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I make no apologies if you’ve already read a similar editorial in our sister mag 100% Biker – this may well be one of the most important things you ever read, so it’s worth getting out to as many folk as possible.

What am I talking about? September 25 – the MAG Action Now Day, that’s what. You might not have heard, but there’s an EU Regulation going through that, if it passes, will effectively put an end to the modification of motorcycles as we know it. And that includes trikes too. No, I’m really not kidding – if this proposal goes ahead you won’t be allowed to do anything to your bike that deviates away from the original manufacturer’s specification. That’s right, nothing, zip, nada. Forget building yourself a trike (or a chop or a streetfighter or a rat), you won’t even be able to change the tyres, the sprockets or even fit heated handlebar grips. These changes are going to make the German TUV look totally lenient – this is the dreaded Type Approval that’s been whispered about like the monster under the bed for years, but this time it’s for real, it’s coming… if we don’t stop it.

Even if you don’t ride a custom or want to personalise your machine to make it stand out from the crowd, Type Approval will affect you – it’ll do away with aftermarket spares, you see. That means factory parts or nothing – no pattern bits, no cheap fork seals, no uprated brake pads, no louder/ lighter/ sexier exhausts, no higher/ lower screens, no using non-factory bits to repair your bike if you drop it. You won’t even be able to buy a non-standard oil filter.     

Alarmed? Good, you need to be – this shit is real. It’s going to happen unless we stand up and tell the powers-that-be that we don’t want it to. That’s why it’s vitally important that you get out on September 25 and show them the strength of our displeasure. If you don’t, then you’re effectively helping them to kill off our lifestyle – that’s the bottom line. You’ll be helping them put an end to everything we hold dear.

So, go to the MAG website at www.mag-uk.org and find out where your nearest demo is going to be and get along to it. I can’t impress on you how important this is – we need to win this, or, to put it bluntly, we’re fucked. It’s as simple as that.

-Nik  

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