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National and Regional News

Washington D.C. — As motorcycling technology continues to advance, your ability to repair your own motorcycle or seek out an independent mechanic may get restricted as manufacturers do not make repair information or parts available for purchase.

Consumers are facing this problem with almost every product they own, from their phone to their tractor and for AMA members, their motorcycles and ATVs. This issue is collectively known as “Right to Repair” and put in the simplest terms, right to repair is the idea that when you buy something, you have the right to repair it or seek an independent repair shop to do the work and manufacturers must make the parts and information needed for these repairs available to the public for a fair and reasonable price.

Fortunately, the U.S. House of Representatives has reintroduced the REPAIR Act (Right to Equitable and Professional Auto Industry Repair), H.R. 906, for the 118th Congress. The bill would ensure that motorcyclists and independent repair shops have access to the information, tools, and parts needed to repair motorcycles.

The AMA is asking you to tell your Representative to co-sponsor this bi-partisan bill and protect your right to repair. If you would like to learn more about Right to Repair, you can read the Federal Trade Commission Report to Congress from May 2021 “Nixing the Fix” which details the ways some manufacturers limit repairs by consumers.

State News

Albany, N.Y. — New York State Senator Liz Krueger has introduced 2773 , a bill that seeks to ban the sale of off-highway motorcycles and ATVs by dealers or individuals within New York City and enact a fine of $1,000 for the first offense and $2,000 for each subsequent offense while also allowing for any dirt bike or ATV sold in the city to be impounded.

The AMA strongly opposes this ban. While the bill’s goal is to address illegal use of OHVs on public roads, it instead needlessly punishes law abiding residents and will do nothing to address illegal use of off-highway vehicles on city streets. Thousands of New Yorkers are avid off-road riders and should not lose their right to buy or sell their vehicles within city limits.

Send a pre-written letter to your state Senator telling them to oppose this ill-conceived bill by visiting the AMA’s Action Center.

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