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Motorcycles On Any Sunday? Not In Indiana Until Now

On Any Sunday is a documentary which followed the lives of motorcycle racers and racing enthusiasts, including actor Steve McQueen, by filmmaker Bruce Brown. It’s an insider look at people who devoted their lives to racing motorcycles on tracks and off-road courses around the world.

But in Indiana, and I admit to being completely stunned by this news, Sunday is off-limits to anyone who wants to buy a motorcycle.  There have always been well-intentioned but loopy laws on the books preventing certain activities on Sundays in the United States, but this one left me shaking my head.

As we can only hope will happen with all laws which make little sense in the modern world, those days of “motorcycle prohibition” may soon be over. Indiana motorcycle dealers will be allowed to buy and sell their wares on Sundays under a change in that bizarre state law approved by the Indiana legislature.

The Indiana House voted 68-31 this week in favor of the bill which removes the current ban on Sunday motorcycle sales.

The repeal, sponsored by Rep. Ed Soliday of Valparaiso, will mark the end of a strange, strange law. Soliday said the time had comes since all the states bordering Indiana allow Sunday motorcycle sales and that fact puts Indiana bike dealers at a competitive disadvantage.

But the idea of the law didn’t only affect motorcycles and leaves a ban on Sunday sales of cars and trucks. The State Senate has already approved the bill and it now heads to the desk of Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels for his signature and could take effect some time in July.