For those of you who think I preach at you like a nagging mother - get ready for some more.

I want all of you who read this blog or use my web site to understand a few things...

If you get caught riding your machine like a cowboy/girl and you have loud pipes you are in for a starting fine of $300.

Noise pollution is a huge problem, there are numerous studies on it's affects on people. Hypertension, anxiety, headaches are just a few.

Noise - it's everywhere there are people and the more densely populated our cities get, the more noise is generated, the bigger the problem becomes.

Cars with loud stereos that go by your house rattling the windows because of the base, 4 x 4's with chipped engines and loud exhaust, truckers who use their Jacobs brakes in town and motorcyclists who ride their machines with the "Look at me I ride a bike" syndrome - be prepared - you are in the radar of the police services.

What do all of the above have in common? They are show offs. They have a need for people to notice them - you could even call them ego maniacs.

I am not talking about the people who drive or ride with respect here.

There are many car owners who have loud "competition" stereos who do not feel the need to cruise through your neighborhood with their stereos pounding.

There are many truck drivers who do not drive through towns and cities using their Jacobs brakes - I'd call these "professional truck drivers".

There are many riders who have loud pipes on their bikes who are respectful and mindful that not everyone is enamored of the sound and therefore use their right hand with care.

For those of you who haven't figured it out yet - LOUD PIPES - used in a show off manor are going to net you a stunting ticket - being a show off is going to hurt you in the pocket book and I say good on you.

Not only do you infringe on the rights of others with your disrespectful ways - you give the entire motorcycle community a black eye.

It's time to wake up.

I know that we are going to hear a whole bunch of whining from those who get tickets this season - it happens every year. There will be some who get unfairly ticketed - but instead of blaming the police services - look at the people you ride with.

Look at your fellow riders - if they have loud pipes on their bike and a huge amount of testosterone, you might want to reconsider going for that putt with them as you may also find your wallet a little lighter.

It all comes down to this - respect and personal choice...
Think about the bling you could buy for your bike with $300, think about a nice hotel room with a jacuzzi tub and a fabulous dinner with drinks that you could get with $300...THINK - that's all I am saying...

Stay safe and ride like everyone around you is blind.

Belt Drive Betty

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  1. Hear, hear.

    I have no problem with people who try for that slightly louder rumble, but the folks running the ear-splitting straight pipes at full throttle do us all a disservice. And I'm including the souped-up Corollas with the 6-inch exhaust port being driven by an 18-year-old here too.

    Keep it civil and considerate.