Did you know that in Europe the sight of a street legal quad is common? That's right - ATVs can go through a process called "homologation" that guarantees they meet certain standards established by the European Commission. Once they pass, these 4 wheelers can be licensed as "quadricycles".
Unfortunately, here in North America, we don't have a similar process. We have to think outside the box and employ some creativity. All that is clearly represented in the video below.
Like this Polaris Revolver ATV concept? Here's a quote from Polaris:
"Revolver provides an awesome new driving experience with an uncommonly urban edge of sharp, aggressive attitude. The design of the Revolver includes such appointments as supple Italian leather seating, low-profile "floating" fender designs, modular deep-dish alloy wheels and stunning "light ring" headlights.
In addition, a state-of-the-art iPod® entertainment system keeps driver and passenger in tune. Every sculpted detail works in concert with one another to create a look and feel that reflects the unheard of experience and attitude this vehicle provides."
Guess what else - virtually all of todays street legal quads are converted off road ATVs! Just add some approved ATV street tires and you're ready to roll. What a concept. Once again, the Europeans prove that when it comes to motorized vehicles - they just "get it".
You think maybe in a land that's used to high gas prices and urban congestion they had the good sense to see street legal quads as a solution rather than a problem?
I know this is probably a fantasy - but wouldn't it be nice if our North American governments could wake up and take steps to enable us to have our own street legal ATVs?
Well, there is a way. We have to make enough noise to wake 'em up! After all, there are over 9 million ATVs in the US, along with several multi-billion dollar corporations involved. If we all got together, I'm bettin' we could raise enough of a ruckus to get some attention!
First, a quick lesson in how politics in this country works. Do you know that most laws are written by lobbyists? Yep, they write 'em, find a legislator to introduce it as a bill, (usually one who has received large campaign contributions from them), and they're off and running.
That's exactly how the environmental groups work, and why they have been so successful in getting their way for so long. Now don't get me wrong - I'm not anti-environment. I don't want to ride through a steaming chemical dump any more than a Sierra Clubber wants to hike through one.
It's just that since the government is reactive rather than proactive - the end result of a lot of environmental legislation has been the loss of riding areas because it was easier for the bureaucrats to ban it. To be proactive means they would have actually had to figure out a way to manage it.
That's why the ATV community has to get smart, get organized, and start getting things done. I for one am not getting any younger. Since Europe has already paved the way (get it?) for the street quad, we just need to follow their lead. Just look at some more of these street quads.
You can start by writing your congressman and senator to let them know how you feel. It wouldn't hurt to educate them a little by letting them know that the street legal quad is well established in Europe and other countries right now!
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