California Red Sticker Registration for Dirt Bikes Going Away? (Updated)
The change in OHV registration in California, and the “sundowning” of the California Red Sticker program is continuing to take its toll on the dirt bike and off-road industry. As we navigate through the changes to emissions regulations and figure out the place for non-compliant dirt bikes, the questions and common misconceptions continue to arise. Here we go through a number of the most frequently asked questions
Is California making off-road dirt bikes illegal?! No, not quite. Yes, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) is ending the Red Sticker competition OHV exemption starting in model year 2022, and making some sweeping changes in the way off-road dirt bikes and competition motocross bikes are registered in California. But no one panic—the sky isn’t falling. Follow along as Cycle News correspondent Jean Turner breaks down the background of the California Red Sticker Program and how dirt bikes are registered in California, what exactly is changing and how it will affect you. Jean also talks about what is being done about this from the powersports industry side, how you can help and where you can find more information.
Jean spoke to representatives from several major motorcycle manufacturers, California powersports dealers and land-use advocate Don Amador, who has been on top of this subject since CARB began talking about “sundowning the red sticker program” back in 2016. They explained the issue in plain language, talked about where/how this applies to everyday enthusiasts like you and us, and also told Jean what they want YOU to know, as well as what they think the future might look like for California OHV use.
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