of “entitlement” does NOT permit you to violate the law regardless of your opinion or the opinion of others – that is a formula for chaos and societal implosion.
Mr. Kreitz is NOT the authority on motorcycle noise nor does Mr. Kreitz have the health and welfare and the quality of life of the American citizen at heart. Mr. Kreitz has his own self-interests at heart and desires to pursue an entitlement mentality where anarchy, a form of deviate nihilism and counter-culturalism prevails in the interest of the few and neglects the whole.
How foolish yet apropos for the Loud Biker Cult[ure] who adheres to Moral Relativism, hedonism, narcissism…how foolish and irrelevant the argument and excuses that are only comparable to that of a 3rd grade bully.
Rickey D. Holtsclaw, Houston PD/Retired
Concerned Citizens Against Loud Motorcycles – Facebook
Again, we are talking about a few loud motorcycles here 😂 This is what Rickey has dedicated his time to. Not to unroadworthy vehicles, poor road quality, texting and driving or just general distracted driving all of which cause much greater and sometimes life changing hardship in people’s lives every day, but rather a few loud motorcycles scaring Granny Janice after her church service…it just made her jump right out of her seat 😂 It’s hilarious Rickey. I reckon Senator Burr had a good old laugh.
Response by Rickey D. Holtsclaw, Houston PD/Retired  (C-CALM)

Only a fool and one who is attempting deception would truly conclude that we’re only “talking about a few loud motorcycles here.” After all of these years of citing, incarcerating, fighting, pleading, with the Loud Biker Cult[ure], it never ceases to amaze me the power of the human heart to seek deference when pursuing lust and other behaviors that one intuitively knows are harmful and antisocial.

After 31-years in the Houston PD, policing the streets of that municipality and personally observing the self-destructive ideology of Moral Relativism so pervasive in our society, I found the Loud Biker Cult[ure] to be thoroughly inundated with the “symptoms” of that ideology e.g. hedonism, arrogance, self-righteousness, selfishness, while these social and self-destructive symptoms were strengthened by the Loud Bikers obsessive/compulsive allegiance to the venerable Group Dynamic.

Though I cited, arrested, pleaded, with both the Loud Biker Cult[ure] and my police administration to simply adhere to the rule of law that was enacted to protect the quality of life/the civil liberties of those within my area of responsibility – I received lies, obfuscation, deceit, cowardliness, excuses for my trouble; therefore, I’ve turned this Loud Biker societal plague over to a Federal Appellate Court – if I fail there, I will seek justice via a Writ of Certiorari – if I fail there – my Lord knows that I’ve done my best…I will regroup and seek other strategies involving the courts – all attempts to mediate the problem have failed.

My interaction with you, the Loud Biker Cult[ure], if futile – this I know – but I continue in my need to stand for what is right and for what is good. As you continue in your rebellion to the rule of law and our Lord’s command to Love your neighbor as yourself – remember this precept, this truism. Some refer to it as Karma, I simply refer to it as “sowing and reaping.” The Lord has clearly articulated that He will not be mocked, for whatsoever a man sows, this shall he also reap. Our Lord has also clearly articulated a warning to those who treat His children with disdain, disrespect and carelessness – again, as you seek to satiate the lust and arrogance in your heart, remember that many men and women have refused to look up and acknowledge the justice of a Holy and Righteous God – that is, until they were laid flat on their back and forced to come to terms with their rebellious nature.

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


Sorry Greg, could just remind me who democratically elected the guys at the EPA? I’m sure they consulted everyone’s wishes before they made the rules either way, but it’s always nice to know that these lawmakers were chosen by us, of course.
Response by Rickey D. Holtsclaw…
Matthew, Had you set aside your narrow focus on a futile attempt to justify your unsupportable “laws are arbitrary” argument, you would have discovered that the Code of Federal Regulations that mandates a “total” motorcycle noise emissions of 80 dB(A) and the 46 State muffler laws that mirror the protective intent of the Federal Law, finds its genesis in the Noise Control Act of 1972 – an Act enacted by our United States Congress accompanied by the following admonition:
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. (Pub. L. 92–574, § 2, Oct. 27, 1972, 86 Stat. 1234.)
You will also find a number of statements from the US EPA relevant to the dangers associated with transportation vehicles with motorcycles receiving their own acknowledgement. This of course is accompanied by statements such as:
Statement from the Environmental Protection Agency
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. These sources of noise, according to the EPA, are rail and motor carriers, low noise emission products, construction equipment, transport equipment, trucks, motorcycles.
Also see: (Instructor – physics)
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 it’s 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.
Rickey D. Holtsclaw, Houston PD/Retired Concerned Citizens Against Loud Motorcycles – Facebook (C-CALM)
So how did they arrive at the 80db figure? Is it applied to everything and anything? Can that justifiably be applied to anything and everything? I have witnessed Concord take off and fly over me and even at a decent height it is completely deafening.
Rickey D. Holtsclaw, Houston PD/Retired, C-CALM
The US EPA arrived at the 80 dB(A) limitation in response to medical research. In fact, a few years prior to 1986, the US EPA had authorized 83 dB(A) as the maximum “total” motorcycle noise restriction – but – after study, found that 83 dB(A) was too loud and in 1986 lowered the maximum “total” motorcycle noise output to 78 dB(A). Suzuki motorcycles argued that the 78 dB(A) restriction would be too costly in the manufacturing process; therefore, a settlement was reached and the US EPA agreed to 80 dB(A) in 1986 – forward for all street production motorcycles in the United States.
Rickey D. Holtsclaw, Houston PD/Retired
Concerned Citizens Against Loud Motorcycles – Facebook
+Propesp Internacional This guy is obsessed with noise. Like lunatic level 10. Spare a thought for those who live with him. I just get this image of a grumpy old fart, shouting his head off every time a dog barks or someone sings in the shower. You know, he went from real police to the GRUMPY NOISE POLICE ! Everyone in his household tiptoes around and their butthole clenches up in fear of Rickey’s yelling every time they make a sound by mistake 😂
That sir is exactly the same impression I get. He actually got forced into retirement because of it, according to the guys on here. And it doesn’t seem as if he’s got over it yet. I would love to know where he lives just so I could sit outside his house revving the fuck out of my bike nice and early on a sunday morning. (Just kidding – he´s from Texas so you know what that means…)
Rickey D. Holtsclaw, Houston PD/Retired – (C-CALM)
No, opted to leave the liberal environment in the City of Houston when it was very obvious that police work was no longer an option. But, it was good for 31-years and law enforcement, though hamstrung by PC, was an absolute blessing. There are few officers that enjoyed the sound of closing handcuffs and the “clank” of a closing holding cell door more than I.
With that said, I must admit, in my 31-years of law enforcement, never have I interacted with a more selfish, lying, deceiving, arrogant, group of “men” and “women” than those in the Loud Biker Cult[ure] – officers included – often times is was down-right hilarious watching you guys sitting at a traffic light – revving your big-LOUD V-twin and looking around to see if someone, anyone, was looking at you! PLEASE LOOK AT ME – SEE MY TAT’S…I’M REALLY BAD…REALLY! Then, you see me…the blue and white in the adjacent lanes and the elusive tactics used through neighborhoods and cutting through parking lots to avoid that citation and possibly a trip to jail…to say the least…it was entertaining. Thank you. 🙂
I see that you’ve followed Loud Biker Protocol and degenerated into articulating your desire to assault my family and I with your phallic extensions…you’re far too late…I’ve purchased a log-cabin deep in the woods of the Ozarks dug into the side of a small mountain. The nearest State Hwy. is 1.1 miles away and though I can hear the rumble of those Vances – you’re no longer an “in your face” nuisance…wonderful!
Yes, I’m from Texas and “you know that that means.” (open carry) I thought you guys were arguing the finer points of relativistic thought and the arbitrary nature of our democracy and the unfairness of our laws that you did not have the opportunity to vote on…LOL. Anyway, I hope that you found the “law” enlightening and condemning of your illegal and selfish behavior, but no…your heart is much too hard and mind much too closed and confused for reason…
Rickey D. Holtsclaw, Houston PD/Retired
Concerned Citizens Against Loud Motorcycles – Facebook
“There are few officers that enjoyed the sound of closing handcuffs and a holding cell door more than I.” This is perverse Ricky. Did you get bullied at school? Now, if you really believe that people who use loud exhausts are the most selfish, lying, deceiving, arrogant people you have ever met then I guess you need to rethink your attitudes. You cannot generalize like this. And I still don’t agree with extremely loud – just enough to make your presence known to idiot drivers – that is my only argument. Not everyone wants to be antissocial!
Rickey D. Holtsclaw, Houston PD/Retired (C-CALM)…
1) Never was bullied in school but developed a visceral disdain for bullies over the years and it is my loathing for these bullies that probably undergirded my love for law enforcement – BTW it is the Loud Biker Cult[ure] in our society that is the epitome of a bully-thug. Just the facts! I mean, what kind of a “man” modifies a motor vehicle to make NOISE then has the unmitigated gall, the hubris, to proceed out onto a public roadway with that illegally LOUD motor vehicle and use same to assault children? Now I ask you, is this not the behavior of a selfish, arrogant, bully-thug?
2) No, I interacted with many thousands of people over my years in the Marine Corps, the Universities and within some of the worst neighborhoods in Houston as a law enforcement officer. Truly, I was taken aback by the incredible antisocial, entitlement, vulgar, selfish, personality of those morally weak “men” who rode LOUD motorcycles – in fact, one of my beat assignments (20G80) had a biker-bar called the “Dam Ice House” within its perimeter – I fought them tooth and nail – they’re now “Out of Business.”
3) You’re known by the company you keep and by the way you treat your fellowman. If the shoe fits, wear it and don’t obfuscate!
Rickey D. Holtsclaw, Houston PD/Retired
Concerned Citizens Against Loud Motorcycles, Facebook
Rickey Holtsclaw I just read the article and the corresponding comments. The abuse and egregious overuse of the word “hedonistic” aside, the article comes across as hate/fear mongering. It is not well informed and it paints every biker as some stereotypical “Hell’s Angel” outlaw clad in metal and leather, bullying our fellow citizens and communities. You may want to get out more and actually join the motorcycle community. I understand that you have owned and ridden motorcycles, and I am aware that you spent this time in Houston, which has a large outlaw biker presence. For that, I am willing to understand the window from which you view reality. However, that window is a small one. Statistically, motorcycles are less than 5% of the operating vehicles on the roads. And that is all motorcycles. That is the Goldwing, Ninja 300, Vespa scooters, Harleys, Can Am Spyders. A hefty section of that less than 5% are incapable of producing the “mile away” exhaust notes you describe in your article, regardless of any modification. The motors simply are not big enough to generate it, even if they had no exhaust on at all. By comparison, there are more than 100 times more big rigs operating on a road any given day, with exhaust braking systems that generate “10 time the sound” of a jackhammer, according the Wikipedia. This is not a 2 wrongs making a right statement. This is a “why are you focusing on such a small fragment of a larger issue” statement. The only answer for that is personal bias. And personal bias has no credibility. IF your concern was road noise and not a hatred for bikers, then your argument would address the issue as a whole. At a very least, it would make more sense to focus on the larger and more prevalent contributors. I am already aware that you will respond and say that I am a bully or that my opinion is irrelevant, so you can save yourself the effort.
Response: Rickey D. Holtsclaw, Houston PD/Retired
Simply Google “Loud Motorcycles” and note the Nationwide plea for intercession from the motorcycle noise beleaguered citizenry. You can obfuscate and downplay the significance of the LOUD biker problem in our Country – especially relevant to our urban areas – but I know better and if the Lord wills it…I’ll be fighting as long as there is fight in me. I’m in the Federal Appellate court now, if I fail there, I will file a Writ of Certiorari, if I fail there, I’ll petition Congress and the State…if I fail there, the Lord knows I’ve committed my all to standing for those who cannot stand for themselves.

You and yours have absolutely NO right to ruin the quality of life or endanger the health and welfare of the American citizen by operating an illegally LOUD motorcycle on our public roadway. Don’t consider my “stereotypical” wide-brush of condemnation of bikers as an overstatement.

At a minimum, at any given time, 60% to 80% of the motorcycles operating on our public roadways are illegally equipped with a NOT FOR ROAD USE aftermarket exhaust emitting, at a minimum, between four-and-eight-times the legal, quiet, safe, US EPA approved 80 dB(A) “total” motorcycle noise emissions – the “minimum” level of protection for the general public.

Continue to abuse the public, continue to violate the law enacted specifically for the protection of that public…you’re fitting-in very nicely with a societal ideology of Moral Relativism where anything goes, laws are arbitrary and if it feels good, do it. Fact is, “men” don’t modify motor vehicles to make intrusive, illegal NOISE then proceed out onto our public roadways and use that noise to assault children – that is behavior indicative of a bully-thug. And like they say, “If the shoe fits, wear it.” Ride to live and live to ride? Why not permit others to “live” and enjoy the civil liberties promised them in the DOI/United States Constitution?

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

***End of Discussion***
Note: See the excellent video “shadetree surgeon” has made in response to my “unpopular” positioning on the operation of an illegally LOUD motorcycle on our public roadways: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T0OfvN1lO2w

Thank you for reading the article,

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

Related 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/


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

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