Three New European Laws on Motorcycles

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Here's some news for the European shore of the Atlantic: new motorcycle laws affecting bike sales in the European union countries have been passed, and they will become effective starting January 1st 2016.
This means both good and bad news for the French motorcyclists, as one of the laws affects this market only: the 100 HP limitation. Until now, bikes sold in France had to be equipped with engines producing no more than 100 HP. Those loaded with more powerful engines had to be de-tuned to comply with this limit.

It was common belief that bikes with more than 100 HP were the cause for multiple deaths among motorcycle riders, hence the limitation. Now, after years of studies, this assumption was proven to be wrong and a law has been prepped. Now, why wait until 2016 is totally confusing, especially as everyone involved agrees now that riding an 100+ HP bike does not mean instant death or so. “Les Francais...“ we'd say, but there are more than French in the EU Parliament.

The 1st of January is also the date when ABS becomes mandatory for 125cc and up motorcycles being sold and registered in Europe. Bikes between 51cc and 125cc only need to have a combined braking system installed. In 2019, the EU Commission will decide whether mopeds and similar vehicles must also have ABS or not.

Finally, it's the Euro4 and Euro5 emissions compliance: Euro4 becomes active for motorcycles on the 1st of January and for mopeds in 2017. The EU Commission is looking forward apply the Euro5 for all powered two-wheel vehicles as of 2020.
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