Motorcycle noise on 30a

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  1. rbryan1040

    rbryan1040 Beach Crab

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    Does anyone know why there are so many loud motorcycles on 30a this week? Trying to sit outside at to have lunch today it was non stop noise. I called the sheriff and apparently the county has no noise ordinance.
     
  2. heartbren

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    There is a convention going on in Panama City from what I have heard. My house is almost sitting on 30A so I know what you are talking about. It has been going on all day down 30A one after another. I can hear each one as it goes by inside my house. This goes on yearly and when it is over they will leave. Small price to pay for living here and only temporary. Have a good and quiet day, Benda
     
  3. ten20life

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    Thunder Beach motorcycle rally twice a year.
     
  4. Beach Runner

    Beach Runner beats on hood

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    It's really amazing when you are driving back from the beach on Thunder Beach weekend. We have gotten into some interesting conversations with bikers while driving home. Yes, the noise can be annoying, but there's a bunch of interesting folks participating in this event.

    I try to remember not to complain.:blush:
     
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  5. Miss Kitty

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    I hear ya' BR (well, actually I can't hear sheet) about the good people that ride, but come sit on the f balcony and you will be deafened!!! DD and I can hardly hear each other and Molly is going nuts! :misskitty:

    That said....have funn bike people! :wave:
     
  6. DD

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    Whaaaaaaaat? What'd you say????:dunno:
     
  7. Gidget

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    Motorcycles must PIPE DOWN!

    To quote Henry Higgins:

    I'm a quiet living man,
    who prefers to spend the evening in the silence of his room, who likes an atmosphere as restful as an undiscovered tomb, A pensive man am I, of philosophical joys, who likes to meditate, contemplate, far for humanities mad inhuman noise,
    Quiet living man....


    BUT LET A BIKER IN YOUR LIFE!

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    I am sure these bikers are nice people with interesting stories, and they are out enjoying a good time. But if you read below you can see why we need laws to protect against this type of intrusion, and you can read how they are lobbying against such laws.

    Motorcycles are an enjoyable and purposeful machine when operated properly. In the United States, motorcycles are built to federally mandated noise control standards. The reason why some motorcycles are loud is because riders modify the exhaust system or install an aftermarket exhaust system that is not street legal. A roaring exhaust system can be heard and felt over a wide distance, rattle windows and travel through walls. Millions of people are adversely affected by motorcycle noise.

    Noise pollution is unwanted human-created sound that has the effect of being annoying, distracting, painful, or physically harmful. People exposed to noise pollution suffer from hearing loss, sleep deprivation, chronic fatigue, anxiety, hostility, depression and hypertension. World Health Organization, National Institutes of Health, United Nations and numerous scientific and medical publications recognize noise pollution and its deleterious effects.

    The intense sound caused by loud motorcycles easily triggers an involuntary stress response commonly known as "fight or flight." This results in the secretion of adrenaline, with ensuing spikes in cardio-respiratory rates, muscle tension, and elevated blood pressure.

    The largest manufacturers of motorcycles are Harley-Davidson Motor Company (H-D), Suzuki, Kawasaki, Yamaha, Honda, and BMW. The largest manufacturers of aftermarket exhaust systems are Samson Motorcycle Products, Vance & Hines, Yoshimura, D&D, and Kerker.

    The Motorcycle Industry Council (MIC), and Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) are industry trade groups representing manufacturers, dealers and installers.

    They have lobbied against proposed noise-pollution ordinances in communities across America. SEMA created the 'Congressional Automotive Performance and Motorsports Caucus' enlisting members of congress to support their agenda. They also enlist local motorcycle clubs to lobby on their behalf on political issues that might affect their industry.

    With increasing negative news stories and noise code legislation targeted at the motorcycle community, H-D discontinued manufacturing non street-legal exhaust pipes using the brand name 'Screamin' Eagle.'

    H-D had attempted to trademark the noise from its V-twin motorcycle engines. Ken Schmidt, a former H-D executive once described the sound of his product in three words: "Voice of God." He went on during a speech at a business conference, "Noise is good. Noise is the foundation of your business."

    Some riders join motorcycle rights organizations (MROs) that lobby against motorcycle noise legislation. These organizations include the Motorcycle Riders Foundation, and American Motorcyclist Association (AMA). In many cities and states, there are groups that call itself ABATE. Depending on the chapter, the acronym may stand for 'American Brotherhood Aimed Towards Education' or 'American Brotherhood Against Totalitarian Enactments.'

    You can read more here > NoiseOFF - The Coalition Against Noise Pollution - Motorcycles and Noise Free America - Motorcycles
    also, google motorcycle noise.

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  8. Jdarg

    Jdarg SoWal Expert

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    Yuck. Thunder Beach. My head pounds every time I am surrounded at a stop light.

    On the other hand, this week has been an education for my kids in "what not to wear"and why lots of tattoos might not be a great idea. Kate has seen more butt crack, exposed belly flab, and floppy boobs in bikini tops for her young lifetime!:shock::shock:
     
  9. NightAngel

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    You called the cops because the motorcycle noise was too loud???Really? This is a vacation community, NOT a retirement community. Those bikers bring in alot of extra revenue around here twice a year so learn to deal with it. geeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeesh. I mean seriously people, you want total and complete quiet, then move in the country with no neighbors for miles.
     
  10. Miss Kitty

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    All righty then!
     
  11. jodiFL

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    You might want to make plans to leave the area in October if you dont like the noise. Thunder Beach in the fall is alot bigger. Thats the one when most of those bikers that have homes on 30A come down because it it close to all the homeowner weekends/meetings.
     
  12. sunspotbaby

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    I live a mile off 98 and i can hear them. The sound echos off the buildings, so when they get to a place like Watercolor with buildings on both sides, it has to be extremely loud, and even I (a person who owns,rides) would get annoyed at that happening 24/7. On the other hand, those bikers are spending their money and boosting the local economy and that's a good thing.

    As far as "what not to wear" and butt crack, exposed belly flab, and floppy boobs in bikini tops: I'd bet Kate's seen all that at the outlet mall and at the beach. I'm sure it's no shock to her young mind. :lol:
     
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    Before anyone gets the wrong idea that I don't like the people who are on the bikes let me say that some of my closest friends and family back in LA are bikers. I love them dearly. We've had this discussion before. My gripe is taking a machine that was built to noise compliance standards and then modified and then combined with hundreds of others to drive through neighborhoods. 30A is a beautiful scenic route and I wouldn't want to deny anyone the pleasure of riding through and seeing the sites, stopping along the way to their destination for a pizza in Seaside or whatever. BUT at the same time, there are folks who rent on 30A or live on 30A who want to enjoy piece and quiet. While the bikers are only here a couple of weekends a year, there are some who vacation here only ONCE a year and they want to sit back and relax in their units without a constant bombardment of noise. You just really can't get away from it if you are right on 30A.

    Perhaps keeping the route out on 98 away from the neighborhoods might be a solution. IDK the answer...

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  14. jodiFL

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    There is no "route" for Thunder Beach and as long as they have insurance and are street legal they can ride any road they want to.
     
  15. Kurt Lischka

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    The whole idea behind loud pipes is that you don't like it. The louder you complain the louder they get.
     
  16. Lake View Too

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    Again, they are kinda like the dogflies: they only happen a coupla times a year. No, actually, they are like Mardi Gras, they happen only a coupla times a year. No wait, they are like Christmas and New Years, they happen a coupla times a year...dang, what is the proper metaphor...:blink:
     
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    Motorcycles, weddings, reunions, when will it ever end..........
     
  18. Here4Good

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    How dare these people go on vacation and have fun.

    No, seriously, this is why I love living in PW. We lived one street off of the beach in Pensacola Beach, and it always felt like we lived in the "Summer Vacation" movie, where John Candy and his family rented the beach house next to the walkover and people walked by all day long staring into their windows.

    It's great to live in a resort area, but it IS a resort area. People are on vacation, and a lot of the normal rules just don't apply. If you don't want to party all the time, it gets a little old. I'm sure the permanent residents of any resort town feel the same way.

    Nice and quiet up here in PW most of the time, unless we have escaped convicts on the loose or brush fires or whatnot.
     
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  19. jodiFL

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    And I would be careful about calling the cops on them..I know several W.C. deputies and lawyers and such that are right there in the middle of them.
     
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    And my dentist who is just awesome is one of these people.
     

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