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I just returned from the VTwin industry show. Much discussion was conducted about the new proposed EPA regulations regarding manufacture of motorcycles and modification to the same.

 

Many myths are floating around about how it just won't happen or that it won't be enforced or many just don't understand what it's all about.

 

I believe these changes have the potential to be 'devastating' to the motorcycle industry as we know it from the perspective of the V-Twin market and aftermarket business and manufactures.

 

Our government is at work again with a 'better' idea and proposes these regulations which, as I state, are very significant to this industry.

 

Of special note is that the MIC (Motorcycle Industry Council) which Harley Davidson and other major manufactures are members of, are trying to do all possible to 'limit' aftermarket manufacture of complete motorcycles and modifications which in there 'infinite wisdom' hurt their market. I personally think it 'makes' their market.

 

Anyhow, they are on the MIC group basically 'against' the MRF (Motorcycle Riders Foundatin) which includes all the other small manufacturers. EPA Emissions Standards for Street Motorcycles

 

The industry and it's customers (us) needs to put all the pressure we can on the EPA to 'limit' the regulations the EPA is proposing. We need to protect our interest now by becoming part of the 'active' voice to help guide the EPA.

 

I feel this is really an important issue which is currently catching most persons in a 'daze' as to what is about to happen.

 

I am including a link which may help us become 'informed' as to what is transpiring.

 

Thanks.......

 

EPA Emissions Standards for Street Motorcycles

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I posted this before but due I thought it worthy of adding it to this post:

 

 

 

The Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF) has created a web based, online version of the survey about the impact that the new EPA emissions rule will have on the custom motorcycle industry and individual riders.

 

The new rule aims to enforce the Clean Air Act by reducing the number of exempt custom motorcycles that small shops can build and individual riders can own. The rule also drastically reduces tail pipe emissions for all motorcycles effectively making carburetors a thing of the past and electronic fuel injection and catalytic converters a mainstay.

 

The survey originally ran as part of an article in the February edition of American Iron magazine. The survey was an idea that came out of the Motorcycle Riders Foundation government relations department and the good folks at American Iron liked the idea so much they ran it as a full page. The principle behind the survey was to obtain feedback from custom shops and their customers to determine real numbers of how many shops and bikes are going to be affected by the EPA rule.

 

Rather than ask shops and motorcycle enthusiasts to send information to the EPA, Congress or any other government organizations, The Motorcycle Riders Foundation agreed to act as the clearing house of the valuable information. The MRF gives full assurance that the information will only be used to help motorcyclists fight the EPA and not for anything else. In fact the survey guarantees absolute anonymity of all who take the time to fill it out.

 

The survey results began coming in via fax and US mail and the overwhelming volume of results prompted the MRF to develop an online version. The more surveys the MRF receives, will strengthen the case that this new rule should not stand or get stricter.

 

Please take the time to fill out the online survey today and help the MRF in Washington, DC fight the EPA on your behalf.

 

In addition to the questionnaire, if you would like to join the MRF when the meet with EPA or the Small Business Administration on this important issue please contact the MRF in the Washington DC office at 202-546-0983 or by email at dad@mrf.org.

 

The EPA survey can be found at:

 

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.asp?u=98991669717

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ride safe and ride free,

 

Vagabond

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Thanks Vagabondjpm, very simple to complete, took three minutes. Must scroll through to get to individual section. This thing is real, and it is coming. It's important we provide feedback, or pay the consequences. From my understanding, it covers bikes all the way back to 1979.

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My understanding is it is not proposed but in effect now. I have read all the American Iron articles, which is a great mag btw. It always has been "illegal" to modify engines. Just as it has been to remove/tamper with emmission control devices as your catylitic (sp?) on your car, so has it been to change the exhaust on your bike. Hence all these aftermarket items are marked "for off-road use only". Everyone of us, and every damn HD on the road today could be fined. What the new rules are is a nightmare. Technically, every aftermarket supplier, shop, individual, is breaking the law. The new rules go beyond exhaust, ignition, carb changes to say the drive train is epa certified and can be changed. Literal interpretation is to change size of rear tire, switch from belt to chain, install a k&n air filter element etc, is breaking the new law. Everyone has been asleep at the wheel. I guess because everyone blew off the rules for the last 20 years or so, no one thinks about it. My IMC baffle inserts for my pipes clearly was marked "off road". Assholes with straight pipes aggrevate the situation by drawing attention. When you blow by someone, what do you think they might be saying? yup, "there ought to be a law!" Well, there is. It has been a don't ask, don't tell situation up to know, but it could get real ugly. For states that require inspections, you are going to be f'd.

 

What these surveys are for is to try to get a "pay to play" option available. Kinda like paying your fine up front. I don't see that ever happening. The west coast nut cases and the n. east assholes won't back off a regulation if it was making thier own mothers homeless.

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The idiots at MIC obviously have not looked at the automotive industry,which has embraced the automotive aftermarket,because it supplies the industry with possible/viable cash in hand consumers.

Annually,almost all auto manufacturers,have aftermarket companies/tuner houses modify their products,and display them at shows like SEMA,etc. Because they know the end user will purchase their product to perform said mods. Everyone wins.

What a bunch of :fucktard:'s

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The H-D aftermarket in no small part put billions of dollars in Harley's dealer pockets, but not their own. Have a look at the 'accessory' guide H-D had in 90/91 - nothing there worth noticing except a bunch of "live to ride" garbage. It wasn't until the aftermarket made billions supplying H-D customers with stuff they wanted that H-D even took notice. They tried to take the pie through marketing "Genuine" products, voiding warranties and offering every chrome piece of crap under the sun in one catalogue. Still, the aftermarket <as Harley sees it> takes money from their table.

 

This - this is their revenge. Like attaching a helmet law bill to a kiddie-porn bill so it can get passed, H-D, S&S and the rest of the MICs (read: those who have the money) are joining forces with the EPA to fuck the small guys. Willie G is jumping up and down nodding in agreement with the idea that if you can't change an exhaust, you must not be able to change your brand and size of tires either.

 

I don't want to kick sand in your face but for a country that bills itself as the land of the free, you need to open your eyes are realize how free you aren't.

 

The only way this will be fought and won is with money. It will take lots of money, because money buys influence, and influence is power. Harley, as the lone US motorcycle manufacturer of serious significance (read making massive piles of cash) has the attention of the EPA because not only are they waving money around (if you want to sell, you need to be EPA approved, and that approval costs money, money that goes to the EPA) and making proposals that will not only put more money into the pockets of the EPA, but will cripple all but the strongest in the aftermarket industry.

 

S&S thinks they're large enough to play the game, but by the time Harley is done dragging them back and forth through every kind of court hell they can imagine over the TwinCam fiasco, S&S is going to be finished if they're not very, very careful. Have no doubt, Harley would like nothing more than to see S&S i)close it's doors or ii)be reduced to little more than an engineering house that helps Harley with Barkin' Chicken products.

 

Man, if you think H-D's so-called hotrod products suck hind-tit now, wait til there's no competition from the aftermarket.

 

No offense, but I think you're already fucked...so to speak.

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Right on

 

To sell something, it has to be EPA certified, which will costs many,many thousands of dollars.

HD will get thier screamin chicken pipes and doo-dads certified. Who else can do that?

We are talking "drive trains" certified.

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No offense, but I think you're already fucked...so to speak.

 

 

As far as a 'free country', look what other 'minority' groups get accomplished in this country by 'fighting' for thier beliefs.

 

You may very well be correct, but our only option is to FIGHT!

 

Keep coming with the informative comments and links, this is what we need to do.

Post and send to others 'you' may have contact with to help build a 'ground swell' of support/opposition.

 

Some of this is already 'law', some still has a review period which allows modifications. I don't know the exact details and I'm not sure many others understand either. At any rate, either way, we can make an impact.

 

It's encouraging to see the concern. Please, keep contributing and spread the word.

 

 

One interesting comment I read was that there was NO study to determine just how much the environemental impact is now due to motorcycles modified or built without EPA certs. That has to be a small number compared to other 'contaminating' machines/equipment. I think all the 'officials' understand is that motorcycles modified pollute and that it MUST BE STOPPED! Well just how much is going to be gained by all this 'economical' and 'governmental' costs? I've seen no figures on this, and I know the government does NOTHING using 'economical' justification. If it 'sounds' good they have no problem spending our money!

 

 

 

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It sounds good and they thing the group they are hitting is a small group and unliked by the larger group. Assholes that ride on public roads like they are private tracks, racing and stunt riding, help lawmakers feel they can pass these laws and look better in the eyes of the public.

 

Who cares if they piss off a small group of bikers if they can get more votes.

 

Is the public informed enough to know that this will not make a statistical significant change? Of course not, but it SOUNDS good. Now if they were to go after cars and factories ... well that WOULD make a difference but then, since it would effect so many people, there would be an uproar.

 

It's all about politics and feeling good, not about the environment.

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OH YEAH! This is so good for HD, can you say monopoly?

The rules are past ridicules. No 6 speed if it didn't have one at the factory, no changing of tire sizes or pulley combos. All this time I thought those could help lower emissions by lowering crusing RPM's, silly me. By the proposed laws we would all have to put those wonderful carb restrictors & stock jetting back in, take out our efficency improving cams, oh & no single fire ignitions. Other than cosmetic no changes period. If we don't change back to "stock" we no longer have an "Indian", its now a "special construction" & the only one you can own in your lifetime plus no other changes can be made to it. It can't be sold for 5 years after purchase even by your estate if you should die. No "Grand fathering".

This may be a bitch to inforce without smog testing & annual inspection stickers except possibly when you sell it. Then again if your state has to start preforming inspections they would have a good excuse to raise your license fees.

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American Iron Magazine?

I like to buy it for laughs--to me it's just kind of a mouthpiece for Hardley.

It does have some pretty good info in it if you dig.

BUT!!

Did anyone read the little article in the Feb. '06 issue?

Dave Dwer in his How it Works section has a 2 page plea for EPA to listen to the riders.

 

 

Good old Dave states--and this is a verbatum quote from the article.

 

"And though we do not believe the MIC is doing this to put the other engine companies and small engine shops out of business, we do believe this will be the end result."

 

When you read it and think about it for a minute--good old Dave is pretty much trying to cover his ass there.

 

Why the fuck does he think they're doing it!?!?!?!?

 

He's damn sure not going to write anything that's going to piss off Harley.

But he still wants the masses to think he's one of us and on our side.

 

Good old Dave is one of those boys that just pisses me right off--he needs to grow a set of balls!!!

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As far as a 'free country', look what other 'minority' groups get accomplished in this country by 'fighting' for thier beliefs.

 

You may very well be correct, but our only option is to FIGHT!

Motorcycle riders might be a minority one sense, but not in a manner that elicits warm-fuzzy feelings from the pinko-left liberals. You're not gay, 'differently abled', black, yellow, red or any of the other causes they seem to find requires their attention.

 

The idiots that LR mentioned along with those that find their drag-pipes rattling the neighbour's windows an amusement have turned us from a a minority to a target. However - the EPA isn't coming after the aftermarket because of things like that. You can bet MIC is the 100% impetus here, controlling the direction with absolute precision. Anyone who thinks this is about anything other than business has their head in their ass. If they want to do something about the environment, how about going after diesel trucks? Diesel-electric trains? We already know that ozone and diesel exhaust create smog (I used to manufacture ozone generators) - if it was really about cleaner air, that's who they'd be going after.

 

Does MIC have a website I wonder?

 

They do - www.mic.org

 

Interesting to note that Harley isn't on the American V-Twin committee

 

In fact, Harley isn't even listed in the membership directory - very interesting.

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First, no letters, no emails, no phone calls = no opinion.

 

The silence is deafening.

 

There is no helmet law in my state because whenever the dogooders get sucked into insurance companyspeak, riders remind legislators that they too have a voice.

 

You have a voice and it does count. You can roll over or you can be heard. Nobody is holding a gun to anybody's head to be silent or to speak up. Some things you just do or you don't.

 

This is not environmental or monopoly politics, this is about freedom of choice and the right to move about this country without the unnecessary encumbrances of a government that has run amok. Of the countless miseries that can be bettered by the attention of lawmakerss, somehow this gets legs. It only has those legs because not enough people are knocking it on it's legislative ass.

 

The silver lining is, S&S and V&H and J&P and all the other letters are bit players in comparison to HD, but there are hundreds of them, one for every weasel lawyer that Milwaukee can flood K Street with. Sooner or later, the cost will become evident. In time, even without the voices of all of those of us who are waiting for someone else to carry their water, the pendulum will swing back towards reason.

 

Coming on 40 years I been fiddling around with these things. First twenty it was a case of diminishing regulation. Couldn't take a chop outta the shed without getting rousted in the sixties, sucked for yer wallet when you got stopped in the seventies, sucked quite a bit less in the eighties followed by a nonsucking 90's, and without issue up until recently. Looks like the lid is going to be clamped on the party. If it ain't stopped now, I doubt I'll be here by the time it comes around again, IF it comes around again.

 

Somebody smarter than Pop said "If motorcycles were invented today, no way they would let them on the road." HD plans to survive that sentiment. They don't care who gets drowned in the wake.

 

You can point fingers at hellraisers and drag pipers if that gets you through. It ain't the raw edge that is doing us dirty. They just the easy mark, the dodge. While some of the motorcycle riders blame the black hats, the big dogs are gutting my way of life. There is an us and them, and it's not 1%ers or rocketeers on the other side of the fence. The old divide and conquer. Next it's Gold Wing riders going up against V twin riders because we're too loud, or dump too much hydrocarbons or our bikes aren't safety yellow enough. I'm standing with any and all that have this in they blood. Some guy wakes my grandkids up laying on the go button at 6AM is between me and him. I will defend to the last his right to ride as he sees fit, and if it's a punitive correction Bubba drag pipes needs to finetune his citizenship skills, he can get a fine civics lesson from my size 12, without a revenuer sniffing up our tailpipes.

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It's Bubba Drag Pipes that gives Citizen Q something to wank about. It's Bubba Drag Pipes that gives the gubmint an easy cloak to wrap up nice, new save-you-from-yourself legislation in. I agree we should be able to take care of folks like Bubba without involving the police, the judges and the lawyers, but far too many folks want someone else (as a wise man once said) to carry their water for them.

 

Edit - it's also Bubba that H-D uses as their own poster child for new legislation. Somewhere around here I have a letter that went from H-D Corp to H-D dealers regarding riders with loud pipes. The gist of the letter was "if it says Screamin' Eagle on their mufflers, they're for off-road use only (I do a lot of off-roading on my decker). If it says Harley, they meet the noise standards (witness the sudden change in the mid-90s to Screamin' Eagle mufflers that used to say Harley-Davidson). If they're not H-D logo'd mufflers, fuck 'em, they deserve a ticket."

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Bikers baaaaaaaaad. Legislation goooooooooooood. What the Fuck!!!!!

 

Just to put this in proper perspective. Lets take ALL the detail you guys have posted with all its controversy and stack it up against what is probably at the time I write this one of THE biggest issues we face in this country and I dare say the world today - the availabilty and price of oil.

 

MOTORCYCLES HELP WITH THAT - DON'T FUCK IT UP!!!!! (including overall emmissions output - if you are burning less gas you are putting out less emmissions simple as that) On my Indian I know I do not get as well as LOTS of you but fully dressed 2 up - 33mpg. My Ford F150? 13-15 Or, lets go Jap - my 1997 Suzuki Bandit - 44mpg. I bought this 1997 4cyl great "carburated" bike - to deal with the price of gas and commute on - for $2600 last year - it has way already paid for itself. And it has been lots of fun to boot.

 

As they fuck with performance and the romance of sound and rumble - they will drive the market away.

 

I propose a "boycott Harley Day" to send a message (although every day of my life has been boycott Harley day since 2002). The market I have seen is going two places - Jap and build your own custom. The Japs are smart - they are already here and are using this time to tweak the "look" - I am starting to notice. Polaris, Honda, Yamaha, Kawasaki. Already on the way. Harley is signing its own death warrant if it persists - why would I want a Harley that sputters and coughs as they figure out how to do it when I can buy a 6 or maybe by then 8 cylinder Valkyrie that has it smoothed out and has improved its looks over time.

 

If the American company can't wake up and smell the burnt oil dripping on the pipes - get fucked - I'm going Goldwing and doing laps around Milwaukee.

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:Funny-Post::ghostface: ...the sky is not falling,chicken little.Katrina and oil field shutdowns not withstanding,there is still no shortage of oil.The larger issue you overlook is related to global warming and it's consequences

Bikers baaaaaaaaad. Legislation goooooooooooood. What the Fuck!!!!!

 

Just to put this in proper perspective. Lets take ALL the detail you guys have posted with all its controversy and stack it up against what is probably at the time I write this one of THE biggest issues we face in this country and I dare say the world today - the availabilty and price of oil.

 

MOTORCYCLES HELP WITH THAT - DON'T FUCK IT UP!!!!! (including overall emmissions output - if you are burning less gas you are putting out less emmissions simple as that) On my Indian I know I do not get as well as LOTS of you but fully dressed 2 up - 33mpg. My Ford F150? 13-15 Or, lets go Jap - my 1997 Suzuki Bandit - 44mpg. I bought this 1997 4cyl great "carburated" bike - to deal with the price of gas and commute on - for $2600 last year - it has way already paid for itself. And it has been lots of fun to boot.

 

As they fuck with performance and the romance of sound and rumble - they will drive the market away.

 

I propose a "boycott Harley Day" to send a message (although every day of my life has been boycott Harley day since 2002). The market I have seen is going two places - Jap and build your own custom. The Japs are smart - they are already here and are using this time to tweak the "look" - I am starting to notice. Polaris, Honda, Yamaha, Kawasaki. Already on the way. Harley is signing its own death warrant if it persists - why would I want a Harley that sputters and coughs as they figure out how to do it when I can buy a 6 or maybe by then 8 cylinder Valkyrie that has it smoothed out and has improved its looks over time.

 

If the American company can't wake up and smell the burnt oil dripping on the pipes - get fucked - I'm going Goldwing and doing laps around Milwaukee.

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:Funny-Post::ghostface: ...the sky is not falling,chicken little.Katrina and oil field shutdowns not withstanding,there is still no shortage of oil.The larger issue you overlook is related to global warming and it's consequences

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There is no shortage of oil/energy in the world, and certainly not in the United States, and mankind is not causing the world to warm, or cool, or whatever. There has never been a minute, in the history of the world, when the climate wasn't changing in one way or the other. We have a variable energy source (the sun), and a variable distance from that energy source (our orbit), and we have an enormous system that is constantly seeking and reaching equilibrium, whether it's the number of animals/plants, or the temperature. It's miraculous, and it's physics, and we are but fleas on a camel.

There is also no shortage of people in our government, and in the United Nations, who get sexually aroused at the thought of taking away your money and/or your freedom, and that is the underlying force behind these regulations and taxes. They don't want you to have a private vehicle, period, and they'll come up with ideas to separate you from yours with every breath they take, until you make them afraid to do so, by threatening their jobs and their lifestyles.

How many vocal minorities in our society have scared politicians and bureaucrats into backing-off?

Trying to reason with these people is a waste of time. They are criminals, and they are religious fanatics, and they don't care what makes you happy, or what makes sense.

Therefore, if the American motorcycling community wants to survive, we must start flexing our economic and political muscle, and we must approach the enemy with a take-no-prisoners attitude. We must demonstrate, boycott, fund raise, expose, embarrass and vote until they are no longer in a position to attack us. If we don't, like any other population we will be reduced to the point we are no longer viable as a community, and that will be the end of it. Once we lose our manufacturing, service and dealer networks, resurrecting it will be impossible. If you want to tell your grandkids about motorcycling by taking them to the movies, or to the museum, instead of taking them for a ride, do nothing. If you value our heritage and our lifestyle, act like it.

 

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There is no shortage of oil/energy in the world, and certainly not in the United States, and mankind is not causing the world to warm, or cool, or whatever. There has never been a minute, in the history of the world, when the climate wasn't changing in one way or the other. We have a variable energy source (the sun), and a variable distance from that energy source (our orbit), and we have an enormous system that is constantly seeking and reaching equilibrium, whether it's the number of animals/plants, or the temperature. It's miraculous, and it's physics, and we are but fleas on a camel.

There is also no shortage of people in our government, and in the United Nations, who get sexually aroused at the thought of taking away your money and/or your freedom, and that is the underlying force behind these regulations and taxes. They don't want you to have a private vehicle, period, and they'll come up with ideas to separate you from yours with every breath they take, until you make them afraid to do so, by threatening their jobs and their lifestyles.

How many vocal minorities in our society have scared politicians and bureaucrats into backing-off?

Trying to reason with these people is a waste of time. They are criminals, and they are religious fanatics, and they don't care what makes you happy, or what makes sense.

Therefore, if the American motorcycling community wants to survive, we must start flexing our economic and political muscle, and we must approach the enemy with a take-no-prisoners attitude. We must demonstrate, boycott, fund raise, expose, embarrass and vote until they are no longer in a position to attack us. If we don't, like any other population we will be reduced to the point we are no longer viable as a community, and that will be the end of it. Once we lose our manufacturing, service and dealer networks, resurrecting it will be impossible. If you want to tell your grandkids about motorcycling by taking them to the movies, or to the museum, instead of taking them for a ride, do nothing. If you value our heritage and our lifestyle, act like it.

 

Eric

Wow ! What a great way of putting into words how sensible people think.

The problem is normal natural things don't scare people enough to have them give up their rights. Most lemmings easily are lead into the belief it's their fault for climate change, and for atonement they want to be penalized. It's a form of religion for those that believe in nothing.

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California Motorcycle Smog Test Abandoned

Courtesy of AMA Wednesday, June 03, 2009 Thanks to the efforts of thousands of AMA members and other concerned motorcyclists, the sponsor of a proposed California law to require motorcycles to undergo periodic exhaust emissions testing has backed away from the idea, the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) reports.

 

The measure -- Senate Bill 435 introduced this year by state Sen. Fran Pavley (D-Santa Monica) -- would have required all model year 2000-and-newer on-road motorcycles with engine displacements of more than 280cc to be tested every two years. The motorcycles would have been included in the state Department of Consumer Affairs "smog check" program, which involves testing for unacceptable levels of pollutants in emissions.

 

"This is an initial victory for California motorcyclists, but we can't let our guard down just yet," said Nick Haris, AMA western states representative. "Senators deserve credit for recognizing how this proposal would have created an added burden for motorcyclists, motorcycle businesses, and the cash-starved state bureaucracy, and they reworked the measure to limit its scope to focus on catalytic converters.

 

Haris added that, in addition to AMA members, ABATE of California and the California Motorcycle Dealers Association put a lot of effort into changing the proposal.

 

In addition, at least one senator argued the legislation was expensive, unfair to those who ride motorcycles for recreation, and was ostensibly nothing more than another tax. Political insiders saw the proposal as just a creative way for the cash-strapped state to find more money.

 

"California's motorcyclists are willing to do their fair share to keep our skies clear, but this bill asked motorcyclists -- whose two wheels are far less of a resource drain than four-wheelers -- to shoulder an extra burden," said Haris. "The California Legislature has already raided $90 million of user-generated fees from the state's OHV fund. Some legislators saw this as an opportunity to create yet another motorcyclist-funded program with no thought as to the burden it placed on the backs of motorcyclists."

 

California's motorcycle engine emission standards are already the strictest in the nation and, because of their relatively low yearly mileage totals when compared to other vehicles, the state's motorcycles have the lowest emissions of any motor vehicle category in California.

 

More than 3,000 motorcyclists used the AMA Action Alert section at AmericanMotorcyclist.com to let Sen. Pavley know that they opposed the legislation. They also expressed their concern that the bill could require motorcyclists to always have a stock exhaust system, whereas automobile owners are allowed to install aftermarket systems, which can be less costly.

 

The emissions testing provision was dropped out of the bill and it cleared the Senate on June 1.

All motorcyclists are urged to stay abreast of the issue by checking the Rights section of the AMA website at AmericanMotorcyclist.com

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California Motorcycle Smog Test Abandoned

Courtesy of AMA Wednesday, June 03, 2009 Thanks to the efforts of thousands of AMA members and other concerned motorcyclists, the sponsor of a proposed California law to require motorcycles to undergo periodic exhaust emissions testing has backed away from the idea, the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) reports.

 

The measure -- Senate Bill 435 introduced this year by state Sen. Fran Pavley (D-Santa Monica) -- would have required all model year 2000-and-newer on-road motorcycles with engine displacements of more than 280cc to be tested every two years. The motorcycles would have been included in the state Department of Consumer Affairs "smog check" program, which involves testing for unacceptable levels of pollutants in emissions.

 

"This is an initial victory for California motorcyclists, but we can't let our guard down just yet," said Nick Haris, AMA western states representative. "Senators deserve credit for recognizing how this proposal would have created an added burden for motorcyclists, motorcycle businesses, and the cash-starved state bureaucracy, and they reworked the measure to limit its scope to focus on catalytic converters.

 

Haris added that, in addition to AMA members, ABATE of California and the California Motorcycle Dealers Association put a lot of effort into changing the proposal.

 

In addition, at least one senator argued the legislation was expensive, unfair to those who ride motorcycles for recreation, and was ostensibly nothing more than another tax. Political insiders saw the proposal as just a creative way for the cash-strapped state to find more money.

 

"California's motorcyclists are willing to do their fair share to keep our skies clear, but this bill asked motorcyclists -- whose two wheels are far less of a resource drain than four-wheelers -- to shoulder an extra burden," said Haris. "The California Legislature has already raided $90 million of user-generated fees from the state's OHV fund. Some legislators saw this as an opportunity to create yet another motorcyclist-funded program with no thought as to the burden it placed on the backs of motorcyclists."

 

California's motorcycle engine emission standards are already the strictest in the nation and, because of their relatively low yearly mileage totals when compared to other vehicles, the state's motorcycles have the lowest emissions of any motor vehicle category in California.

 

More than 3,000 motorcyclists used the AMA Action Alert section at AmericanMotorcyclist.com to let Sen. Pavley know that they opposed the legislation. They also expressed their concern that the bill could require motorcyclists to always have a stock exhaust system, whereas automobile owners are allowed to install aftermarket systems, which can be less costly.

 

The emissions testing provision was dropped out of the bill and it cleared the Senate on June 1.

All motorcyclists are urged to stay abreast of the issue by checking the Rights section of the AMA website at AmericanMotorcyclist.com

Thanks to all that helped defeat this measure. We must remain vigilant and ever watchful for them to try another means of sticking it to the motorcyclists.

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I'm exempt.

 

My 2001 Scout was a 49 state bike so no tests for me.

 

Until ObamaNation decides I can't title it in CA anymore -

 

Then I'll simply be sporting Wisconsin plates....

 

thanx, D

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I'm exempt.

 

My 2001 Scout was a 49 state bike so no tests for me.

 

Until ObamaNation decides I can't title it in CA anymore -

 

Then I'll simply be sporting Wisconsin plates....

 

thanx, D

 

that's why I will rock the Minnesocold plates....as long as I can...

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