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2010 Harley-Davidson Forty-Eight – Click above for high-res image gallery

Apparently, Wisconsin would like to prove that there is more to the Badger State than just cheese and beer. A new piece of legislation being voted on would officially make Harley-Davidson the State Motorcycle. We know what you're thinking here folks... why doesn't my state have an official motorcycle? Perhaps you should consider moving to Wisconsin.

The passing of Bill 596 will not be as simple as a cruise down Main Street on your favorite Road King, though. The advocacy group Noise Free America is voicing more than just support for the company, which has been a staple of Wisconsin history since 1903. It lists motorcycles as the fourth worst offender – just edging out the dreaded leaf blower – as noise polluters in this country.

Noise Free America's goal is to use this opportunity to set a precedent for any other state with two-wheeled ambitions. This opposition may prove to be no more than a bump in the road for Wisconsin Bill 596 as overwhelming support should make quick work of officially labeling the Badger State as Hog Heaven.

[Source: Clutch & Chrome]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      You poor souls who have never had the pleasure of traveling by motorcycle. There is nothing like it. Riding a Harley Davidson motorcycle is the best of the best. Nothing makes a person feel as alive as traveling via motorcycle.
      It's difficult enough that people don't 'see' motorcycles on the road. If they were quiet, you wouldn't hear them either.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'd be disappointed if people at motoring enthusiast blog are complaining about the sound of an internal comubustion engine. While I have a preference for some over others, I'm am at least appreciate the enthusiasm others have for whatever their choice of rides. Complaints should be reserved for the ninnies complaining about noise pollution.
        • 5 Years Ago
        NW side of Milwaukee here (Granville) and I rarely hear Harleys near my house....

        The damn ricers with their fart-canned Hondas piss me off more than the loud Motorcycles I hear occasionally.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Oh yeah, where do you live? I'm in riverwest/east side, but before that I lived in Bayview, near the airport. The harleys were louder than the airplanes, or the train that was a few hundred feet away from my house. What part of Milwaukee, because frankly I think you're full of crap.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Ricers with fart cans? What is it 2001 there?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Move to Milwaukee. Within a year you will be fed the **** up.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Right now I can see P&H out the window at my desk. I live in West Allis. Before that I lived on the East side (there's Harley's on the East side?) Have I been annoyed by Harleys, sure, but that isn't were my list ends and the fact that they drive by and go away makes my annoyance level with them low. My 80 year old neighbor that mows her lawn at 6:30am on Saturdays rates higher on my list of complaints. I also just remembered about the "noise pollution" from the Mile as well. However, as a car hobbyist, I can appreciate the sound of race engines at WOT for extended periods.

        I'm not a nutty right wing teabag swinger, but my point though is that I'm I don't want some group forcing their will and more legislation upon my hobby (maybe that does make me a nutty right wing teabagger?).
      • 5 Years Ago
      What a bunch of haters! Just cause you're too scared to ride don't hate on those that do. The only attention I seek when riding my Harley is from the idiots trying to run me down. If all you four wheel fools would pay attention when driving instead of eating, reading, texting, doing your hair, putting on makeup, or talking on cell phones; Harley pipes wouldn't have to be so loud.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Will HD also go on the states endangered species list?
      • 5 Years Ago
      As a motorcycle owner, although not a Harley I have a Kawasaki, the reason why motorcycles should be and why Harley's are loud is that there are too many car, van, and truck drivers out there who are not paying attention to the road. They are either yapping on their cell phones, texting, eating, blasting music or doing their make up.

      One moron cut me off last year making an illegal left turn against a red light and 3 lanes of traffic while on his cell phone, If I didn't slam on my brakes I would've broadsided his van. The result was skidding out, a damaged motorcycle and bodily injury, fortunately this happened in front of witnesses who called police.

      Harley's and other bikes are loud for a reason: So YOU know we are there when YOU are not paying attention to the road!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Have a HD since 83. I find I need louder pipes to alert drivers who are entering blog comments while they drive!
        • 5 Years Ago
        The "loud pipes save lives" argument is retarded at best. If riders really cared about being noticed they would not be decked out in black and would wear proper protective gear.

        Loud pipes serve 1 purpose - make noise. Unless the bike is a highly tuned race bike (on a track) there is little reason other than being obnoxious to have pipes that exceed the legal limits for volume.

        ...and this is coming from a big HD supporter. Loud pipes are for old guys, they reduce the image of the brand, and hinder the performance of the bike. I would have more respect for the guys if they just said they "like it loud."

        A well tuned, free breathing, well tweaked Harley does not need to be loud.

        If one wants to be noticed they should wear bright colors and signal properly. Every time I hear this asinine argument or see the stupid stickers, I want to sell my Harley.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Whoa! My ears are in pretty good shape. Having said that, I utterly RESENT loud radios/bass reflex on cars, especially at intersections. Kawasaki motorcycles and their high-pitched whines are also obnoxious. The rumble of the Harley-Davidson is rather pleasant by comparison. We have Thunder on the Beach at least twice a year here (N.W. FL) and they are well attended. I do not benefit directly from the bikers, so have no dog in this fight, but would much rather hear a Harley than one of the above-mentioned noises! I think Wisconsin should go for Bill 596. If there are already laws on the books re: noise, how about someone enforcing them?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Noise Free America really? C'mon.....stock bikes, be it cruiser or sportbike or air cooled Buells, make no more noise than a well tuned stock exhaust Maxima.

      The problem is with idiots dressed as pirates that seem to have the need to swap pipes so all around can hear how bad their potato-potato-potato sounding engine is. I love the sound of a single pin V-Twin (I have a XB9R), but I don't see a need to hear it from two miles away.

      And the squids are no better. For some reason they think if they sound like Vale they will ride like him. Sorry, ain't gonna happen. And get a helmet.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Gee brainslug, the internet sure makes you into some baaaad dude.... lol, what a joke.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Don't be hatin', bow-wow! lololololol!
      • 5 Years Ago
      OK, the Harley makes a sound like nothing else, just like a P-51, or a Huey. They are all loud, really loud. My answer: LEARN TO LOVE IT. No, I don't mean to resentfully take it, I mean dig it, appreciate it for what it is. That dentist-drill scream of the fine Japanese bikes is cool too, but it just ain't the same. I have been designing a new kind of ultralight sport plane, and to avoid that whiney sound, I'm working on a little stall-flap to put on the propellor blade to give it a deep growl. The bird is called a Harlequin.... that is, a Harlie. It's for cruising. It's big brother the Pitbull has a V-6 driving a ducted fan, and is for airshow dogfighting. Wrote a book about them too: www.postpubco.com/higharena.htm
      • 5 Years Ago
      Why is the front tire so wide?
        • 5 Years Ago
        For the look of a vintage bike.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I own an old harley, 1000 sportster, and can tell you if you just let the bike idle after cruising to a stop, she's gonna kill on you. That is the problem, that causes the habit. I'm more sick of having to tighten everything after each ride than anything, and yes I use locktite too. I wish harley's were more reliable, and you can quiet them down but there just wouldn't be as much of a "REBEL" thing then, and I wonder are harley's so expensive because they are so loud? Can't be the craftmenship in them. This whole bill thing is happening to bolster the brand as they are one step from going down the "GM" highway. Get an import, they'll be more dependable more confortable cheaper to maintain, and cheaper in the first place. If harley was smart they'd make a 4 cyl 500 cc entry level chopper for less than $9000, with a much smoother drive train.
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