are motorcycles illegal
Are motorcycles illegal?
Today motorcycles are legal, meaning one may ride, or be conveyed on, his or her licensed motor driven bike on public streets and highways and not have to be concerned about getting "written up" for a violation.
However, that may soon change. Complaints about motorcycle noise are on the rise. Motorists and pedestrians alike are complaining more and more about motorcycles not being required and regulated by law to comply with noise polluting regulations comparable to those of automobiles.
Complaints of non-muffled motorcycle noise being the direct causes of accidents have been reported by motorists as they drove their automobile on public highways and literally lost control of their senses when one or more loud noise blasting motorcycles darted by them producing such blatant noise that it literally caused them to careen off the highway. A recent annual motorcycle parade, that continued non-stop for the greater part of a morning, containing hundreds of non-muffled bikes, on a mission of sorts, came roaring along a local state highway disturbing the peace so severely with blaring, bellowing, and loud popping noises, that some residents chose to leave and distance themselves from their roadside homes rather than be forced to tolerate "such a loud invasive nuisance". A mandatory law for motorcycles to be equipped with conventional "motor noise reducing" muffler systems, is likely to be passed by lawmakers soon.