Fast Motorcycle Industry News

1- Europe. Motorcycle Self-Customization Prohibited In 2017? Politicians love to look into and impose as many laws as possible. And when they lack inspiration they look abroad. So watch out for the most stupid project that the European Commission is looking into for 2017. One day it can be imported here in the US. The Commission wants all motorcycles over 125 cc to be equipped with an Onboard Diagnostic System. This electronic system will register any part you replace and when you do it your motorcycle will refuse to start. Only certified dealers will be able to access your Onboard Diagnostic System, meaning that self maintenance and your own installation of after-market parts would be impossible, except maybe accessories like mirrors, grips, windshields, etc. I think that European politicians underestimate the ability of European bikers to block traffic in their cities as long as necessary to make them change their mind.

2- Booming India Motorcycle Market. All big motorcycle manufacturers agree. The premium motorcycles market is developing very fast in India. So, BMW Group of Germany has decided to enter this market and has already chosen 3 dealers to import its models in the country. The motorcycles will be produced at the BMW Motorrad plant in Berlin and supplied to India as completely built up units. The BMW Group Automobiles is already established in India where it is successful with a local BMW automobile production and a sales network.

3- Massachusetts Motorcycle Owners. 12,000 of them have already been reimbursed insurance premiums due to overcharge by insurance companies. Refunds are part of a settlement reached earlier this year between the insurance companies and the Attorney General’s Office, which began an industry-wide investigation in 2008 after the owner of a Harley Davidson complained that his insurance company had over-valued his motorcycle by $8,000. It appears that the problem lies with outdated standards insurance companies use to value motorcycles. Could you have the same issue in your State? Why not ask your insurance company how and at what price they value your motorcycle. Just suggesting…

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12 Responses to “Fast Motorcycle Industry News”


  1. 1 Brett Oct 29th, 2010 at 8:27 am

    Politicians strategy. Trying to impose 100%, then negotiate, get 50% approved until the next round of oppression.

  2. 2 Kirk Perry Oct 29th, 2010 at 9:21 am

    Yes, it was scheduled for Europe 20 yrs. ago. King Karl Gustav of Sweden was in Kitzbuhel, Austria in a ski shack and told a small gathering of people that eventually it would be against the law in Europe to work on your own car, even changing your own oil.
    It will happen because there’s too many people with vehic’s in Europe, to allow any “wrenching” by moron mechanics.

  3. 3 Dave Blevins Oct 29th, 2010 at 11:01 am

    Never underestimate a government’s, (any government), ability and desire to impose as many ways to fine its citizens.
    They have plenty of time to hatch up new bad ideas thanks to not having a real job!

  4. 4 Jeff Nicklus Oct 29th, 2010 at 11:26 am

    Protests and strikes over the last two months in France against the government’s plan to raise the retirement age didn’t seem to have any affect what so ever. The French Government did as it pleased in the end anyway and the same will happen with this “Self-Customization” law in Europe. The only thing any Government truly understands is armed force …. but then again when they take away the people’s rights to own and possess firearms, then what does a Government really have to fear …. peasants with pitch forks? I think not!

    Over & Out,

    Jeff

  5. 5 Darin Maltsberger - Instructor @MTI Oct 29th, 2010 at 1:02 pm

    Having worked with ECU and CCU control systems in equipment other than motorcycles all through the last two decades, I believe it is safe for me to say that there are always ways around the security features of these control systems. I am not advocating, just stating a fact. We modify our machines because we choose to be individuals, color outside the lines and have a passion for doing things our own way. For the most part we are not malicious about this attitude or approach to life, but we do take it serious. Attempts at regulating our way of life only means we find new avenues to the same results.
    -Darin

  6. 6 Cheech Oct 29th, 2010 at 6:02 pm

    “Having worked with ECU and CCU control systems in equipment other than motorcycles all through the last two decades, I believe it is safe for me to say that there are always ways around the security features of these control systems. I am not advocating, just stating a fact. We modify our machines because we choose to be individuals, color outside the lines and have a passion for doing things our own way. For the most part we are not malicious about this attitude or approach to life, but we do take it serious. Attempts at regulating our way of life only means we find new avenues to the same results.-Darin”

    I agree with Darin. Government may dream these stupid ideas up, but there will always be people way smarter coming up with work arounds, and with technology where it is today, the work around might be in place before their restrictions have been installed on the bikes.

  7. 7 Woody Oct 29th, 2010 at 7:48 pm

    Agreed, I see a whole market for bikes with altered ID to be “inspection bikes” while the bike getting the road use uses the plates. All ya need is gas & well-timed spark. There isn’t a black box out there on a bike that I can’t rip out and replace with a crank position sensor and 20 year old technology if I have to, and there’s much brighter guys out there than I 🙂

  8. 8 Fluke Oct 31st, 2010 at 3:40 am

    Jeff Nicklus wrote “Protests and strikes over the last two months in France against the government’s plan to raise the retirement age didn’t seem to have any affect what so ever. The French Government did as it pleased in the end anyway and the same will happen with this “Self-Customization” law in Europe.”

    Well, just from an economics POV the retirement age will have to rise in France, in 10 or 20 years the tax burden to maintain the aging population will become unbearable for those working, my children included. That is the way of the future, like it or not.

    The Unions have held the French government over a barrel for years and the government has nearly always backed down for short term expediency. Train drivers retire at 50 will full benefits, while the non government workers have to work till 65 (actually 160 quarterly pension contributions) and get a fraction of the retirement benefits that the public sector enjoys.

    Besides, the european commission comes up with hundreds of bonkers ideas every year, the workable ones make it through and the stupid ones get trashed. Just bureaucrats chucking shit around to see what sticks and make themselves look like they are earning their salaries. They even tried to legislate that all imported bananas should be straight and of a uniform length many years ago.

    People do need to pay attention though, many years back a bill got through about asbestos in car and bike parts in France, Sellers of older vehicles had to prove that they had no asbestos on their vehicles before they were even allowed to sell it, that usually meant replacing the clutch, head and engine gaskets and all brake parts with new ones, even though the old ones were asbestos free when the car was made. Basically it went so far under the radar that it came into force without those supposed to implement it even aware it existed. It was some kind of rider on another bill. No one had chance to oppose it due to being unaware of it.

    It was luckily suspended as utterly unworkable, but shows how easily restrictive laws can get passed without opposition.

  9. 9 Chief Waldo Nov 1st, 2010 at 10:05 am

    The European Union has gone beyond that. They have also mandated ABS on motorcycles that CANNOT be switched off. Now, if any of you ride a dual sport, or street legal dirt bike, imagine NOT being able to lock your rear brake in the dirt.

  10. 10 Jeff Nicklus Nov 1st, 2010 at 10:44 am

    Fluke,

    I think you may have missed my point in my previous comments …. my point was not to question whether the retirement age in France should or should not be 65 …. my point was that Government will do what they damn well please no matter how extensive the demonstrations mayor may not be. For example just look in this country … our Government passed Obamacare when 70% of the people of this country said it was not wanted or needed. Of course that is about to change tomorrow ….. SO VOTE!

    We the People should not fear our Government rather the Government should be very afraid of we The People.

    Over & Out,

    Jeff

  11. 11 Wiz Nov 2nd, 2010 at 5:06 am

    On the topic of the greedy insurance companies ripping people off where do I start? The top three corporations in the country are all insurance companies. They have the highest profit to outlay ratio of anyone with for every $10.00 brought in they pay .25 in operations, payments, settlements, etc. That’s $9.75 pure profit. I talked to an insurance agent and he said it was even more profit than that! They are the only ones that have the Police force pushing thier product, “Drivers Licence and Insurance”. If you look at every individual they have multipule policys for their house, car, boat, motorcycle, health, dental, vision, prostate, etc. you name it! They determine who lives or dies when you go to the hospital. You very seldom use their so-called “Product” and if you do they try to figure out every way possible to weasel out of it or they outright cancel you. They can take away your livelyhood by not allowing you to drive, operate your buisness, own a home, buy a car, work, etc. They got all of us by the balls, and they know it. It’s dangerous to even write this because they have so much power. But somebody has got to say something about this monster that is running and ruining America! Wiz

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