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Old 11-04-2012, 09:09 AM   #1
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Nashville (IN) Sound Ordinance

The town of Nashville, IN, a popular destination for motorcyclists, has adopted a noise ordinance which is due to become law upon it's publishing in the Brown County Democrat November 7. Relating to motorcycles they define a "modified exhaust system" as "Any exhaust system in which the original noise abatement devices have been removed, altered or replaced to produce more noise. The officer may use any other state or federal regulations that may apply."

Further the ordinance states "...it shall be unlawful for anyone to operate a truck, motor vehicle, motorcycle or motorized bicycle, which causes noise as a result of a defective or modified exhaust system(s) or as a result of rapid acceleration, de-acceleration, engine revving or causing tire squeal, sliding or skidding. This also includes 'blipping', 'racking' and use of compression braking."

First violations of this ordinance call for fines of $50 with second violations within 12 months costing $100, a third violation $200 and fourth and subsequent violations $500.

While this ordinance spells out violations for other noises during discussions for this ordinance it was very apparent that this is aimed at motorcyclists which Nashville sees as a detriment to the "image" of the town, regardless if their bikes are quiet or not. Over and over Nashville business owners said that the rows of motorcycles parked along the streets are somehow scaring off their prefered clientele (whoever that might be) and are the reason their businesses are failing. (Surely it wouldn't have anything to do with the fact that most of the shops are stocked with knick-knacks made in the Far East and/or don't offer a product or service paying customers actually want.)

What this means is that Nashville law enforcement officers will be targeting motorcycles and if you have anything other than a stock exhaust system--even it it's quiet--they have the power to write you a ticket based upon violations of Federal law which forbid such modifications on streetgoing vehicles. They will be looking for the stamp on your muffler stating that it meets all Federal laws and if you don't have it they can cite you.

Given that the ultimate goal of the town of Nashville is the elimination of motorcycles from their streets expect to be harrassed in the future during your visits there regardless of whether or not your bike is quiet.

My thoughts? Screw 'em. If they don't want our money let's take it elsewhere.
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Old 11-04-2012, 11:52 AM   #2
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The town of Nashville, IN, a popular destination for motorcyclists, has adopted a noise ordinance which is due to become law upon it's publishing in the Brown County Democrat November 7. Relating to motorcycles they define a "modified exhaust system" as "Any exhaust system in which the original noise abatement devices have been removed, altered or replaced to produce more noise. The officer may use any other state or federal regulations that may apply."

Further the ordinance states "...it shall be unlawful for anyone to operate a truck, motor vehicle, motorcycle or motorized bicycle, which causes noise as a result of a defective or modified exhaust system(s) or as a result of rapid acceleration, de-acceleration, engine revving or causing tire squeal, sliding or skidding. This also includes 'blipping', 'racking' and use of compression braking."

First violations of this ordinance call for fines of $50 with second violations within 12 months costing $100, a third violation $200 and fourth and subsequent violations $500.

While this ordinance spells out violations for other noises during discussions for this ordinance it was very apparent that this is aimed at motorcyclists which Nashville sees as a detriment to the "image" of the town, regardless if their bikes are quiet or not. Over and over Nashville business owners said that the rows of motorcycles parked along the streets are somehow scaring off their prefered clientele (whoever that might be) and are the reason their businesses are failing. (Surely it wouldn't have anything to do with the fact that most of the shops are stocked with knick-knacks made in the Far East and/or don't offer a product or service paying customers actually want.)

What this means is that Nashville law enforcement officers will be targeting motorcycles and if you have anything other than a stock exhaust system--even it it's quiet--they have the power to write you a ticket based upon violations of Federal law which forbid such modifications on streetgoing vehicles. They will be looking for the stamp on your muffler stating that it meets all Federal laws and if you don't have it they can cite you.

Given that the ultimate goal of the town of Nashville is the elimination of motorcycles from their streets expect to be harrassed in the future during your visits there regardless of whether or not your bike is quiet.

My thoughts? Screw 'em. If they don't want our money let's take it elsewhere.
It would be a good idea to pass this information on to the AMA if they don't already have it. They work these kinds of things.
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Old 11-04-2012, 01:45 PM   #3
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The town of Nashville, IN, a popular destination for motorcyclists, has adopted a noise ordinance

My thoughts? Screw 'em. If they don't want our money let's take it elsewhere.

Exactly. Wait until those restaurants start closing because of lack of business.
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Old 11-04-2012, 06:39 PM   #4
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Aside from the brewery, and gas I couldn't care less about Nashville.
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Old 11-04-2012, 07:40 PM   #5
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