SEMA/Harley/MRF – Deceiving Bed-Fellows? You Decide…

Article #1: http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20160216/NEWS/160219952

Article #2: http://www.tirebusiness.com/article/20160405/NEWS/160409978/groups-step-up-opposition-to-epa-race-car-reg-update

Excerpt from article #1:

EPA: Race car proposal targets ‘defeat devices,’ not racers

“The EPA remains primarily concerned with cases where the tampered vehicle is used on public roads, and more specifically with aftermarket manufacturers who sell devices that defeat emission-control systems on vehicles used on public roads,” 

Excerpt from article #2: 

Groups step up opposition to EPA race car reg (Update)

“WASHINGTON (April 5, 2016) — Industry and political opposition is rising to a proposed change in Clean Air Act regulations from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that could forbid the conversion of street vehicles into race cars.”

“Harley-Davidson Motor Co. joined eight tire, automotive aftermarket and motorcycle industry associations April 1 in sending a letter to the EPA, protesting the agency’s action as unfair to the car and motorcycle racing industry.”

“The EPA has threatened to make illegal activities that have taken place for decades and accounted for billions of dollars of economic activity,”

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The Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF) says in response to EPA Proposal: See http://mrf.org/alerts/

On April 15, 2016, the EPA announced that, under pressure from Congress, it would drop the language from its proposed regulations; nevertheless, it shows the clear intent of the EPA to attempt to overstep its bounds, as outlined by the Clean Air Act, in an effort to strip motorcyclists of the rights to modify their motorcycles as they see fit.

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Comment by Rick Holtsclaw, Concerned Citizens Against Loud Motorcycles

Citizens of America: Please do not be deceived by the unethical strategies promulgated by the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) and their supporters, Harley Davidson Motorcycle Company and the Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF), who covertly demand the “right” to procure exemptions (both noise and particulate emissions exemptions) from the EPA’s Code of Federal Regulations pertaining to modifications to “street” motor vehicles that are allegedly “designated” as race-only/closed-course vehicles.  What, you ask?

The conundrum exists where these “exempted” vehicles DO NOT remain on the race track but are, with intent and foreknowledge, used on our public roadways and responsible for audibly assaulting and destroying the daily quality-of-life of millions of American citizens. SEMA and Harley Davidson cry foul/unfair and shake their NOISY-polluting defiant fist at the Environmental Protection Agency, but the truth be told, it’s SEMA, the aftermarket exhaust industry and motorcycle manufacturers like Harley Davidson Motor Company that have created this modified motor vehicle debacle and as the regulatory arm of the Environmental Protection Agency tightens around their NOISE intrusive necks, I shout Hallelujah!!!

You, the American Citizen, should also join-in on this praise of adoration by contacting Director McCarthy of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and request that the EPA eschew the conspiratorial motivations of SEMA and its supporters who oppose stricter regulations to the Clean Air Act; after all, it is our children and our posterity that are destined to suffer at the hands of these vehicular NOISE mongers if they coerce the Federal Government to cower.

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Please write: mccarthy.gina@epa.gov and inform Director McCarthy that you support the proposed change to the Clean Air Act regulating the conversion of street vehicles into race cars.  Ask Director McCarthy to refuse the conspiratorial tactics of SEMA and Harley Davidson opposing the stricter regulations and advise her that you are sick and tired of illegal, egregious vehicular noise on our roadways and within our communities – intrusive vehicular noise pollution that continues completely unencumbered by law enforcement. Ask Director McCarthy to get proactively involved and advise her that the vehicular noise beleaguered citizenry suffers daily because of a lack of enforcement and regulatory oversight.

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What is the Environmental Protection Agencies concern in this matter?

“The EPA remains primarily concerned with cases where the tampered vehicle is used on public roads, and more specifically with aftermarket manufacturers who sell devices that defeat emission-control systems on vehicles used on public roads,”

If this is true, then….

It is certainly past time for Director McCarthy and her U.S. EPA to regulate the motorcycle aftermarket exhaust industry and put a stop to their conspiratorial, illegal marketing strategy of producing “NOT FOR ROAD USE” exhaust mechanisms and marketing them to street motorcycle retailers and the private consumer; retailers and consumers who these companies know will be installing the “CLOSED COURSE COMPETITION” exhausts on “street” motorcycles. There is a direct link to criminal conspiracy concerns existing between…

1) The manufacturers of aftermarket exhaust mechanisms covertly labeled for off-road/closed course use only but are being installed and used on street motorcycles.

2) The distributors of these covertly labeled exhaust mechanisms.

3) The retailers of these covertly labeled exhaust mechanisms.

4) The installers of these covertly labeled exhaust mechanisms.

5) The operators of these covertly labeled “closed-course-only” exhaust mechanisms that are affixed to a street motorcycle and illegally operated on our public roadways emitting decibel levels that are two-four-six or more times (logarithmic scale) the legal “total” motorcycle noise emissions of 80 dB(A) – stipulated as the “minimum” level of protection for the general public!

epa closed course label on muffler

Photo below: EPA Label embossed in a motorcycle muffler certified for use on our public roadways…

EPA muffler label

Confused about the difference between a Factory-installed, EPA approved muffler and an illegally LOUD, non-compliant “aftermarket” exhaust? – Please tab here for a detailed video comparison. Note the warning/DISCLAIMER at the beginning of the video that the mufflers displayed in the video are not legal for street use in California, that these mufflers can only be affixed to a motorcycle used for closed-course competition – NOT roadway use…then ask yourself, why is there not a disclaimer relevant to the remaining 49 States who have muffler laws specifically forbidding the operation of these illegal aftermarket exhausts, yet there is absolutely no concerns over regulatory intervention – why?…BECAUSE OF LAW ENFORCEMENT APATHY – NONEFEASANCE – COMPROMISE – A LACK OF TRAINING – A LACK OF CONCERN – FAILURE ON THE PART OF THE CITIZENRY TO COMPLAIN – AND FINALLY AND MOST IMPORTANTLY – MONEY, POLITICS AND MOTORCYCLE RIGHTS (MRO’S) LOBBYISTS AND THEIR INFLUENCE ON OUR GULLIBLE POLITICAL LEADERSHIP!  

The egregious violations of the rule of law and common decency have continued unencumbered for over five-decades and our roadways and communities are inundated/polluted with the selfish, irresponsible, purveyors of illegally LOUD motorcycles, automobiles and trucks operated by the hedonistic-bullies of the Loud Biker Cult[ure] and their irresponsible four-wheeled illegally “LOUD” brethren – Enough is enough!

Director McCarthy – please do your job and stop the audible assault on our most innocent who are bullied and forced to endure decibel levels that your own Agency has stipulated are physiologically dangerous, intrusive and destructive to daily quality-of-life standards. United States Environmental Protection Agency – State and Local Law Enforcement, Where are YOU?

Thank you and PLEASE – get involved – do it for our children, our posterity – your demands, your requests truly will make “the” difference in their quality-of-life. Call and write you local and State police – your local, State and Federal Representatives – demand change to the current status-quo of police nonfeasance – STOP THE VEHICULAR NOISE ABUSE ON OUR ROADWAYS – you, the “concerned citizen” can effect change – but you must get involved!

please help

Rick Holtsclaw, Houston PD, Retired
Concerned Citizens Against Loud Motorcycles – Facebook

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