Many of my biker buddies will have heard of the crazy European Union draft proposals that could mean home maintenance and the fitting of non-standard parts on motorbikes would not be allowed. If passed, this anti-biking legislation could severely restrict what for some is a common practice. Imagine not being able to modify, say, a Harley-Davidson with different exhaust pipes, or not being able to change the shocks on your sports bike, not being able to maintain the chain, brakes or doing the tuning on your own bike yourself. One interpretation of the draft could mean you might not even be allowed to change a tyre! This proposed legislation is clearly a nonsense, and we need to do something about this.
On Tuesday 22nd November, there is a protest ride and demonstration against these proposals right at the heart of the EU beurocrats, in Brussels. This is being organised by Motorcycle News. I will be going on my bike via the channel tunnel, making the two hour ride to Brussels from Calais and taking part. Then getting the Channel Tunnel train back later that day. Anyone from the UK want to join me? It will mean a very early start!
If not, then please sign the electronic petition to stop this bullshit. This can be found at ..... epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/16322