The article is out,or soon to be in most DR subscribers hands- Since sound is a very important issue in keeping land open and our rights to ride..and being an AMA District president and having been personally involved in the land issues and legislative battles for a couple decades .... I understand well the sensitivity on this issue! So I wanted to clarify the sound/ dB things brought up on the DRN bike entry.. The bike was built and shipped with a manufactuers specified and forest service approved *96dB compliant* exhaust system chosen by the voting DRN membership. Specifically chosen to be more quiet , and compliant. We did not test it here, but these units normally sound check at 96dB with this system or very very close. DR mag tested the bike at 97.2dB after some riding and testing. yes i wish it had been 96dB , and with 20/20 hindsight should have tested it, and made any corrections needed,if possible. I think it is important to note: While the off road limit is 96dB , there is a variance allowed by the California testing procedure, and the bike would pass inspection by officers testing in these riding areas. It's why DR noted in the article that even though it was slightly over 96dB - " no ticket" plus it was significantly under the 99dB standard set for MX models. This is not a defense , or justification of of loud bikes in anyway.. Just a clarification that the bike was built with what was manufactuered , and Forest Service approved, to be a 96dB compliant exhaust, by a very reputable manufactuer. and if tested by an officer in those sound sensitive riding areas, would have passed.... Unfortunantly it would be on the edge.. and yes , we need to keep the noise down!!! I applaud Dirt Rider magazine , DirtRider.Net ,and loudsucks.com, for taking a strong stand on this important issue.