Malcolm Smith’s Protest

Legendary motorcyclist Malcolm Smith defies the CPSC Federal code signed into law in August 2008 by former President George W. Bush outlawing the sale of motorcycles and related products for use by kids (thank you Mike).

10 Responses to “Malcolm Smith’s Protest”

  1. 1 Bobfather Mar 29th, 2009 at 11:52 am

    I say thank God for Malcolm Smith and his courage to stand up for what’s right. I’ve always been a huge fan of his from the time I was old enough to twist a throttle. This is an example of why he has so many fans. This law is ridiculous and just another example of over legislation by a government that’s become so over bloated that it can’t even get out of it;’s own way anymore.
    If Malcolm goes to jail over this I’ll be the first one to chip in for his bail money.

  2. 2 Nicker Mar 29th, 2009 at 3:10 pm

    Go Get-em Malcolm….!!!!

    “… This law is ridiculous …”

    Hell, this entire Government is ridiculous!

    There needs to be a qualifying tests:
    – Before any elected representative can be seated they need to pass a test on the US Constitution.
    – Before any legislation can leave committee, it has to pass Constitutional muster.
    – Before a bill can be voted on, every legislator must demonstrate knowledge of every word in it.
    – Before any appropriation can be enacted, the budget office must demonstrate that an existing revenue stream (not an estimated future revenue stream).

    If Malcolm goes to jail he will need to be supported with MASSIVE DEMONSTRATION!
    Nothing like some good old civil disobedience to wake up Idiots.



  3. 3 Pepper Mar 29th, 2009 at 3:16 pm

    Another piece of absurd, ill thought through legislation. Brilliant.
    Let’s all support Malcolm, and get the word out.

  4. 4 THUG CUSTOM CYCLES Mar 29th, 2009 at 3:18 pm


  5. 5 jack deagazio Mar 29th, 2009 at 5:10 pm

    Count me in Bobfather, I will be the 2nd to chip in for bail money!!!!

  6. 6 Mike Kiwi Tomas, Kiwi Indian M/C Co Mar 29th, 2009 at 11:27 pm

    I attended Malcolm’s protest as I have always looked up to him for what he stands for. He is one of the true leaders and gentleman in the m/c biz. The more one learns about Malcolm the more one will respect a true icon.

  7. 7 Brenda Fox Mar 30th, 2009 at 12:20 pm

    Malcolm and I have talked about posers who go around promoting a contest they won or jabbering about how they’re a champion.

    Actions speak louder that words.
    No surprise he’s leading the protest and standing up to the government. Malcolm is a true life leader that extends far beyond his amazing accomplishments in motorcycles.

    I AM honored he’s in my inner circle.
    Love ya Malcolm!
    See ya Sunday if you’re not handcuffed

  8. 8 Kirk Perry Mar 30th, 2009 at 1:37 pm

    From M/C Product News (3/30/09)
    MIC Encourages Support Of Legislation To End Lead Ban

    The Motorcycle Industry Council and the Specialty Vehicle Institute of America have announced their support for two new bills that would overturn the lead ban that resulted from the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008, which effectively stopped the sale of off-highway motorcycles and ATVs designed for kids 12 and under.

    The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) does not appear likely to grant the Industry’s pending exclusion petitions, and as a result, the MIC has intensified efforts to get Congressional support for a legislative solution.

    On March 17, Senator John Tester introduced S.608 to amend the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 to exclude secondary sales, repair services and certain vehicles — including youth ATVs and motorcycles — from the ban on lead in children’s products, and for other purposes.

    On March 18, U.S. House Representatives, Rehberg, Burgess, Pomeroy and Simpson introduced H.R. 1587 to amend the lead prohibition provisions of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 to provide an exemption for certain off-highway vehicles and for other purposes.

    The MIC is working with the sponsors to provide necessary relief to the powersports industry. “It’s time to start letting kids ride safely again on vehicles designed for their use, and finally put an end to this untimely economic debacle,” said Paul Vitrano, general counsel, Motorcycle Industry Council and Specialty Vehicle Institute of America. “We’re very pleased to see that Congressional action is being taken to end the ban, and we’re working with the bill sponsors to ensure these bills would provide immediate and critical relief to the powersports industry.”

    Learn more about how you can help the cause by visiting

  9. 9 Jeff Nicklus Apr 1st, 2009 at 12:55 pm

    Exactly what Nicker said!

    Over & Out,


  10. 10 Kirk Perry Apr 6th, 2009 at 11:16 am

    From M/C Product News 4-6-09
    Industry Rallies Against Lead Ban
    But CPSC Staff Recommends Denial of Waiver for ATVs and Dirt Bikes

    Executives from the Motorcycle Industry Council and the Specialty Vehicle Institute of America, along with dealers from West Virginia and Maryland, participated in The CPSIA Rally April 1 in Washington, D.C., to press for changes to the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act. The powersports industry representatives also urged support for two new bills that would overturn the ban that resulted from the CPSIA, aka The Lead Ban, which halted sales of off-highway motorcycles and ATVs designed for kids 12 and under, on Feb. 10.

    “We were very encouraged after hearing the first five Congressional speakers,” said MIC President Tim Buche. “Senator Jim DeMint, Senator Bob Bennett, Representatives Michael Burgess, Joe Barton and Denny Rehberg all support excluding ATVs and motorcycles from the law.”

    However, despite the public and congressional support, the staff of the Consumer Product Safety Commission announced that they recommend denying a request to exempt all-terrain vehicles and dirt bikes because the vehicles can have higher-than-allowed levels of lead in the brake and clutch levers, the valve stems on tires, the battery and other parts.

    “As a result of the CPSC staff recommendation, we must intensify all efforts to get Congressional support for a regulatory or legislative fix,” Buche said. “One way is to strongly advocate two new bills that have been introduced, S. 608 and H.R. 1587.”

    The MIC is urging its members, dealers and enthusiasts to act and show their support for S. 608 and H.R. 1587 by contacting their members of Congress and appropriate committee members via

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