March 18, 2019
Noise Free America: A Coalition to Promote Quiet
For immediate release
Chapel Hill: Rinehart Racing and Vance & Hines, the manufactures of non-EPA compliant after-market motorcycle exhausts systems, have announced that they will at the Daytona Bike Week 2019 on March 8th through the 17th selling and Installing their motorcycle exhaust system products which, by their own admission, are devoid of catalytic converters and do not meet EPA noise suppression regulations and are not in compliance with federal labeling requirements.
Even though their products are intended “for use on closed courses only” and not legal for use on highway motorcycles, they will be installing those products on federally regulated highway motorcycles, many of which have been factory equipped with catalytic converters.
Quotes from Rinehart Racing: “Exhaust systems manufactured by Rinehart Racing are non-catalyst“.
“We are heading back to Daytona Beach for the 78th Annual Bike Week.”
“If you are attending Daytona Bike Week, you can find us at Bruce Rossmeyer’s Destination Daytona®. Here the Rinehart Racing rig will have all of our latest full systems and slip-on exhausts, air cleaners, and exhaust accessories for Harley-Davidson and Indian motorcycles. Riders who visit the rig will be able to hear many of our exhaust systems on the latest models…”
“All purchases at the event come with complimentary installation while you wait, so you can get your ride back on the road and start to enjoy your new sound. Rinehart riders new and old are welcome to take a seat in Rinehart’s hospitality area, enjoy a snack and a cold drink, and get off your feet for a while.”
Quotes from Vance & Hines:
“Come join us for the 78th Annual Daytona Bike Week!”
“The Vance & Hines display trucks will be located at two convenient hot spots during the rally for sales, service and installations.”
As is evident from these quotes, Rinehart Racing and Vance & Hines are well aware of the federal emission control device tampering prohibitions. Even so, Rinehart Racing, and perhaps Bruce Rossmeyer’s Harley-Davidson® Daytona, will be violating those tampering prohibitions, as will Rinehart Racing’s competitor (Vance & Hines).
Noise Free America: A Coalition to Promote Quiet urges citizens to submit a complaint about this blatant criminal conduct to the US EPA.
Here is the link to the US EPA for reporting violations: https://echo.epa.gov/report-environmental-violations
Here are the federal laws Rinehart Racing and Vance & Hines are admitting they will be violating:
Title 40: Protection of Environment
PART 86-CONTROL OF EMISSIONS FROM NEW AND IN-USE HIGHWAY VEHICLES AND ENGINES
Subpart E-Emission Regulations for 1978 and Later New Motorcycles, General Provisions
40 C.F.R. §86.409-78 Defeat devices, prohibition
Title 42 – THE PUBLIC HEALTH AND WELFARE
42 U.S.C.CHAPTER 65 – NOISE CONTROL
Sec. 4909. Prohibited acts
(2)(A) The removal or rendering inoperative by any person, other than for purposes of maintenance, repair, or replacement, of any device or element of design incorporated into any product in compliance with regulations under section 4905 of this title, prior to its sale or delivery to the ultimate purchaser or while it is in use, or (B) the use of a product after such device or element of design has been removed or rendered inoperative by any person.
(3) In the case of a manufacturer, to distribute in commerce any new product manufactured after the effective date of a regulation prescribed under section 4907(b) (Labeling) of this title (requiring information respecting noise) which is applicable to such product, except in conformity with such regulation.