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AMA Drafts On-Highway Motorcycle Noise Legislation
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AMA Drafts On-Highway Motorcycle Noise Legislation - October 31, 2009, 12:06 PM

The American Motorcycle Association (AMA) has created draft legislation for municipalities seeking a simple and economical way to "deal with sound complaints related to on-highway motorcycles." The legislation establishes a standard, acceptable decibel range from 92 dBA at idle for all motorcycles and to up to 100 dBA at certain RPMs for various motorcycles, depending on the type of engine.
The model legislation offers an objective method for municipal jurisdictions to evaluate motorcycle sound through science-based measurement. It's based on the Society of Automotive Engineers' (SAE) new J2825 standard, "Measurement of Exhaust Sound Pressure Levels of Stationary On-Highway Motorcycles."
"Many cities and other jurisdictions already have excessive sound laws on the books, but when they get citizen complaints about loud motorcycles, they sometimes decide to single out the riding public with unfair or overly restrictive ordinances and laws," says Imre Szauter, AMA government affairs manager. "We believe that motorcycles shouldn't be singled out, but should be regulated as part of a comprehensive sound management policy that also addresses cars, trucks, leaf blowers, generators and other sources of excessive sound."
The model legislation adopts the SAE J2825 standard for stationary on-highway motorcycle sound testing, specifies the type of sound meter to be used and allows for each city to specify the penalties for violating the law. Szauter stressed, however, that the sound-testing procedures and decibel limits established in the SAE J2825 standard should remain unchanged to ensure that the law remains objective and fair.
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