Bye-Bye To 2016 Bikes, Blues & BBQ Rally

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FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) — Bikes, Blues & BBQ is in the books for 2016 with only seven accidents to report and more than two dozen arrests, mainly for public intoxication, according to the Fayetteville Police Department.

The most serious accident happened on Friday at the intersection of E. Township Street and N. College Avenue.  A truck and motorcycle collided and the riders of the motorcycle suffered broken legs but their injuries were not life-threatening.

Several police citations were issued for excessive noise, and in some cases this led to an additional citation such as driving on a suspended license.  That’s what happened to Kyle Rofkahr of Ozark who initially was cited on Saturday for engine revving at W. Dickson Street and N. Church Avenue.

Only one bike was reported stolen on Thursday.  A 1994 Harley Davidson was taken from the area of W. Dickson Street and N. College Avenue.

This is the 17th year for the motorcycle rally, and is the world’s largest charity driven rally, according to their website.


  • RickeyD

    There should have been 3-thousand+ citations issued for illegal motorcycle noise – a good portion of the motorcycle NOISE bullies should have been incarcerated and the offending motorcycles impounded! The Fayetteville PD is obviously unwilling or incapable of policing this motorcycle NOISE thug-fest; therefore, where is Arkansas’ State Police and why are the Citizens of Arkansas being subjected to this un-Constitutional behavior of our Municipal Officials?

    I attended the 2016 Bikes Blues BBQ Rally and personally observed the fact that approximately 90% of the motorcycles in attendance were equipped with illegal “NOT FOR ROAD USE” aftermarket exhausts emitting decibel levels between four-and-eight-times+ the legal “total” motorcycle noise emissions of 80 dB(A) (logarithmic scale) as restricted by the US EPA’s “Code of Federal Regulations” (CFR) – the CFR specifying the acoustical dampening requirements of the quiet factory-installed muffler.

    Note that the CFR mandates a “total” motorcycle noise emissions restriction of 80 dB(A) and that 80 dB(A) being the “minimum” level of motorcycle noise emissions protection for the general public. An overwhelming number of the motorcycles I observed on Dickson Street in Fayetteville on Friday Afternoon, 9/23/16, were capable of easily emitting between 105 to 110+ dB(A) – and under hard acceleration, these motorcycles are audible for over one-mile or more! Also note that Arkansas’s State muffler law (below) mirrors the “protective intent” of the Code of Federal Regulations by requiring the quiet factory-installed muffler! Approximately 10% (or fewer) of the motorcycles in attendance at the 2016 Bikes-Blues-BBQ Motorcycle Rally were legally equipped with their factory-installed muffler! This begs the following questions…

    1) Did not the Arkansas General Assembly enact Arkansas 27-37-601 for the protection of the health and welfare, the quality of life of every Arkansan?
    2) Why are Arkansas’ Municipal Leaders permitted to ignore and usurp the protective intent of the well-established State Muffler Law?
    3) Are our Mayors, City Council Members, Board of Directors, Police Chiefs and State Police Director ABOVE THE LAW?
    4) Does a Municipality have the right/authority to violate the U.S. Constitution as well as Arkansas’ State Constitution? Where are you on this issue Attorney General Rutledge?

    I found it rather hypocritical and convicting of Fayetteville’s leadership that they’ve posted “Welcome to Fayetteville” city limit signs with the request “PLEASE RIDE QUIETLY” below the City’s name. How does a LOUD biker with a “closed-course,” “competition only,” NOT FOR ROAD USE, aftermarket exhaust “RIDE QUIETLY?” Really?

    Shame on you Mayor Jordan and Police Chief Tabor for failing to enforce the law and permitting the motorcycle NOISE bullies of the Loud Biker Cult[ure] to audibly assault your citizenry and the citizens within every municipality positioned on the routes to and from this NOISE debacle. Shame on you Mayor Jordan, Mayor Sanders (Ft. Smith), Mayor Carney (Hot Springs) for trading the civil liberties and the civil protections/rights of the tax-paying citizenry for profit and political expediency by prostituting yourself with the hedonistic behavior of the Loud Biker Cult[ure] for MONEY – a stark violation of the 14th Amendment/42 U.S.C. § 1983!

    2010 Arkansas Code
    Title 27 – Transportation
    Subtitle 3 – Motor Vehicles And Their Equipment
    Chapter 37 – Equipment Regulations
    Subchapter 6 – Mufflers
    § 27-37-601 – Noise or smoke producing devices prohibited.
    27-37-601. Noise or smoke producing devices prohibited.

    (a) Every motor vehicle shall, at all times, be equipped with a factory-installed muffler or one duplicating factory specifications, in good working order and in constant operation, to prevent excessive or unusual noise and annoying smoke.

    (b) No person shall use on a motor vehicle upon the public roads, highways, streets, or alleys of this state, nor shall any person sell for use on a motor vehicle upon the public roads, highways, streets, or alleys of this state, a muffler, other than as defined in subsection (a) of this section, cutout, bypass, similar device, or any type device which produces excessive or unusual noise or smoke.

    Rick Holtsclaw, Houston PD/Retired
    Concerned Citizens Against Loud Motorcycles – Facebook, YouTube, WordPress

    • vanguradesquire

      AMEN to what RickeyD said!! I live and work in Fayetteville and each and every year that it’s time for Bikes, Blues and BBQ, I CRINGE!! Because I know what it means…a week full of nuisance-causing, ear-splitting motorcycles driven by a bunch of entitled rednecks who act like they own the road!!

    • holtsclawblog

      If you could put forth this much effort to complain about the abuse to your ears, imagine what you could contribute to something that actually mattered. Let’s disregard the charitable contributions provided by BB&BBQ. Let’s discourage an immense revenue-generating event for the entire Northwest Arkansas region. Even better — let’s be an armchair jockey posting comments to a news site that will get the attention of a half dozen supporters & fight for a noble cause. I’d like to take you out, buy you a non-alcoholic beer (wouldn’t want your True Colors to come out), & listen to you wax ecstatic about your glory years on the force & all those people’s lives you influenced with your mustachioed ticket-writing anti-social skills. If you refuse my offer, kindly pack your bags & spend your waning years back in Houston where they miss Ol’ Holtsclaw the Concerned Citizen. If this falls on deaf ears, don’t blame me or the Fayetteville PD riding on the thin blue line to protect & serve those of us who have enjoyed 15 years of man-made cacophony-fueled machinery.

      • RickeyD

        Ah, the tired and worn-out mantra of “hey, there are bigger issues to worry about than my illegal, intrusive, irresponsible behavior of operating an illegally LOUD motorcycle on our public roadways.” You Loud Biker Bullies have yet to advance past the impotent response of “Loud Pipes Save Lives” and “There are bigger issues to worry about.” You’re silly! Your concept of what’s important in our society is, at best, subjective!

        It is my perspective that there are very few things more relevant that our health and welfare and our daily quality of life. Why do you think the US EPA and Arkansas’ General Assembly enacted very strict laws concerning motor vehicle mufflers – the EPA specifically regulating MOTORCYCLE noise emissions to a relatively quiet “total” motorcycle noise emissions of 80 dB(A) for 1986 year model motorcycles forward? Why did the EPA go through all of the trouble, cost, research, scientifically controlled testing parameters, required muffler labeling, tampering prohibitions…why did the Arkansas General Assembly codify Arkansas § 27-37-601 – “Noise or smoke producing devices prohibited” which clearly mirrors the protective intent of the Federal Law? Was it not in response to concerns for our health and welfare, our daily quality of life?

        You see, you and millions of LOUD Biker bullies just like you, have assumed a false sense of entitlement and as a result of your arrogance and ignorance, coupled with the nonfeasance of our law enforcement community, you have internalized an ideology of “I’m above the law,” “it’s my right to ride loud,” yet you fail to comprehend the fact that your illegal behavior destroys the quality of life and negligently endangers the physiological health and welfare of each and every citizen exposed to your silly, intrusive, illegal, NOISE nonsense!

        Let’s fact the facts tough guy – “men” don’t modify motor vehicles to make illegal, intrusive, dangerous NOISE then proceed out onto a public roadway to assault children, the elderly, the handicapped, our families. This is not the behavior of a responsible “man,” this is the behavior of an irresponsible, bully-thug. If the shoe fits, wear it in shame!

        With all sincerity,

        Rick Holtsclaw, Houston PD/Retired
        Concerned Citizens Against Loud Motorcycles – Facebook, YouTube and WordPress

  • Larry R Deal

    So the Fayetteville PD did issue a few tickets to for excessivie noise. But how many were issued? And how many were issued to the operators of loud motorcycles?

    It seems the Fayetteville PD prefers to target only bikers they feel are excessive revving their motorcycles. How many of those tickets were for that? And how many, if any, were for riding or idling excessively loud motorcycles or for improper or no mufflers?

    “Several police citations were issued for excessive noise, and in some cases this led to an additional citation such as driving on a suspended license. That’s what happened to Kyle Rofkahr of Ozark who initially was cited on Saturday for engine revving at W. Dickson Street and N. Church Avenue.”

    See how paying attention to loud bikers and enforcing the motor vehicle exhaust noise and muffler laws provides good probable cause to stop and ticket them? It can often uncover more violations of the law as is this case with Biker Rofkahr who wasn’t even licensed to ride a motorcycle.

    Many bikers, especially loud bikers, have a strong penchant for ignoring and violating the motor vehicle code and all kinds of laws. And when they ride with loud pipes and blast away for all to hear, they are calling for attention and advertising their contempt for the law and are just asking to be held accountable for their lawlessness.

    Pay attention to them you law enforcers out there. Give them the attention they are asking for and do your duty to the public and activly enforce the noise and mufflers laws those loud bikers are so blatantly and defiantly violating right under your noses. And don’t be shy about it!

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