Two points. First, an unavoidable "choice" it may well have been, but "false" nevertheless. And second, after conceding the "kind" of "solution," once the opposition realizes only 2% of their "problem" is affected, we'll be at this all over again (endlessly) debating the "degree." OK, three points: motorcycle-exclusive noise legislation is, by definition, discriminatory legislation. Government doesn't get to discriminate. Period.
I (still) don't intend to fight this bill, but the NHLA's 'Gold Standard' analysis (for which, full disclosure, my input was solicited) was dead on.
Btw, somebody chucked a bunch of sand/gravel down my Harley's oil filler tube. Memorial services for the engine TBD. Let's be vigilant out there, activists...
Just received word that the NH Senate kept HB1442 on the consent calendar and passed it. Next stop is the Governor's desk, which is not expected to be an issue with him signing it.
Here's where our work really begins. I have heard from all over - not just here in NH, but from ALL over the nation; that folks believe that NH is selling out - that some believe that this is not a good thing for motorcyclists.
Well, here's the facts:
- We had a choice of the EPA label or SAEJ2825. Plain and simple. The days of 106 are GONE.
- Upon first hearing of the 92 db @ idle requirement - causes immediate rejection. I PROMISE YOU, if you test your bike with the new standard, you will be a believer too!
- NHMRO has tested good number of motorcycles since last fall/early spring using J2825. The results have shown that approximately 2% of motorcycles fail this new test. Most fail the existing test. Some fail the existing test and PASSED J2825. If you are in doubt - TEST YOUR BIKE.
- If we don't contribute to SOLVING this problem (i.e. riding respectfully), we will have the EPA label enforced upon us, much like California did!
Please help us spread the word; that this is NOT bad, it is a place for us to start to FIX the problem. If ANYONE would like to discuss, please send them my email or phone number. It would be my pleasure to discuss.
More to come and hang on - it's going to be a LONG RIDE!
Candy Alexander President *N*ew *H*ampshire *M*otorcyclists' *R*ights *O*rganization http://www.nhmro.org/ Phone: 603.320.3654