Some people hear motorcycles as they are — that is, loud enough to rattle the fillings out of your teeth from a hundred yards away — and say, why?
Others dream of motorcycles as they should be — which is to say, quiet enough so that all other human activity doesn’t come to a sonically stunned stop when they ride by — and say, why not?
Good question, that. Although state law forbids altering an exhaust system in a way that makes it louder, bikers regularly flout that law because, with the exception of a few energetic police departments (kudos, Salem PD!), addressing the issue hasn’t been a priority.
But for those Bostonians who dream of a spring and summer absent the acoustic assault from throttle jockeys who consider it their God-given right to spray noise all over the city, there’s some good news on the horizon.
Police Commissioner William Evans says that he understands that excessive noise is an important quality-of-life issue and intends to do something about the city’s seasonal plague of loud pipes.
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