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Measuring Motorcycle Noise: Maine Adopts Standard, But Doesn’t Solve Problem Hot

no_motorcyclesMaine has just adopted a new standard to measure the noise your motorcycle makes. Maine is just one state that has a law against motorcycle noise, but they are the first in the region to adopt the SAE J2825 standard.

Which is a good thing, sort of.

The Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) J2825 stationary sound testing procedure, "Measurement of Exhaust Sound Pressure Levels of Stationary On-Highway Motorcycles," was created with the help of the Motorcycle Industry Council in May 2009. It is a very accurate way of measuring motorcycle noise and should help to make sure that only offenders are prosecuted for tickets.

But the noise standard won’t stop anyone from receiving a ticket. Police officers will, more or less, guess as a motorcycle drives by. If you get a ticket, you can bring your bike into a certified testing facility. If your motorcycle falls within the legal limits, the certified test can be used as proof that you don’t deserve a ticket.

Which is great, I guess. But it’s still a hassle.

"This new law is good news for responsible motorcyclists who ride in Maine because it provides an objective way to prove that a motorcycle doesn't violate the state's sound law, rather than relying on subjective judgments," said Imre Szauter, AMA government affairs manager. "We applaud the state of Maine -- the first in the nation -- for adopting the SAE J2825 standard."

So the good news is that when you receive a bogus ticket, you can prove that it’s a bogus ticket. The bad news is that you’re still going to get bogus tickets.

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+1 # Peter terHorst 2011-06-14 15:32
Perhaps not a perfect solution, but it takes away the need for law enforcement to carry around sound meters (likely a number of them) or conduct roadside checks with limited equipment. Hopefully the knowledge that a citation can be challenged will encourage good judgement by the police.
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-1 # Dantheman 2011-06-18 15:51
More BS. I ride a Harley, and I got straight pipes for safety. And I like the sound. No one is going to stop me from having my pipes. If I get a ticket, I will fight it in court. If I need to I will just put stock muffler on to get it passed, and then put my straight pipes back on again.
Goverment needs to leave us alone. I love America and I am a vet, but this BS makes me sick.
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0 # sickofthenoise 2011-06-21 08:49
Hey Dantheman: Your an ass!!!!!!
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+1 # sickofthenoise 2011-06-21 09:57
Sorry, make that You're an ass!!!!!
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+1 # Squirts 2011-06-21 11:11
Like it or not, we riders will HAVE to self-regulate or "Tha' Man" will happily regulate us... I love tha' sound of my (baffled) Sporty pipes on my raggedy wing. They're loud enough to be heard when I want them to (and, YES, I use them all tha' time to get attention from distracted cagers), but they aren't SO loud that my neighbors whine. "With freedom comes responsibility"... Somebody a lot smarter than I said that and it's true. Tha' Barneys don't care about any inconvenience their nutty law creates for riders. They only care that Joe Sheeple isn't callin' 'em up and complainin' about tha' RUB crackin' his pipes at oh-dark-thirty in tha' mornin'... Respects
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