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Your Weekly Biker Bulletin from Inside the Beltway

Your Motorcycle Riders Foundation team in Washington, D.C. is pleased to provide our members with the latest information and updates on issues that impact the freedom and safety of American street motorcyclists. Count on your MRF to keep you informed about a range of matters that are critical to the advancement of motorcycling and its associated lifestyle. Published weekly when the U.S. Congress is in session.

Autonomous Vehicle Hearing and Legislation:

This week the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Commerce held a hearing on autonomous vehicles (AV). During the three-plus hour hearing, the room was packed with representatives of the AV industry as well as advocates for highway safety and consumer protection. The panel of witnesses represented the following organizations: Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, Alliance for Automotive Innovation, American Association of Justice, National Federation of the Blind, Consumer Technology Association and San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA).

Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) delivered the following opening remarks, “Safety and deployment must come hand in hand — we cannot have one without the other. Because ultimately, public acceptance of self-driving cars depends on their reliability and safety. Troubling safety incidents, regulatory black-holes, and lax oversight threaten to disrupt this critical balance and the future of this technology itself.”

Ranking member Greg Walden (R-OR) also took a shot at the trial lawyers, represented by the American Association for Justice, chiding them for asking “for more changes in the Senate despite the deal we had here in the House” and for not supporting the deal, even when lawmakers ceded to their provisions. AAJ’s State Affairs Counsel Daniel Hinkle, however, insisted his group was trying to keep car-makers accountable by ensuring that injured parties have the right to sue and that the federal government doesn’t bigfoot the states on regulations.

During the 115th Congress, the House of Representatives unanimously passed the SELF Drive Act yet the Senate version AV Start Act stalled in committee after an intense fight with the trial lawyers on the ability to break arbitration clauses with manufacturer’s to allow consumers to be able to file lawsuits where information could be available to the public.

Autonomous Vehicle Hearing and Legislation:

This week the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Commerce held a hearing on autonomous vehicles (AV). During the three-plus hour hearing, the room was packed with representatives of the AV industry as well as advocates for highway safety and consumer protection. The panel of witnesses represented the following organizations: Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, Alliance for Automotive Innovation, American Association of Justice, National Federation of the Blind, Consumer Technology Association and San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA).

Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) delivered the following opening remarks, “Safety and deployment must come hand in hand — we cannot have one without the other. Because ultimately, public acceptance of self-driving cars depends on their reliability and safety. Troubling safety incidents, regulatory black-holes, and lax oversight threaten to disrupt this critical balance and the future of this technology itself.”

Ranking member Greg Walden (R-OR) also took a shot at the trial lawyers, represented by the American Association for Justice, chiding them for asking “for more changes in the Senate despite the deal we had here in the House” and for not supporting the deal, even when lawmakers ceded to their provisions. AAJ’s State Affairs Counsel Daniel Hinkle, however, insisted his group was trying to keep car-makers accountable by ensuring that injured parties have the right to sue and that the federal government doesn’t bigfoot the states on regulations.

During the 115th Congress, the House of Representatives unanimously passed the SELF Drive Act yet the Senate version AV Start Act stalled in committee after an intense fight with the trial lawyers on the ability to break arbitration clauses with manufacturer’s to allow consumers to be able to file lawsuits where information could be available to the public.

After the hearing, Congressman Michael Burgess Co-Chair of the House Motorcycle Caucus and attendee at the hearing stated:

“Increasing safety on our roadways involves harmonizing autonomous vehicle operation with other modes of transportation, including motorcycle riders. Motorcyclists enjoy the thrill of the ride and will continue riding alongside autonomous vehicles in the future. It is important that autonomous vehicle technology recognize, categorize, and accurately respond to motorcyclists to ensure the safety of all riders and passengers. I look forward to continued development of safe autonomous vehicles that effectively share the roadway with all users.”

You can watch the playback of the hearing and read the witnesses submitted opening statements on the Energy and Commerce Committee website.

The following day the committee released additional sections of potential legislation known as a “discussion draft.” One crucial part of the draft language dealt with crash collection data stating:

Not later than 3 years after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall revise the crash data collection system to include the collection of crash report data elements that identify whether any vehicle involved in a crash is a highly automated vehicle or a vehicle performing partial driving automation, including— the level of automation; and whether the automated driving features were engaged at the time of the crash.

The MRF believes having a reliable crash data collection system is imperative to any autonomous vehicle legislation. The public should have the opportunity to understand the capabilities of this new technology and be made aware of any risks that may exist. As you may remember, the MRF, AMA, and Harley-Davidson teamed up to submit feedback to both the House and Senate committees of jurisdiction for AV legislation on the priorities of motorcyclists in future legislation. The crash data collection was listed under those priorities. You can read the full joint letter from August 2019 by clicking here.

Motorcyclist Advisory Council Reauthorization Act

Last week, the US Senate joined their colleagues in the House of Representatives by introducing S. 3249, the companion bill to H.R. 5234. The Motorcycle Riders Foundation along with the American Motorcyclist Association and Harley-Davidson, participated in a dozen meetings this week in the U.S. Senate to help drive cosponsors for the MAC Reauthorization Act. The Moto Lobby continues with a united front to promote the importance of legislation to ensure the future councils will have a well-balanced membership that is authorized over a more extended period to allow any recommendations to the DOT to continue to build on each other.

We want to thank everyone who has answered our House and Senate Call to Action on both of these pieces of legislation. This week, we picked up one more cosponsor on H.R. 5234 and we hope to add to the Senate bill soon.

As always, you can find all of our legislative Call to Actions by visiting our Federal Legislative issues webpage.

Can you guess which Senate office this photo was taken in?

Definition of a Motorcycle Report:

As part of appropriations legislation that funded the government for Fiscal Year 2019, Congress inserted the following language directed at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) regarding autocycles and the definition of a motorcycle:

“The Committee recognizes the growth of three-wheel light-duty vehicles, also called Autocycles, as a method of passenger transportation. Under Federal regulations, these vehicles are currently classified as motorcycles though they have different physical and operational characteristics than traditional automobiles and two-wheel motorcycles. 38 states have now recognized this difference by establishing new regulations and definitions for Autocycles.

The Committee is concerned that a patchwork of laws and inconsistent regulations now exists, absent a Federal standard for Autocycles, thereby causing confusion and hindering the growth of this emerging industry. The Committee directs NHTSA to conduct research on the appropriate safety standards and existing state and Federal regulations of Autocycles and report to the House and Senate Committees on Appropriations within 180 days of enactment of this Act.”

After over a year, NHTSA released its report to Congress and it was at best disappointing. In response to the first directive to “research appropriate safety standards for autocycles,” NHTSA passed the buck saying, this report does not set forth any new NHTSA determinations of “appropriate” standards for autocycles. The research this would entail cannot be addressed within the scope of this report as it would involve longer-term activities such as data collection and analysis, test procedure development, vehicle testing and evaluation, and cost-benefit assessment

The second directive to report on “existing state and Federal regulations for autocycles” was answered with this from NHTSA: “Other than describing the current Federal minimum safety standards applicable to autocycles, this report does not set forth any new NHTSA determinations of “appropriate” standards for autocycles.”

It is disappointing that NHTSA sidestepped around the requests from Congress for information on this topic. However, we are, at a minimum, encouraged that Congress has raised the issue of autocycles with NHTSA. The question of autocycles and their place within the greater framework of motor vehicles is not going anywhere. We at the MRF will continue to probe the federal government on this topic and seek a more appropriate category for these increasingly popular autocycles.

To see a full copy of the 18-page report submitted to Congress, click here.

State News: ABATE of Wisconsin sends Call to Action on state profiling resolution

This week in Madison, State Representative Considine and Senator Erpenbach introduced Joint Resolution LRB-5701/1 to address motorcycle profiling in the State of Wisconsin. ABATE of Wisconsin’s Legislative Director sent out a Call to Action yesterday asking the riders across the state to reach out to their elected officials to ask for their support.

We at the MRF are encouraged that so many states are addressing motorcyclist profiling back in their state capitols. As we continue to push the efforts on H.Res. 255 in DC, we encourage everyone to take the fight back home. You can follow all of the pending state legislation on profiling or other issues of interest by visiting our Legislative Action Center State Legislative Issues webpage.

For more information on this effort in Madison, you can read ABATE of Wisconsin’s Call to Action here.

Final Note from the D.C. team

Monday is President’s Day and Congress will be adjourning for recess for the week which means there will not be a Riding Free from D.C. next Friday. We encourage you to visit our Legislative Action Center to make sure you have not missed any Calls to Action and urge your riding buddies and fellow SMRO members to do that same.

We are a few months away from Bikers Inside the Beltway and the more your Congressional offices hear about the issues that are important to motorcyclists, the more successful we will be on lobby day. Let’s warm up each office by asking for support before we will fill the hallways on May 19th.

Happy Valentine’s Day to you from the MRF team.

West Virginia Senate Committee Votes NO to Making Motorcycle Helmets a Persons Choice

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On February 11, 2020 the West Virginia Senate Transportation and Infrastructure Committee met to discuss Senate Bill 153 which would allow motorcycle operators and passengers age 21 and over, holding a motorcycle endorsement for 2 or more years, to ride without a helmet.
There were speakers from both sides arguing their case while the Senators sat with looks of boredom and disinterest on their faces.
With 8 of the 9 committee members voting, the bill died in committee with a vote of 1 in favor of and 7 opposed.

The reason given for the way the vote went was PUBLIC HEALTH AND SAFETY. Those words were repeated as if to emphasize their stance on the matter, with their biggest argument being “taxpayers footing the bill for the care of bikers” who suffer traumatic injuries due to motorcycle accidents. Ignoring the facts, statistics, and studies presented by those in favor of the bill, they voted in favor of the lobbyists instead of their constituents.

West Virginia, if we continue to allow them to ignore us they will continue to strip our personal freedoms. We must stand up to the influence big corporate money has on our powers that be. They work for us, not the other way around.

–camotiva.com

–From Rogue, Senior Editor Bikernet.com

New from NAMZ

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It’s a very simple process, when the factory makes a change or produces something new, we are all over it. Soon after the new item comes to market, NAMZ has a perfectly engineered alternative. Following that sample principal, when the aftermarket makes a change or comes up with a new product, again, we are all over it.

Tall risers are what’s HOTT right now and for many models, in order to install those taller risers most riders will need our industry leading handlebar extensions. But who already knew that right? There is another twist, taller risers also mean speedometer relocation and NAMZ, like always has a solution for that too.

Like everything we do, our make our own harnesses in our Pennsylvania building every day using the very best materials, modern machinery and test equipment. Easy to install and come complete with everything you need to get the job done RIGHT! As of today, we offer (5) speedometer extension harnesses, see below.

  • NSXH-3201 is 100% Plug-n-Play, 32″ long extended replacement, Fits 2018-Up Street Bob, Breakout, FXDRS & 2020 Softail Standard Models.
  • NSXH-CB36 is 36″ Fits 2014-Up Road King, 2014-UP Sportster, 2012-2016 Dyna (Speedometer Only), 2011-2018 Softail. Allows for easy relocation of speedometer and indicator lights.
  • NSXH-RG1 is 100% Plug-n-Play, 24″ Fits 2015-2020 Road Glide Only. Allows for easy relocation of speedo/tach cluster when using tall risers.
  • NSXH-M15 is 15″, Fits Sportster 2007-2013, Dyna 2007-2011. Allows for easy relocation of speedo/tach cluster when using tall risers.
  • NSXH-D15 is 15″, Fits Sportster 1999 – 2006, Dyna 1999 – 2006. Allows for easy relocation of speedo/tach cluster when using tall risers.
  • DEALER ACCESS is now available 24-hours a day, 365-days a year! Get a log in, order at dealer pricing, choose your shipping method, pay using a credit card or Pay Pal and we’ll do the rest. We make it easy for your to do it right! Give us a call at 610-265-7100, extension 206 to get your exclusive dealer access today!

Legislative Updates from Biker Lives Matter

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ARIZONA

H2285: MOTORCYCLE OPERATION; PASSING VEHICLES [Support]

The operator of a two-wheeled motorcycle is permitted to overtake and pass another vehicle that is stopped in the same direction of travel in the same lane and to operate the motorcycle between the lanes of traffic on a street that is divided into at least two adjacent traffic lanes in the same direction of travel with a speed limit that does not exceed 45 miles per hour, if the motorcycle is traveling at a speed that does not exceed 15 miles per hour.
First sponsor: Rep. Campbell (R – Dist 1)

Categories: SMRO
Single List Comments:
However, the California standard for emissions, aka the CARB standard, violates the black letter that has forced hundreds of businesses in the motorcycle industry to relocate to our beautiful state. While this has had a negative impact on the California economy, it is a windfall for Arizona.

The ability of a consumer to purchase and install federally approved exhaust systems that increases fuel efficiency would be outlawed under CARB standards. This would impact the motorcycle industry into the hundreds of thousands of dollars upwards into the millions each year.

ABATE of Arizona has stood before the Arizona legislature on many occasions and successfully argued with facts and statistics in reference to the emissions output of a motorcycle on our roads. This is why emissions testing requirements were repealed not only in Pima county but in Maricopa county as well.

Any proposed legislation, although well intentioned, will cost Arizona financially in the way of lost businesses, wage earnings and a lifestyle of freedom. And it is this reason we are opposed to any CARB legislation proposed.
On behalf of the 327,000 motorcyclists and thousands of motorcycle related businesses in our state, we oppose this legislation

H2630: MOTORCYCLE SAFETY FUND [Support]

The Director of the Department of Transportation is required to deposit $1 of each motorcycle registration fee collected in the Motorcycle Safety Fund through June 30, 2025, extended four years from June 30, 2021.
First sponsor: Rep. Bolick (R – Dist 20)
Others: Rep. Biasiucci (R – Dist 5), Rep. Blackman (R – Dist 6), Rep. Nutt (R – Dist 14)

FLORIDA

H2007 Provides an appropriation for the Abate of Florida, Inc. Motorcycle Safety Awareness Program.

H0455 Provides criminal penalties for person who commits moving violation that causes serious bodily injury to or death of vulnerable road user; requires person to pay specified fine, serve minimum period of house arrest, & attend driver improvement course…

MASSACHUSETTS

S.2380 An Act relative to motorcycle helmets
of Michael D. Brady and Michelle M. DuBois for legislation relative to motorcycle helmets …

S.2091 An Act to promote and advance motorcycle safety
Senate, No. 2091) of Anne M. Gobi for legislation to promote and advance motorcycle safety …

H.3071 An Act relative to motorcycle helmet choice
requirement for operators and passengers on motorcycles over the age of eighteen to wear …

H.3020 An Act relative to motorcycle inspections
by bill, House, No. 3020) of William C. Galvin relative to motorcycle safety inspections …

S.2124 An Act relative to motorcycle permit requirements
2124) of Patrick M. O’Connor for legislation relative to motorcycle permit requirements …

H.3043 An Act relative to motorcycle safety
House, No. 3043) of Bradford Hill and others relative to motorcycle awareness instruction …

H.2967 An Act establishing a motorcycle safety fund
2967) of Jennifer E. Benson and others relative to establishing a motorcycle safety fund …

S.2094 An Act relative to a motorcycle safety fund
other members of the General Court for legislation to establish a motorcycle safety fund …

H.4249 An Act relative to automobile and motorcycle accidents
of persons involved in automobile and motorcycle accidents by news media organizations …

H.2978 An Act relative to a motorcycle safety fund
2978) of Daniel Cahill and others for legislation to establish a motorcycle safety fund …

H.3125 An Act to further regulate motorcycle exhaust sound levels
No. 3125) of Jeffrey N. Roy for legislation to further regulate motorcycle sound levels …

H.3182 An Act relative to motorcycle safety with malfunctioning traffic signals not detecting motorcycles
utilizing vehicle detection devices that are operative due to the size of the motorcycle …

H.2995 An Act relative to the clarification for the definition, testing regulations, and enforcement of motorcycle sound emissions

H.3064 An Act relative to certain motorcycle travel
By Mr. Kelcourse of Amesbury, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 3064) of James M. Kelcourse for legislation to authorize motorcyclists to travel in the breakdown lanes …

S.1399 An Act prohibiting profiling of motorcyclists and motorcycle-only checkpoints
for legislation to prohibit profiling of motorcyclists and motorcycle-only checkpoints …

S.2090 An Act relative to standards for protective headgear for operators or passengers on motorcycles

S.2077 An Act allowing in specific situations, motorcyclists use of a breakdown or access lane, or splitting travel lanes
By Ms. DiZoglio (by request), a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 2077) of Paul W. Cote and Anne M. Gobi for legislation to allow in specific situations, motorcyclists …

H.3083 An Act to allow hardship licenses and interlocking ignition devices on motorcycles
R. Whelan relative to hardship licenses and interlocking ignition devices on motorcycles …

HD.4454 An Act relative to inspections for new vehicles and motorcycles
12) of Shawn Dooley relative to inspections for certain motor vehicles and motorcycles …

H.3041 An Act relative to updating Massachusetts driver education
No. 3041) of Bradford Hill and others relative to motorcycle rider education curriculum …

NEW YORK

A00214 Authorizing the commissioner of transportation to conduct a comprehensive study of the efficacy of motorcycle helmets

A02210 Authorizes the seizure and impoundment of all terrain vehicles and off-highway motorcycles operated in violation of the vehicle and traffic law in N.Y. city

A02560 Increases the fine for operating a motorcycle with a muffler that produces excessive or unusual noise from one hundred dollars to seven hundred dollars

A03004 Requires motorcycle user to wear helmets that meet the requirements of the US department of transportation

A03027 Relates to making comprehensive motor vehicle insurance reparations (no-fault insurance) applicable to motorcycles

A03518 Relates to motorcycle profiling

A03731 Prohibits certain children from riding on a motorcycle

A04519 Prohibits the driving of motor vehicles or motorcycles in bicycle lanes and bicycle paths in N.Y. city

A05098 Relates to motorcycle awareness on state highways

A06030 Exempts bicycle, motorcycle, snowmobile and equestrian helmets from sales and use tax

A06080 Provides an exemption from any congestion pricing fees for motorcycles

A06895 Provides that motorcyclists over the age of twenty-one shall be exempt from the requirement to wear a helmet when operating or riding a motorcycle

A08876 Relates to issuance of distinctive plates for members of the Red Knights International Motorcycle Club

S00320 Authorizing the commissioner of transportation to conduct a comprehensive study of the efficacy of motorcycle helmets

S00398 Allows for distinctive plates to be issued for members of the New York city fire riders motorcycle club

S00994 Prohibits the operation of a motorcycle with any child under the age of 6 thereon, unless the child is seated in a sidecar

S02089 Relates to intermediate side reflex reflectors or intermediate side marker lamps on motorcycles

S06251 Relates to motorcycle insurance policies

TEXAS

Texas Legislature only meets every other year, the odd-numbered ones. so there will be no new laws on 2020.

VIRGINIA

SB 907 Adopts several initiatives related to transportation and safety, including: (i) making it illegal to possess an open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle, (ii) requiring all passengers in a vehicle to wear safety belts, (iii) prohibiting the use of handheld personal communication devices, (iv) establishing a speed monitoring program in highway safety corridors that uses a vehicle sensor to take a picture of a vehicle traveling more than 10 miles over the speed limit, subjecting the driver to a monetary fine, and (v) allowing localities to lower the speed limit below 25 miles per hour in business and residential districts. The Commissioner of the Department of Motor Vehicles will establish an advisory committee to oversee education and enforcement of policies such as the seatbelt and hands-free provisions. The bill also changes the vehicle inspection safety program to only require inspections of salvage vehicles that have been rebuilt for highway use, converted electric vehicles, and off-road motorcycles that have been converted to on-road use.

HB 1236 Authorizes the operator of a two-wheeled motorcycle to pass another vehicle that is stopped or traveling at no more than 10 miles per hour in the same lane, provided that there are at least two lanes of travel in each direction, such motorcycle does not exceed a speed of 20 miles per hour, and the operator executes such passing safely.

Three Months After Launch, Work Truck Marketplace Comvoy Sees Success

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Senior team members and advisors play crucial roles in establishing a marketplace that serves both dealer and buyer needs

CHICO, Calif., Feb. 12, 2020­­ /PRNewswire/ — Comvoy, the first and only structured, searchable marketplace for work-ready trucks and vans, launched in November 2019 to match customers with the right work truck for the right job––across any vocation, body type, vehicle or upfit manufacturer. Senior team members Nikki Wilson, Kevin Kinell, and Gerry Ogris, in addition to key advisor Bernie Brenner, have helped shape the marketplace and ushered in its early successes within the dealer community.

“Comvoy is perfection,” said Mark Santilli at Jeff Gordon Chevrolet, a dealership based in Wilmington, North Carolina. “I’ve been waiting for someone in the commercial vehicle industry to understand the need for a marketplace that connects buyers with dealerships. By showing businesses the available inventory in their area, it not only helps them hone in on the work trucks and vans they need for their jobs, but also helps dealerships make more sales. I’m glad Comvoy finally exists, and I can’t wait to see the impact this has on our business in the months and years to come.”

Comvoy has cultivated strong engagement with dealers nationwide, demonstrating, early on, the long-term impact this commercial vehicle marketplace is poised to have on the entire industry. This success would not have been made possible without Comvoy’s strong team.

  • Kevin Kinell: Comvoy’s VP of Product & Engineering, Kinell has a proven track record of guiding tech start-ups, building impressive products, and developing great teams. From co-founding ChicoStart.com, a startup incubator that helps early-stage companies, to his work as a founding developer at Auctiva, the first eBay auction management company, Kinell’s variety of experience in the tech and marketplace space helped him cultivate the right design and strong engineering team behind Comvoy.
  • Nikki Wilson: Comvoy’s Director of Marketing and Communications, Wilson spent the last nine years directing commercial vehicle marketing initiatives for Ford Motor Company focused on targeting small to medium-sized businesses––the same audience that Comvoy serves. With her deep understanding of the work truck sector, Wilson ensures that the Comvoy marketplace allows dealers to most effectively engage with their buyers.
  • Gerry Ogris: Comvoy’s New Business Development Lead, Ogris has successfully serviced dealerships for over 25 years. At Dealertrack he held several VP positions leading multiple software sales and operations teams contributing to its ascent to a billion-dollar company culminating in an acquisition by Cox Automotive. In his tenure at Reynolds + Reynolds, he led sales teams across all software product lines to significantly increase auto dealership market penetration. Ogris has utilized his relationships and industry know-how to advise the Comvoy team and contribute to the marketplace’s early success.
  • Bernie Brenner: Co-founder of TrueCar, Brenner joined on as an early advisor to Comvoy, focused on the mission to transform the commercial vehicle industry. Leveraging his vast industry experience, Brenner has been a key strategist and mentor to shape the creation of the Comvoy marketplace.

Alongside Comvoy CEO/founder Kathryn Schifferle, the Comvoy team is uniquely positioned to serve both automotive dealers and vocational buyers, due to their vast industry experience. They bring unmatched knowledge on how to succeed in the automotive and commercial vehicle industries; this is what is catapulting Comvoy on the road to success.

“With over 40 combined years spent helping dealers engage with work truck buyers, Nikki, Kevin, Gerry, and Bernie have been indispensable in creating this marketplace,” said Schifferle. “With their efforts, we have built Comvoy to empower businesses to find the vehicles they need; I am confident that they will continue to drive us through continued growth and success for our dealers.”

Visit the Comvoy marketplace today at www.comvoy.com.

SAFETY ALERT! AVON COBRA RECALL!

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Recall: Some Avon Cobra Chrome Tires May Unexpectedly Fail

If you have these, they’re dangerous and need replacement.

Tires are definitely near the top of the list of things on your bike that you don’t want to spontaneously fail. Avon Tires is issuing a voluntary recall on certain Cobra Chrome motorcycle tires because there’s an increased potential for complete tire failure, which could rapidly cause riders using affected tires to lose control and/or crash.

 

Avon’s parent company, Cooper Tire & Rubber Company Europe Limited, is recalling a very specific range of Avon Cobra Chrome tires in size 240/50R16, with DOT Tire Identification Code AT 6D 28 1418—2119. All affected tires were manufactured between the dates of April 8, 2018, and June 1, 2019.

 

To determine if your Avon Cobra Chrome tires are affected, you’ll need to examine the sidewalls of your tires to find the DOT Tire Identification Code. If your tires read “AT 6D 28” and then any four-digit code in the numeric range between 1418 and 2119, your tires are affected, per Avon.

 

These tires may wear unsatisfactorily and give you a less than stellar ride, and your steering and feel for motorcycle control may be affected. However, the most serious part of the defect that Avon lists is this: “If undetected, affected tires may develop an in-service inner-liner degradation, ultimately resulting in an increased potential of tire failure that could lead to the rapid loss of inflation pressure, motorcycle control, and increase the risk of a crash.”

 

Avon requests that you use the information above to check your tires. If you believe any tires you have are affected, you should contact the dealer from which you purchased the tires. You can also contact Cooper Tire directly for matters pertaining to this recall. Either way, you should arrange for inspection and replacement, free of charge, under the terms of this recall.

 

Above all, if you believe your tires are affected, you should avoid riding at high speeds on these tires until they have been inspected and replaced. Also, if you had one or more tires that were affected but have already replaced them out of your own pocket, you may be eligible for reimbursement. Contact Cooper for more details.

 

Source: Avon Tyres