AMA Pushes Tax Breaks for Motorcycle Buyers

The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) is asking federal lawmakers to include motorcycles in their proposal to help stimulate the economy by providing major tax breaks for anyone who buys a motorcycle.

In a letter dated Feb. 10 to U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), AMA VP for Government Relations Ed Moreland noted that on-road motorcycles are more fuel-efficient, offer reduced traffic and parking congestion and reduced impacts on roads and bridges when compared to cars and trucks. As such, he said, their use should be promoted and motorcycles should be included in the final federal proposal that is produced by a House-Senate conference committee.

“Motorcycle riders are just as likely as other consumers of automobiles and light-duty trucks to have been hit hard by the economic downturn,” Moreland says. “Moreover, motorcyclists typically purchase new bikes, apparel, vehicle servicing and aftermarket equipment from local dealers that are family-owned small businesses.

“This approach is an inclusive and equitable solution that provides much-needed relief to riders as well as those who sell motorcycles,” Moreland says.

The AMA asks all motorcyclists to contact their Congress representatives to ask for their support to include motorcycles in Senate Bill 1. An easy way to contact one’s U.S. representative is to go to the "Issues & Legislation" section of the AMA Web site at

– Guido Ebert