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Malcolm Smith Sells Banned Motorcycles

Friday, March 20, 2009
Malclm Smith Protests Minicycle Ban
A federal prohibition on the sale of new and used 85cc, 70cc, 65cc and 50cc displacement mini bikes has affected young dirt bike riders and sellers such as Malcolm Smith.
Multi-line motorcycle dealer Malcolm Smith Motorsports, in protest of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA), which prohibits the sale of youth motorcycles and ATVs deemed unhealthy for children less than 12 years of age due to supposed high-levels of lead content, sold three youth race machines at its dealership yesterday afternoon.

Three bikes were sold, two of which were KTM 65SX models. The KTM motorcycles were sold to multi-time AMA National Champion Jeff Ward and Troy Lee, owner of the premier custom designed helmet company, Troy Lee Designs.

The group of motorcycle celebrities on-hand agreed to purchase the banned units as a sign of their support of Smith’s Kids Love 2 Ride Protest and will hopefully bring more attention to a matter that is detrimental to the future of motorcycling racing and recreational riding.

“Motorcycling has always been a family sport and the new act prohibits this from continuing - we need to work together now to put an end to the ban on minicycles,” remarked Todd Baldwin, Malcolm Smith Motorsports General Sales Manager.

Malclm Smith Protests Minicycle Ban
AMA National Champion Jeff Ward and Troy Lee of Troy Lee Designs bought three of the KTM bikes banned for lead.  

Malcom Smith Motorsports would like to extend thanks to all the families, friends, small businesses and media who came out to support the CPSIA Protest. Furthermore, KTM North America, Inc. would like to extend thanks to Malcolm Smith Motorsports for its help in fighting the ban on the sale of minicycles.

“On behalf of KTM North America I am extending our deepest gratitude to Malcolm and his staff for their proactive approach to the CPSIA issue. The more people involved and attention generated on this issue will ensure a timely resolution to the matter at hand,” responded KTM President, Jon-Erik Burleson.

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Casey -banned motorcycles  January 13, 2010 08:58 AM
i've been riding since i was 4, im now 17, never once have i thought of eating parts on my dirtbike, this is the most family orriented sport in the world and its a shame to see this happening. kids dont wanna eat their dirt bikes they just wanna ride the damn things and have fun!

I hope everyones enjoying the "change"
Will Smithdeal -rediculous ban on minibikes  October 3, 2009 03:56 PM
oh yeah, maybe those valve stems that i took out of my crf50 and gnawed on when i was 5 is the reason i'm retarded now. uuuu...ummmm.darf...uhu..uhhu....hu hu
Josh -Don't Raise My Kids!!!  July 23, 2009 05:40 AM
Apparently some old, out of touch windbags think they can raise my children better than I can. WTF?! Better to have my kids taking mild risks and living a childhood of fun and excitement than sitting on the couch eating chips and playing Playstation. Hats off to Malcom, Troy, Jeff, and all the others, high profile or not, that have stood up to the ridiculous inclusion of these things into this ban. Sure, I want to protect my kids just as much as the next guy, but for some government institution to tell my children what kind of fun they can or cannot have is absurd.
Mike Masuga -Banned fun  June 18, 2009 09:37 AM
I've been riding since I was a kid growing up in the U.P. of Michigan since 1980. I want to pass on this fun and right of passage to my 2 boys. I will do it in spite of what our fascist Government says, and Damn the consequences! Hat's off to Malcolm, Troy Lee, Jeff Ward, (one of my childhood heroes), and everyone else who will let their kids be kids. Let 'em ride!!!!
Jottoh12 -I'm talkin' bout' the ban Stan...  June 10, 2009 07:34 PM
Good Grief...will it never end? Kudos to Malcolm Smith for standing firm on this nonsense. I am still reeling over the loss of three-wheelers and that fiasco did not even use the wee ones as leverage. What is next? Asbestos? Yikes!
John Taylor -Banned Motorcycles  April 19, 2009 09:21 AM
At what point that we seemed to have lost a voice and special interest took over (protect yourself from yourself) is no longer the issue. The Issue now is to keep being involved and let the Politians know that we will be heard much louder because we are the majority, and we will always have a voice. Congrat's to Malcolm Smith for keeping his doors open for these products and to Jeff Ward & Troy Lee for putting their great names out there for another great cause in our wonderful riding world. When you know your right makes it that much better to fight the good fight.
Chad Smith, Suches, GA -Ban on ATV'S and Motorcycles  April 7, 2009 03:51 PM
Thank GOD for democrats. Had it not been for them, our children would've gone on senselessly ingesting crank shafts and carburetors. Lets all pray we can keep split shot anchors a secret, otherwise fishing will be next on the banned list.
Tom Shaw -Banned Motorcycles  March 28, 2009 01:53 PM
I rode with the famous Malcolm Smith in the International Six Day Trials in Camerino, Italy in 1974. It is an annual 1200 mile competition amongst the absolute finest off-road motorcycle racers in the world. I sincerely appreciate his efforts to repeal this ridiculous law which prohibits youngsters and families from participating in a very healthy, athletic sport. Tom Shaw Pelham, Alabama
Frydaddy -Banned motorcycles  March 24, 2009 01:59 PM
I think it is crap, let kids be kids, it didn't hurt us older group of guys and girls growing up.