Law Lets California Dealers Sell and Install Aftermarket Parts on New Bikes

California dealerships will be able to sell and install approved aftermarket parts on new motorcycles at the time of purchase, before the bikes are delivered to customers, starting Jan. 1.

The new law signed in early October by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger changes existing anti-tampering rules ordering that bikes must be sold in factory condition at the time of original purchase.

Before the new law, for a motorcycle dealer to install aftermarket parts or performance parts on a new motorcycle, the customer had to first buy the bike, take it out of the dealership and then return to have the products installed. This precluded the buyer from financing the cost of the parts with the new motorcycle.

Backed by the California Motorcycle Dealer Association and sponsored by assemblymen Mike Duvall (R-Yorba Linda), the law is expected to take the weight off many motorcycle dealers who feared fines from the state's emission's control agency.

"This is a tremendous win for California motorcycle and motorsports dealers. They can now fill their buyers' demands for customization and more performance when they buy a new motorcycle without fearing that they could be fined for selling and installing legal parts," says John Paliwoda, the CMDA's executive director.

Over the past couple of years, the California Air Resources Board has stepped up enforcement of the state's anti-tampering laws and collected millions of dollars in fines against dealers, distributors and manufacturers. In January 2006, CARB sent out an advisor warning dealers that it was illegal to advertise, offer for sale, sell or install parts that hadn't received an executive order from the agency. The advisory also prohibited the sale and installation, on new motorcycles, of legal aftermarket parts that had already received CARB's approval.

After Jan. 1, dealers will be able to factor in the price of aftermarket P&A into the overall financing cost of a new motorcycle, and install the items before the bike is delivered. The law also covers OE parts and accessories.

"CARB needs to promote, not discourage, legal motorcycle parts sales and installation," says Paliwoda.

A statement from the office of the bill's sponsor, Duvall, says that by "permitting concurrent financing of aftermarket and performance parts on newly purchased motorcycles" the new law "will help to encourage the use of CARB-certified equipment."