05NR32 - MRF and American Iron Magazine address EPA Issues

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Contact: JD DePaolantonio, MRF Director of Communications and Information
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December 10, 2005

#05NR32 - MRF and American Iron Magazine address EPA Issues

The Motorcycle Riders Foundation, in conjunction with American Iron Magazine is requesting the help of all motorcycle shops, builders, parts and engine manufacturers, and custom motorcycle owners in protecting your right to legally build and ride custom motorcycles.

We are asking you to furnish the information necessary to persuade the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to make changes to the new highway motorcycle emissions regulations. We will be asking the EPA to allow individuals to build more than one EPA exempt custom motorcycle in their lifetime and to allow small volume manufacturers and shops to build more than twenty-four custom EPA exempt motorcycles per year. Our proposal to EPA will incorporate a "non-conformance payment". In addition, our efforts will include legally modifying existing motorcycles under the same type of program.

The published article also highlights the possible effects on the aftermarket industry of a Motorcycle Industry Council (MIC) request asking EPA to issue a "letter of guidance" which would allow MIC member companies to sell EPA certified engines for use in kit bikes.

Read the full story in the January 2006 and February 2006 issues of American Iron Magazine, the January issue of MRF Reports, or online at http://www.mrf.org/epa.php and the American Iron website at http://www.aimag.com/. The questionnaire will appear in the January 2006 MRF Reports, the February issue of American Iron and on the MRF and American Iron Magazine websites. Your participation is critical to the success of the project. Please complete the questionnaire today and return it to the MRF at the address listed. You are encouraged to make copies and give them to your friends and shop owners in your area.

"The Motorcycle Rider Foundation is the only national motorcyclists rights organization working with EPA to preserve your right to build and ride the custom motorcycle of your choice" said Dave Dwyer of the MRF Board of Directors.

"We have been involved with EPA from the beginning of the rulemaking process and we intend to keep working with EPA officials for as long as it takes to effect meaningful change on the rules. The lifestyle choices of our members depends on the survival of the motorcycle aftermarket industry and their survival is dependent on our success in securing the creation of a non-conformance payment program for custom and modified motorcycles".


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