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European legislature just cannot leave things alone. This is what they are proposing now. If passed, it means the end of what most of us enjoy doing; modifying our bikes to suit out individual taste.


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December 8 2011.[




A key vote by a European Parliament committee has set the scene for a battle royal over the toughest technical proposals yet to threaten European motorcyclists say the BMF.

On Monday the European Parliament's Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO) committee voted through stringent proposals for the regulation, approval and market surveillance of motorcycles, three wheelers and quadricycles.

The IMCO committee vote is an early stage of the legislative process and is in effect a recommendation to the European Parliament. If the European Parliament take the same view, it would mean that from 2014, measures to prevent power-train modifications* must be devised and applied by manufacturers and also that owners must present their motorcycles for inspection after carrying out 'substantial' modifications. It would also mean that as from 2016, tighter emission laws would apply and all machines would have to be fitted with ABS, not just those over 125cc as previously tabled.

The European Parliament final vote will be held in the New Year but on the positive side say the BMF, IMCO chairman Malcolm Harbour will conduct an impact assessment dealing with timelines, emission limits, ABS and anti-tampering measures, the outcome of which is expected to influence the European Parliament's final vote.

Speaking after the vote, Chris Hodder, the BMF's Government Relations Executive said: "Rather than protecting the right to enjoy their property, IMCO MEPs are recommending that it be curtailed. Some requirements such as those for durability and improved access to repair and maintenance information are good, but others that restrict the owners right to adapt and modify their own machines strike at the very core of motorcycling and are totally unnecessary."

The BMF is now stepping up its lobbying of UK Government and MEPs through its membership of FEMA, the Federation of European Motorcyclists' Associations.


*Note: Power-train modifications will mean manufacturers employing measures to prevent subsequent modifications by the user that may have adverse effects on safety or the environment. Additionally IMCO added a new article 18a which requires that users seek inspection and approval 'by the competent authorities' in case of substantial power-train modifications.


A detailed report on the IMCO vote will soon be available on the FEMA website: http://www.fema-online.eu
 

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Don't they have something else to do? Like balance some budgets?
 

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Just what in blue blazes brought all this up?

Something is amiss here, someone in the political realm got their toes stepped on by a biker and he is fighting back with an arrogant attitude of "I will show you".
 

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AZgl1500 wrote:
Just what in blue blazes brought all this up?
Well, let's see.............whole EU is circling the financial drain...........the politicians need SOMETHING to keep their collective minds off the important stuff. Not that different on THIS side of the pond!

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I can see this NEVER happening for ONE very large and important reason!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ The bike manufacturers will simply stop making bikes for that part of the world. Imagine the economic impact THAT would bring. They think they have money problems NOW, just wait. They may do an "X" number of billions of dollars there BUT if they have to come up with these types of things JUST to sell there they may well pull the plug. Two pennies.
 

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If they do try to meet these new outrageous standards... do you REALLY think the bike manufacturers are gpoing to make "special" bike solely for the European market. More than likely at least some of those changes would migrate over her too.
 

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For the record, I'm not for this, but I can shed a little light on the situ. I lived in Germany 6 years, am married to a German, and go back every few years for a visit, so understand a bit how things work over there. In Germany (can't speak for the other Euro countries) all cars must be inspected routinely at the "TUV" - gov't inspection facilities. Their standards are very high, and deficiencies must be corrected. A lot of older vehicles are taken off the road due to corrosion/rust out. Aftermarket parts must be "TUV" approved/certified. I assume the process costs a bit, likely why there are companies ("tuners") that specialize in hopping up vehicles. The good thing about this is that modifications are a proven and safe thing, but it sure screws the do-it-your-selfers. From what I could see, very few true hot rodders in Europe... at least in the American sense. ...and obviously if that legislation passes it'll further tighten things up.



Edit - should add, I've come to believe insurance companies and governments hate motorcycles/motorcyclists, and will eventually try to legislate us away based on safety concerns, etc. I think it's just a matter of time before we see similar legislation here. If this BS continues, before you know it only a "certified" technician will be allowed to perform maintenance on your vehicle (or your insurance will be void?). Hopefully I'm just paranoid about this.
 

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Old Fogey wrote:


*Note: Power-train modifications will mean manufacturers employing measures to prevent subsequent modifications by the user that may have adverse effects on safety or the environment.

There is your answer! The safety issue is just a ruse.The environmentalists own liberal politicians.
 

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Looks like politicians are the same wherever you go.
yep yep yep :?
 

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Here in the United States of America we have the best politicians and laws money can buy and they have been bought.

The same with most testing stations around the world. A quid, fiver, sawbuck, yen, kugerand, crown, ruble, or what ever currency can make eyes turn from a minor thing like 2 four barrel carbs in place of a 2 barrel. Not that I would encourage cheating or bribing but keep your ears open and you just might find a more lenient test station.
 

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Anyone who votes for an incumbant deserves what they get.
 

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Sooo, what does all of that mean in practical terms. Engines and transmissions that are sealed at the factory? Throwaway engines that can't be repaired and have to be replaced?
 

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One of the problems with the lawmakers theses days. They are voted into office to make laws, any useful and practical laws have long ago been made. They use their imagination to come up with things to pass laws about so they can look busy.
 

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Sooo, what does all of that mean in practical terms. Engines and transmissions that are sealed at the factory? Throwaway engines that can't be repaired and have to be replaced?
I think what this means is that lobbyists for the insurers/underwriters successfully convinced big government that motorcyclists modifying their motorcyclists posed a safety hazard to the general public. Once passed, it likely means that any deviation from OEM; i.e.manufacturer specified,won't be permitted. Sidecar and trike conversions likely won't be permitted unless certified by a government agency. If involved in an accident, and found to be running non-standard equipment, which could (in their opinion) compromise safety, they would likely use this as justification to avoid paying out a claim... and possibly even hold the owner responsible (i.e. open ones own self open to lawsuits).



This again is my own paranoid opinion, but seems to be what is happening. I prefer keeping politics out of things, but this is what happens when the lawyers are influencing things. A precedent setting law like this that's passed in Europe could be duplicatedhere in Canada... they wouldrationalizethat the homework has already been done,and that we have the same problem which needs addressinghere too. This would kill the HD chopper industry in one fell swoop! Imagine all the modded motorcycles which could become instantlyuninsurable. Reality check tho - who is going to inspect 'em?
 

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I guess they are going to try legislate motorcycles out of existence over there.
Don't see THAT happening..........just Paris alone has millions! Makes us look like a bunch of amateurs.

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..........just Paris alone has millions!.


You ever been to Rome? Scooters and bikes of all types, probably more bikes than people. :shock:
 
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