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Ban of RIGID Frame motorcycles in New Brunswick

Joe Chronkhite contacted us to let us know about a little situation he's experiencing with motor vehicle registration in New Brunswick. And it's QUITE a situation.

Joe lives in Rosedale (which is near Woodstock, New Brunswick) and the province has told him his 1976 Triumph isn't roadworthy because it's a hard tail. A hard tail is a bike without rear suspension. When he went to register a bike he was restoring he was given the names of some engineers to contact who would be able to certifiy the bike. The guy he contacted reportedly didn't even look at the bike - when he found out it was a hard tail Joe was told that hard tails aren't allowed on the road. 

Shortly after this he got a letter about the 76 Triumph he's been riding for several years.  The letter which was signed by the manager of vehicle safety with New Brunswick's Public Safety Department that said until his Triumph is engineer-certified, his registration won't be replaced or renewed and he can't transfer ownership.

So now he's got one bike that he can't ride and another 1942 Harley Davidson that he's restoring that he won't be able to ride. Not only that - he won't be able to transfer ownership of those vehicles.

Wow!  That has some serious implications for people who ride vintage bikes or do restoration work.

Check out the link to the story in the Daily Gleaner for full details on the story.


Thanks for the tip Joe - Best of luck with your fight.

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