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Should Motorcycles be More Affordable? 

FEMA Calls for New Move to Combat Market Inflation

A female motorcyclist making her way down the highway. Media sourced from Conde Nast Traveler.
A female motorcyclist making her way down the highway. Media sourced from Conde Nast Traveler.
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Amidst a rising spike in living costs comes a plea to keep motorcycles affordable – and given the recent ballooning of the bike community and two-wheeled taxi services, the Federation of European Motorcyclists’ Association (FEMA)’s cry for affordable transit has made quite the stir. 

FEMA general secretary Dolf Willigers, in particular, has made a solid argument for “keeping motorcycle taxes reasonable, as well as taking other measures to encourage motorbike ridership as a viable form of everyday transport.”

A rider enjoying a scoot on a sunny day. Media sourced from Shell Global.
A rider enjoying a scoot on a sunny day. Media sourced from Shell Global.

It’s not just Europe that’s hurting, either; Southeast Asia has already been making headlines with their outlandish price for city-state 10-year motorcycle permits, now “up over 200% in four years and more than the cost of a new, entry-level bike” (via Bloomberg).

The argument from FEMA is pretty straightforward; with skyrocketing price tags connected t the Powersports industry, are you really going to choose a motorcycle over public transit? 

A Royal Enfield with rider sitting nearby. Media sourced from Deutschmann Law.
A Royal Enfield with rider sitting nearby. Media sourced from Deutschmann Law.

In the article FEMA used to address bike affordability, we also got the following slap in the face from the raw materials industry:

“…the price of lithium, a major component of batteries, has increased sevenfold. It also reports that mining and refining [the lithium] is mainly done by Chinese companies.”

“The same is the case with nickel…”

The ultimate view. Media sourced from Rescu App.
The ultimate view. Media sourced from Rescu App.

Electric motorcycles are making a big splash in our community, but they’ll have to hike up their price point more if raw materials continue the climb as they have in recent seasons…yet another deterrent, and one that may require a keen eye on the state of our country’s alliance with China.

Bottom line, FEMA wants “governmental and legislative bodies to do what they can to encourage ridership;” what do you think?

Be sure to comment down below, subscribe for updates as they come down the pipeline, and as ever – stay safe on the twisties. 

*Media sourced from Shell, Conde Nast Traveler, Deutschmann Law, and the Rescu app*

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  1. WOW WHAT A BULLSHIT STORY….REALLY THE PRICE OF BIKES IS UNAFFORDABLE????…REALLY YOURE A FUCKING GENIUS!!!!…..GO HOME WHERE YOU CAME FROM & BAKE SOME COOKIES…YOURE AN IDIOT….AT $10,000, BASIC BIKE…20,000 TO GET INTO SOME POS UNSAFE H-D (OR BETTER YET 30 OR 40,000)…BIKES POUND FOR POUND ARE MORE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! EXPENSIVE THAN CARS….WE HAD BETTER & MORE AFFORDABLE BIKES YEARS AGO…70’S, 80’S 90’S……WHY DO YOU HAVE TO TAKE OUT A MORTGAGE TO BUY A BIKE….

  2. In India due to extreme cusoms duty and taxation anything NOT made in India is hugely expensive.
    Honda, Suzuki, Ducati, Triumph, BMW, Binelli or Kawasaki are out of range for 99% of biking public..and, don’t even talk about service and spares costs.