Call To Action Regarding Pollution Control Devices In California

I publish below a call for action on behalf of ABATE Of California (American Bikers Towards Education) and BOLT (Bikers Of Lesser Tolerance) regarding recently passed legislation, California SB-435.

Vehicles: pollution control devices. SB-435 has passed in the California legislature and the Governor has until September 30th to decide to sign it into law, veto the bill or do nothing in which case the bill becomes law. All motorcyclists in the USA are urged to call, email or fax California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to urge him to use his Power of Veto to stop this bill before the September 30, 2010 deadline.

Unchecked, this type of legislation will be spreading nation wide. Disguised as a pollution control bill, it is actually a noise control bill and there are already laws in California dealing with noise.  This bill places an undue burden on motorcyclists, endangers the cottage industry of after market manufacturers as well as custom builders and hobbyists and does nothing to control emissions.

Visit BOLT USA for more information on the bill and the Call to Action and call, email or fax today. We must unite and tell Governor Schwarzenegger this bill is not wanted or needed. He has stated that he is remaining neutral until he hears from the public before the September 30th deadline. Please act on this request and post it on your social network pages and forward to friends.

Governor’s Office. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. State Capitol Building, Sacramento, CA  95814. Phone: (916) 445-2841. Fax: (916) 558-3160. To email go to Governor Of California and click on tab “Interact”

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35 Responses to “Call To Action Regarding Pollution Control Devices In California”


  1. 1 Bigal Sep 23rd, 2010 at 9:00 am

    The Govenor rides as you all know. He has a HD Fat Boy and I know he has more Bikes as well. His Bike does have a Screaming Eagle Pipe, maybe he will Veto this Law for selfish reasons. The reasoning of a polution free atmosphere is so far fetched that Al Gore would see the foolishness behind that way of thought.

  2. 2 CHOPMONSTER66 Sep 23rd, 2010 at 10:01 am

    THER ARE JAP CARS OUT THERE WITH LOUDER PIPES THAN BIKES RIGHT NOW,AND KNOW ONE STOPS THAT JUNK!!!!!!!!!!I THIS LAW IS CRAP… EVERYONE NEEDS TO CALL NOW !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. 3 Hank V.O Sep 23rd, 2010 at 10:42 am

    I just sent the Governor an email and I don’t even live in California. As Cyril state, if this passes it is only a matter or time when it shows up in other states, including YOURS!!!

  4. 4 Delski Sep 23rd, 2010 at 10:44 am

    What about trucks that haul frieght they are not the most silent thing in the world
    I have a stero in my car that puts out more sound that any exhaust system
    An I used to live by the Long Beach airport and that was way louder than any motorcycle
    They should go after those first before they pick on the motorcycles seems like a fluke to me

  5. 5 Mike Greenwald Sep 23rd, 2010 at 12:33 pm

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    95812-1499

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  6. 6 ger Sep 23rd, 2010 at 3:42 pm

    just sent arnie a letter.
    hope to ride across america some time on my own bike
    would be a shame to be stopped by the cops everywhere
    for the bike sounding like it is suppose to sound..

  7. 7 Kirk Perry Sep 23rd, 2010 at 10:42 pm

    Harley’s sound better with stock exhaust than they do with anything different.

    If Screamin’ Eagle is louder than stock, then H-D® contributed to the California sound-decibel limits.

    Loud pipes annoy the hell out people more than they save lives.

    Thanks for the chinching the clamp-down on noise.

    Our stock exhaust never intruded on a motorist personal space. All we got were smiles and I also have a solid horn blast in my arsenal of bumper repellents. :).

  8. 8 ROGUE Sep 24th, 2010 at 9:10 am

    There are those who think that the Noise Law is about making money because that is what this does.
    There are already laws on the books to adress this issue but at much lower fines.
    Adding the EPA certification to aftermarket exhaust will require paying money to state and federal organizations and of course businesses will have to pass this on to consumers.
    Many of us have sent letters to Arnold and even elected officials.
    It appears that if you are not in a specific legislators district and can not vote for or against them they do not care what your opinion is.
    We all know that the State of Californa is having money problems and even has the Gov on TV asking people to come and visit.
    Tourism is Big Business in CA.
    If Tourism were to recieve e-mail and letters from people that ride motorcycles and Spend a Lot Of Money that they would not be doing that in CA if SB435 is passed. If the tourism director were to contact the Gov and let him know how much Money the state was going to lose if this law passes it would surely get his attention.

    Here is some tourism information
    Caroline Beteta serves as CTTC’s President and Chief Executive Officer, but also serves as Deputy Secretary for Tourism for the California Business, Transportation and Housing Agency. She is the immediate past National Chair for the U.S. Travel Association.
    http://articles.sfgate.com/2009-02-08/business/17187002_1_california-travel-marketing-plan-tourism-commission

    Kathryn Burnside
    Director of Communications
    Tel: (916) 319-5421
    kburnside@visitcalifornia.com

    Jennifer Sweeney
    Public Relations Manager
    Tel: (916) 233-0255
    jsweeney@visitcalifornia.com

    I could not find a e-mail for Caroline Beteta But am working on it.
    If I get it I will e-mail her and in the meantime I will contact the people above.
    If you think this will work Please do the same. Hey it is worth a try.
    ROGUE

  9. 9 Captain Bob Sep 24th, 2010 at 9:20 am

    Thanks a lot. You people with loud pipes screwed it up for everybody.

  10. 10 Mac Sep 24th, 2010 at 9:47 am

    SB435 is NOT the first muffler noise law; there are currently 9 laws in CA regarding tampering with stock exhaust and noise. Also the EPA has had a “stamp” requirement since 1979. So why all of the fuss? Big deal…this law is secondary, cops have to stop you for another reason. If the cop thinks your pipes are too loud, he has to look for the EPA Stamp, which by the way, after 2013 will include an executive order number. That number means that muffler was specifically made for that year model make and engine size. If you buy new pipes for your 1948 Pan (after 2013), those mufflers will have to have the EPA stamp. Good luck finding an after market pipe manufacturer willing to spend $100,000 or so to develop a pipe that meets CARB and EPA standards for your Pan. So what, lets get all of those nasty old polluting collectible bikes off the road. New bikes are far better for the environment. and better for the manufacturers. You would think that if the world leaders really wanted to make us all “green” they would attack ALL motorized vehicles. Just maybe they are just starting with motorcycles because everyone knows that anyone who rides is really just scooter trash…who cares about those motorcycle riders any way. I wonder if that is why “they” are starting this with motorcycles. I mean you all know about the agreement the USA signed with the United Nations in 1998 right? Maybe that is what Ken Feith, head of the EPA department for Air & Radiation,meant by his statement in a letter after raiding an after market pipe manufacturer’s operations; quote “Our meeting with you was our first in a planned series of meetings with manufacturer’s of bikes and after market noise control components in order to determine the state of current technology and problems that may exist in complying with the existing regulations and possible U.S. harmonization with the forthcoming global regulations from the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, Working Party on vehicle safety and environment regulations (WP-29)” end quote.

    I need to make a correction, SB435 is not a noise law (sorry) it is a muffler stamp law. What really is a EPA Stamp? To you and me it is the same as a mattress label, for consumer information only. The EPA Stamp means the muffler complies with EPA/CARB requirements at time of purchase and is good for up to 3750 miles…

    If you ride your bike as your own personal statement of freedom, freedom as an American you need to make a stance now. If you are a veteran who rides, as I am, the enemies to our country, our beliefs, our freedom are within.

  11. 11 Kirk Perry Sep 24th, 2010 at 12:22 pm

    Loud pipes are installed on a motorcycle when a Harley owner has an internal mental conflicts.

    The loud motorcyclist is really saying. “R-U-M, R-u-u (pop! from a burnt intake valve) R-u-m- Rum……
    “I’ve got a mental problem that nobody ever notices me… R-U-M (pop!) R-U-M. “Look at me, Look at me!! I’ve got a problem”. R-U-M !!
    And now you HAVE to notice me, R-U-M (pop!) R-U-M pop!!

    Yea, go ahead nit-wit’s. Make a bunch of noise and feed the liberal’s cause. No wonder bikers are thought of a STOOPID. 🙂

  12. 12 Cody Sep 24th, 2010 at 2:11 pm

    I live and ride in Alberta Canada and the powers that be have just past a noise bylaw. Most people didn’t get to worked up about it till the police started targeting bikes giving fines and confiscatiing bikes. There is a hidden agenda here now the police have the ablitey to pull any motorcycle over at any time with out just cause.
    Don’t delay squish this now.

  13. 13 Kirk Perry Sep 24th, 2010 at 2:47 pm

    Not directed at anyone in particular, just making noise on a Friday. 🙂

  14. 14 Todd8080 Sep 24th, 2010 at 8:38 pm

    How arrogant does someone have to be to think they have a “right” to make more noise than other citizens? As annoying as those ridiculous Jap cars are with their boom can mufflers and insanely amplified “music”, that’s how rude and antisocial loud Harley owners are perceived to be by the non-riding [voting, taxpaying] public. The majority of Americans.

    You can write all the letters you want but it’s not going to stop the inevitable. The public is fed up with all the wannabe-biker RUBs and their drag pipes. And once a law passes in California, it always sweeps across the nation in a matter of a few years. If you noise boyz want to strike a blow for motorcycling, how about leaving that hog on the trailer for the entire rally instead of just on the journey to and from?

    In case I give the impression that I’m puzzled as to why anyone would knowingly and intentionally make all our lives more difficult, I’m not. I know that most of the offenders are new to motorcycling and only got into it because they thought it would make them seem cool.

    I also know that because it’s just a fad to them, a passing fancy, they have no concerns about the long-term effects of their assholiness. As the Harley fad winds down, many are already selling their bikes and moving on to the next cool thing (where they’ll undoubtedly screw that up for everyone, too).

    All this crap could have been avoided if the look-at-me-I-bought-a-Harley crowd had listened to those of us who saw the handwriting on the wall over a decade ago. We pleaded with you to think about how your actions would affect the sport of motorcycling but you answered with, “I’ll make as much noise as I want, it’s my right.”

    All that was required was to use moderately loud exhausts and everything would have been fine. They didn’t have to be stock mufflers at all, just not open pipes.

    Even now, when it’s abundantly clear that we were correct in our predictions, you still insist on making as much noise as possible, still foolishly claiming it’s your “right.” It wasn’t then and it isn’t now.

    Yes, we see you, yes we’re highly impressed that you discovered Harleys (a few decades after we did). But most of all we’re impressed at how much you spend making sure you get noticed. Wow, talk about dedication!

    If only you’d put that much time & energy into learning how to ride. Oh, wait, that’s something you can’t put on your platinum card, isn’t it? Hell, just rev your motor that much more at every light, that’ll convince everyone you’re a badass biker.

  15. 15 nicker Sep 24th, 2010 at 11:43 pm

    Todd8080,

    Spot F–ing On Dude….!!
    Laughed so hard i damned near puked………. 🙂

    RE:
    “…Yes, we see you, yes we’re highly impressed that you discovered Harleys (a few decades after we did). But most of all we’re impressed at how much you spend making sure you get noticed. Wow, talk about dedication!

    If only you’d put that much time & energy into learning how to ride. Oh, wait, that’s something you can’t put on your platinum card, isn’t it? Hell, just rev your motor that much more at every light, that’ll convince everyone you’re a badass biker…”

    A rider killed here a few weeks ago.
    Head-on into a car at a innocuous curve on a new section of road.
    No one can figure out how it happened.

    But you hit on it….. “leaning how to ride”…. He didn’t.
    That is, didn’t understand/k now about counter-steer.
    Got into the corner too fast and tried to “sear the bike” away from the center line actually driving it into oncoming traffic.

    All sad but true. A credit card doesn’t teach ya a thing.

    -nicker-

  16. 16 Mike Greenwald Sep 25th, 2010 at 8:27 am

    The real issue is not the loud pipes n or the pollution devices. The REAL ISSUE is the EPA stamp on each and every that assures local law enforcement officers that you are a compliant little sheep each and every time you are pulled over. Even those LEO with a mutated “Barney Fife” gene will know that the government hand a hand in your pocket for the government dictated design. Oh yea, this opens the door to all other types of government design requirements. Be smug about the morons with straight pipes and do nothing while the government goes right past your smile and directly into your wallet.

  17. 17 Todd8080 Sep 25th, 2010 at 12:14 pm

    Mike, nobody’s happy about being forced to use mufflers that bear the EPA stamp, least of all us guys with older Harleys. But the only reason they’ve resorted to using the EPA stamp as the deciding factor to separate legal bikes from illegal ones is because most cops either don’t have or don’t know how to use a decibel meter.

    For that reason offenders almost always beat noise tickets in court and just continue on their merry way pissing off the public. The EPA stamp is law enforcement’s last resort to stop the noise. We’ve been asked nicely, we’ve been threatened, we’ve tried to reason amongst ourselves but some people still insist on trying to draw attention to themselves through unwanted noise, mainly the ones who have nothing to lose (since they weren’t riding five years ago and won’t be riding five years from now).

    Well, it worked. They’ve gotten everyone’s attention and now we’re left to deal with the mess they’ve created. And this is just the tip of the iceberg. Things will get worse and worse until riding a motorcycle becomes more hassle than it’s worth.

    That’s exactly what motorcycle haters want, and the noise boyz have handed them their solution on a silver platter. We’re being legislated off the road, and it has nothing to do with pollution or air quality. You see, even though loud bikes are a big issue, there are a lot of people who’d like to see all motorcycles taken off the road, loud or not.

    Who are these people? Well, besides little old grey-haired grannies, the entire insurance industry would very, very much like to see motorcycles eliminated completely. And why? Because they’re forced to pay out billions in claims every year when cagers cause our injuries & deaths by failing to yield.

    That’s why the insurance industry is the single biggest lobbyist for mandatory DOT helmet use. Not because they think helmets will protect us (they could care less if we live or die), but because in every state that adopts a helmet law, motorcycle registrations plummet, without exception. Conversely, every state who drops their helmet law sees motorcycle registrations soar, again without exception. That’s a matter of public record.

    All this adds up to insane amounts of money lost or gained by the insurance industry, all hinging entirely on who’s forced to wear a giant DOT helmet and who isn’t.

    Getting rid of as many motorcycles as possible is a huge concern to them and what better way to do that than to force all riders to use highly restrictive mufflers and set up motorcycle-only traffic stops to ensure they do? The untold fortune gained in fines is just the icing on the cake, the carrot that convinces noise-weary municipalities to go along.

    So thanks again, all you johnny-come-lately attention whores, for providing both the reason and the means to force us off our bikes.

  18. 18 Mike Greenwald Sep 25th, 2010 at 2:48 pm

    Todd,

    I agree with you for the most part.

    The exceptions that I have are few but important.

    When Florida modified their mandatory helmet law to age specific mandatory helmets, the death rate went down immediately following.

    I am uncertain about insurance companies backing away from risk of insuring motorcyclists. I think that expenditures of many insurers on larger advertising budgets would indicate that it is a profitable and lucrative venture.

    Many motorcycle rights organizations have been hijacked and are now motorcycle safety organizations. In the big scheme of things, they are posers in costume that are welfare bikers on the government dole collecting their welfare checks in the form of safety grants. They are in collusion wit government agencies.

    The motorcycle only safety checks are meant to harass a specific class of citizen that have been judged as suicidal road terrorists. These same stops are also meant to be used for further scrutiny and the opportunity for the government to further tax, seize property, and incarcerate alleged miscreants that ride motorcycles.

    This State Bill is nothing more than another version of Federal Government blackmail of more Federal funds for the State.

  19. 19 Todd8080 Sep 25th, 2010 at 10:27 pm

    Mike, I’m not saying insurance companies don’t want to insure motorcyclists. They’ll insure anyone or any vehicle if they’re willing to pay the premiums. What I’m saying is that the automobile drivers they insure cost them huge amounts each year when these drivers kill & injure motorcyclists by failing to yield (“I didn’t see him”).

    It’s much, much cheaper to pay for a dent in some other car than to pay for a motorcyclist’s death or hospital bills. Eliminate the motorcycles and eliminate the claims.

    The insurance industry is simply doing what they do best, looking at the bottom line. We’re very bad for that bottom line because we’re more vulnerable than cagers.

  20. 20 nicker Sep 25th, 2010 at 10:34 pm

    Your both right.

    It’s about control (government control) and today the excuse to get that control is noise.

    Back in 1969 the MMA sent out a news letter containing an article from their DC lobbyist.
    He reported that at a DC cocktail party, Joan Claybrook (then DOT head), after a few adult beverages, told him she planned to legislate MCs off the road.

    We’re headed down the road from which the Europeans are just now emerging. It wasn’t too long ago that modifying a vehicle in Germany was simply not permitted (even custom wheels were difficult to install legally). Moreover, try flipping someone off on the autobahn, the fine is nontrivial.

    Noise laws in CA have been on the books since i was a kid, but most of us ran straight pipes with little to no resistance. Besides that fact that there were relatively few in those days, we all knew how to soft peddle the throttle when necessary.

    Just as the 3-patch wars of the late 1960’s got the gang task force activated,
    the “behavioral idiots” amongst us today are energizing CARB and DOT.

    Unfortunately, as some of you have noted, the culprits will most likely get bored with playing biker and move on to another activity, leaving a mess behind them.

    -nicker-

  21. 21 Chaos Sep 25th, 2010 at 10:36 pm

    Wow, I can’t believe how many stupid f–ks actually belive loud pipes (straight pipes) have only been around since the platinum card era of riders came to be. That is in the last 10 years and most of them have moved on to the next cool wannabe gizmo/gadget that has come along. Are all you guys a bunch of dumb f–ks or what? I have been riding 40 plus years and straight pipes have been around before I started riding and will continue to be regardless of the law. Real bikers? What the fuck is that? Who says your a real biker or not? Guys in my circle of riding with straight pipes that I know have never gotten a ticket for loud pipes. Here is why, they don’t race their bikes from light to light pissing everyone off. They respect nieghborhoods that have familys’ and children sleeping regardless of time of day. They don’t have to rev thier chop up while waiting for the light to change to green. They don’t have to piss people off to be cool. They don’t have to pretend that they are cool because they are. Wake up all you dumb asses it’s not the noise it’s the asshole behind the throttle. FTF & FTW PERIOD………!!!!

  22. 22 nicker Sep 25th, 2010 at 10:45 pm

    Moderator,

    And exactly why is it that my post on this thread “waiting moderation”…….????

    -nicker-

  23. 23 Mac Sep 25th, 2010 at 10:59 pm

    Mike and Todd;

    I agree with both of you. AAA is the worst of the insurance companies, not only have they attacked our freedom of choice (long before AAA even thought about insuring motorcyclists) but they also screw their ignorant clients. AAA, long on preaching its roadside service, does not tow motorcycles even if you are one of their clients. AND they are one a few companies that if you are involved in a hit and run, they want you to prove the guy that hit you (and ran) had no insurance or you will not be able to collect for bodily injury under uninsured motorists. Fuck the insurance companie.

    Mike is absolutely correct, SB435 is NOT about noise, it is about making the consumer comply the EPA rules which will be the same standard as the United Nations regulations. Full implamentation is sent for 2014. You wanna make noise, simply remove the baffles from your EPA stamped pipe.

    Get off the noise thing, learn what is really going on. UN regulations will mean you can not alter anything on your bike, including the air cleaner. European bikers are fighting back, FEMA. Do a bit of research. Yea and fuck the rubs, loud pipes do save lives, but you don’t have to bark em all the time. Anybody who has been riding before EVO’s know that. My bikes in the 60’s had straight TT pipes with “snuffer knots” so I could quiet them up in the neighborhood. SB435 and other “noise” laws being generated across the US, ain’t about noise. Look who is behind the laws

  24. 24 Todd8080 Sep 26th, 2010 at 2:50 am

    Chaos, I don’t think anyone here believes drag pipes are a recent invention. But what you may not have considered is how many more Harleys there are now than there were in the Sixties (which incidentally is when I started riding).

    In just the first four years of Twin Cam production the factory made more Big Twins than all Flatheads, Knuckleheads, Panheads, Shovelheads and Evos combined. That’s a lot of RUBs on a lot of bikes.

  25. 25 Chaos Sep 26th, 2010 at 3:21 am

    Heh Todd8080, I am well aware of how many more HD there are now than back in the 60’s. I have been riding 40 plus years as stated in the my previous post so I know a thing or two about HD’s, pipes, building bikes, motors, etc. You might have missed my point in my previous post. here it is again. “Guys in my circle of riding with straight pipes that I know have never gotten a ticket for loud pipes. Here is why, they don’t race their bikes from light to light pissing everyone off. They respect nieghborhoods that have familys’ and children sleeping regardless of time of day. They don’t have to rev thier chop up while waiting for the light to change to green. They don’t have to piss people off to be cool. They don’t have to pretend that they are cool because they are. Wake up all you dumb asses it’s not the noise it’s the asshole behind the throttle”. On another note I would like to see that everyone who rides whether it be a bike or any vehicle that they should have to take a course and pass a competence test regarding the understanding of how thier vehicle works, drivetrain, general maintenance, safety etc, etc. I meet way too many riders that take thier bikes to the dealer for all service, etc, and they have no clue as to how anything even works. As far as I’m concerned if you don’t know what a mouse trap on a HD is you shouldn’t be riding, Period. Cheers….

  26. 26 Mike Greenwald Sep 26th, 2010 at 10:31 am

    Chaos,
    Competency tests?
    The costs of public transportation will be astronomical.
    The stock in the short bus factory will soar.
    Mike

  27. 27 nicker Sep 26th, 2010 at 4:13 pm

    RE:
    “…Competency tests?…”

    Every newbee that wobbles out of the showroom on their new purchase is another unit sold.
    Any sort of test will be a disincentive to buyers.
    Lets face it, we’re taking Sales -vs- Competence.
    Would the “industry” be receptive to testing….???

    -nicker-

  28. 28 papamike69 Sep 27th, 2010 at 8:52 am

    Can’t anybody see that “GREEN” is the next big money thing. Oil is on its way out. The greedy fat cats see that oil wont last forever and in public opinion is the cause of all the world problems. Weather there is any validity to it or not, it is a band wagon the money mongers have hitch them selves to. Do any of you really think that a politician goes into politics because he truly cares about you or this nation. Not! it is only to find the best way to line his or her pockets and have the power to do so. So if by changing what most motorcyclist enjoy and putting a green label on it will cause them victory in the polls, hey that is what they will do ever time. What we as biker/motorcyclist need to do is speak out and let the politicians know that we are a united front, we vote and we have the numbers.

  29. 29 jsdiamond Sep 27th, 2010 at 11:38 am

    The bill started out as a smog bill. Then it “played” with emissions concerns; and now its a noise bill. What does this prove? It proves that Sen. Pavley is serving her own ego because the bill had to be rewritten 5 times.

    The bill is garbage. It’s a lie. It’s a lie because it makes a label more important than personal conduct. In other words, it’s the “Emperor’s new clothes.”

    Example: I have no labels on my pipes, but they are baffled better than the factory’s pipes; and I never rev my engine. But this law makes me a criminal because of lazy and egotisiical politicians and their idiot supporters who have zero knowledge and don’t care. They want to turn me into an atm machine while waving their hands and self-aggrandizing.

    Meanwhile, someone with labels can behave obnoxiously and always get away with it.

    But of course, cops can’t tell who is who; so, they’ll start pulling over everyone on two wheels like playing the lottery to see if they can write us up. Bad cops and egotistical politicians. That’s who this serves. Oh yeah, and the EPA who will of course need a larger budget to “monitor” all of this.

    FRAUD GRAFT FRAUD GRAFT FRAUD.

    Destroy anyone who supports this bill.

  30. 30 Paul Sep 27th, 2010 at 12:29 pm

    We have all of those people with open pipes to blame for this, no one else. Louder pipes are not really the issue. It is those who are over the top (spent a few days at Daytona or Sturgis?). You know the guys who constantly over-rev their bikes and get on it just to make noise. I like a louder pipe myself, but only something that gives a good sound without annoying people. I think we have cooked our own goose and worst yet all will pay for the sins on a fairly small group of morons.

  31. 31 Mike Greenwald Sep 27th, 2010 at 4:43 pm

    Paul,

    No we do not have people with open pipes to blame. We have government greed manipulating a regulatory agency such as the EPA ruling through regulation rather than laws made by the House and Senate on the Federal level offering political whores like Fran Pavley a chance at Federal funds if she provides a pathway of direct attack upon motorcyclists for the embarrassment that the Federal government endured with their blackmail of States by withholding Federal highway funds from states that would not comply with the national mandatory helmet law.

    Please understand the real issue rather than sounding like some sniveling whiner.

    Mike

  32. 32 Todd8080 Sep 27th, 2010 at 6:38 pm

    papamike69 said: “What we as biker/motorcyclist need to do is speak out and let the politicians know that we are a united front, we vote and we have the numbers.”

    That’s the whole problem, we don’t have the numbers. Cagers outnumber us 30 to 1. So when a small percentage of us do something they don’t like, they simply rubber stamp any new legislation that will solve the problem and we have no say in the matter.

    Cagers for the most part don’t like us to begin with, either because they’re jealous that we’re having more fun than they are, because they’ve had a close call nearly killing a biker through inattention, because they’ve been startled by rice riders doing wheelies/stoppies in traffic or because they just don’t like the noise some of us make.

    The reason doesn’t even matter, just the fact that we’re a tiny minority who live in a society where the majority rules. We could have nipped this in the bud ourselves, but some people simply can’t get through the day without lots of attention, negative or otherwise.

  33. 33 bob Sep 27th, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    You want to write to someone? Write to Pavley. She’s the political tree huggin “environmental crusader” who is lickin butt of all the whiny Santa Monica homeowners. You know, the one’s living in the developer butchered hills and canyons of Santa Monica. The one’s that have no respect or consideration for nature and wildlife themselves. They don’t own the frikin canyons. They get a few hours of motorcycle noise Saturdays and Sundays for a few seconds at wide spread intervals. You want to to talk about noise and pollution? How many of those homeowners have a gardener running his 1000 decible 2 cycle lawn blower at mach 1, blowing smoke and debris all over the environment? You want more? Los Angeles county now provides graffiti parks allowing 24/7 spray painting. It is supposed to curb random graffiti acts. It has only added to them. V O C’s aren’t an issue? You let this political B.S. pass and you are in store for being TOLD (as in helmet law) what to ride, when to ride, and where to ride. Maybe Pavley needs to let her hair down, put her tea cup down and get on a bike.

  34. 34 Mike Greenwald Sep 27th, 2010 at 8:38 pm

    September 29 Deadline for Representatives to sign Congressional letter to suspend motorcycle-only checkpoints

    Congressional letter aims to suspend NHTSA program to fund discriminatory motorcycle-only checkpoints

    Take Action!

     

    Urge your Representative to sign on today!       

     

    Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) is taking the lead by sending a letter to Sec. Ray LaHood urging him to suspend a grant program that would expand the highly criticized practice of creating motorcycle-only checkpoints by law enforcement agencies.

     

    The program is the Motorcycle Law Enforcement Demonstrations Grant (DTNH22-10-R-00386), and has closed for new applicants as of August 13, 2010.  However, you can view the grant notice by clicking here (

    http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do?mode=VIEW&oppId=55792). 

     

    The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) supports this important letter, and seeks to have as many Representatives sign on as possible. Therefore, the AMA needs your help immediately to contact your Representative and urge them to sign onto this letter.  

     

    The AMA has formally questioned the potential discriminatory and legal nature of this program, administered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The AMA sent a letter to Administrator Strickland on August 9 urging him to suspend the grant program until questions have been addressed. To date, Administrator Strickland has not responded. To view AMA’s letter, click here.

     

    While law enforcement officials may defend the program as a safety measure to decrease motorcycle crashes, injuries and fatalities, there is no proof of its effectiveness. The practice, first modeled in New York State, has drawn the ire of thousands of motorcyclists nationally.

     

    NHTSA is now seeking up to five other law enforcement agencies, besides the state of New York, to participate in motorcycle-only checkpoints, and is offering $350,000 in federal funding.

     

    The AMA believes that the best way for NHTSA to reduce motorcycle crashes is to employ proven strategies, such as rider education and motorcycle awareness programs, that decrease the likelihood of crashes from ever occurring. These strategies must be research-based, and motorcyclists would be much better served by applying the funding to the national motorcycle crash causation study that is currently underway at Oklahoma State University. This is a sentiment supported by Sensenbrenner and many of his colleagues in Congress through recently introduced H. Res. 1498 (

    http://capwiz.com/amacycle/issues/bills/?bill=15218551).

     

    To urge your Representative to support this important resolution, click here (

    http://capwiz.com/amacycle/issues/alert/?alertid=15219101).

     

    Be sure to forward this to your motorcycling friends! Ask them to contact their Representative and urge them to sign on to the Sensenbrenner letter requesting the grant offer be suspended until the concerns of the motorcycling community have been addressed. Just follow the “Take Action” option to send a pre-written e-mail directly to your Representative demanding no federal dollars be used to expand programs that discriminate against motorcyclists.

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