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Wed., May 9, 2007, 8:39 a.m.

Deaf In Downtown: Where’s Cops to Stop Bike Noise?

Deaf In Downtown: Great! Everybody is sitting around eating donuts and Sherman Avenue, at 7:30 pm, sounds like the main straight at Indianapolis. I counted seven Harleys without mufflers and one with a muffler parked on the side of the street in front of various eating and drinking emporiums. I also had to run out to East Sherman and saw two Japanese supetbikes turn south on to CDA Lake Drive where they proceeded to light it up in a race up the grade past Hagedone's new condos. One did a wheelie for at least 100 yards. These things will go through the quarter mile in just over 10 seconds and reach speeds of 130 mph in that same distance. What will happen when two of them wreck and take a family taking their dog out for a quiet (yeah, right!) evening walk along the lake. Is there ANY law enforcement around here or are they all back at the office doing paperwork? Here's a clue: This stuff starts really perking about 3 pm on any warm day and lasts until 8 or so.

DFO: Gotta admit that a Harley without mufflers is about as annoying as a barking dog when you're trying to have a conversation. My wife and I were walking this weekend when a cycle passed us and turned onto a parallel street. We couldn't resume our conversation for 15 or 20 seconds because the dang thing was so loud. At that moment, I thought of Deaf In Downtown. His peeve here isn't petty. Where's the gendarmes to enforce the noise ordinance?

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D.F. Oliveria started Huckleberries Online on Feb. 16, 2004. Oliveria's Sunday print Huckleberries is a past winner of the national Herb Caen Memorial Column contest.