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    The future writing is on the wall. Singapore is cracking down on polluting motorcycles. It's not so different than other places, but it certainly is a highly-visible change:

    https://advrider.com/singapore-to-ba...ent=05_18_2021
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    Paris already has something like this, though not yet so severe...but 2028?...I'm Not Worried yet. I'll slap an electric motor and some Really-Good-Batteries into one of mine...Tires sprockets chains and brakes-they won't be banning them.

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    So they're paying $3500 to de-register the models affected by the change, sounds one heck of a lot like the "Cash for clunkers" program we had here about 2008-ish. Wonder if they've taken into account the effects of the energy required to recycle the metals to make a compliant machine? According to energy guru Dr Amory Lovins of the Rocky Mountain Institute "Cash for clunkers" was an economic program to prop up the auto industry disguised as an environmental program.

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    So often plans to make things better have intense unforeseen consequences.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigD_83 View Post
    The future writing is on the wall. Singapore is cracking down on polluting motorcycles. It's not so different than other places, but it certainly is a highly-visible change:

    https://advrider.com/singapore-to-ba...ent=05_18_2021
    Singapore has a LOT of residents in a fairly small area....roughly six million, and they work hard at quality of life in their country. Air quality affects the residents directly and also affects one of their major industries, which is tourism.

    Other countries have been doing similar upgrades through laws for a long time, especially when they see significant drops in tourism.

    As example, thirty years ago Cancun, Mexico, air quality was so bad that when vehicles began moving at traffic lights you sometimes were blanketed in choking exhaust smoke so thick vision became blurred.
    It took a while, but they enforced change and today the air is fairly clean

    As suggested in the article, after 35 yewars their vehicles can get "classic" recognition, and be exempt. Something similar is available in other countries, including Canada. With most GS series bikes already at 30 + years, they may also get such classification. .
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    Quote Originally Posted by argonsagas View Post
    As suggested in the article, after 35 yewars their vehicles can get "classic" recognition, and be exempt. Something similar is available in other countries, including Canada. With most GS series bikes already at 30 + years, they may also get such classification. .
    As much as we love our classics we vintage owners make up a very small segment of the total motorcycle riding population so there's little harm in letting us keep our dinosaurs. It's a rare day when I come across other owners of 30+ year old bikes, normally it's only at meetups with other vintage riders.

    Offering $3,500 in most cases is probably a fair deal for a 10-20yr old bike that will never become a classic collectible. That's $3,500 they can use for a down payment on an emission compliant motorcycle.
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    If you’ve been to Bangkok you’ll realize why the Singapore regulations make a certain amount of sense.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RichDesmond View Post
    If you’ve been to Bangkok you’ll realize why the Singapore regulations make a certain amount of sense.
    Absolutely it's a become a critical health hazard in a number of cities.
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    I wonder if Singapore would allow a foreigner/visitor to visit their city with a small early 80's motorcycle registered in another country:would they ban them ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by metalfab View Post
    So often plans to make things better have intense unforeseen consequences.
    And Motives.

    Hard to argue with supposed good intentions

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