Nonetheless, next time, I’ll litigate without hesitation. In a number of states, motorcycles are legally “motor vehicles”, and are viewed/taxed/licensed as such. Sample state code protecting consumers with warranted vehicles “ "Motor vehicle" means only passenger cars, pickup or panel trucks, motorcycles, self-propelled motorized chassis of motor homes and mopeds as those terms are defined in ß 46.2-100 and demonstrators or leased vehicles with which a warranty was issued.” Thanks to the commonwealth of Virginia for the example.
The lemon law for Georgia outlines what vehicles
it covers as follows:
“ (15) "New motor vehicle" means any self-propelled vehicle primarily designed for the transportation of persons or property over the public highways that was leased, purchased, or registered in this state by the consumer or lessor to whom the original motor vehicle title was issued without previously having been issued to any person other than a new motor vehicle dealer. The term "new motor vehicle" does not include any vehicle on which the title and other transfer documents show a used, rather than new, vehicle. If a new motor vehicle is a motor home, this article shall apply to the self-propelled vehicle and chassis, but does not include those portions of the vehicle designated, used, or maintained primarily as living quarters, office, or commercial space.”
To be fair, there is contradictory code exempting motorcycles. “ The term "new motor vehicle" also does not include trucks with more than 12,000 pounds gross vehicle weight rating, motorcycles, or golf carts.” This isn’t an area where you can just lawyer up and the threat of litigation will make global corporations lay down. That said, convincing a court or arbitration board of unacceptable deprivation of use isn’t much of a stretch, if your new, warranted vehicle is down for months and the manufacturer doesn’t make you whole.
There is precedent for manufacturers to be compelled to replace or buy back everything from boats to motorcycles due to failure to perform. Obviously not a given..
In a year like 2020, where a manufacturer has a major act of god to point to to explain lack of parts availability for their new, warranted, failed vehicles, things would likely be harder to sell. Yamaha land
yacht tourer owners experiencing lifter issues, hang in there.