Arizona drops emissions testing for motorcycles

Publish Date: 
Jun 24, 2013

PHOENIX, Ariz. – Motorcycle owners have one less hurdle in registering their bikes in Arizona, but exempting bikes from emissions testing is a double-edged sword.

The law exempting motorcycles from emissions testing was passed in 2008, but the state had to seek federal permission to put it into effect. That federal permission finally came through this month.

"It's great news for motorcycle riders here that have the challenge of putting themselves through 
the expense and aggravation of passing the emissions test," Mike Taylor, service manager at Harley-Davidson of Scottsdale, told KTVK. 

"For a lot of people, this is going to be really great news because of less expense and less aggravation that they'll have to endure annually."

But while the law may satisfy enthusiasts, the impact can be negative for Arizona dealers.

“From our aspect as a dealership, overall it's going to impact us on an annual basis close to $40,000 a year based on the number of bikes we put through our shop," Taylor said. (Harley-Davidson of Scottsdale is a Dealernews Top 100 Dealer.)

Posted by Holly Wagner