Bikers. Welcome To Boston!

(Via Rogue, Sturgis Freedom Fighters Hall Of Famer)

In June 2009 the city of Boston enacted an ordinance calling for a $300 fine if an EPA stamp, required for manufacturers to install on new motorcycles, is not “readily visible” to law enforcement officers on a running or parked motorcycle within the City Limits. It has not yet been enforced and no tickets were issued due to the Motorcyclists’ legal activism. 

The Activists, who call themselves of the “Justice Riders” and include all members of the Massachusetts Chapter of Bikers of Lesser Tolerance (B.O.L.T.), take satisfaction in the legal caveat that has abated Boston’s enforcement of this repugnant ordinance. The Justice Riders claim the State has existing statues dealing with motorcycle exhausts and inspections, and city and town police are required to follow those State laws. This past March, Superior Court Judge Charles T. Spurlock dismissed the bikers case writing since the City had not issued any citations against the five plaintiffs, they had “no standing” to bring the suit. The bikers appealed that decision to the Appeals Court, filing their Brief September 10th. The City had 30 days to filed their responsive Brief, but requested additional time which the Court granted to November 15th. A copy of the motorcyclists’ appeals brief can be viewed at Justice Riders.

14 Responses to “Bikers. Welcome To Boston!”

  1. 1 Brian from NJ Nov 17th, 2010 at 11:26 am

    Just another instance of government WASTING time by focusing on something that has never been and will never be a real problem. All while they completely ignore REAL problems like creating jobs, lowering taxes and cutting the rampant waste and fraud in government. If they could focus on real problems for a change maybe this country wouldn’t be in such a mess.

  2. 2 Mike Greenwald Nov 17th, 2010 at 12:50 pm

    I can’t tell what you are thinking.
    The government created jobs would raise taxes. I am confused by your comments considering that one of your homeboys, Senator Frank Lautenberg, is a driving force behind anti-motorcycle legislation like this. Why don’t you straighten things out by getting rid of this parasite.

  3. 3 live2rideaglide Nov 17th, 2010 at 3:58 pm

    Big Deal who wants to go to BOSTON ANYWAY. Freedom left that area a long time ago. If THEIR REPRESENTATIVES ARE LIKE MOST YOU MIGHT AS WELL SPIT IN A TYPHOON. glide-apathy.

  4. 4 Brian from NJ Nov 18th, 2010 at 7:59 am

    Hey Mike,
    Maybe you misread my comments.
    Let me make it clear.
    Government should focus on REAL problems like UNEMPLOYMENT!
    They should LOWER TAXES to create a friendly environment to businesses that can create PRIVATE sector jobs which would increase revenue to the government.

    EPA stickers on motorcycles are words that should NEVER be spoken by politicians anywhere. These are just criminals trying to buy votes from the GREEN party. Typical political corruption.

    Frank Lautenberg is one of the worst senators in the US right now. But NJ is a blue state and they just keep voting in these criminals. I vote but it doesn’t seem to make a difference. At least NJ elected Chritie for governor. That was a good start. If you are from MA then you feel my pain with Barney Frank.

  5. 5 ROGUE Nov 18th, 2010 at 8:03 am

    To those of us that follow these kinds of things this and other unfavorable legislation to motorcyclist has been expected.
    In my opinion Senator Frank Lautenberg is the most dangerous person I know pertaining to motorcycle rights.
    Back in the 70s the motorcycle people went to Washington DC and overturned the Federal Blackmail that threatened to withhold highway funds to states that did not pass laws that some in the government wanted.
    Every year since that happened Lautenberg has tried to bring the Blackmail back.
    He has also used his position on various committees over the years to do the same. Now he is on every Federal Transportation Committee and the word we are getting he is applying all the pressure he can to other legislators to go after the motorcyclist.
    He has been a legislator from NJ for a long time but in his last election the person running against him gave a good fight. Hopefully those who ride in NJ will get together and vote him out of office the next election.
    In the mean time those living in other states are requested to contact their Senators and request that the do Not Support the action of Lautenberg.
    Many people spent time, were arrested, jailed and even died to beat the Mandatory Helmet Law.
    In honor of these Freedom Fighters and activists Please do not allow what they went through to have been in vain.
    CONTACT YOUR LEGISLATOR and say NO TO MANDATORY HELMET LAWS and other unjust legislation that targets motorcyclist.

  6. 6 Mike Greenwald Nov 18th, 2010 at 11:54 am

    Thanks for the clarification.
    With regards to lowering taxes, deficit spending will not get us there.
    The government concentrating on unemployment invites government meddling. The government has their collective hands in my pockets, on my “junk”, in my face, on my ass, and in my business.
    I am tired of being lied to, by the government, for the enrichment or forced poverty of others.
    Lautenberg jerks around many states with his involvement on many committees. His adversarial position against motorcyclists is well documented.

    Your response is one that has gotten this country into big trouble. Your statement is the basis for grievous infringement on the contract you and other citizens have with the USA called the constitution.
    I respect your right to be a moron. I do not support your viewpoint to restrict riding in Boston or any other community.


  7. 7 cwglide Nov 18th, 2010 at 4:19 pm

    Biker Nazi Politicians that waste their time with added legalization in this industry. Remember Senator Fran Pavely Senator responsible for writting SB435 smog check bikes in Calif?, that was squashed then somehow ended as a exhaust db restriction that requires a stamp on exhausts. No surprise living here in Calif, most regulated state in the union. It’s all pork and political BS.

  8. 8 cwglide Nov 18th, 2010 at 4:28 pm

    “In the mean time those living in other states are requested to contact their Senators and request that the do Not Support the action of Lautenberg” Right on Rogue!, I will do just that!!

  9. 9 Mike Tomas, Kiwi Indian MotorCycle Co Nov 18th, 2010 at 10:30 pm

    And the folks in Calif put the same dick heads and Mrs Dick heads and looser Jerry Brown back into office. We will ALL pay for it in Calif. Unbelievable. Their point is green. There’s not much that Government does well. They know how to get/extort money out of us common folks though.

  10. 10 ROGUE Nov 19th, 2010 at 9:07 am

    Thank you for voting!
    As more and more people get the word about Lautenberg hopefully he will some day lose his position.
    Please keep trying and inform othrs in NJ about him, one added vote at a time until he is gone.
    Yes it was good news about Chritie becoming governor.

    Frank Lautenberg is one of the worst senators in the US right now. But NJ is a blue state and they just keep voting in these criminals. I vote but it doesn’t seem to make a difference. At least NJ elected Chritie for governor.

  11. 11 rugburn Nov 19th, 2010 at 11:13 pm

    hello Cyril, i have to say i was wowed by this post from your blog. Boston never makes biker news.
    so to see it on your site was a fresh surprise. unknown to much of the country Boston is incredibly corrupt. this is not bias, its fact. i live here, grew up here, paid a kick back to a local politician for my city job, its just how things get done here. the loud pipe law, as its referred to amongst us locals who live in the city boundary’s, is a direct result of one local city pol that has connections to the North End. it has to do with “blue law” closing hours for bars and restaurants and the fact that in summer that area has a huge night life crow that is forced to leave the area at 1:30am. the dense and elderly population of that neighborhood was the driving force behind that bit of legislation. a few wealthy campaign contributors with business interest on hanover and salem street backed the bill to keep the neighbors in there corner. soon after a few Newbury street bars and restaurants directly connected to the north end backed the bill hoping to quell the loud bikes stuck in traffic that park and show off at the top of the street daily in the summer. mostly baggers and street bikers from out of town. all of this is happening during a sort of chopper renaissance in this area. transplants from texas, the crew have been leading the city in cultured, classic era chopper vibe, building a real cult following among locals and the transient student population that flows through here. thankfully, once the fall set in and restaurants closed there big windows and moved there tables in doors the complaints fell off and interest in getting the evil biker went way down. out of site out of mind. this summer was no different then last with just as many baggers and street bikes making noise and tearing up downtown. in fact this riding season was filled with more runs through town and high speed lain splitting then the year before, on bigger and louder rigs then past years with fewer run ins with jonny law then last year. there is one exception to that statement no local biker rides down Hanover or Salem street after midnight any more. tickets may not have been issued, but harassment by piggy was up ten fold last fall. we got the hint and things have smoothed out. bikes are still loud and locals still have there streets. obnoxious yuppy bagger geeks still get all the heat, all is right with the world.

    some of our best local crews. enjoy.

  12. 12 Jesse dziedzic Oct 20th, 2011 at 11:05 am

    I couldnt agree with you more!!

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