Motorcyclists like tinkering with their rides, but experts say some after-market parts do not meet safety and environmental standards.
Rick Doyle stands next to his 2005 Venom Pro Street Big Bear Chopper, left, and 2004 Custom Chrome Nemesis in Hamersville, Ohio. The building Doyle is standing in was once the home of his prosperous motorcycle business, the Hog Farm, which sold after-market parts.Ricky Carioti/The Washington Post
Many after-market motorcycle parts concern automotive and safety experts, who point to products that are potentially unsafe or fail to comply with federal motor vehicle safety or environmental standards. Here is a look at one bike built in 2004 from a discontinued bike kit and customized with after-market parts by former Ohio motorcycle parts dealer Rick Doyle, who has been urging federal regulators and members of Congress to investigate the industry. Automotive experts point out the following problem parts. Read related article.