From http://http://www.thumpertalk.com/forum/showthread.php?t=975328 THE WASHINGTON STATE LEGISATURE HAS PASSED LEGISLATION PERMITTING OFFROAD MOTORCYCLE TO STREET USE CONVERSION Olympia, Washington – 19 April 2011 The Legislature has passed and the Governor signed SB5800. This bill would allow properly equipped and documented off-road motorcycles to be legally converted to street use. This common sense piece of legislation was passed with strong bipartisan support, 46 to 2 in the Senate and 96 to 0 in the House of Representatives. SB5800 was sponsored by Senators Curtis King, Mary Margaret Haugen, Paul Shin and strongly supported by the Washington Off Highway Vehicle Alliance, the Northwest Motorcycle Association and a large number of offroad motorcycle enthusiasts. With many offroad motorcycle trails being fragmented by road building and timber harvesting, there is a growing number of riders that would like the opportunity to make their motorcycles legal to use the forest roads to connect the otherwise lost trails. The equipment requirement compliance inspection will be accomplished by motorcycle dealerships and the owner of the motorcycle will have to sign a statement that releases the State from all liability and acknowledges that they are aware that the motorcycle was not manufactured for street use and has been modified to be suitable for that purpose. The Washington State Patrol did not oppose this bill and stated before the Senate Transportation Committee that properly modified offroad motorcycles would not be any less safe than other street motorcycles. Rural communities would also benefit when these motorcyclists are able to travel into their towns and enhance the local economy. Other states have enacted similar laws and they have proven to be a safe and effective solution. With the additional fees involved, this will also be a revenue positive change for the State of Washington. Tod Petersen Political Action Committee Chairman – Washington Off Highway Vehicle Alliance Legislative/Land Use Coordinator – Northwest Motorcycle Association P.O. Box 61161 Seattle, WA 98141 email@example.com www.wohva.org www.nmaoffroad.org WA used to be a place that built airliners, bombers, trucks and sported wood... timber. Now it's a latte/microsoft (insert derogatory metrosexual slam here) land where the fast food restaurants recycle or compost EVERYTHING, you can only mtn bike where I used to ride certain times of the year... and they got legislation through?!