Each year there is a MDA Motorcycle Rally in Massachusetts that ends in Salem. Riders from all over New England participate, many in costume. This 2010 rally included the usual thundering, street vibrating gathering of motorcycles large and small and also featured a protest. Near the end of the ride, a group appeared with signs protesting the loud noise made by some bikes. Bikers maintain that loud pipes make sure oblivious car drivers know they share the same road, but protesters complain that the decibel levels of big bikes with straight pipes is loud enough to damage hearing. What works on the highways may not work on the streets of a small town.

For more information about the rally: http://www2.mda.org/site/TR?fr_id=24061&pg=entry