Is it a motorcycle? Or is it a snow bike? It won’t make any difference when it comes to licensing the vehicle under a bill that passed the state House of Representatives Tuesday.
The prime sponsor of House Bill 1436, Rep. Gina Mosbrucker, says more and more people in the Columbia River Gorge, in the Mount Adams area, and across Washington state are turning their motorcycles into snow bikes.
“This bill combines two operating licenses into one. If you have a motorcycle and you want to convert it into a snow bike, you’ll only need to purchase one license,” said Mosbrucker, R-Goldendale. “The fee would go to help keep outdoor enthusiasts safe and help groom the trails in the forests.”
The bill would create a single vehicle license that allows for the operation of a motorcycle either as a motorcycle or a snow bike. A “snow bike” is defined as a motorcycle designed for either on-road or off-road use that has been modified with a conversion kit to include an endless belt or cleats for the purposes of propulsion, and a ski or sled-type runner for steering.
“This is also a pro-business bill, because it’s expected to attract more people to buy conversion kits,” addedMosbrucker.
The bill passed the House, 98-0. It now goes to the Senate for further consideration.