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Automobile Lemon Law

Is Your Motorcycle

a Lemon?

Motorcycle Lemon Law

The Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act provides consumers the same protections for their motorcycles that is does for their automobiles. In other words, California’s lemon law applies to motorcycles as well. If you buy or lease a motorcycle and it has a problem or defect that the manufacturer cannot repair within a reasonable number of attempts or within a reasonable amount of time, your bike is a lemon. Common defects include:

  • Transmission lunging, lurching, jumping, jerky shifting, or not functioning properly

  • Leaking oil, water, fuel, coolant, or other fluid

  • Engine issues and failure, loss of power, or sluggish performance

  • Vibration in the transmission or brakes

  • Electrical problems

  • Crank shaft issues

  • Brake failure and brake overheating

  • Repeated check engine and other warning lights turning on

  • Gas tank leaks

Often times, a motorcycle is not a person’s primary mode of transportation. So people aren’t as concerned if it has problems. They will tolerate lots of trips to service or lengthy periods of repair, because they don’t have a sense of urgency with needing to get the motorcycle fixed. But you pay good money for your motorcycle. You shouldn’t have to put up with it not working correctly and you should not have to deal with lengthy or delayed repairs.

Manufacturers like Honda, BMW, Ducati, Harley Davidson, Royal Enfield, Kawasaki, Triumph, Vespa, Suzuki, and Yamaha sell their motorcycles but often they are not able to properly correct defects in them. One issue is that these companies often don’t have the service and repair networks that car makers do because they don’t sell high volumes of products, like auto manufacturers do. As a result, often they can’t keep up with service demand, they don’t have enough good technicians, and parts many not be readily available. And who suffers, you, the consumer.

But you shouldn’t have to. You should get what you paid for and manufacturers should stand by their warranties. If your motorcycle is a lemon, the manufacturer must offer to replace it or repurchase it and refund your money. Additionally, they must pay for your attorney’s fees and costs.

If you are having problems with a motorcycle you own, contact us right away for a free consultation. We can inform you of your rights and will fight for you if you have a lemon.

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