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No more custom bikes?

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From the Hamb.

California has passed a law/legislation that WILL almost completely eliminate custom bike building and essentially destroy the kit bike industry. We will give you a brief overview of the short of it.

For the direct link click here and scroll down to Final Rule for Cleaner Highway Motorcycles (published January 15, 2004).

1) As of Jan. 1st 2006 Californians will only be allowed to build ONE custom motorcycle in their lifetime that is not E.P.A./D.O.T. certified.

2) If you have a "custom built motorcycle" titled/registered before Dec. 31st 2005 it will be grandfathered and will not count against you as your 1 in your lifetime.

3) If you sell, wreck, or lose your custom built bike (grandfathered or your one in a lifetime) due to accident, theft or anything.TOO BAD! NO REPLACEMENT!

4) Custom Shops, Professional Bike Builders, legitimate builders can build 24 bikes a's the can't ride them anywhere except from your home to a legitimate "show" and straight back home. If you get caught "cruising" on your CM stamped bike, it is gone!!!

5) Any bike that is not a Manufactured Vehicle, 100% D.O.T. compliant with title, will not be available except for the 1 in your lifetime.but there is a catch.

6) Within 5 years all motors must be fuel injected, E.P.A. compliant, no exhaust will be allowed that are not E.P.A. approved and NO MODIFYING PARTS to carburetion, air cleaners, custom exhaust will be allowed to be used if it alters the exhaust or emissions of a manufactured vehicle or on "custom built bikes".

7) If you build an Non-E.P.A./D.O.T. compliant bike and then you die, your estate cannot even sell your bike for .5 years!

Here is the bigger worry. The rest of us might also suffer this fate along with California. The Federal government, D.O.T. AND E.P.A., want to adopt this on a national level!!! If this happens, it will kill just about everyone in the kit bike business as well as a lot of exhaust, air cleaner, carburetor, performance manufacturers and others. Custom Chrome was smart enough to see that they can stay ahead of the curve and get their kits to Manufacturer Status so that once you are built with a title you will still be able to build your 1 custom in your lifetime, build as many of their bikes as you want, modify them easily to "custom" status but still play by the NEW rules. No other major kit bike distributor has pursued this. For those of you in CA (and probably the rest of the USA) by January 2006 if you have NOT BUILT YOUR CUSTOM BIKE BEFORE THIS you may only get one chance in your lifetime and you may only get to build one. And it will have to be the way the government wants it to look and run and maybe not how you want it to look and run. SO IF YOU'VE BEEN THINKING ABOUT BUILDING YOUR OWN BIKE OR YOUR DREAM BIKE, YOU'D BETTER BUY RIGHT NOW! REMEMBER, WHATEVER YOU BUILD AND GET REGISTERED NOW WILL BE GRANDFATHERED IN AND WON'T COUNT AS YOUR ONE CUSTOM.
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Ed said:
And people wonder why we say FTF.
i bet you thats part of it! HARLEY! they have money up the ass so they can do what they want. for instance, "work" with the government.
i can see nowadays with custom bikes and kit bikes etc, that harley's sales could be dropping. not many people are buying the bone-stock-everyone-has-harley. everyone wants a one-off custom. and for many, it's easier to open their pocket and buy a custom bike. rather then building one themselves, possibly from an off-the-shelf bike. so i think harley is at it again. instead of attacking the jap bike companys, (which they have done many times in the past), this time they're directly targeting us. so yes FTF.
Capt. Cal said:
jirard said:
That looks like occ's latest build
this actually first appeared in the early '70s in Easy Riders mag when all this same crap started up. this was Robinson's interpretation of a chopper that D.O.T and the E.P.A would want to see. but yeah, it does seem like a latest build from OCC.
tbone16 said:
Harley loves for people to customize thier shit, just as long as you are buying the overpriced parts from the dealership (often chrome covers to cover poorly galvenized parts), and are paying the dealership handsomely to install your chrome covers. And the funny thing is, its like people enjoy this game, they just dont care, or even embrace the fact that they are paying too much money for products that do little. I realy like yamaha's star ad campaighn. It encourages people to go out and radically customize thier motorcycle, and they could give a shit less whos doin it, cuz they dont have there hand up the markets ass.
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