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Pocket pariahs?

What's just 18 inches high, weighs about 50 lbs and is capable of traveling up to 70 m.p.h? The newest craze: the pocket bike. The tiny two-wheelers sound like an out-of-control weed whacker, and tens of thousands of them are hitting the streets with young drivers. Fans say the miniature bikes are affordable, comfortable and fun to ride. Based on the number of complaints, however--both of their noise and the unsafe driving of their owners--the pocket rockets can be a menace. In New Hampshire, Representative John Flanders sponsored a bill that became law this year that bans them from public roads. It also requires pocket bike retailers to provide written disclosure to purchasers that advises them that their existing insurance policies may not provide coverage for damages that occur while operating them, and that they are illegal on public roads.
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Title Annotation:STATELINE; regulations on pocket motorcycles
Publication:State Legislatures
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Mar 1, 2006
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