American Motorcyclist June 2018

AMA Awards 10 Sound Test Kits

Quiet Is As Quiet Does

Ten organizations will receive sound test kits during 2018 as part of the annual AMA Sound Meter program.

The initiative is part of the AMA commitment to educate riders and the non-riding community about the issue of excessive motorcycle exhaust sound.

Few other factors contribute more to misunderstanding and prejudice against the motorcycling community than excessively loud motorcycles.

Since the AMA’s inception in 1924, the association has been urging motorcyclists to be sensitive to community standards and to respect the right of fellow citizens to enjoy a peaceful environment.

Motorcyclists should not modify exhaust systems in a way that will increase sound to a level that is offensive.

The AMA Sound Meter program provides funds for the purchase of sound testing kits that include a Type 2 sound meter, a tachometer, training materials, a spark-arrestor probe, personal protective equipment and a protective case.

Including these 2018 kits, the AMA has awarded 121 sound meter kits since the program began.

If your organization would like to be considered for a 2019 award, contact Steve Salisbury in the AMA Government Relations Department at

Those who submitted unsuccessful applications in 2018 should reapply for consideration next year.

The Organizations Receiving Kits In 2018 Include:

  • Blue Knights-NJ VIII, Middlesex, N.J.
  • Coastside Armada Harley Club, Moss Beach, Calif.
  • Colorado Motorcycle Trail Riders Association, Colorado Springs, Colo.
  • New Jersey Field of Dreams, Millville N.J.
  • Goldwing Road Riders Association, Waynesville, N.C.
  • Hayward Motorcycle Club, San Ramon, Calif.
  • National Letter Carriers Motorcycle Club, Kansas Chapter, Wichita, Kans.
  • Ohio Woods Riders, Hebron, Ohio
  • Ride with Respect, Moab, Utah
  • Stewards of the Sequoia, Wofford Heights, Calif.