05/04/2005: Not a Harley Heaven….
…At least in St. Charles, Illinois according to this story from Tom Schueter (Kane County Chronicle) Residents sound off on Harley noise.
”….Residents attended a public hearing Monday in order to give their opinions about the proposed Zylstra Harley-Davidson Center, a shopping center proposed for 37 acres on the west side of Randall Road north of Oak Street, that would include a Harley-Davidson dealership.
Most of those who spoke are concerned about the potential for noise.
John Schmidt, who lives west of the proposed dealership, said the noise of a Harley can be heard "2 to 3 miles away."
"These straight-pipe Harley-Davidsons shake my house," Schmidt said.
The Planning and Development Committee will take up the Zylstra proposal at its Monday meeting. The plan commission voted to give the project a negative recommendation at its April 5 meeting.
The image of the Harley and its riders also took a beating from the residents.
"It's not something that goes along with the image of St. Charles. When you say St. Charles, you have that allure that anyone else in Kane County would love to have," said resident Brandon Jones...."
Reminds me of a family trip to see Mt. Rushmore in the Black Hill and the Crazy Horse Monument – It was during the annual Sturgis Harley Rally -- with every biker from as many of the 48 continguous States in attendance roaming the beautiful hills and canyons.
But it was the “Biker Babes” that caught the attention of my daughters (who were approx 8, 6 and 4 years old) at the time.
Their eyes took on the size of dinner plates looking at the Harley Women, scantily clad in the merest strips of black leather, sporting assorted tattoos and piercings, streaming past perched on the belly of the Harley Hogs. Coming from the “White bread” area of River Forest, IL, this was a concept of “womanhood” they had never seen before (or after). LOL
Though I tend to agree with Gary, who refers to motor cyclists as "Future Organ Donors." Not the safest mode 'o' transport. Kool to see...but not for me.
Karen on 05.04.05 @ 05:31 AM CST