unreasonable neighbors!

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finally moved out of the subdivision,(426 was a little rough on the yard) bought my 40 acres in the country made some great trails now i dont have to ask anyone for permission to ride! buds come over ride for a couple hours then this guy shows up says your making too much noise! this is 4pm on saturday! your just gonna have to do something my wife is compaining! now i ask you guys what would you do? his property isnt bordering on mine but it is about 100 feet from it on 1 side over a creek and up a hill. just looking for your opinions..
 
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Get him into the sport by offering to let him ride yours. It's always best to get them on your side.
 

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Do what you can to make your bikes as quiet as possible, there are a few companies that make inserts for the silencer which will cut back on noise, with minimal power loss, but the nicce thing is, they can be removed when noise isn't an issue to get the power back.  I know FMF sells them for around $50 which is well worth it if it keeps the neighbors from complaining.

Just have 1 or 2 friends over to ride with since 2 bikes are quieter than a group racing through the woods, and maybe once a month you can have a bigger group of friends over, and other times you can ride other places.

The important thing is to try and stay on the neighbors good side.  Even though you did nothing wrong, go over to their house and apologize for disturbing them, and explain that it will not be an every week event, and what you plan on doing to keep the noise down. 

I know it is your property, and you bought it so you had a place to ride, but i can also see the neighbors point of view.  I have neighbors who party in their yard almost every weekend in the summer, It sounds like the music is right in the room with you  (it wouldn't be as bad if I could understand the music, but it is all spanish music),  and if we close the windows, all we hear is the constant booming of the bass all day long.   It does get anoying after a while, and I'm sure they feel the same way about the noise from the motorcycles.

 
 

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Kill him.......quietly!!!!
LOL

Not realy a sound solution to the problem, but always and option :think:

I would work on making things a bit quiter and like it was said above just a few at a time. The other thing is you could just tell them that it will be within only certain hours of the day. Maybe they could plan to be out of the house or something. You are well within your rights as long as its during the day.
 

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Make nice with the neighbors if you can. Make your bike quiet as you can, because I do believe we will lose more riding areas if we don't. But, if you are riding within reasonable hours (8:30 am - 7:30 pm?) ride all you want... it's your place. I don't believe anyone has the right to tell you what to do with or on your property. Just be mindful of our/the motorcyclist image and try not to be to offensive in the noise department.
 

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Some towns, such as the town i live in, do have noise ordinances during the daytime also.  They say that your neighbors have the right to a peaceful neighborhood......forget about your rights, they consider you the bad guy here.  make sure you know what the laws are before you push things, because even if there is an ordinance that they usually don't enforce(such as in my town), that doesn't mean they won't if your neighbors push the issue.  I know it is your property, and i don't necasarily agree with the laws, but make sure you know what the laws in your town are before you push things, because if the neighbors yell loud  enough, they may win.
 
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Your rights extend only to the point that you infringe on the rights of others.
If you can contain the sound to just your property, you are good to go... that won't happen.

Get with your neighbor and try to work out a compromise.
 

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Try not to ride at the edge of your property and hopefully there is some of those NC pines at the edges to help buffer the sound.

As already suggested do everything you can to quiet your bike.

Don't ride before 7am nor after about 7pm.

Keep the group small and enforce a quiet exhaust policy.

I'm in a similar situation except none of my neighbors have complained... yet. I want to keep it that way. Right now my bike is pretty loud and I am going to have Thunder Alley revamp the core to make it quieter for me. My Montesa is pretty quiet so I have no worries there and that is what I ride the most at my place anyway. Keeping the peace makes everybody happy while still allowing the fun :thumb:
 

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Originally posted by Patman
I'm in a similar situation except none of my neighbors have complained... yet.
Aren't your neighbors the Dixie Chicks??? Maybe they can't hear you over the sound of their rehersals.
 

Green Horn

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Originally posted by Okiewan

Get with your neighbor and try to work out a compromise.
That would be my first move.
 

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unreasonable neighbors![/B]


Doesn't sound unreasonable to me. A 426 is one loud bike! I bet your buddys have similar scoots.

Get a WR pipe (probably can get a take-off cheap) and use it everywhere except the track.
 
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I made a baffle for one out of PVC piping and a spare endcap, worked good for noise but lost power, but you have to do what you gotta do. Quiet the bike down
 
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You could always kill em, chop him up into little peices and throw him into Galveston Bay. In Texas that's leagal. :scream: