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Schenectady councilman laments motorcycle noise that comes with warm weather

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Vince Riggi wasn’t expecting loud and obnoxious behavior on Memorial Day. The Schenectady city councilman was on his morning walk, touring the city’s Bellevue section at 6:45 a.m. On Second Street, he passed two guys astride idling motorcycles. Both were talking to a friend standing at the curb. “As soon as I got just about to one of the bikes, he decided to crank the thing,” Riggi said. “It was to get me to jump ...


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JIMOCONNOR
May 31, 2014
7:40 a.m.

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Vince, it wasn't the bike, it was its rider. If he was really playing with your head, take down his tag number, turn it in, and maybe he'll get rousted a bit too.

v_riggi
May 31, 2014
12:17 p.m.

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Jim, I agree and taking some info did run thru my mind, but at at 6:45 in the am and this guy and his friends obviously looking for confrontation I just kept walking and hoping that the ringing would eventually leave my ears. Also I generally do not carry a pen and paper with me on my morning walks. They saw me coming from the middle of the block and waited until I was right behind them to do a full bore throttle crank. It wasn't that they were driving away, they didn't do that until I rounded the corner of Broadway, so it was definitely intentional. I spoke with our police chief about it but without a officer present or another witness it's a tough thing to make stick. 2 cycle bikes are ear piercing when revved to say the least and coupled with no respect it becomes a dangerous situation.

JIMOCONNOR
May 31, 2014
5:53 p.m.

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City rep or not, he remains a citizen with the same rights as any other citizen.

skody54
May 31, 2014
10:52 p.m.

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Wow, 'daily' has the same attitude as the police. They have more important things to do and and ALL the scofflaws know it. Campbell Avenue has these idiots every day.

And the inane comment, "they do that to be seen." Well, stay in lane and wait like everyone else. Don't blow between other vehicles in traffic.They just want to have the whole street hear they are breaking the law and getting away with it.

mkuban
June 1, 2014
10:40 a.m.

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Dear Daily Gazette,
How the hell is a whiny old man who, can't find anything better to do than piss and moan, news. There are lots of year round quality of life issues that could be addressed but you chose to print a story that should have been little more than a letter to the editor.
I understand that motorcycle noise can annoy people. I myself ride a quiet motorcycle or I should say I would ride my motorcycle if I weren't taking my life in my hands due to the abhorrent road conditions and clueless drivers in this city who treat traffic laws as little more than suggestions.
I can't understand the the logic behind the loud pipes save lives mantra. I don't agree with it and wish the police would enforce the laws that are written to limit such noise. And yes there are laws however; in general the police do not know how to administer them and as a result their arbitrary and capricious application of these statutes result in lots of noise violations being dismissed due to lack of evidence.
The number of cars with annoying chain saw like mufflers or the music playing so loud that their trunk buzzes, the floors of my car vibrate and the windows in my home rattle. Or better yet the loud obnoxious patrons at the bar across the street from my home who because they can't smoke inside the establishment have to come outside to scream, yell and talk at excessive volumes all day and night. Or the car alarms going off at all hours of the for hours on end.
I was of the opinion that Mr Riggi had a clue but it simply isn't true. This city with its worthless mayor and ineffectual city council exist only to only to appease their special interests. It's a shame that the Schenectady that I grew up in and chose as a place to live and raise my family has fallen so far.
As for this newspaper, and I use that term loosely, more and more I find myself refering to it as the Wizzette because the only useful purpose it serves is for paper training a puppy. The content is lacking or worthless as demonstrated by this story.
Your office is closed now but I'll be canceling my subscription tomorrow morning and requesting a refund.

schdypete
June 2, 2014
12:14 p.m.

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you think motorcycles are bad... wait till you hear my leafblower and lawnmower... just ripped off the mufflers for good measure.

JIMOCONNOR
June 3, 2014
5:28 p.m.

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WOW

mkuban
June 23, 2014
12:16 p.m.

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BTW Vince... I highly doubt that it was a two stroke motorcycle. They tend to sound like large chainsaws and need to have a properly sized expansion chamber in order to make power. Besides that Yamaha stopped building two stroke road motorcycles in the early 1980's. Honda and Kawasaki stopped building them before that. More likely is was a Harley with open pipes or a Japanese bike with an aftermarket exhaust.

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