Effective today, February 10, 2009, all youth ATV and motorcycles are banned from dealer floors, service shops and made illegal to sell by anyone in the United States.
This is actually happening. It’s not made up or exaggerated. You cannot buy a youth (defined as being intended for children 12-years old and younger) motorcycle or ATV. You can’t even buy one from a private party or your own parents.
That means no more models such as the Honda CRF50—long standing as the largest selling production motorcycle in the world (versions of it labeled as Z 50 and XR 50 included). How scary is that?
The story has been unfolding for weeks. If you’re just stumbling upon this now, here’s a blog from Dealernews with some up-to-date info. It’s not good as in cheery or happy info. But it’s as current as anything I’ve seen or been able to report.
The only grassroots glimmer of hope for the powersports industry surviving this blow is coming from Missouri State Representative Tom Self who has set up his own website as a letter-generator of sorts to Congress. Cruise over to www.tomself.com and take five minutes to send a letter. It’s crunch time. And those with influence over the Consumer Product Safety Commision (CPSC) should be aware of how important the sales of these small products are. Also, they need to know how ridiculous it is to ban them for violating a lead-content law that was intended for children’s toys.
But there’s more you can do. You can go to the CPSC Website and ask them some questions. I asked: “I strongly oppose the CPSIA’s restricitions on off-road youth motorcycles and ATVs. Also, bicycles? Really? Why did you take my motorcycles, ATVs and bicycles away? My dealer said he couldn’t sell them to me. I don’t get it. I promise I won’t eat them. Can I have them back now?”
You can log on to the Congress.org website and get the phone number for your state representative(s). I got six phone numbers in ten minutes. Just type your ZIP code in the box on the top right of the screen. Then, pick your State Representatives from the list and start dialing. Easy. And a phone call really gets attention. They’re harder to ignore. So make them try and ignore you. Call your state representative!
More when I hear it.
Oh and just when you thought Dirt Bikes were the center of the world…here’s a great place to really wrap your head around the mass mess-up that is the CPSIA! It’s the Overlawyered blog