Yes, we are aware of the fact that the title seems silly, but unfortunately, it is not. The U.S. beef industry wants to impose a 100% tax on European bikes sold in the USA.
The U.S. beef industry has problems with the European Union because they can’t sell US beef on the European soil. The reason why US beef can’t be sold in EU is that it doesn’t meet EU quality standards. US cattle are more often than not given antibiotics, testosterone, progesterone, and bovine growth hormone – this doesn’t fly in the EU.
You might be wondering what does this have to do with motorbikes? Well, the American beef lobby has proposed a list of specific products that should be additionally taxed. If you take a look at the list, it seems normal at first glance. You will notice fruits, chicken, candy, juices, but you will also notice motorcycles at the bottom of the list.
The updated list includes this part: ‘Motorcycles (incl. mopeds) and cycles, fitted with reciprocating internal-combustion piston engine with cylinder capacity of over 50 cc but not over 250 cc’ and ‘Motorcycles (incl. mopeds) and cycles, fitted with reciprocating internal-combustion piston engine with cylinder capacity of over 250 cc but not over 500 cc’.
Top European Bikes
This means that the Aprilia RS125, BWM G310R, KTM RC390, and more would cost twice as much in the US if the government listens to the U.S. beef industry.
Such a hefty tax would bring many negative effects on European manufacturers, and bike dealerships. The idea of a 100% tax has been criticized by the American Motorcycle Association, which is now asking bikers to raise their voice.
As lovers of motorbikes, we would not want this retaliation against the EU to happen. Yes, we do enjoy riding US-made bikes, but we also enjoy cruising on European motorcycles. We hope that people in power won’t agree to this tax increase since it can only lead to more bans, and bans usually do more harm than good.