The future for backyard, independent and even multi-brand motorcycle mechanics may be a little brighter if the coming mandatory data sharing law is widened to include motorcycles.
The law will allow owners the freedom to choose their mechanic as well as provide the backyard or independent mechanic access to service and repair information at a fair price.
Currently, manufacturers charge exorbitant annual prices for such information.
They also partially lock their ECUs which, for example, prevents independents mechanics turning off the “service light”.
It is a move to not only tie down owners to their approved dealer network, but also to prevent owners tampering with LAMS bikes that have ECU power restrictions.
Owners should note that LAMS bikes that have been de-restricted by any method may have their warranty cancelled and could void their insurance.
Data sharing law
This week the Australian Government announced it will introduce a mandatory data sharing law for all passenger cars.
Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association spokesman Jos Roder says this legislation “may pave the way for the motorcycle industry as well potentially”.
Meanwhile, some motorcycle companies intimidate owners with threats to cancel their warranty if they have their bikes serviced at non-approved dealers.
However, The Australian Competition and Consumer Act 2010 prevents automotive dealers from tying you into servicing or voiding your warranty if you service it yourself or have it done by an independent mechanic.
Similar laws protecting consumers against restrictive trade practices, such as this, exist in many countries.
However, your warranty can still be voided if you or your mechanic use inferior consumables (such as oils) or parts; if the servicing isn’t as regular as prescribed in the manual; or if you don’t follow proper servicing procedures.