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At Laugerman’s Harley Davidson, all new bikes are covered by a two-year warranty.

Jim Budzinski, who works there, is building his own. He lost his right arm two years ago in a motorcycle accident; he fell asleep.

But in the next couple weeks, he’ll be back on his bike.

“I started building the bike 10 days after my accident, while I was still in the hospital,” says Budzinski. “We’re doing some fine tuning on the bike, and we built a three-wheeler out of it and I’ll be back on the road in a couple weeks.”

Bikes have gotten much more expensive to build and repair.
So now lawmakers are pushing for a new lemon law that would extend to motorcycles.

The law would protect bike owners, and those who lease. It would apply to serious flaws, that put a bike in the shop for at least 30 days in its first year.

Manufacturers would be required to replace or buy back a bike that has defect.

Many stores, including Laugerman's Harley Davidson, already have extensive warranties. But customers say it's extra protection. Motorcycles have gotten much more complicated over the years and they say the time is right.

"You can't really work on them anymore so the company has to do the repairs, and when you bring them in it can be costly real quick," says Todd Smith of Dover, York County.

The legislation was introduced in the house's Consumer Affairs Committee this week.