SB435 – Update

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Nov 082010

I was looking… well staring… blankly at my computer monitor a moment ago when I saw this word document… “What the he…” I thought to myself disney plus ps3 herunterladen.

As I opened it, I realize it was a blog post I wrote the first week of October, but somehow forgot to post… now the elections are over and the Ol’ Governator is gone… but the law still sits herunterladen.



Earlier this week, California Governor (and motorcyclist?  He did end up getting his endorsement right?) Arnold Schwarzenegger signed into law the Motorcycle Anti-Tampering Act (SB 435), originally introduced by state Sen play store whatsapp for free. Fran Pavley (D-Santa Monica).  While motorcycle manufacturers have been complying with the federal law since it was effective in 1983, the new law now makes it a state crime to operate any motorcycle registered in the state that was built on or after Jan Christmas motifs for free to. 1, 2013, that doesn’t have a federal Environmental Protection Agency exhaust system sound emissions label.

AMA Western States Representative Nick Haris expressed major concerns about the new law ballermann 6 film download kostenlos.

“Many EPA labels are very difficult to locate on motorcycles,” Haris said. “This law could lead to a flurry of tickets for motorcyclists who have legal exhaust systems with EPA labels on their machines that can’t be easily seen herunterladen. It’s unreasonable to expect a law enforcement officer to easily locate an EPA label, and it’s simply unfair to expect a motorcycle owner to partially dismantle an exhaust system along the roadside to prove the label exists.”

In addition, the law requires aftermarket exhaust systems made on or after Jan ganzer film deutsch downloaden. 1, 2013, to display the EPA sound emissions label, and therefore applies to individuals who seek to replace the exhaust system on affected street bikes vmware player free german.

In 1972, Congress passed the federal Noise Control Act, which required the EPA to set sound standards for a number of products. It took several years, but the EPA eventually wrote rules affecting all new motorcycles sold in the U.S whatsapp foto nicht automatisch downloaden iphone. beginning in 1983.

Those regulations, which still stand today, required that all street-legal motorcycles be limited to 83 decibels at that time, with a stricter, 80-decibel limit imposed beginning in 1986, measured with a ride-by test Download toniebox songs.

“Requiring that a motorcycle display a readily visible EPA label isn’t the appropriate way to address concerns about excessive motorcycle sound, which the AMA has pointed out repeatedly,” Haris said. “The only objective way to determine whether a motorcycle complies with sound laws is for properly trained personnel to conduct sound level tests using calibrated meters and an agreed-upon testing procedure.”

What does this bill mean to bikers in California? It means that all motorcycles produced after January 2013 will be required to have a visible EPA stamp that ensures the exhaust is clean burning and doesn’t exceed a noise level of 80 decibels. Violators face fines of up to $100 for a first offense and up to $250 for subsequent offenses. Judges have the discretion to dismiss the fine for first-time offenders if the violation is corrected.

Also, thanks to ABATE (?? In exchange for a “neutral” position on the bill), a violation is considered a secondary offense, meaning a police officer can’t stop a motorcyclist solely because the officer believes the motorcyclist is breaking the sound emissions label law.

“The noise caused by illegally modified motorcycle exhaust systems is a major quality-of-life issue across the state,” Sen. Pavley said. “Basic common sense and decency dictates that when a motorcycle drives by and sets off every car alarm on the street, it’s too loud.”

It’s interesting that motorcycles are the only targets in the bill’s 80-decibel limit, which is roughly as loud as a vacuum cleaner. A point could be made that an equal amount of noise is generated on a regular basis from car alarms, police and news helicopters and loud car exhausts.  In fact, just last night I went searching for the idiot who was playing his electric guitar at unspeakable volumes late at night… the violator, who I thought was a few doors down, was nearly half a mile away and playing in a church of all places!  Slap that guy with a fine and leave my Panhead and myself alone!

Love, Respect, and Hope You Don’t Get Busted,


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Sep 012010

OK folks, time to wake up and smell the coffee (and I can say that because I am finally out of bed, sitting in a café, eating soup and drinking… wait for it… coffee!) Googel play store.

Seriously though, things are getting out of hand in this country.  Fresh off the road from the Sturgis run, I am just getting over the hard time we all had trying to find a good place to eat and drink without being hassled about our colors.  “Sir, I am sorry, we have a no-color policy here… but you can turn your vest inside out if you want to.”

“Yeah… that’s not gonna happen,” were the words that came out of my Enforcer’s mouth.  I added, “you might as well ask us to hang them upside down on the wall while you are at it.”

We left free to download music.

Anyway, now I am back in Texas and settling back into routine when… There we were, just minding our own business…  Going to a benefit for a fallen biker who left his family in a jam (more like the BS insurance companies left them in a jam), when all of the sudden a cop crosses three lanes of traffic while we are in a pack eight deep making a u-turn under an overpass.  He points to the only prospect in the group and tells him to pull over download whatsapp ringtones.

I slow down, designate a rider to stay close (one with a squeaky clean history, title, registration, insurance, inspection, quiet pipes, low bars, and everything else), and I lead the rest to the next parking lot where we dismount and wait to see what is up.  At this point we are interested in keeping our prospect out of trouble while not putting the rest of the club in a position where a pissed-off peace officer might start digging to try to find something wrong with everyone else in the group fhws word herunterladen.

About five minutes pass before our prospect and his chaperone come rolling down the street and pull into the parking lot.  Luckily, I suppose, the only thing the cop got him for was loud pipes.  Well, the cop wrote “excessive noise by use of a loud engine” on the ticket, which could mean a number of things… but it was the pipes that got him nailed iphone xs fotos herunterladen.

Which is totally BS anyway because, his pipes are not excessively loud and may not even be the loudest pipes in the group.  He was just an easy target who was going under an overpass that amplifies and reflects sound and the cop had a wild hair and had to pull someone over.  In fact, the cop acknowledged that he had a daughter who was “distracted” by a motorcycle and it “caused her to get into an accident.”  So he was looking for someone to bust fb gespeicherte videos downloaden.

Whatever strato backup.

Anyway, on to the real issue here which is noise ordinance laws and rider responsibility.  I personally feel that loud pipes DO save lives.  You may want to look into the statistics of how many riders are killed because they were rear-ended.  No, the noise of pipes may do nothing for oncoming traffic, but it can be a clear indication to that crazy soccer mom on the phone in the mini-van that is riding up your ass from behind bilder aus der icloud herunterladen iphone!

And with that being said, I also think it is our responsibility to not be a-holes about the whole thing… really loud, ear splitting exhausts gunned in quiet neighborhoods or in the middle of the night… or even when people are just standing too close can be a really rude thing.  I mean, my Panhead is pretty damn loud, but if I don’t gun it in the neighborhood, kick start it in my closed garage at night to muffle the noise, and coast on through to the main drag in a mild mannered fashion, I don’t see a problem with it corel.

OK- done with the soapbox portion of our show and on to the meat.  You see; there are a number of cities in this fine land of ours that are working to silence loud exhaust pipes.  Not loud car stereos, not jackhammers and noisy construction, not the jets that fly 3 feet from my freakin’ roof at 9:30pm when my two little girls have finally fallen asleep, not the neighbor’s gas powered lawn mower, trimmer, and blower that he just LOVES to use at about 7am on a Saturday, not incessant car alarms that don’t do a bit of good anyway except to make you hope someone steals the damn thing and shuts it up.  No, none of this is an issue… what is the real burden on society’s fragile eardrums are loud motorcycle pipes.  Makes sense right?  I mean, according to the US Department of Census, motorcycles make up approximately .12% of the vehicles on our roads!  What, and with at least 80% of those falling at or under any noise ordinance level, we are looking at a HUGE number of bikes simply destroying the quality of life for the average citizen.  Sheesh garmin vivoactive 3 display herunterladen.

Regardless of the above rant, you have cities like Boston, New York, Daytona, Myrtle Beach, and others trying to silence the droves of bikes on their streets.  And now California is looking at a statewide bill to strike down loud pipes.  SB 435, known as the “motorcycle exhaust bill,” which would require stock exhaust on all model year 2013 and newer motorcycles, HAS PASSED and is currently sitting on the Governator’s desk waiting to be signed into law.  There is a link at the bottom of this post to contact the governor and tell him you DO NOT WANT SB 435 signed into law!

In a related vein of thought, Edmonton, Alberta, claims to be the first Canadian city to officially start fining motorcycles for excessive noise levels that exceed 92 decibels while idling or 96 decibels while the engine is revving to benchmarks of 2000 and 5000 rpm.  The city council passed the new bylaw amendment that took effect on July 1st; the fine was set at $250.

During the demonstration prior to July 1st, police tested in excess of 100 bikes and found about 15 percent of the motorcycles failed by using a sound meter that was placed 20 inches from the exhaust.  15 percent!!

Reports go on to say that police officer’s are “fine tuning” their hearing to be able to distinguish the illegal pipes as they travel down the road.

So, there you have it… no colors, helmets required, only short ape hangers, and now no loud pipes!  Do what you can to fight the good fight and be sure to let us know if there are issues in your area that need to be addressed.

To view the AMA’s alert and to contact the governor, click here: Action needed on motorcycle exhaust bill (SB 435)

Love, Respect, and Ride Safe,


Jun 302010

Rogue of just sent me a note asking if I was following the SB 435 in California.  Well, no, I had not been, but I looked it up and it is the same kind of thing that I have been reading about in NYC and the New England area (past write ups here 1, 2, 3, 4) dell support assist herunterladen.

The long and the short of it is that we need to keep an eye out for what our government is up to.

Below is the Bill as it is being presented:


No windows 7 online. 435

Introduced by Senator Pavley

February 26, 2009

An act to amend Section 44011 of, and to add Section 44012.5 to, the Health and Safety Code, relating to air pollution download something from the ard medialibrary.

legislative counsel’s digest

SB 435, as introduced, Pavley. Smog check program: motorcycles. Existing law establishes a motor vehicle inspection and maintenance program (smog check), administered by the Department of Consumer Affairs, that provides for the inspection of motor vehicles upon registration, biennially upon renewal of registration, upon transfer of ownership, and in certain other circumstances ehrenamt im verein ratgeber kostenlos herunterladen. Existing law exempts from biennial inspection all motorcycles until the department implements test procedures applicable to motorcycles. Violations of smog check

requirements are a crime google play store downloaden gratis. This bill would require the department to include model-year 2011 and newer motorcycles in the smog check program beginning January 1, 2012.

Because violations of smog checks for motorcycles would be a crime, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program ls 2013 mods for free.

(2) The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement herunterladen.

This bill would provide that no reimbursement is required by this act for a specified reason.

Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes download facebook story video. State-mandated local program:            yes.

Rogue also sent along a note from Mac Henderson about what has been going on recently:

Have you been watching California SB 435

From: Mac Henderson

Sent: Mon, Jun 28, 2010 11:10 pm
Subject: [boltusa] SB435

Never thought I would be making this statement:  ABATE acted like AMA; AMA acted like B.O.L.T.  I know we all have different opinions of AMA, for me, a member since the 80’s; they (AMA) never really seemed to take on  bikers rights, at least in my little arena of dealing with them.  This afternoon the AMA rep spoke with conviction and determination with all of the facts and AGAINST SB435…he got a loud spontaneous applause serie downloaden kostenlos.

Pavely opened up thanking ABATE; the Transportation chair commented that ABATE was formerly opposed and in now neutral to 435.  Pavely also closed thanking ABATE.  Jim Lombardo was pathetic.  You could hear a lot of mumblings…fuck ABATE.  I would guess that ABATE being neutral carried a lot of weight with the committee

Jim Palowoda (sp) is the spoke person for the HD Dealers Association; he spoke against 435 and did okay.  One guy for SB435 stated motorcycles pollute 190 times more than a car based on per mile driven.  The committee ask John if that was correct; he said motorcycle do pollute more than a car; but cars are driven far more than motorcycles and motorcycles get 50 to 60 miles per gallon (I better get my Harley in for a tune up).  So based on gas mileage and miles driven; motorcycles are far less polluting

Pavely made the statement that a lot of her friends ride motorcycles and they told her only a small percentage of people (nasty ole one percenters) ride with loud pipes.  So her law would only affect a few bikers vlc download kostenlos windows.

The spokesperson for the highway patrol was there.  Their stance is neutral.  The guy did a pretty good job; trying to explain to them that the law is unenforceable due to lack of training of decibel meters…but none heard that.

It was a strong turn out.  The assembly room was full; the upstairs was full.  People were in the hallways; others went to the cafeteria and watched on TV, others waited outside the Capitol

What got me about the whole day; other bills are being presented and people are talking vehicle codes…no one on the transportation committee has a copy of the vehicle.  They don’t know if they are getting  lied to or being told the truth…it’s all about what sounds good; screw if it is legal.

CHP stated that CA law allows up to 95 decibel while Federal is 80…Mark and I couldn’t find that law…but it is early yet.  I wasn’t able to get back in on the first floor…so unable to speak my objections…but there were plenty others who did.

Strong turn out by the biker community; great job by the AMA; ABATE was embarrassing; John (Dealers rep) did okay.  Probably will pass the committee; but we can still fight.

Weekend Pass : Another Noise Ordinance

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Jan 222009

It seems to be happening all over the country and it has been affecting major motorcycle rallies for some time… What, you may ask designs für handys kostenlosen?  Well, if you can hear me over your straight pipes, the noise is the problem.  Daytona, the now defunct Myrtle Beach, heck, even Sturgis have been more aggressive in their fight with noise pollution caused by motorcycles spanische musik herunterladen.  And now it seems that Laconia is about to fight the good fight.

Wednesday saw a public hearing about a bill sponsored by State Representative Judith Day of North Hampton kostenlos mp3 herunterladen ohne anmeldung.  Evidently, she got 1,000 voters to sign a petition asking that stronger limits on motorcycle noise be implemented in the state of New Hampshire disney plus ps3 herunterladen.  The proposed bill asks that the allowable decibel level be dropped to 99 from 106.  The bill also asks that fines be increased from a $300 max to $1,000 herunterladen.

Luckily for us, about 120 people showed up at the public hearing to oppose the bill and express concerns that the bill would not only cost bikers and shops a ton of cash to get their bikes into compliance, but could very well harm the attendance of the Laconia Rally play store whatsapp for free.  This event brings major funds to the Lakes Region and many businesses are understandably concerned.

Keep up the good fight, write your congressmen and representatives, and keep your bike the way you like it… Christmas motifs for free to. Loud!


Love, Respect, and Ride Safe,




Weekend Pass : NYC Still Wants Your Bike, But You Are Not Making It Easy!

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Jan 152009

Good Job Everyone herunterladen!  Because of a backlash of angry e-mails from motorcyclists and biker advocacy groups, the City Council of New York has rescinded a law that would allow bikes to be ticketed for excessive noise even while parked download xing as word.  The proposed law has been sent back to be reviewed and revised.

The law is not dead, however, and there is still a chance that it will be put on the books with a confiscation of your bike after a third infraction app store for free for android.  This is an improvement and we might even be able to do better if the e-mails and phone calls keep coming.

For more info on the proposed law, please see my earlier post about NYC taking your bike neue emojis für whatsapp herunterladen.


Love, Respect, and Ride Safe,