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New Hampshire nixes plan to extend motorcycle inspections to two years

 CONCORD, NH –  New Hampshire will continue to require motorcycle  safety inspections on an annual basis, after a bill that would have  stretched inspections to every two years was tabled in committee with no  hope of action this legislative session. Republican-sponsored HB553 would have made motorcycle inspections  biannual. A number of groups opposed it, including the Department of  Safety, AAA-Northern New England, the New Hampshire Motorcyclist Rights  Organization (NHMRO), and the New Hampshire Auto Dealers Association  (NHADA), which also represents powersports dealers in the state. The House Transportation Committee recommended that the bill be “laid  upon the table,” virtually killing it for the balance of the 2017  session. When the full House voted March 9, the vote was 246-96 against  the bill. 

 NHADA credited members George Mullin of Souhegan Valley Motorsports in Milford, Curt Grenier of Naults Powersports in Manchester, and Norman Martineau of Rochester Motorsports Inc. in Rochester, who testified against the bill and contributed expertise. 

 The state does not set inspection rates, but says inspections typically  cost about $20 to $50 per bike. The proposed change, according to a  nonpartisan legislative analysis, would have reduced highway revenue  that is sent back to municipalities in the form of block grants. “The  Department of Safety states current [annual] inspection revenue  generated from motorcycle inspections is $240,533. Ten percent of  motorcycles registered each year are new; therefore, reductions in  revenue ($216,480) would be in the following fiscal year (FY 2019) of  this bill’s passage, and every other fiscal year thereafter,” according  to the analysis. “Therefore, this bill would result in a decrease in  state highway fund expenditures and local revenues of $25,978 ($216,480 x  0.12) every other year beginning in FY 2020.” 


A Message from MRF President, Kirk ‘Hardtail’ Willard

 As  many of you know, last year the MRF assumed a new endeavor related to  the unconstitutional practice of motorcycle profiling. After reports  began to rise from our own membership citing instances where they felt  singled out by law enforcement simply because of their appearance,  apparel, or because they are simply riding a motorcycle, the MRF decided  to take action. Working  with its partners within the Anti-Profiling Action Group, the MRF  developed a strategy at the national level to help combat profiling, an  issue that affects ALL riders and is unfortunately increasing. We know  this to be true because of a survey put forth by the Motorcycle  Profiling Project. In 2015, the survey found over 50% of riders across  the U.S. reported being unjustifiably stopped by police at least once  while riding their motorcycles.  With a participation level of over  5,000 motorcyclists nation-wide, these facts and figures will help  support and solidify our concerns over this issue when addressing  lawmakers in Washington, D.C. This  year, the Motorcycle Profiling Project has launched another survey  designed to reach an even broader audience. Like the previous survey,  its results will be used as critical tools in the efforts to obtain  legislative relief across the country. I  am asking you to take a few moments and fill out the survey, which can  be accessed by clicking on the link below. It’s completely anonymous and  it’s only 15 questions.
YOUR VOICE MAKES A DIFFERENCE! On behalf of the entire MRF membership and its Board of Directors, thank you for your support on this issue. RIDE FREE- 

 Kirk ‘Hardtail 

 About Motorcycle Riders Foundation
The Motorcycle Riders  Foundation (MRF) provides leadership at the federal level for states’  motorcyclists’ rights organizations as well as motorcycle clubs and  individual riders. The MRF is chiefly concerned with issues at the  national and international levels that impact the freedom and safety of  American street motorcyclists. The MRF is committed to being a national  advocate for the advancement of motorcycling and its associated  lifestyle and works in conjunction with its partners to help educate  elected officials and policymakers in Washington and beyond. 

Wednesday March 22nd

SB 27 - relative to grip height of motorcycles

Status:     IN COMMITTEE     Senate Status:     PASSED/ADOPTED WITH AMENDMENT     Next/Last Comm:    HOUSE Transportation    Next/Last Hearing:    03/22/2017 at 10:00 AM LOB Room203


This bill repeals restrictions on grip height on motorcycles.

 Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:

1 Handlebars on Motorcycles. Amend RSA 266:77 to read as follows:

266:77 [Grips;] Handlebars. [No person shall drive on a way a motorcycle on which the grips

are higher than the shoulder level of the driver when in the seat or saddle.] It shall be illegal to

drive a motorcycle with improvised, defective, or repaired handlebars.

2 Effective Date. This act shall take effect 60 days after its passage.

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