Anti-tampering laws go mad

By Marc Potter
marcpotter Tested every new bike since 1994, loves anything on two wheels, runs Potski Media, ex-BikeSocial boss. Recently discovered elbow-down riding - likely to end in tears.

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If running and riding a motorcycle wasn’t being made hard enough already, the Euro boffins are about to make it worse, according to biking’s very own Euro fighters, MAG.

Motorcycle Action Group (MAG) say that from 2016 strict anti-tampering laws will be in place to stop riders from modifying everything from air filters, exhaust baffles, catalytic converters and engine remapping.

You can also expect on-board diagnostics which mean officials could check if your bike has been tampered with just by plugging in a laptop.

The regulation is likely to only affect bikes under 48bhp, but if Eurocrats get their way, then it can only be a matter of time until anyone with a big-bike licence gets affected too.

MAG's Nich Brown said: “The exact nature of the Anti-Tamper measures that will be required has still to be defined by the Commission, the Commission and expert advisers have to complete this by 19 February 2014. In the meantime, the EU is discussing 'RWT' - a more extensive MoT test, partly as a means of checking future bikes are not 'tampered' with.”

We’ll keep you updated as MAG attempt to fight the powers that be and make them see sense.

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