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Minister for Communications and Works, Hon. Kye Rymer recently announced that his Ministry has already commenced looking into legalizing large motorcycles for use in the Territory.
It is currently illegal to have a motorbike above 125cc in the Territory, and over the years there has been discussions on allowing the use of larger bikes.
However, those currently unhappy with the current scooter use remain adamant that larger bikes should not be allowed, even though on numerous occasions officers of the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force have confiscated illegal bikes in the Territory.
Hon. Rymer told the House of Assembly that the Ministry is reviewing the current restriction on the importation of motorcycles over 125cc engine size.
“Mister Speaker, the limit can be increased to perhaps 600cc, with the appropriate control measures in place to continue a safe cycling environment,” he told the House.
The plan to allow larger bikes in the Territory was first mentioned by Premier and Minister for Finance, Hon. Andrew Fahie while speaking on the radio programme Honestly Speaking with Claude Skelton-Cline in March.
“We are looking at a lot of things in terms of how do we go about legalizing jet skis; with certain size bikes with policies, street policies to make sure it does not contribute to anything negative in the community,” Hon. Fahie said.
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Well SahThe issue is not the size of the engine, but the way they are ridden. Most people would wish to discourage sports bikes because the island simply is not suitable for them, but a light to middleweight adventure bike that could handle the rougher ground and steep hills would be an appealing way to get around the island and would reduce traffic in town. What the government could do, however, would be to require each of them to be fitted with a tracker.
Road RunnerThe scooter situation is pretty much out of control already. kids riding erratically/dangerously with no helmets, no license plates and a total lack of training and experience, should be an easy target for police action. Yet they generally do nothing. Lets get what we already have under control first, before we consider introducing larger, heavier, faster more dangerous machines for these idiots to kill themselves, or worse innocent bystanders with.
Don'T Kill The GooseRead that last sentence, 'We are looking into a lot of things...how do we go about legalizing jet skis'. Are you kidding me!? Tourists come to the BVI because it different from the USVI. First we added more Cruise ships, now jet skis? Whoever is in charge of tourism needs to put a muzzle on Hon. Fahie. He is going to kill the goose that laid the golden egg if we don't keep an eye on him!
Biker ManWe do need larger bikes for safety - if you weigh 200+ lbs and need to ride up a steep hill without tricks trying to push you off the road, 125cc does not cut it. However, I think a safer increase to start would be 450cc, or even more sensible still would be to limit by the bike engine power output rather than engine size (e.g. 40KW or 55bhp). This would then allow the big capacity high torque engines found on mid size enduro machines which are perfect for these roads, whilst not encouraging dangerously fast supersports bikes, which is where all the casualties and accidents will happen. I used to ride a Honda CBR600 where I orginally come from, with 160mph+ , but that bike is utterly unsuited for the BVI, and would be a real death trap here. A Yamaha XT660 though, even tho a bigger engine is a different type of bike altogether, with an upright position suited to seeing traffic, cows, pot holes, hills and rocks perfectly. The bikes themselves encourage different types of riding. The police also need to get a grip on the current issue of no helmets. If they cant do with 125s how do they expect to do it with big bikes.
Wow!For me it is not an issue of the size of the bikes at all. It has everything to do with those that drive them so crazy, with total disregard for others around them, and worsts of all a total disregard for their own safety. Laws MUST be enforced for helmets, cell phones, speeds, etc - everything is already there in the 'law books'. All we ask is enforce those laws.
Thinking ManOk. Hmmmmm. In Europe and the Americas and the wider caribbean.....motorcycles are a mode of transportation. In bvi culture, it seems to be the mark of the degenerate or delinquent. I am afraid we will only see IGGER bikes forcing thru narrow spaces in traffic, popping wheelies thru traffic lights, chasing us off sidewalks, and carrying our beloved children and grandchildren like worthless backpacks and fannypacks , without helmets etc. Look at current trends and bike culture'
Watching On..As much as I would like to see this happen..it have far to much riders that just ain't responsible smh. A set a man wid buss head unfortunately...bike been on the road illegally for God knows how long...but how much wear helmets etc.. it will be interesting to see what they come up with.
UpsetI cannot believe that it is even being considered. The police cannot control the riders of the smaller bikes. How can they possibly think things will be better with larger bikes. The only thing that will change is that the bikers will be dead more after accidents as speed kills quicker than slow bikes.
Before allowing the island to be destroyed, why not consider enforcement of current automotive and biking laws. A few large fines would help a lot, especially if collected. I propose that any fine not paid after 30 days causes the license of the person and vehicle involved to be removed until the fine is paid. After 90 days not paid the vehicle should be confiscated and sold to pay the fine.