His bill requires motorcyclists to "maintain both wheels on the ground at all times."
He said he has seen the stunt riders and shakes his head at their bravado. Still, he said, the anti-wheelie law is not the answer. "I have never heard of a problem with people doing wheelies," he said. "I see it. I know it makes people mad. I know it is a stupid thing to do. But ultimately natural selection takes its course." Whether the law will be successfully challenged depends on the case, he said. "Legislation like this, on the first time around, it's not so difficult to take it down," he said. "But as the government fine-tunes it, ultimately they will get something that will stand." Michael Shepherd owns Bucks Down Racing in Oldsmar, which outfits and modifies racing motorcycles for road and track use. He said a lot of his customers are part of the sport bike crowd that is targeted by the legislation. "They are noticeably irate about this law that was passed," he said. "They're aware of it, big time."
But the group is young and not that organized and is not likely to mount any legal opposition to it.
"The kids who do that are going to do that anyway," he said. "They're just going to go out and post lookouts now." Many are "really talented individuals," he said, who may have futures in trick motorcycle riding.
He said that much of his business, though, is customizing motorcycles that race on tracks.
"We spend most of our life," he said, "trying to keep our front wheel on the ground."