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1 Modified Motorcycle Association of Finland FEMA board meeting 5-6 June 2009 Vääksy, Finland Santtu Ahonen,

2 Modified Motorcycle Association of Finland National riders rights organization focusing on small scale motorcycle manufacturing and modification Modifications should not be limited more than what is mandatory due to safety or environment

3 Modified Motorcycle Association of Finland Short history of MMAF Started as a counter action to government restrictions Initially it was impossible even to get a meeting with authorities Today, has best expertise and information on two wheeled dynamics and technology –Consulted widely by universities and authorities –Still plenty to do on attitude and responsiveness SMOTO’s technical sub-project run by MMAF

4 Modified Motorcycle Association of Finland MMAF in numbers MMAF is a member of SMOTO About 1000 individual members Not limited by style – All welcome Annual fee 20,- per person Support membership minimum 100,- / year – Corporations, clubs, associations

5 Modified Motorcycle Association of Finland Concrete local problems Taxation and related anti-tax-tampering laws –Basically, each bolt has % value and you need to maintain minimum 50% –Limits maintenance (e.g. after crash) or restoration –Serious issues with basic rights (and common sense) Technical limitations based on… gut feeling? Attitude by authorities: Biker = Criminal –Fines, removal of registration plates or other measures without legal grounds Those weird initiatives that come from EU…

6 Modified Motorcycle Association of Finland Trail Offset Power in numbers will open the doors but theoretical and practical competence will win the fight Fighting for our rights

7 Modified Motorcycle Association of Finland Recuiting the experts Hands-on manufacturers through personal contacts Knowledge workers through internet – Find the right discussion boards and identify those who know and are frustrated with the system – Most are happy to find a channel where they can actually make a difference, instead of whining in the net

8 Modified Motorcycle Association of Finland Silver Bullet – Pilot project Hands on example for legislation renewal Initiated 2005 Project expected to finish this year

9 Modified Motorcycle Association of Finland Emissions Noise, gas, particles Since 1999 we have 15 new restrictions and regulations

10 Modified Motorcycle Association of Finland EMC validation Electro Magnetic Compatibility (EMC) Mandatory for single approval, cost ~4000,- € per try

11 Modified Motorcycle Association of Finland Brakes MMAF approved for official testing New, concrete information through research esp. on chopper behaviour on various road situations 2 1 3

12 Modified Motorcycle Association of Finland Geometry and dynamics in theory and in practice r F2F2 F 1b F 1a βbβb βaβa

13 Modified Motorcycle Association of Finland Educational collaboration Major on motorcycles in Savonia university MMAF as technical consult in the project

14 Modified Motorcycle Association of Finland Tools for collaboration Have both carrot and stick at hand, and use them Personal contacts to all key stake holders Seat in key boards and bodies SMOTO's Motoparliament – All national stake holders: Parliament members, ministeries, customs, road and vechile administration, RWT centers... – Only place where they can actually meet each other – This year, MMAF will bring several bikes using renewable energy sources

15 Modified Motorcycle Association of Finland Main concerns for future Legal expertise with time and will –Money can not really help, unless there is lots of it EU level initiatives where we need FEMA's help –Frame directive on bikes Indirect anti tampering and copyright protection –ITS –Roadworthiness testing –Recent Harley-Davidson policy on Salvage title bikes Various local initiatives that I will not bother you with

16 Modified Motorcycle Association of Finland How can we help you and other questions?

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