I would like to express my sincere gratitude for Grant Millin's commentary, "The Motorcycle Community Needs a Tune-up" [Sept. 30]. I picked up the Mountain Xpress on Wednesday and, after reading the article, decided I needed to speak out in support of Mr. Millin. I had been putting it off, but today is Saturday and although it is a gorgeous fall day and I would love to be outside, I am instead in the basement at the keyboard of my computer because there is just too much noise outside.
You see, I live in what used to be the very quiet and peaceful Spring Creek community in Madison County. Unfortunately, over the past several years, our road has become a favorite route for motorcycles, most of which are so noisy you can hear them from several miles away and for several miles after they have passed. I just counted over 30 in the last half-hour alone! I don't mind the extra traffic and understand the desire to get out and enjoy the curves of the highway and the beauty of the mountains on a motorcycle, but to disturb the peace of entire communities for one's personal pleasure is just plain inconsiderate and rude. I know I am not alone in my opinion, and if you can't relate, just try having a quiet picnic on the parkway today!
Regarding the "safety" argument: I have had several friends who have been either seriously injured, killed or crippled on a motorcycle. None of these folks had quiet bikes and, in the most serious events, there wasn't even another vehicle involved. Whether a motorcycle is noisy or quiet, it is very dangerous to ride. A noisy bike won't save you from gravel, ice, wet pavement or your own poor judgment. If you get on a motorcycle, you risk your life, period. That is fine, embrace it. Just don't expect that your choice to risk your life gives you some "right" to ruin the peace and quiet for everybody else.
Thanks again to Grant Millin! It is way past time for this "silent majority" to speak out, stand up for our rights and demand that, at the very least, existing laws be strictly enforced.
— Karen Hansen