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EPA Noise restrictions">EPA Noise restrictions

Have you taken the time to read the lat­est MRF report con­cern­ing EPA noise restrictions?

Let’s think about how loud the cur­rent limit is. Take the 83 deci­bel max deci­bel rat­ing and com­pare it to this chart for ref­er­ence. Not very loud is it? I know the most com­mon com­plaint about motor­cy­cles is about noise, but I highly doubt it is related to stock exhaust lev­els. If the EPA wants to reduce the noise lev­els and com­plaints, the focus should be on where the noise is com­ing from (after­mar­ket sys­tems and muf­flers) rather than the cur­rent stock levels.

Loud pipes save lives” is a phrase I have heard many times before over the years. What I’m still wait­ing on is some amount of evi­dence that this is true. There have been plenty of traf­fic safety stud­ies (for auto and motor­cy­cle) and I haven’t found any evi­dence about how a louder vehi­cle is a safer vehi­cle. If there is, please point me to it as I’m will­ing to read up and have my mind changed. Anec­do­tal sto­ries really do not count.

That the EPA is inten­tion­ally bend­ing the nor­mal fed­eral pro­ce­dures for spend­ing money on sur­vey­ing com­pa­nies is fod­der for another post­ing, so we’ll leave it at that for now. Keep it rub­ber side down folks.

Maryhill Loop Road Rides

We have a con­firmed sched­ule for using the Mary­hill Loop Road. Come ride one of the nicest pri­vate courses in the US. Work on your rid­ing skills and bike han­dling in a safe, con­trolled envi­ron­ment. Have fun, ride well, and share your enthusiasm.

Full details on dates and registration.

Our Mission

Focus on being a bet­ter, more relaxed street rider with more con­fi­dence. The guided train­ing works on areas the nor­mal rider may need to refine. Flex­i­bil­ity is key here, as not every­one has the same skill-set or concerns.

Rid­ing in traf­fic nor­mally, or dur­ing com­mute times is one tar­get area. Com­fort with freeway/highway traf­fic, merg­ing, group rid­ing eti­quette, hills, and back-country roads (cor­ner­ing) are also prime areas to work on.

Maryhill Loop Road Rides All the Details

Con­firmed sched­ule for the Mary­hill Loop Road Advanced rid­ing expe­ri­ence.
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Registration/sign-up infor­ma­tion will be com­ing soon. This day long oppor­tu­nity is for the rider look­ing to improve their cor­ner­ing skills and com­fort level for our back roads. We have full use of the road, both lanes up and down hill. We will work on street tech­niques and will also prac­tice good lane prac­tices includ­ing full road use and spe­cific lane usage. Prac­tice will include using all the pave­ment as laid, plus stay­ing within our own lanes for good road/discipline.

6/12 — Sat­ur­day — morn­ing is ded­i­cated to advanced 2 wheel train­ing. Meet at 8:30am to cover pre­lim­i­nary road rules, check over bikes (must meet basic safety require­ments) and com­plete class paper work (vehi­cle registration/insurance/class reg­is­tra­tion). We also start the first of the class­room por­tions of the course. The first few exer­cises will focus on find­ing stu­dents strong/weak points in their rid­ing, and group them accord­ingly if pos­si­ble.  Class will be com­pleted around 1pm or so.

Sat­ur­day after­noon is devoted to Instruc­tor train­ing and prac­tice. We will be work­ing on more advanced tech­niques, prac­tice fol­low­ing and not­ing stu­dent issues, play with dif­fer­ent cor­ner­ing apexes and throt­tle techniques.

7/10 — Sat­ur­day
– morn­ing is ded­i­cated to advanced 2 wheel train­ing. Meet at 8:30am to cover pre­lim­i­nary road rules, check over bikes (must meet basic safety require­ments) and com­plete class paper work (vehi­cle registration/insurance/class reg­is­tra­tion). We also start the first of the class­room por­tions of the course. First few exer­cises will focus on find­ing stu­dents strong/weak points in their rid­ing, and group them accord­ingly if pos­si­ble.  Class will be com­pleted around 1pm or so.

Instruc­tor prac­tice and one-on-one train­ing reserved for Sat afternoon

8/14 — Sat­ur­day — morn­ing is ded­i­cated to advanced 2 wheel train­ing. Meet at 8:30am to cover pre­lim­i­nary road rules, check over bikes (must meet basic safety require­ments) and com­plete class paper work (vehi­cle registration/insurance/class reg­is­tra­tion). We also start the first of the class­room por­tions of the course. First few exer­cises will focus on find­ing stu­dents strong/weak points in their rid­ing, and group them accord­ingly if pos­si­ble.  Class will be com­pleted around 1pm or so.

Instruc­tor prac­tice and one-on-one train­ing reserved for Sat afternoon

9/11 — Sat­ur­day — morn­ing is ded­i­cated to advanced 2 wheel train­ing. Meet at 8:30am to cover pre­lim­i­nary road rules, check over bikes (must meet basic safety require­ments) and com­plete class paper work (vehi­cle registration/insurance/class reg­is­tra­tion). We also start the first of the class­room por­tions of the course. First few exer­cises will focus on find­ing stu­dents strong/weak points in their rid­ing, and group them accord­ingly if pos­si­ble.  Class will be com­pleted around 1pm or so.

After­noon por­tion (2pm — on) will be devoted to 3 wheel train­ing (side­car, trike). Sim­i­lar to the 2 wheel in class struc­ture. Par­tic­i­pants will need to meet sim­i­lar safety regs and paper­work require­ments. Class will be com­pleted around 6pm or so depend­ing on class size.