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post #11 of 15 Old 11-22-2012, 05:21 PM
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Don't like ABS pull the fuse. I wonder if they will make BMW remove the switch. Oh, we have inspection yearly in Virginia. We don't see as many vehicles with only one head light like Maryland.

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post #12 of 15 Old 11-22-2012, 06:54 PM
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Thing is

Very, very few accidents (under 10%) are caused by mechanical malfunctions. When Nebraska had an inspection law, unscrupulous mechanics saw it as a permit to fleece consumers, many of whom had no idea if the alleged "violation" was true. Conversely, others made even more money doing nothing except charge a premium "fee" for passing vehicles that wouldn't otherwise. Had a bike dealer try to insist that I replace an exhaust because of a drain hole at the bottom of the muffler. BTW, is there an exemption for dual purpose bikes (KLR, XR-L, etc.) on the ABS? I'm guessing, if not, they just won't be available in those markets. I wonder if they'll 'red-tag' bikes with tuning boxes on the fuel injection?
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A more important question (at least for me) is what are the folks that own bikes that came from the factory without ABS supposed to do? Is the government willing to provide a "retrofit" kit to make them all legal? Or are those owners just "up a creek" now and will have to buy a new bike? If that's the case, what are they supposed to do with a now-illegal bike?!

Don't get me wrong...I'm (kinda) all for safety improvements. However, lets think this through before "we" (government) starts passing some law that some special interest group wants.

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A more important question (at least for me) is what are the folks that own bikes that came from the factory without ABS supposed to do? Is the government willing to provide a "retrofit" kit to make them all legal?
[quote]BS mandatory on new bikes over 125cc from next year{/quote]

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We have a state mandated safety inspection in Missouri. It is every other year and vehicles under 5 years old are exempt. It is a complete waste. All it does is give business owners a chance to give their most inexperienced mechanics an opportunity to find something to sell to a customer. It is a way for the state to collect cash from drivers by saying that the "Mechanic" with the state inspectors license is more qualified than they are to determine if their vehicle is safe. Instead of mandating that a complete stranger with no real stake in the safety of your vehicle check it over to unsure its safety, why not just write laws saying that if your vehicle causes an accident due to your negligence your liable? Oh wait those laws are also on the books. So is my vehicle safer if I bribe an inspector with a 12 pack? I've seen that done. Government inspection laws are not about safety they are about money. They don't work to make anyone safer. But try to rescind one and see how quickly your portrayed as a baby killer.

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