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People’s Forum: When it comes to motorbikes, loud is not cool

Posted on July 9, 2013 at 1:00 a.m. | Updated on July 9, 2013 at 6:04 p.m.

Noise

I have been into cars and bikes all my life, from muscle cars to motorbikes.

My brother is one of the best builders of motorbikes with class and taste.

We have both ridden motorbikes from a young age and have put some of the finest rides on the road. We owned and road Harley-Davidsons before they were cool. We believe in classy-looking bikes that people look at and say, “Now, that is sweet!”

One of my brother’s bikes was the centerfold in a national bike magazine and won more than 24 awards. Having said that, not one of those fast and tasteful bikes broke the noise laws.

I wonder if the people who ride loud bikes think it makes them tough. I think it just shows that class and taste are something you’re taught, not born with.

You don’t need to be loud to have a bad bike. And it sure doesn’t make people think you’re tough. It has the opposite effect; it makes you look tasteless and is not appreciated.

So come on, people. Get with the program, Loud is not cool — it’s illegal.

Danny Yoder

Elkhart