German motorcyclists protest against new noise regs

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by David M. Sykes, Vice Chair, The Quiet Coalition

We wrote recently about Germany’s new regulations concerning motorcycle noise. Today, NPR notes that Germany’s motorcycle enthusiasts are loudly protesting against those regulations.

Just imagine what would happen in the U.S. if the U.S. Department of Transportation tried to enforce their own motorcycle noise regulations. Yes, they exist, but no local, state, or federal authority is enforcing them.

Imagine America’s streets filled with raging, hog-riding Hells Angels and fellow travelers protesting their First Amendment right to “freedom of speech” and their Second Amendment right to protest by carrying guns while invading cities and towns—and holding state houses and town halls hostage.

Invasion of the Goths! MadMax come alive! What a nightmare.

I hope we soon see a massive shift to electric motorcycles as the next generation of millennial riders pushes noisy hog-riding Boomers off the pavement, because it’s going to take a massive demographic shift to end the racket.

David Sykes chairs several professional organizations in acoustical science: QCI Healthcare Acoustics Project, ANSI Committee S12-WG44, the Rothschild Foundation Task Force on Acoustics, and the FGI Acoustics Committee. He is lead author of “Sound & Vibration 2.0” (Springer, 2012), a contributor to the NAE’s “Technology for a Quieter America” and the GSA’s “Sound Matters,” and co-founded the Laboratory for Advanced Research in Acoustics at Rensselaer Polytech. A graduate of UC-Berkeley with advanced degrees from Cornell, he is a frequent organizer of professional conferences in the U.S., Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

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