Been following an article in our national newspaper where municipalities are looking at imposing noise law limitations on loud bikes. Harley Davidson's are the usual culprit. They're loud but not incredibly so when you first buy them, but modifications to the muffler baffles or after-market parts can ratchet their volume of sound immensely.
how I feel about themLiving in a semi-rural area where I'm occasionally exposed to modified Harleys, I consider them extremely intrusive and can't stand the things. I have a very low opinion of anyone who would turn their motorcycle into such an incredibly selfish plea for attention from everyone around them. In our area, the sound actually carries for miles at night. (I feel the same way about seadoos, but at least they're not deliberately modified to be louder and I can always find a different lake)
So some questions:
- Should you have the right to drive an extremely loud motorcycle (or other vehicle), or should their volume be regulated?
- What are the noise laws like in your geography? Do they prevent such bikes? Do police look the other way about them?
- What is your thought on the argument some Harley drivers give that the loud noise they create is a safety feature to assure the other-vehicle drivers around you are aware of your presence?
- Do you have any direct experience with very loud Harleys or the people that drive them?
(I'll link the article a bit later as this thread is about the theme and not the article itself)