MA Motorcycle inspection laws change with the wind.....

MA Motorcycle inspection laws change with the wind.....

PostBy: SMITTY On: Wed May 20, 2009 5:01 pm

I'm so friggin' pissed off right now that I probably should have posted in flame-suit! :mad: :mad:

Just went to get a sticker for the bike, & now they're telling me I FAILED for my Kuryakyn Panacea tail lights
http://www.kuryakyn.com/index.cfm/go/Home.ShowVideo/VideoID/10/IMID/1588
This link is broken, either the page no longer exists or there is some other issue like a typo.
. The failure is for " non- D.O.T. approved brake/tail/stop/turn ". What a complete pile of horse *censored* this is!!!!!!!!!!

These increase my safety by alerting the sleeping idiot behind me that I'm about to stop or turn. To back this argument up even more, a close relative of mine was rear-ended by some yuppie in a BMW yesterday!!

Yet another example of Massachusetts extortion of revenue. Now I'll get a $50 ticket & a nice 6-YEAR SURCHARGE on my insurance if I get pinched. This is a one-party system at it's finest, folks!! :mad:
:mad: :mad:


Anyone from MA ever hear of this stupid ass-backwards law????? Supposedly just went into effect last October.... :mad3: :mad3: :wtf: :down:
SMITTY
 
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Re: MA Motorcycle inspection laws change with the wind.....

PostBy: BillMarti On: Wed May 20, 2009 5:13 pm

Pennsylvania is not that bad yet but it looks like another reason not to support your local government----You really need to move.

Bill S

PS I just got mine inspected yesterday after 2 years in the garage. What a difference between an 85 and a 99 Yamaha Venture.
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Re: MA Motorcycle inspection laws change with the wind.....

PostBy: SMITTY On: Wed May 20, 2009 6:05 pm

Unfortunately I'm stuck here for quite a while --- the wife would never leave her job. :cry:

HUGE difference between those 2! :shock: :lol: Isn't technology great? Nice ride, btw! ;)





I can't let this go. I've been online for the last hour getting phone numbers & info. It's my belief that the intent of the law is to prevent unsafe lighting being rigged up. My removing these current lights to appease this law IS UNSAFE. People will be less apt to see me with the stock lighting!! I will argue this until I'm dead!!!!!!!! :evil:


>>>and to top this all off, our sales tax is going from 5% to 6.25%!!! :mad: :mad: :mad:
SMITTY
 
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Re: MA Motorcycle inspection laws change with the wind.....

PostBy: Richard S. On: Wed May 20, 2009 8:55 pm

Call the company and let them know. I'd imagine they'll be quite interested.
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Re: MA Motorcycle inspection laws change with the wind.....

PostBy: mr1precision On: Wed May 20, 2009 9:00 pm

Yup,
I hate the government in this fricken state. They would never take a look at themselves to find waste. So instead they just tax the poop out of us. As far as your lights I would put the factory ones on, get the sticker and put the good ones on when you get home. No reasonable cop would bag you for that unless your were asking for trouble. As for me, Montana is looking really good to me these days.
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Re: MA Motorcycle inspection laws change with the wind.....

PostBy: stovepipemike On: Thu May 21, 2009 8:26 am

They find it easiest to pass laws all over the smaller interest groups.They give the illusion they care about safety and already know that the group is too small to make any appreciable difference at the polls. What I want to know is why they havent passed anything on these new blue driving european headlights that blind you fully when they drive at you . Oh yah sorry,I almost forgot, that is a huge auto maker with lots of lobby people that make things happen.
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Re: MA Motorcycle inspection laws change with the wind.....

PostBy: George-NJ On: Thu May 21, 2009 8:32 am

typical govt idiocy...

Nice lights, a whole lot safer than stock for sure.

LEDs are the way to go, I just replaced the lighting on one of my trailers, an open 16' landscape trailer. Riding empty really raised hell with the old lights, the new LEDs should stay alive and be seen alot better. I like the look, too.
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Re: MA Motorcycle inspection laws change with the wind.....

PostBy: SMITTY On: Thu May 21, 2009 8:49 am

Richard S. wrote:Call the company and let them know. I'd imagine they'll be quite interested.


I'll do that today & let you guys know what they have to say. I wrote a letter to the American Motorcyclists Association to see if they've heard about this law or can give me info on how to fight it. Every time I think about this it makes my blood boil!! :mad: Wonder which "EXPERT" thought up this law?



mr1precision wrote:Yup,
I hate the government in this fricken state. They would never take a look at themselves to find waste. So instead they just tax the poop out of us. As far as your lights I would put the factory ones on, get the sticker and put the good ones on when you get home. No reasonable cop would bag you for that unless your were asking for trouble. As for me, Montana is looking really good to me these days.


I hear that -- I'm looking at W.Virginia! 8-) It figures that I just sold my taillight on Ebay a week ago! :roll: All of the turnsignals that came with the bike when I bought it (also off Ebay) are tinted & don't have a DOT marking on them. I may have to do some networking to find a set of lights to borrow for an hour or so. WHAT A PAIN IN THE ASS!! :mad: :mad: I'll be damned if I spend more money on lights that I don't need!



stovepipemike wrote:They find it easiest to pass laws all over the smaller interest groups.They give the illusion they care about safety and already know that the group is too small to make any appreciable difference at the polls. What I want to know is why they havent passed anything on these new blue driving european headlights that blind you fully when they drive at you . Oh yah sorry,I almost forgot, that is a huge auto maker with lots of lobby people that make things happen.


MA is famous for this. You never know what laws they will decide to enforce every time you roll into an inspection bay! Can you imagine if they hassled the Bentley owners because their cars have too much horsepower? Or made bicyclists register their bicycles just like off-roaders have to register their machines?? This would be front-page outrage on every news channel, & would be tossed in a heartbeat. But because the majority of Harley owners are blue-collar working-class people, they just throw laws out there as they see fit. UN-F'ING-BELIEVABLE!!

I agree that LED's are the way to go. They're used in tractor-trailers & are starting to appear in the higher-end autos. Eventually, a filament bulb will be looked at like a black & white TV from the 30's.

Maybe I should have the DOT inspect my lights for safety? :idea:
SMITTY
 
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Re: MA Motorcycle inspection laws change with the wind.....

PostBy: AA130FIREMAN On: Thu May 21, 2009 9:44 am

The one problem with the lights, if you would be rearended the insurance company may find fault with them. Just a thought. :idea: :mad:
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Re: MA Motorcycle inspection laws change with the wind.....

PostBy: CapeCoaler On: Thu May 21, 2009 9:56 am

Wait until you get the chip in your inspection sticker so you can be charged by the miles you drive.
Then once the sheep are dozing they will roll out peak metering when driving on congested roads!
The rise in sales tax should be rolled back by a referendum; Barbara Anderson will get it done quickly.
More reasons to shop and visit friends in NH!
I voted to zero out the income tax.
I bet those who voted to keep the income tax are having second thoughts.
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Re: MA Motorcycle inspection laws change with the wind.....

PostBy: CapeCoaler On: Thu May 21, 2009 10:03 am

You might get a certificate/exception stating that they are accepted by DOT from the company.
The state is cracking down on trailers also.
They are going to inspect the trailers yearly and make sure the trailers rater for over 3000 lbs have working brakes.
I am going to redo the lights over to LED on my trailer along with all the wiring due to the age.
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Re: MA Motorcycle inspection laws change with the wind.....

PostBy: SMITTY On: Thu May 21, 2009 10:06 am

AA130FIREMAN wrote:The one problem with the lights, if you would be rearended the insurance company may find fault with them. Just a thought. :idea: :mad:


I'm sure they'd come up with something like that to avoid a payout. Insurance: another legal racket! :mad:

My buddy talked to the guy that gave him a sticker & he said the inspector is an *censored* -- most places do not nit-pick about stuff like this. As long as the lights function & do what they're supposed to do (i.e. ALERT SLEEPING MOTORISTS, which mine DO), you get your sticker.

Just got off the phone with Kuryakyn & they said basically that you're supposed to check your local laws before purchasing. *censored*-out-of-luck I guess.....




All my shopping will be in NH. Screw this dump. Everything I try to do here is a complete & total hassle -- ever since I started driving at 16. Nothing EVER changes here .... except taxes -- They just keep rising.

WTF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I just want to punch someone in the face!!!!!!!!!! :mad3: :mad2:
SMITTY
 
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Re: MA Motorcycle inspection laws change with the wind.....

PostBy: CapeCoaler On: Thu May 21, 2009 10:10 am

Buy some land in NH and register every thing there!
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Re: MA Motorcycle inspection laws change with the wind.....

PostBy: BillMarti On: Thu May 21, 2009 12:20 pm

Anybody out there looking for really cheap :idea: LED replacement bulbs or complete light fixtures go here http://www.superbrightleds.com/led_prods.htm you can't beat the prices.

Bill S.
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Re: MA Motorcycle inspection laws change with the wind.....

PostBy: beemerboy On: Thu May 21, 2009 2:23 pm

The law probably calls for the brake light lenses to be red and the directional lenses to be amber or red. With the lights not being turned on they appear to be white. I know, before you say it, the lights when lit are the proper colors and much brighter than stock. The inspector wanted to be a hard A.. and that's his job.

I like the looks of the new lights and the way the tail light flashes with the blinkers. Is there a way to put stock lenses over the led bulbs?
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