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Brighter future for backyard mechanics?

The future for backyard, independent and even multi-brand motorcycle mechanics may be a little brighter if the coming mandatory data sharing law is widened to include motorcycles.

The law will allow owners the freedom to choose their mechanic as well as provide the backyard or independent mechanic access to service and repair information at a fair price.

Currently, manufacturers charge exorbitant annual prices for such information.

They also partially lock their ECUs which, for example, prevents independents mechanics turning off the “service light”.

It is a move to not only tie down owners to their approved dealer network, but also to prevent owners tampering with LAMS bikes that have ECU power restrictions.

Owners should note that LAMS bikes that have been de-restricted by any method may have their warranty cancelled and could void their insurance.

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This week the Australian Government announced it will introduce a mandatory data sharing law for all passenger cars.

Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association spokesman Jos Roder says this legislation “may pave the way for the motorcycle industry as well potentially”.

Meanwhile, some motorcycle companies intimidate owners with threats to cancel their warranty if they have their bikes serviced at non-approved dealers.

However, The Australian Competition and Consumer Act 2010 prevents automotive dealers from tying you into servicing or voiding your warranty if you service it yourself or have it done by an independent mechanic.

Similar laws protecting consumers against restrictive trade practices, such as this, exist in many countries.

However, your warranty can still be voided if you or your mechanic use inferior consumables (such as oils) or parts; if the servicing isn’t as regular as prescribed in the manual; or if you don’t follow proper servicing procedures.

  1. So what is a person supposed to do when you take a bike to a proper workshop mechanic and they stuff up ? Had a split pin left off the axle and the castled nut was able to come undone. Had a bike serviced and told it was ok to pick up only to find the rear brake pads had less than a mil of pad left and had not been replaced. They did replace the pads but used ones that only lasted 5000 klm and stuffed the rotor. Had to get new rotor and pads. Had a gutful of so called professional bike dealers and their useless mechanics.

  2. A far more cunning way to tie you to dealer servicing networks already exits and I have been caught twice by it.
    It involves talking buyers into taking out 2,3,4 year extra warranty, sometimes at very reasonable prices. The CATCH is that you need to take it, in that period, to that dealer or a network approved by that dealer to get it serviced and of course at the intervals prescribed in the fine print.

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