Noise pollution on the move

Dear Editor,
“Noise is defined as unwanted sound, sound which pleases the listeners is music and that which causes pain and annoyance is noise”. At times what is music for some can be noise for others.
Lately, I am waking up in the middle of the night to the ear shattering thump of the aftermarket exhaust fitted mostly in the various models of the Royal Enfield bikes.
My financial status doesn’t allow me to afford a car yet, hence technically it makes me a biker as well, purist would find it hard to concur with me, however, what you all might agree with is the fact of the pain of waking up in the middle of the night and then the uphill task of falling asleep again is certainly not amusing.
I understand that it’s human to be proud of the legacy of the Enfield brand which stretches back to 1909 but how is it fair to disturb my sleep?
According to Noise standards for automobiles, domestic appliances and construction equipments have been notified in Part ‘E’, Schedule-VI of Environment (Protection) Rules, 1986, as amended on 19th May, 1993, the permissible noise limit for two wheelers is 80 dB and I am pretty sure that the aftermarket exhausts are way too above that limit and almost as loud as loudspeaker, worse thing is that, while the use of loudspeaker is banned after 10 PM, a motorcycle can be ridden around spreading noise pollution. That’s noise pollution on the move!!
We live in a country where only the rider wears a helmet and the pillion, well what’re the odds of pillion rider getting hurt if an accident occurs, you know, people honk for no apparent reason and seat belts are the least used part of a car, they might even had discontinued it for cost cutting measures, if it wasn’t for mandatory safety features.
It’s true that if you modify your stock Royal Enfield exhaust with the various thumping ones like Goldee, Indore, Wild Boar, Short Bottle, Chennai, rubber at the end, mudflaps etc. just wouldn’t make you a head turner along with sleep killer but their mouth won’t be kind, however, if you have a well maintained beauty, sound or not, don’t know about others but I’ll take a picture of her, it’s no secret that people hate bikers, let’s not give them an another reason.
Riding a motorcycle is about passion, freedom, brotherhood, living life on the edge, the thrill, the sheer excitement, fun, speed on track or negotiating with notorious Capital Complex traffic but not about the arrogance, superiority, serious numb cold face, like you own the road, everything has its flaws. Here’s an irony, you ride motorcycle named Bullet which starts to shake like a belly dancers hips once you hit 60 kmph, you’re buying a motorcycle paying more than 1 lakh, if the alloy wheels were a thing, wouldn’t the manufacturer had already provided on the motorcycle? Even TVS Star City has one, sorry two! No offence, Dhoni and Star City owners, my point is, it beats the point of the sketch, retro, in this case but then again it’s your hard earned money.
At the end of the day, I only want to get some good sleep, is it too much to ask for? You know how hard it is to find a rented apartment in Itanagar.
I don’t mean to disrespect or offend any biker or biking community and hope you’ll take it as a humor and good spirit. I’ll only sincerely request everyone to ride properly with full on gears, respect other road users, the law and most importantly for the love of god please stop revving your motorcycles at 2 AM, anytime after 6 AM, it is welcomed, then maybe I can sell off my alarm clock on EBay or something.
Good luck, ride safe, Godspeed.
An Insomniac



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