Abercrombie stamps out street legal “dirt bikes”

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From the Rock Island Riders’ MK200.com:

It is ironic that on May 26, two days before this year’s MK200 the Governor signed into law Senate Bill 1325 which disallows a new registration for “dirt bikes”. The bill was a part of the Governor’s package of bills submitted to the Legislature this past session.

A part of the new language in the law:

Except for motorcycles that are built on an aftermarket motorcycle frame, special interest vehicles, and reconstructed vehicles, any motor vehicle or device that is not certified by the manufacturer to be in compliance with all applicable Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards as of the date of manufacturer shall not be registered.

An aftermarket motorcycle frame is defined as:

“Aftermarket motorcycle frame” means a frame that is manufactured to replace the frame of a motorcycle that was certified by its manufacturer to be in compliance with all applicable Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards as of the date of manufacture, or the frame of a homemade motorcycle that was manufactured not for profit by a person who built the motorcycle as a hobby.

What this means is that if you wanted to make your KTM300 into a “chopper” you could do so by making your own frame; but who in their right mind would want to do that. There was no testimony on this bill at the Legislature except from the State Department of Transportation and the City and County of Honolulu who cited “public safety”. We don’t think that either of two agencies really thinks that your chopped KTM300 is safer in the frame you made yourself. It is doubtful that the motivation for this move came from either of those two anyway but from other entities who would like to “keep you on the reservation”.

In light of this, the RIR will probably change it’s policy of requiring street legal bikes next year. Stay tuned for future announcements.

Further reading:

Governor’s Message #1167: GM1167_

Testimony on SB1325: SB1325_SD1_TESTIMONY_TRN_03-21-11_

SB1325 history: SB1325-Measure History

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