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Discussion in 'Trials' started by vander, Oct 7, 2011.
The situation is not easy for anybody here in Spain.
Said that, comment that I have heard different reasonings regarding the money asked and the prefferent purchase of Derbi's plant.
I know of the OSSA owner's and am close friend of one of the regional government employees who's responsible of sharing out those subsidies.
The more pics I see, the more I want one. Is the shifter far away from the foot pegs like a trials bike, or is it close like a mx bike?
Probably too early to answer but will the bike come with a title here in the States? I see turn signals and I'm thinking streetable.
It would make for a wheelie nice commute to work...
When i get home ill upload the pics from the Motorbeurs Utrecht (Netherlands), i made some crappy photo's from the ossa trails and enduro :) back in February, sorry i didn't share earlier :)
Album with pictures :)
Cant answer that but in Spain anything that rides outside a closed course has to be registered, insured and comply with the same requirements of, let's say, a Goldwing (lights, horn, license plate, inspection periods, etc etc).
No 2 strokes over 50cc meet federal smog requirements.
tell that to the Husky WR's and KTM EXC's that are ripping around on the street.
California is the only state I'm aware of that has smog requirements on a motorcycle. I turned my last 2-stroke into a street legal bike here in Utah. I just have a safety test, not an emissions test.
California is it`s own country when it comes to emission standards. And I can not wait for the `Big One` to make this a reality!!
It is a federal standard. You might live in a state that doesn't verify bikes, but the OSSA won't be a street legal vehicle. It's title will say Offroad and if your state doesn't care you can get a plate. Many states, not just CA won't give you a plate.
That's Kalifornia to you!
As gvadney already pointed out, it's a federal standard; California does not have motorcycle emissions tests, safety or equipment checks (like many other states). If the VIN number classifies a bike as a off highway vehicle it cannot be plated. Too bad, because the Explorer looks like it would be a perfect light trail bike. As it is, I think I'll keep my "real" dirt bike for the desert and look for a used trials bike.
That is the answer I am looking for... if the tite is stamped "for offroad use only" you are screwed here in Jersey.
Gotta love Arizona. My dad has his GasGas 280 titled for street use. Not that he does, but...
Oh, and DAMN. I like the looks of that. I bet my wife would ride if I had one of those. How have the motors been holding up. New technology......
After a 5-hour singletrack ride on my Gas Gas Raga last night, the only thing I was wishing I had was a larger gas tank and a seat. There were two reasons for this.
1) so I didn't have to carry gas in my camelbak
2) so I could hug the tank with my knees.
Surprisingly, I didn't mind riding standing for 5 hours, since the ergos of a trials bike are so neutral. However, with the footpegs so far rearward and so far down, it wanted to wheelie out on the super steep climbs. So instinctively you lean forward to keep the nose down. After 5 minutes of that, your forearms start burning because you have so much weight on your hands, and your hands are used for balance, throttle, and steadying the bike. What I REALLY missed was being able to grip my tank with my knees and sit down on those long steep climbs and not rely on my hands to balance so much. I wonder if the Explorer would have enough tank/seat to grip it with your knees while climbing. I am 100% convinced that the explorer would be the perfect trail bike for the stuff I ride here.
Several ideas about the Explorer's ability to be plated and considered "Road Legal" in the United States have been offered. This may help. The first question is did OSSA submit the Explorer for federal emissions certification in the US? Contrary to popular belief the EPA has yet to ban all 2 strokes and is actually looking for ways to allow them to meet emissions requirements. The "PM-2.5 Emissions Reduction" process is aimed at modern 2 stroke technology and actually mentions some of their advantages. It also mentions motorcycles. Even if the OSSA was tested and failed the federal standard, it would still vary from state to state. The reason is not all states apply emissions standards to motorcycles as part of road certification.
For example in Colorado the documents you need to certify for title and road registration are:
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Certificate of Equipment Compliance (DR-2686)
This verifies VIN and equipment compliance, both pages must be filled out by a certified VIN inspector.
Roadworthy Motorcycle Checklist (DR-2686) page 2.
This certifies the functionality of lights, brakes, horn, muffler (for sound), mirrors, DOT approved tires, and that all original equipment is functioning.
Proof of ownership
Manufacturer's statement of origin (this gets exchanged for a title).
Note that "Certified VIN Inspectors" are individuals and the results may vary between them when it comes to interpretation of the above listed documents. However, I did use this process in the past to register and plate a Yamaha IT-495 in Colorado. It can be done in some states. By the way, don't skip the DOT certified tires when it's time for a tire change, there is at least one county sheriff in the state who will escort you out of his county if he catches you without them. Just trust me on that one.
Look up the actual requirements for your state before you write off your options.
great news GoThere, thanks.
It takes the US distributor of OSSA to get the US street legal certification process to happen. If you really want this bike to be street legal in the USA - call them and ask. They need to know there is a demand.
Video of explorer