While we were all upset about the proposed tariff on 51–500cc European motorcycle imports, one MO reader, Sayyed Bashir, decided to do something about it. Taking it upon himself, Bashir created a petition on the White House website. According to the site, Bashir has taken the first step of a three step process. The second step must be completed by us – MO readers and general motorcyclists, alike – through the registration of 100,000 signatures within 30 days of the petition’s creation. After that, we can expect a response from the White House within 60 days.
The title and full text of the petition are:
Do not impose a 100% tariff on motorcycles 50 cc to 500 cc as part of the beef trade dispute with Europe.
Motorcycles have nothing to do with beef. There is no reason to include them in the list of 85 proposed items which consists entirely of food items. Small to medium motorcycles are the lifeblood of motorsports in the United States. Thousands of spectators enjoy Supercross, Motocross and Enduro competitions, not counting the millions who watch on broadcast television and cable, and thousands who enjoy the sport themselves including children. In addition to dirt bikes, this includes smaller street and race bikes, scooters and mopeds. Many new motorcyclists get started on smaller motorcycles. It is a healthy outlet for the energy of our younger generation. This will also put out of business many small dealerships in the United States who sell 50 cc to 500 cc motorcycles imported from Europe.
So, it’s time for us to get off our collective monkey butts and put the URL for the petition out into the wild. Go to all your favorite forums and websites. Email it to your local dealer who sells the affected brands. Print out cards with the text of the petition on one side and the URL on the other then hand them out at your favorite motorcycle gathering spot. Be creative. The clock is ticking!
Petition URL for sharing: