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.
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.
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.”
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!
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.
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?
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)