Thursday, April 02, 2009

Motorcycle Riders And Industry Members Protest CPSIA Ban On Youth Bikes

One of the most controversial topics in the motorcycle world today is the impact of CPSIA on the sale of youth-model motorcycles. Here are links related to the CPSIA debate.

Photo Source: Motorcycle Industry Council
According to the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) was intended to curtail the sale of toys containing lead to children 12-years-old and under. Because youth-model motorcycles and ATVs have certain parts, such as batteries and valve stems that may contain lead, CPSIA has effectively banned their sale.

Photo Source: AMA
The AMA members and other motorcycle groups have been supporting an industry petition for exclusion from the CPSIA and recently rallied in Washington DC to appeal to lawmakers. You can read more on the AMA site.

The New York Times Wheels Blog reported on the CPSIA controversy back in February.

Motorcycle reports on a recent event organized by motorcycle legend Malcolm Smith to call attention to the CPSIA issue. Smith has also set up the site with photos and info about CPSIA and motorcycles. reports on efforts by the Motorcycle Industry Council (MIC), along with the Specialty Vehicle Institute of America (SVIA) to support two new bills to overturn the ban.

The Motorcycle Industry Council has set up the Stop The Ban site with links and letter-generators to appeal for changes.

Source: American Motorcyclist Association,, Motorcycle, The Motorcycle Industry Council, and