Monday, May 18, 2009

FMF/BRC Sound Team at 2009 SheetIron DS Ride

Well troops, it looks like the 2009 SheetIron 300 Dual Sport Ride was another big hit with riders. This is the 7th year that the FMF/BRC Sound Testing Program for OHVs provided the tech inspection for the event. Just like last year, the Oakland Motorcycle Club’s SheetIron Dual Sport Ride with its 500 riders was a sold out event.

The General was there at the lead sound technician for the FMF/BRC Sound Testing Program for OHVs and had a lot of great help from members of the Oakland Motorcycle Club’s membership… some of which have gone through the official sound testing program and are certified testers as well.

What is most rewarding for The General is seeing the effectiveness of program’s effort regarding promotion of the “3 Es” – Education, Engineering, and Enforcement. No longer is the camp awakened at the crack of dawn by bikes rapping up at 104 dBA or louder. Rather, the campground is almost strangely quiet as properly silenced mufflers have largely replaced the non-sound compliant exhaust systems of the past.

The few bikes that were still too loud were mostly the disk-type mufflers that were running too many disks. The good news is that when the numbers of disks are reduced to about 3-6… those bikes make the 96dBA limit. The bad news is that a stock exhaust system would actually flow better. Several riders wished they had saved those stock exhausts. Some said they were heading to the bike shop for a new aftermarket muffler.

Is riding sound complaint bikes the only answer in the land-use equation? The simple answer is no. However, it is one of those important land-use foundation blocks upon which sustainable OHV recreation is based.

No comments:

Post a Comment