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Basem Wasef

Motorcycle Chrome to be Banned by January 1, 2010!

By April 1, 2009

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Motorcycle chrome In an unprecedented move that has put the motorcycle industry on alert, the Department of Transportation has passed a bill that intends to outlaw "chrome finishes that cover any engine, frame, or headlight assembly on new motorcycles."*

"Chrome is the silent killer," asserts DOT spokesman Melvin P. Meyers, "and if we can rid motorcycles-- especially cruisers-- of the shiny chrome that distracts motorists and causes accidents, our roads will be a safer place."

Last year, Meyers earned the respect and bafflement of sportbike enthusiasts when he tried to pass an amendment that would have legalized wheelies, and the move to eliminate chrome has led one motorcycle advocacy group to proclaim that, "[Meyers] is not only trying to undermine the cruiser business, he's also a closet crotch rocket junky who harbors a deep desire to see only sportbikes on public roads."

In other news, Happy April 1st!


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* Sadly, this news doesn't sound all that outrageous considering the strange-but-true kids' motorcycle & ATV ban that was recently enacted
April 1, 2009 at 6:30 am
(1) Joe says:

Good one Basem, had me going for a second!!LOL

April 1, 2009 at 9:11 am
(2) LC says:

Agencies of states and the federal government don’t pass bills. Legislative bodies pass bills. The Department of Transportation perhaps made a recommendation, but didn’t “pass” anything. Please correct this.

April 1, 2009 at 10:20 am
(3) Joe says:

L.C., I think Basem was making a Apr. fools joke with this post.

April 1, 2009 at 10:27 am
(4) jeff najar says:

Love your stuff. And this was one of the better ones. Rock on!

April 1, 2009 at 10:40 am
(5) Tom says:

Hahahah. April Fools to you also..

April 1, 2009 at 10:47 am
(6) Bonnie says:

I hope this was an April Fools joke . One never knows today.

April 1, 2009 at 10:49 am
(7) Peter says:

I was “had”! :-)

April 1, 2009 at 10:59 am
(8) Linda says:

Haha. Very funny. So, you pose as a serious journalist but actually you are not to be taken seriously. I get it now.

April 1, 2009 at 11:24 am
(9) breeze13 says:

Good one Basem! Although it wouldn’t surprise me that some knucklehead congress critter could come up with something like this. LOL

April 1, 2009 at 12:15 pm
(10) IMCDeacon says:

After 25 years working for the government….my first thought when I saw this was “of course they have.” It would not be atypical of the government to act unilaterally with little or no input from the industry. The fact that this is a April Fools joke really doesn’t alter the fact that we need to monitor our government constantly….after all, they are monitoring you.

April 1, 2009 at 12:59 pm
(11) Brett954 says:

I have to admit, I was a little irritated when reading this but then I got to the legalizing wheelies part…. and was in shock! Then I got to the April fools part… GOT ME!

April 1, 2009 at 1:29 pm
(12) Scott Anderson says:

Basem, you bastard! I nearly choked when I saw the item!!!!! Good one!

April 1, 2009 at 2:02 pm
(13) TXjammer says:

DANGIT! I swore I wasn’t gonna fall for any April Fool’s jokes today….but you got me!

April 1, 2009 at 2:47 pm
(14) Billie Joe says:

Good one…this goes along with D O T stating that the chrome rear doors that have are reflective on 18 wheeler cargo boxes are not allowed!

April 1, 2009 at 2:55 pm
(15) Ed says:

Basem you had me going for more than a minute.
Forgot all about April fools.

April 1, 2009 at 5:04 pm
(16) bill baggett says:

Go F*** Yourself!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

April 1, 2009 at 6:38 pm
(17) Nana69 says:

Way to go Good I Sure hope

April 1, 2009 at 7:39 pm
(18) Jesse says:

Oooooh, you wascal!!

April 1, 2009 at 7:52 pm
(19) GS Fred says:

So LC……..how long have you been an idiot?

April 1, 2009 at 9:29 pm
(20) G.B. says:

Very nice –I liked this one–nearly fell for it

April 1, 2009 at 9:32 pm
(21) JC says:

Damn man!!!U scared me…

April 2, 2009 at 4:16 am
(22) Adalberto says:

This is a joke ridht? These days I would not put anithing past these people. Specialy the GOP.

April 2, 2009 at 10:33 am
(23) R J says:

Just wait, some liberal will pick this up and run with it……

April 2, 2009 at 10:21 pm
(24) Ilona W. Smith says:

For a minute there you had me going with this until I realized it was send yesterday, April Fool’s day. Of course the with the people that ru(i)n our country nothing is impossible.

April 3, 2009 at 11:33 am
(25) Linda says:

Got my boyfriend good on that one!!!

April 4, 2009 at 4:51 pm
(26) BJ says:

Out law chrome hay they elected Obama Anything is possible in this government?
I used it on several of my biker friends they fell for it too….

April 5, 2009 at 10:19 pm
(27) Carrie says:

Powder coating anyone?

April 7, 2009 at 4:12 pm
(28) Sir Lancealot says:

Boy, I was getting ready to blow a head gasket. Thank God it was April fools day.

May 17, 2009 at 10:30 pm
(29) Darrell McDowell says:

This guy trying to pass a law to prohibit shiny chrome, is a complete babling liberal phsycopath, that needs to be drug kicking and screaming to a real bike rally, instead of those adolesent boy club rallies, I question the logic, Wheelies (non distracting),Chrome ( distracting), if he had a real job and could afford the chrome he would have it, but collecting bottles to buy gas, does not allow for luxury Items, such as Chrome, And Deodorant, Cause he reeks of comminist stinch.

April 1, 2010 at 12:19 pm
(30) moondog says:

Alas, some of the folks I ride with believe your post. When I pointed out it was an april fools joke to some of my riding buddies they insisted on being upset and insisted that ‘it could be true’ – gads, i’m going riding…..

May 16, 2010 at 3:34 am
(31) Josh says:

Lol, had me fooled. Never can tell though.

September 22, 2010 at 1:15 am
(32) Blksam says:


April 6, 2011 at 3:00 pm
(33) scott says:

Oh my God. This is a joke? I already took off all my chrome. Now you tell me. :)

April 10, 2011 at 12:16 am
(34) David says:

thats a stupid law, so they’re going to quit making chrome bumpers on trucks and semi’s, I see a big truckers strike, then everything will go skyrocket, lets see this is April then was it going into effect, true lies

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