In your story covering "The Ride," where "hundreds, if not more than a 1,000," "thunderous" motorcycles roar down PCH ("'Every year we cry,'" Sept. 12), you make it sound like these riders are somehow doing something noble and patriotic by disrupting the peace in our town. As a longtime resident of Newport Beach, I can tell you that nothing could be further from the truth.
Most of these motorcycles have been illegally modified for the sole purpose of making them unbelievably loud and noisy. These would-be "Easy Riders" love to gun their engines as they knowingly try to intimidate those of us in the vast majority who would much prefer peace and quiet. This is how we commemorate a solemn day in our nation's history? This is how we honor the victims of 9/11? I think not.
I implore our Newport Beach Police Department to do its job and to aggressively cite riders of illegally modified motorcycles. In addition, I feel very strongly the city should impound, confiscate and destroy the bikes of repeat offenders. We need to make it clear that the city of Newport Beach will not tolerate illegally modified, overly loud motorcycles on our streets, with or without American flags mounted, on 9/11 or any other day of the year.