NOHVCC helps develop "Sound Advice" document
Motorcycle Sound Working Group details recommendations for the entire motorcycle and ATV community on how to eliminate the number one obstacle to motorized land-access.
From the National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council
The National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council (NOHVCC) played an integral role in the development of "Sound Advice", a 76-page report that was recently released by the Motorcycle Sound Working Group. The document is the culmination of a two-year effort by the group after the first summit conference convened in May of 2003.
The document was finalized at the second National Summit on Motorcycle Sound that was held on Saturday, May 14, 2005 in Columbus, Ohio and was hosted and facilitated by the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA).
A GREAT ACHIEVEMENT
"This was a great achievement that the entire motorcycle and ATV community got together to recognize that excessive sound is a major issue that we all face," says NOHVCC Executive Director Russ Ehnes who has been involved in the project from the very beginning. "This document is incredibly important because it makes a number of recommendations that all of us can do to reduce and eventually eliminate the problem."
Some of those recommendations include encouraging aftermarket exhaust manufacturers to build quieter pipes, educating the riding public and informing the enthusiast media, a national sound limit for off-highway riding on public lands, sound limit enforcement at motorcycle and ATV competitions, and encouraging the manufacture and use of quieter street bikes and exhausts.
THE REAL WORK BEGINS
Don Amador, western representative for the BlueRibbon Coalition and member of the sound working group, said, "I think AMA deserves a lot of credit for acting as the facilitator to help bring a diverse group of motorcycle interests together to address the number one land-use conflict &endash; excessively loud motorcycles."
"We're grateful to all those who contributed to these recommendations, helping American motorcyclists address a difficult and important issue," said Robert Rasor, AMA President. "Now, for the motorcycling community and the powersports industry, the real work begins, and the AMA will continue to participate in creating solutions.
Download the entire Sound Advice report (pdf 1.38 mb)
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