Malcolm Smith Says He’ll Sell Banned Motorcycles

| 3/17/2009 2:05:30 PM

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Malcolm Smith and son
Malcolm Smith and his son, Alexander 

It’s not often we find motorcyclists – especially famous motorcyclists like Motorcycle Hall of Fame offroad racing champ and “On Any Sunday” star Malcolm Smith – publicly protesting against the feds. But that’s exactly what Smith is doing, and he’s putting his money where his mouth is, literally, declaring he’ll start selling youth motorcycles and ATVs to kids under 12 in defiance of the 2008 Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008.

The obvious question is, why? The act in question prohibits the sale of youth motorcycles and ATVs to kids under 12, deeming them unhealthy because of suspected high levels of lead content, which it’s charged can be found in brake parts, battery terminals and other components. Fair enough, you say. The problem is, the act is directed at limiting lead content in toys, especially the kind little kids might put in their mouths, not youth-oriented recreational machines likes motorcycles and ATVs. I seriously doubt we’ll ever encounter a 10-year-old trying to stuff a 50cc Honda in his or her mouth, and it’s doubtful any kid clued in enough to be riding at 10 will be trying to lick a battery post, either.

While this type of over-reaching legislation may not shock the non-riding population, its potential effect on the motorcycle industry is huge. Kawasaki, Honda and other companies have been forced to pull their youth-oriented machines from further sale, and incredibly, they can’t even sell parts for already sold machines that fall under the banned category, a situation noted by the Kingsport, Tenn., in a recent article on the subject.

The new act is obviously absurd, and clearly underscores the complexity of trying to craft catch-all legislation incorporating broad protection measures. And that’s exactly why dealers like Smith and others are protesting, with plans to sell the prohibited machines regardless. We can’t quote Smith on his reasons, but it’s pretty clear why he’s going down the path he’s chosen, launching a campaign he calls Kids Love 2 Ride and with plans to sell banned bikes to the under 12 crowd starting Thursday, March 19, at 4 p.m. Pacific time.

On Monday, March 16, Smith issued a press release reading as follows:

ben van Erp
6/18/2010 3:34:49 AM

Here with many thanks to Malcolm and Alexander that they take the time for me to present the new famous Battery SUPER B to Them and his compagny. They are big surprised that such a small Battery working so good in the racing Bike ducati from his sun Alexander.The battery is 7 pounds leighter and even started easyer the engine. kind regards ben

Daniel Doran
3/19/2009 4:24:02 PM

I am happy to hear this. My child is only 2, but as soon as she is big enough to fit into riding gear safely I plan on putting her on a small bike of her own.I didn't get to ride until I was 16. I don't want her to whait that long.

3/19/2009 2:14:29 PM

I was unaware of this issue. Thank you for bringing it to my attention. I fully support the efforts of Malcolm and Kids Love2 Ride!