Quieter motorcycles are on their way, finally, after years of hints and promises. Urban dwellers will love the quieter design, but will hog lovers buy them?
Toronto cracks down on noisy cars and motorcycles with the launch of a new awareness and enforcement campaign. Loud muffler? Booming music? Get out your wallet, because that’ll cost you.
Harley-Davidson launches a (quiet) electric hog, though at $30k it may be out of reach for most people. But the company is playing catch-up and will soon offer all-electric bikes too.
Bikers are at risk of profound hearing loss, and the source of the problem isn’t what you think. It’s not the obnoxiously loud tail pipes, but wind noise that is damaging bikers’ hearing.
Motorcycle noise is not a first amendment right, so the end of Rolling Thunder’s annual loud ride through D.C. is not to be mourned. There are other ways to honor veterans than be damaging everyone’s hearing.
What should we do about intentional noise? Two recent op-eds talk about those who profess to love noise, noting they also enjoy ruining everybody else’s peace.