In short, yes, the California Lemon Law applies to motor vehicles that are shown to be defective. Motorcycles are covered by Civil Code section 1793.2(d)(1). This section applies to “consumer goods,” which includes items that are purchased for personal use and are accompanied by a written warranty. This extends to motorcycles, RVs, and other consumer goods.
Because motorcycle defects are associated with issues of safety, it can actually be easier to make a lemon law claim for a motorcycle than it is with an automobile. However, it’s important to understand the legal requirements associated with lemon law claims as they relate to motorcycles specifically.
The California Lemon Law applies specifically to problems from the design and manufacturing of the bike itself. It cannot apply to defects caused by driving habits, accidents, or neglect.
California Lemon Law typically applies to motor vehicles with less than 18,000 miles or 18 months of use, though you may still have a valid case if your bike displayed problems outside of this period.