Green stickers, Red stickers, what?s next for off-road motorcycle enthusiasts? No one really knows, except for California government. Even now, with the recall of Governor Gray Davis, the California DMV slapped a sudden ban on the conversion of off-road motorcycles to street legal status. In the midst of the melee, the DMV put out a press release on the issue, and they had this to say:

“The California Department of Motor Vehicles has rescinded a memo it issued recently issued that stopped allowing the conversion of off-road motorcycles built since 1978 into street-legal or dual-sport machines.

But the department said it would issue new rules soon.

When the department released the memo in July stopping the conversion of certain off-road motorcycles to street-legal and dual-sport use, it represented a major change in policy for the agency. That’s because the DMV’s own registration manual, and a California Highway Patrol bulletin, spelled out procedures for legally making such conversions.”

What does all this mean? If we had to guess this sudden rule change is just a quick way to raise more money for a bankrupt state. Is the DMV delaying the inevitable? That depends on how soon California becomes fiscally sound. What will be the final verdict for off-road conversions? Those answers will start flowing once California government finally settles down (i.e. a new Governor is elected). For now, all enthusiasts who have dual-sport motorcycles can breathe a sigh of relief. But for how long? The BlueRibbon Coalition persuaded the DMV to rescind this ban until January 31, 2004, but what little time that truly is. Call it delaying the inevitable, because things are looking bleak for the future of off-road and dual-sport motorcycle riding.

What can you do? For starters, become involved. Even if you aren?t riding in California, you can still be affected by these bans. For more information on what BlueRibbon Coalition is, visit


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