A Rant About Loud Harley Davidson Motorcycles

It’s a beautiful day. We haven’t had a better one in a long long time. The sun is out . There is not a cloud in the sky. The temperature is climbing into the nineties (finally!). There is just enough breeze to keep the bugs down.

There does seem to be an inordinate amount of traffic for a Sunday. You might think they are out for a drive enjoying the great weather. But most of them seem to be out enjoying their air-conditioning. Their windows are up and they are off to somewhere.

Except the f’ing Harleys. They are out in force. Huge packs of them are driving by. While one is obnoxious, hundreds at the same time is deafening. It is sort of cool; the rolling thunder and all that. But really it seems more inconsiderate than impressive. I am certain that it is all relative to my state of mind.

Jets are incredibly loud. It really sucks when one flies over interrupting conversations and television or radio programs. But I always figure that that is the good of the many outweighing the good of the few. Anyway, jets are incredibly intrusive noise makers. But if you go to an airshow or sit at the end of the runway… that obnoxiously loud noise becomes something cool and impressive. At that time, you are there to hear them roar. It’s what you want. You are more than likely there by choice.

Not so with the Harleys. They choose to come to you and inflict their impressiveness on you regardless of your wants. The jet needs to make that noise because of the requirements for power for transportation. The Harleys… not so much. They are loud because the riders decide to have them loud.

The same phenomenon occurs on the lake. You go to sit on the porch and the jet skis and power boats come out to serenade you. Get a canoe, kayak or sailboat!

Oh I love it when they ride their loud bikes through the neighborhood and they want to listen to their favorite music at the same time. Instead of having their bikes tuned or their mufflers configured to quiet them down, they crank up their radios so that they can be heard over the noise of their engines. Well, we have all heard their radios a quarter of a mile away. One rider told me his motorcycle was so loud to protect him from deer. Sort of the ultimate deer whistle. I don’t buy it. If anything, the deer might sacrifice their own lives jumping out in front of these obnoxiously loud vehicles to shut them up for the good of the neighborhood and their friends.

Why is it that when my exhaust pipe on my car breaks it is a crime to drive it due to the noise ordinances in most localities? But if a Harley drives by, it is all ok and super. Are the police really that intimidated by these bikers? Heck, if they just clamped down on them for their noise, and maybe their speed, we could fix the country’s, or a t least the county’s, deficit in the budget. If nothing else it would be good for the local economy as it drives business to the motorcycle shops to get their mufflers fixed.

Don’t tell me it can’t be done. Several quieter bikes just drove by. See you on the streets. Hopefully I don’t hear you coming.

Let me know what you think. Do you agree with me or not? Why or why not?

 

Thoughts About Second Hand Sound

Today is a beautiful day. We haven’t had a better one in a long long time. The sun is shining. There is not a cloud in the sky. The temperature is climbing into the nineties (finally!). There is just enough breeze to keep the bugs down. I am sitting out on the front porch.
There does seem to be an inordinate amount of traffic on the road for a Sunday. You might think these people are out for a drive enjoying the great weather. But most of them seem to be out enjoying their air-conditioning. Their windows are up and they are off to somewhere. Church?
Except the Harleys. They are out in force. Huge packs of them are driving by. While one is obnoxious, hundreds at the same time is deafening. It can be sort of cool; the rolling thunder and all that. But really it seems more inconsiderate than impressive. I am certain that it is all relative to my state of mind. I feel as if this noise is being forced upon me.
Jets are incredibly loud. It really sucks when one flies over interrupting conversations and television or radio programs. But I always figure that that is the good of the many outweighing the good of the few. Jets are incredibly intrusive noise makers. But if you go to an airshow or sit at the end of the runway… that obnoxiously loud noise becomes something cool and impressive. At that time, you are there to hear them roar. It’s what you want. You are more than likely there by choice.
Not so with the Harleys. They choose to come to me and inflict their impressiveness on me regardless of my wants. The jet needs to make that noise because of the requirements for power for transportation. The Harleys… not so much. They are loud because the riders decide to have them loud. There are plenty of quieter motorcycles on the road. There are also the rice burner cycles. They can be as bad as the Harleys, but they don’t seem to sound as bad when they are just cruising by. Their noise is generally from high speed accelerations.
The same phenomenon occurs on the lake. You go to sit on the porch and the jet skis and power boats come out to serenade you. Get a canoe, kayak or sailboat!
Oh I love it when they ride their loud bikes through the neighborhood and they want to listen to their favorite music at the same time. Instead of having their bikes tuned or their mufflers configured to quiet them down, they crank up their radios so that they can be heard over the noise of their engines. Well, we have all heard their radios a quarter of a mile away. One rider told me his motorcycle was so loud to protect him from deer. Sort of, the ultimate deer whistle. I don’t buy it. If anything, the deer might sacrifice their own lives jumping out in front of these obnoxiously loud vehicles to shut them up for the good of the neighborhood and their other animal friends.
Why is it that when my exhaust pipe on my car breaks it is a crime to drive it due to the noise ordinances in most localities? But if a Harley drives by, it is all ok and super. Are the police really that intimidated by these bikers? Heck, if they just clamped down on them for their noise, and maybe their speed, we could fix the country’s, or a t least the county’s, deficit in the budget. If nothing else it would be good for the local economy as it drives business to the motorcycle shops to get all those mufflers fixed.
Don’t tell me it can’t be done. Several quieter bikes just drove by. See you on the streets. Hopefully I don’t hear you coming. Let me know what you think about this subject. Leave a comment.

Two Ways To Support Charities

 

There are two ways you can support charities: through direct donations and through supporting fundraisers.

Donations are tax deductible for those who itemize their taxes. 100% of donations go to the charity.

Fundraisers are not tax deductible because you are purchasing a good. A percentage of the “donation” goes to covering the cost of the good.

Purchasing Girl Scout cookies is a perfect example. Only a small portion of the cost of each box actually goes to the scout, but you do get those delicious cookies.

I prefer to donate directly to the scout as I do not really need another cookie. 100% of my donation goes to the scout.

Neither method is better than the other. They both contribute to the worthy cause of your choice.

The MCC Bicycle club had a fundraising event tonight, from 5:00 – 9:00 PM at Chipotles. 50% of the sales receipts will go to the club which will then be split evenly between the American Diabetes Association and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

We all know people that are affected by these two diseases. Please consider supporting one of our fundraisers, or you can make a direct donation through either of these two links:

http://main.nationalmssociety.org/goto/MCCBC

http://main.diabetes.org/goto/ksimmons

Why a blog? Why now?

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dollar-sign

So many people have asked me, “Why are you starting a blog”? Well, mostly it originated as an idea to have a place for the MCC Bicycle Club to write stuff and to have a web site where we could store stuff. Stuff like newsletters, application forms for rides and various activities like that.

 

Well you know, if you start reading about starting a blog, it won’t take you long to find out that it is better if you own your own site. Owning your own site allows you to monetize the site if you would like to. The “free” sites don’t allow you to do that. Additionally, they actually own and control your stuff. So, while my goal is not to make money – at least not boatloads of it – I won’t be very upset if it happens. I would like to make enough money to pay for the site. At this time, that would be a whopping $100 for hosting and a domain name. Reading about bloggers that bring in more money monthly than I do annually working a full time job makes me believe that it is not unreasonable to think that I might make upwards of $100 over the course of a year. I mean, I really do intend to try to make some money. It’s just that my target goal is pretty low.

Five Dollar Bills
Five Dollar Bills

I will be adding links to my EBAY stuff for sale. I will be selling pannier kits for making money with your bikes as well. I think I will try my hand at some training videos and or books as well. Overall, it will be a very eclectic collection of stuff. The opportunity to strike it rich exists, but I think this will be mostly a not-for-profit operation. Breaking even seems like a reasonable goal.

What do you think? What sort of stuff would you like to see on this site? Leave me some feedback in the comments section, please!