Portland to consider motorcycle noise ordinance

Don Hemingway of Trescott parks his 2007 Road King at Central maine Harley-Davidson in Hermon for a celebration of the motorcycle company's 105th anniversary Tuesday, complete with live music and Miller Lite beer. Today area Harley riders will begin the countrywide &quotride home to Milwaukee," where groups from around the country will converge for an anniversary party in the company's birthplace Aug. 28-31. (BANGOR DAILY NEWS PHOTO BY BRIDGET BROWN)

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Don Hemingway of Trescott parks his 2007 Road King at Central Maine Harley-Davidson in Hermon for a celebration of the motorcycle company's 105th anniversary on Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2008, complete with live music and Miller Lite beer. Today local Harley riders will begin the countrywide &quotride home to Milwaukee" where groups from around the country will converge for the 105th anniversary party in the company's birthplace Aug. 28-31. (Bangor Daily News/Bridget Brown)
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Don Hemingway of Trescott parks his 2007 Road King at Central maine Harley-Davidson in Hermon for a celebration of the motorcycle company's 105th anniversary Tuesday, complete with live music and Miller Lite beer. Today area Harley riders will begin the countrywide "ride home to Milwaukee," where groups from around the country will converge for an anniversary party in the company's birthplace Aug. 28-31. (BANGOR DAILY NEWS PHOTO BY BRIDGET BROWN) CAPTION Don Hemingway of Trescott parks his 2007 Road King at Central Maine Harley-Davidson in Hermon for a celebration of the motorcycle company's 105th anniversary on Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2008, complete with live music and Miller Lite beer. Today local Harley riders will begin the countrywide "ride home to Milwaukee" where groups from around the country will converge for the 105th anniversary party in the company's birthplace Aug. 28-31. (Bangor Daily News/Bridget Brown)
Posted Aug. 18, 2009, at 12:28 p.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — Maine’s largest city is considering requiring motorcycle operators to obtain a label certifying that their exhaust pipes comply with federal noise emission standards.

Portland’s Public Safety Committee unanimously approved the noise proposal last month, and the City Council agreed Monday night to consider the ordinance at its next meeting on Sept. 9.

Portland officials say Boston and Denver have similar laws.

It’s getting a mixed reaction from motorcycle operators. Harley owner Tony Youells told the Portland Press Herald he didn’t think it was a big deal.

But fellow hog owner Scott Harvey says it’s unrealistic to think the ordinance could be enforced. He also says his loud exhausts are a safety feature that warn others of the presence of motorcycles.

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