I have a question, can you please explain how the membership of BCCOM can change the position or public stance that BCCOM has on helmets
and/or loud exhausts.
I am not sure of how your bylaws read, but let us consider this hypothetical situation
If 200+ BCCOM members showed for a meeting could they up bring a series of motions to the floor for a vote.
Motions that read perhaps like these two;
"BCCOM as of (insert date of next BCCOM meeting), has asked the BC Government to immediately bring into effect helmet legislation that will require all riders of motorcycles (as defined by the Highway Traffic Act) to wear either full face or 3/4 motorcycle helmets. These helmets must meet, as a minimum standard, either DOT or Snell Certification, and be no older that 5 years old as per the manufacturers chin strap stamp." We ask that there be a 60 day "grace"period from when the legislation is passed until the law comes into effect so that all motorcyclists will have ample time to aquire the required headgear.
and a second motion that reads
"BCCOM's position on motorcycle exhaust systems is that the use of unbaffled or flow though exhaust and muffler systems is inappropriate. BCCOM views it's position on noise as an example of it's positive liason between the general public and the motorcycle community at large. BCCOM fully supports voth the use of OEM exhaust sytems or after market systems that meet the following standards:
The maximum exhaust noise standard that is acceptable is 105 dBA based on the SAE J1287 test procedure. Motorcycles with stock OEM exhaust bearing the manufacture's stamp are exempt from roadside testing unless, in the opinion of a designated peace officer , they appear to be excessively loud. Motorcycles with non-original equipment exhaust will be required to pass the noise test described below.
Detailed Discussion of the Test Procedure and Standard:
Noise standards that apply to OEM motorcycles are based on a test procedure developed by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) that measures vehicle noise levels during acceleration at a distance of 50 feet. Although this is the most representative test procedure available, detailed requirements for the test course make this test impractical without a test track. In recognition of the practical problems of running the drive-by test, SAE has developed a much simpler procedure suitable for use at the roadside or in a parking lot. This test, SAE J1287, involves measuring the exhaust volume of a stationary motorcycle running at 50% of its maximum allowable engine speed while in neutral. To limit the influence of other noise sources in the vicinity, the procedure specifies measuring the noise level at a distance of only 20 inches to the rear of the exhaust outlet. Because of the short distance between the exhaust outlet and the sound level meter, the absolute noise levels measured with the J1287 procedure are higher than on the drive-by test; however, the ranking of vehicles is similar.
The standard that apply to motorcycles licensed in British Columbia is 105 dBA (decibels, A-scale). This standard is based on the highest noise level recorded using the J1287 procedure from a broad range of motorcycles with original equipment exhaust systems. Most motorcycles equipped with original equipment exhaust systems meet this standard by a wide margin. For example, late-model Honda Gold Wings have been measured at only 85 dBA on this test. Most late-model BMWs score between 90-94 dBA. In contrast, some Harley-Davidson models with OEM exhausts are as high as 105 dBA, which is the basis for the standard.
Because the decibel scale is logarithmic, a level of 105 dB sounds twice as loud as 95 dB and four times as loud as 85 dB. As a result, there is likely to be a four-to-one range in noise levels for motorcycles in British COlumbia. However, most people will not consider motorcycles at the loud end of this spectrum objectionable.
The noise meters used for the official testing will be certified to meet certain industry standards.
BCCOMM rormally asks the Provincial Government to amend the Motor Vehicle Act to reflect this change. We ask that there be a 60 day "grace"period from when the legislation is passed until the law comes into effect so that all motorcyclists will have ample time to insure that their motorcycles comply with the new noise standards
End of motions
Now I may have the wording and Acts incorrectly defined but this is more of a question to better understand how BCCOM works.
I looked on the BCCOM website and was unable to find the by-laws of BCCOM - how does one get a copy ?
The noise testing procedures listed above were those developed by the Iron Butt Association for the testing bikes prior to the Iron Butt Rally.
These noise limits are far more liberal that those allowed by Laguna Seca Raceway where on track days they state that:
"Laguna Seca Raceway has a 92 db noise limitation which is strictly enforced by track officials. No aftermarket pipes are allowed "
I look forward to your reply.