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November 2019

 

National and Regional News

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The National Park Service has reversed its September decision to allow ATVs and side-by-sides in Utah's five national parks. The change was scheduled to go into effect Nov. 1. The Park Service initially intended to allow the vehicles, because Utah law allows some of them to be registered and operated on state roads. Anti-access groups and Grand County officials objected to the change and urged the NPS to rescind its decision.

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) re-introduced S. 2602, Recognizing the Protection of Motorsports Act, which would protect the right of vehicle owners to convert their personal vehicles, including motorcycles, into competition machines. In 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency was granted authority to fine amateur racers for such modifications. The AMA supports this legislation. Click on this link to contact your senator http://cqrcengage.com/amacycle/app/take-action?engagementId=503034.

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released highway crash fatality data for 2018, showing a 2.4 percent decline in overall fatalities, the second consecutive year of reduced crash fatalities. Motorcyclist fatalities declined 4.7 percent. The report shows that 4,985 motorcyclists died in crashes in 2018, down 244 from the 5,229 fatalities in 2017.

RENO, Nev. - The National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council's annual conference drew about 200 people from across the country in October. The AMA was represented by Western States Representative Nick Haris and Steve Salisbury, government relations manager for off-highway issues. The conference brings together off-road enthusiasts, government officials, industry leaders, OHV rights advocates and vendors. The 2020 conference is scheduled for Aug. 17-22 in Knoxville, Tenn.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - To attract new riders and encourage motorcyclists to ride more, the motorcycle industry must tap into people's positive emotions, while offering easy and practical ways to enter and stay a part of the two-wheeled community, four presenters from the Motorcycle Industry Council said during the AIMExpo in September. Those were the findings by the research firm Centauric LLC, hired by the MIC to determine why some people ride and others don't. Among the suggestions to attract riders were more support for rider communities and networks, development of rider mentorship programs and offering new ways to access motorcycles that are not ownership-based. The MIC is refining these elements into an action plan, which will be presented to MIC members at the MIC annual symposium in November.

State News

WRANGELL, Alaska - At a Nov. 6 meeting, the Wrangell-Petersburg Resource Advisory Committee will review the progress of previously funded projects, consider new project proposals and take up remaining recommendations for the allocation of Title ii project funding. The meeting is 6:30-9 p.m. in two locations: Wrangell Ranger District Office, 525 Bennett St., Wrangell, Alaska; Petersburg Ranger District Office, 12 N. Nordic Drive, Petersburg, Alaska. The locations will be connected via videoconference. For more information, contact Linda Slaght, RAC coordinator, (907) 772-5948 or lslaght@fs.fed.us.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - California Gov. Gavin Newsom vetoed a bill that would have denied the off-highway vehicle community a long-overdue opportunity for additional motorized recreation at the Carnegie State Vehicular Recreation Area. Assembly Bill 1086, introduced in the last days of the legislative session, was a "gut and amend" bill that used language from the failed Senate Bill 767. Both bills would have declared the 3,100-acre Alameda-Tesla Expansion Area to be surplus property, making it available for sale. Newsom's veto message cited a lack of evidence regarding mismanagement of the property. The agency that oversees the property has procedures in place for disposing of unneeded property. Carnegie SVRA has been part of the California State Parks system since 1980, when the site was acquired by the California Department of Parks and Recreation. Prior to that, the site was privately owned and was enjoyed by generations of motorized recreationists, including a period when it was operated as a private motorcycle park.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Using a $700,000 federal grant, the California Highway Patrol developed the Get Educated and Ride Safe II campaign, or GEARS II, to promote motorcycle safety and awareness. The GEARS II goal is to reduce the number of crashes and crash victims. With the grant, the regions with the highest number of motorcycle incidents will see increased safety operations. A year-long series of safety education campaigns, including the "May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month," is planned. The campaigns will promote the use of motorcycle helmet that meet U.S. Department of Transportation standards and will work to increase motorists' awareness of motorcyclists on the road. The campaigns will also focus on the most dangerous traffic violations, including speeding, improper turning and driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Funding came from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Steve Salisbury, AMA government relations manager for off-highway issues, attended the fourth of six planned meetings of the Maine Governor's ATV Task Force in October. The task force is charged with six tasks, primarily considering ATV trail funding and the size and weight of vehicles allowed on Maine's state-administered 6,500-mile ATV trail system, nearly all of which is on private land. Before the task force meeting, Salisbury huddled with members of the AMA-chartered Pine Tree Trail Riders and with Maine AMA State Chapter coordinator John Painter. The state's off-highway motorcycle riders are concerned, because two influential task force members suggested revising the ATV definition to exclude OHMs, ending riders' legal access to the trails. During the public comment portion of the task force meeting, Salisbury described the AMA's familiarity with private land issues, highlighted misconceptions around OHM trail use, addressed best management practices for OHM trails, noted the available OHV ethics messaging and strongly supported OHM registration options that would encourage club membership.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Ninety-two percent of those commenting on a proposal to reduce tolls for motorcyclists favored the idea. Seven percent opposed it. And 1 percent were neutral. The Maryland Transportation Authority has proposed reducing tolls for motorcycles by 50 percent, among other changes. Of the 287 comments received, 167 addressed the motorcycle proposal. The AMA put out a call in July to support the proposal and also urge officials to simply eliminate the tolls for motorcycles. A final decision on the proposal is expected by the end of the year. The MTA report is available for download at https://mdta.maryland.gov/sites/default/files/Files/Documents/TollModernization/Toll_Moderization_Public_Comments_Final_Report.pdf

ALBANY, N.Y. - The Adirondack Council filed a lawsuit Oct. 7 against the town of Clare in St. Lawrence County over its use of a road through a forest preserve as an all-terrain vehicle trail. The lawsuit seeks to overturn a law passed this year by the town that authorized the use of the road by ATVs. The Grass River Wild Forest holds about 14,000 acres of forest preserve, which is managed with three conservation easements-Grass River, Tooley Pond and Long Pond-for a total of more than 125,000 acres of public access. Some ATV use is allowed on the conservation easements, according to a report by NNY360.com.

International News

Brussels - The Brussels government plans a study to determine whether motorcycles should be banned from the Capital Region, based on the amount of fine dust and greenhouse gases emitted in 2020. The Capital Region is Brussels' low-emissions zone. A report in The Brussels Times states that a recent French study showed motorcycles emit as much as 11 times the carbon monoxide and six times as much nitrogen as cars. New motorcycles fall under the Euro 4-norm, while cars must meet the Euro 6-rating. The car and motorcycle federation Febiac said the idea is "pure provocation" and called a motorcycle ban "simplistic reasoning." "It has been proven that daily traffic jams could be reduced 40 percent if only 10 percent of drivers would choose a motorcycle instead of a car," said Febiac Chairman Philippe Dehennin. "We invite the Region to look at mobility in a different way instead of announcing a ban."

VARANO MELEGARI, Italy - Carboni e Metalli, a startup manufacturer, has produced a "composites-intensive concept motorcycle" that pays homage to the U.S. Apollo missions, according to a report at CompositesWorld.com. The Lunar Project motorcycle won the "Best of Show" award for best motorcycle at the 2019 Wildays in Italy. The motorcycle is based on a KTM 250GS. It uses the bike's original steel frame and engine, with a carbon fiber composite sub-frame, a rear swingarm built from a combination of carbon fiber and 3D-printed titanium. "In 1969, mankind first stepped on the moon. Now, 50 years later, we wanted to pay homage to that historical achievement doing what we do best in the part of the world: combining unique materials and advanced technologies with artisanal craftsmanship and passionate design," said Massimo Bercella, co-founder of Carboni e Metalli.

Industry News

AUSTIN, Texas - Porsche Taylor, Alisa Clickenger, and Robyn Kocienski have joined the Women Riders Now Leadership Board. The board also includes co-chairwomen Erin Sills and Sarah Schilke. The WRN Leadership Board will help guide the strategic direction of WomenRidersNow.com, which was founded in 1999 by 2019 AMA Bessie Stringfield Award winner Genevieve Schmitt. Taylor is the founder of Black Girls Ride magazine, an online publication serving African-American riders. Clickenger is a motorcycle journalist and tour leader. Kocienski is a motorcycle tour guide with Motoquest Tours.

CHARLOTTETOWN, Prince Edward Island, Canada - Havoc Motorcycles, the makers of Canada's Performance Supercruisers, has announced details of its newest muscle bike to be released for the 2020 model year. The Havoc 127 Voodoo sports a 2.081 liter (127ci) V-Twin producing 140 horsepower and 140 pound feet of torque. With 1960s styling, the 127 Voodoo is a retro-themed bike, including a hidden shock frame, springer front end, thick spoke wheels, sprung solo saddle and high tracker pipe. The company is taking orders for spring delivery. Pre-order pricing is $22,500. Get more information at www.havoc-motorcycles.com/127-voodoo.html.

VARESE, Italy -MV Agusta, a producer of premium motorcycles, has announced its five-year business plan, with funding provided by the Sardarov family, MV Agusta's shareholder. The business plan calls for reaching a sales volume of more than 25,000 motorcycles in the five-year time frame and includes investments in a new premium and medium-capacity range bikes. The company's plan also provides for an investment in its global distribution network, focused primarily on Europe, Asia and the United States.

MATTIGHOFEN, Austria - KTM Industries AG successfully concluded negotiations with Black Toro Capital-the owners of GASGAS Motorcycles-for future industrial cooperation with GASGAS under the lead of KTM Industries AG. New models will be developed alongside the Trial and Enduro bikes of GASGAS. As part of the Joint Venture the production of GASGAS products and TORROT electric vehicles will be continued in Girona/Spain. GASGAS will be added-alongside KTM and HUSQVARNA Motorcycles & eBikes-to the sales network of the KTM Industries group, which will soon change its name to PIERER Mobility group. The deal is subject to antitrust authorities' approval.

COVENTRY, United Kingdom - Arc Vehicles Ltd., which planned to produce the $114,000 Arc Vector electric motorcycle, has entered administration, the British equivalent of filing for bankruptcy. The motorcycle was expected to produce 95 kW (127 horsepower), with a top speed of 150 mph. And the company claimed a range of 362 miles, with a recharge time of 45 minutes.

AMA News

PICKERINGTON, Ohio - Get your tickets and make your plans to be at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio, July 10-12 for 2020 AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days. AMA members can purchase discounted tickets now at www.amavintagemotorcycledays.com/tickets. AMA members save an additional $5 off the already discounted early bird pricing. AMA members can also call (614) 856-1900 to order their tickets. A fundraiser for the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame, AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days showcases classic motorcycles of all makes and styles, and honors the riders who made them famous. Activities at the event include the AMA Vintage Grand Championship, which features road racing, motocross, hare scrambles, trials and flat-track racing. In addition, North America's largest motorcycle swap meet is packed with parts, bikes and memorabilia from all eras. There are shows with examples of some of history's most beloved motorcycles. Attendees are entertained by stunt shows, demo rides of current production bikes and live music, while seminars on numerous topics by noted motorcycling experts keep them informed. Non-AMA members and those reserving RV spaces must purchase tickets through Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. These tickets will be available in December online at midohio.com or by calling (419) 884-4000. AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days is a family-friendly event. Children 12 and under get in free with a ticketed adult. Free parking is also available on site.

PICKERINGTON, Ohio - The 2019 AMA Legends & Champions Weekend is Dec. 6-7 at the Hilton Columbus Downtown in Columbus, Ohio. The AMA Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Dec. 6 will welcome the Hall of Fame Class of 2019: rights advocate Mark Buckner, off-road racing champion Kurt Caselli, motocross champion Ron Lechien, trials pioneer Wiltz Wagner and museum founder Dale Walksler. On Dec. 7, the 2019 AMA Championship Banquet which honors the national champions in all disciplines sanctioned by the AMA. In addition, the hotel will host AMA Congress on Dec. 6-7, where AMA Commission members will discuss rules governing AMA-sanctioned events. Tickets for AMA Legends & Champions Weekend are available now at http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=vw9ldxbab&oeidk=a07egk6666t3e98bda6. Tickets also can be purchased over the phone at (800) 262-5646. Reservations can be made at the Hilton Columbus Downtown at https://book.passkey.com/event/49921089/owner/9521521/home.

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RPM Act reintroduced in U.S. Senate

Tell Congress to support your right to race!

The Recognizing the Protection of Motorsports Act (RPM Act, S. 2602) was reintroduced in the Senate by Sens. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.). The bi-partisan RPM Act would ensure that converting motor vehicles into competition-only vehicles remains legal. Street motorcycles are considered motor vehicles under the federal Clean Air Act.

The RPM Act states that it was the clear intent of Congress when passing and amending the Clean Air Act that motor vehicles, including motorcycles, used solely for competition would be exempt from the Clean Air Act's prohibitions against modifying emission control devices.

The American Motorcyclist Association supports the bill and its protections for amateur and professional racing enthusiasts.

Tell your senators you support S. 2602. Send a prewritten email by using the convenient AMA by following the Take Action link:
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October 2019

 

National and Regional News

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Reviving America's Scenic Byways Act (S. 349) passed the U.S. Senate by voice vote on Sept. 9 and was signed by the president. The bill passed the House in February. The bill requires the Secretary of Transportation to request nominations for, and make determinations regarding, roads to be designated under the national scenic byways program, which has been closed for six years. The AMA was part of the coalition that helped create this program in 1991 and is part of a coalition now intent on reviving the program. Many of the country's favorite motorcycling roads are National Scenic Byways and benefit from the resources provided to preserve and enhance them. From the Blue Ridge Parkway, stretching 469 miles from North Carolina to Virginia, to the Beartooth Highway between Montana and Wyoming, to Hells Canyon in Oregon, there are 150 roads designated as National Scenic Byways. The program provides resources that help communities along these byways benefit from the tourism they generate, while preserving the characteristics of the roads that made them great destinations in the first place. Officials are prepared to seek National Scenic Byway designation for 44 roads in 24 states as soon as the program is restarted.

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency must reconsider its 2018 renewable volume obligations under the Renewable Fuel Standard because the agency failed to consider how the policy would affect endangered species, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled. In a suit brought in 2018, the Sierra Club and the Gulf Restoration Network argued that habitats of whooping cranes and gulf sturgeon could be affected if corn production is increased to meet federal standards for ethanol in vehicle fuels. Claims made by refineries and energy companies that the RVOs were too low or too high were rejected by the court. The EPA argued that it did make a determination when it responded to comments on the proposed standards by saying it could not attribute any damage to habitats or species to changes in the rule.

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Interior Secretary David Bernhardt signed an order in late August that allows electric bicycles on all trails on Department of Interior land where pedal bicycles are permitted. The new policy covers all of the national parks and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. Despite the BLM and U.S. Forest Service still considering e-bikes motorized vehicles, the San Juan Nation Forest in Colorado has allowed some e-bikes on selected nonmotorized trails following an environmental assessment and public input in 2017. In a more controversial move, the Tahoe National Forest also recently allowed electric mountain bikes on some nonmotorized trails without undergoing reviews under the National Environmental Policy Act or seeking public comments. The AMA believes federal lands should be available for use by all Americans engaging in a wide range of recreational activities. However, the AMA believes the growing popularity of e-bikes has posed many questions and agencies should manage their use consistently, especially in terms of soliciting public comments.

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Waymo, the self-driving car unit of Google parent Alphabet Inc., has asked the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to remove regulatory barriers for self-driving cars that do not have steering wheels or brake pedals, according to a Reuters report. But Waymo still wants NHTSA to ensure the safety of those cars on the road. Automakers currently must meet nearly 75 auto safety standards for self-driving cars, many written under the assumption that a licensed driver is in command of the vehicle using traditional controls. NHTSA should first work on addressing those safety standards that assume a human is behind the wheel before revising rules to address alternative seating configurations, Waymo said in a letter to the agency. That will "enable the timely deployment" of vehicles without manual controls. NHTSA is also grappling with how and where to test self-driving cars to assure they are safe, according to the Reuters report. The agency is considering whether to use simulations or external remote controls in testing. Many automakers plan remote controls to pilot autonomous vehicles through factories or onto trucks. The AMA objects to the deployment of automated vehicles that do not properly detect and appropriately respond to motorcycles, other nearby vehicles or pedestrians.

State News

PHOENIX - The Arizona Motorcycle Safety & Awareness Foundation is teaming with RideNow Powersports on a pilot program to help motorcyclists obtain helmets. Applicants who donate $50 to AMSAF will receive a $125 credit toward one full-face helmet at specified RideNow Powersports locations. Applicants must have a motorcycle endorsement on their driver's licenses. Funds for the program came from donations, sponsorships and grants. For more information, visit www.amsaf.org/helmets or call (888) 951-3732.

PRESCOTT, Ariz. - The Yavapai Resource Advisory Committee is accepting applications through Oct. 6 for grants to be awarded under the Secure Rural Schools and Communities Self-Determination Act. Although the primary location for projects is intended to be in Yavapai County on the Prescott National Forest and portions of the Kaibab, Coconino and Tonto national forests, projects can also be on nonfederal lands within Yavapai County where it is clearly demonstrated that the project benefits resources on the national forest. Grants are for projects that improve roads, trails or recreation facilities or projects that improve forest health and restore and improve land health and water quality. Applications can be made at tinyurl.com/YavapaiRACProposal. For more information, contact Debbie Maneely at (928) 443-8130.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Lawmakers approved S.B. 112, which restores the "fix-it" tickets for vehicles suspected of violating the state's exhaust sound limit. Fix-it tickets allow the vehicle owner 30 days to correct a violation. A.B. 1824, signed into law in 2018, eliminated that option, resulting in immediate fines.

UKIAH, Calif. - The South Cow Mountain OHV Management Area has reopened to the public following repairs related to 2018's Mendocino Complex fires. Fire damage was worsened by winter rains. Some motorized trails will remain closed because of burned bridges, washouts and hazard trees. Visitors are cautioned to pay attention to signs and stay off of closed routes for safety and to protect natural resources. Visitors should use only designated roads and trails and avoid driving on bulldozer fire lines. Visitors can expect to see fallen trees on some trails. The South Cow Mountain OHV Management Area provides more than 100 miles of trails for riders and drivers of all abilities using motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles, four-wheel-drive trucks and utility vehicles.

MONTROSE, Colo. - The U.S. Bureau of Land Management will lease about 44 acres to Montrose County, enabling the county to develop the Shavano Gateway Recreation Area. According to the Montrose Press, the county will establish a formal trailhead for the Montrose side of the 160-mile Rimrocker Trail, as well as provide about 20 miles of single-track trails adjacent to the recreation area for mountain bikes, ATVs and non-motorized travel. The county also plans an off-highway vehicle training and obstacle course and infrastructure, such as picnic tables.

DUBUQUE, Iowa - The Dubuque County Supervisors are preparing to open most roads to ATVS and UTVs. Officials approved a $30,000 contract with Northeast Iowa Community College to educate the public about the change through radio, print and social media. The ordinance requires drivers to be 18 or older.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Motorcycle tolls would be cut in half under a plan to modernize Maryland's toll system in 2020. A public comment period extended through Oct. 3 for the new tolling options proposed by the Maryland Transportation Authority board. A final report will be submitted Oct. 31 for review by the MDTA board and will be posted at mdta.maryland.gov for additional public comment. The board is scheduled to vote on a final recommendation at its Nov. 21 meeting. Gov. Larry Hogan said the toll relief package would save Marylanders more than $28 million over five years.

RANDOLPH, N.H. - A memorial is being planned for the seven motorcyclists killed in a June crash caused by a pickup truck driver who crossed the centerline of a highway. American Legion Post 82 in Gorham hopes to create the memorial near the crash site in Randolph, N.H. The memorial would include the Jarheads Motorcycle Club and U.S. Marine Corps logos. The Jarheads is a New England motorcycle club that includes Marines and their spouses. The pickup driver, 23-year-old Volodymyr Zhukovskyy, of West Springfield, Mass., has pleaded not guilty to negligent homicide. Officials say Zhukovskyy's license should have been suspended because of a previous drunken driving arrest.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Three national forests-Cibola, Santa Fe and Carson-have released final draft plans and environmental impact statements. Public hearings were held in August and September. The deadline for comments on the plans is Nov. 7. The final draft Carson National Forest documents is available here: www.fs.usda.gov/detail/carson/landmanagement/planning/?cid=stelprdb5443166. For information about the Cibola National Forest, visit www.fs.usda.gov/detail/cibola/landmanagement/planning/?cid=FSBDEV3_065627. And the Santa Fe National Forest documents are available here: www.fs.usda.gov/detail/santafe/landmanagement/planning/?cid=stelprd3791442.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Four miles of new all-purpose vehicle trails are planned for a 144-acre property in the Pike State Forest, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources announced. The new trails bring the total in the forest to nearly 20 miles of APV trails. APVs include four-wheelers, dirt bikes, side-by-sides and dual-sport motorcycles.

VERNAL, Utah - The Ashley National Forest is defining the scope of an update to its Forest Plan, which has been amended 24 times since its adoption in 1986. There are nearly 30 OHV trails on the forest. The scoping process is intended to give stakeholders the opportunity to identify issues that should be addressed in the Environmental Impact Statement and Forest Plan. The Forest Service expects to release a draft revised Forest Plan and EIS by the fall of 2020 and the final version of each by the summer of 2021. Comments are due by Nov. 8. Email comments to AshleyForestPlans@usda.gov or send them to Ashley National Forest, Attention: Plan Revision, 355 N. Vernal Ave., Vernal, UT 84078-1703. Plan documents are available online at www.fs.usda.gov/main/ashley/landmanagement/planning.

International News

VILLENEUVE-LE-ROI, France - This Paris suburb has installed cameras and sound detectors near Orly Airport in an attempt to reduce sound levels by ticketing suspected vehicles. The "acoustic cameras" pick up sounds that exceed the legal limit, then snap photos of the offending vehicles. However, French law does not allow vehicle owners to be fined under this approach. The French pilot project is one among several. A 2011 project in Calgary, Canada, was discontinued when it was determined that the acoustic measurements could not be used for enforcement. Edmonton installed cameras and sound recording equipment in 2018, according to a report by Dolf Willigers of the Federation of European Motorcycle Associations. The British Department for Transport has announced that acoustic cameras will be installed as a reaction to excessive vehicle sound. And the Netherlands city of Tilburg is considering acoustic cameras against excessive noise by cars and motorcycles in the inner city.

Industry News

MATTIGHOFEN, Austria - KTM Industries AG will be renamed Pierer Mobility AG to better reflect "the strong role of the majority shareholder" and encompass the company's other brands. KTM also owns Husqvarna Motorcycles, Husqvarna Bicycles and Raymon and the component brand WP.

CALABASAS HILLS, Calif. - Powersports distributor Helmet House has been sold to an industry group. Founders Bob Miller and Phil Bellomy sold the 50-year-old business to Dave Bertram, Scott Link, Don Becklin and Randy Hutchings. MIller and Bellomy said they will retain part ownership. Among the brands distributed by Helmet House are Shoei, HJC, Tourmaster, Cortech and Sena. Bertram is the founder of Cycle Gear. Becklin is the founder of Motorcycle-Superstore and Motorcycle-USA.com. Link was director of sales for North America for Alpinestars. Hutchings is the current CEO of Helmet House.

MARIETTA, Ga. - Yamaha Motor Corp. USA awarded more than $86,000 to five organizations during the second quarter of 2019 as part of its pledge to fund $500,000 in Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative grants this year. Those receiving the most recent grants are Arizona State Association of 4-Wheel Drive, Post Wildfire OHV Recovery Alliance, Save the Rider's Dunes, Southern California Mountain Foundation and The Great Outdoors Fund. For further information on Yamaha's Outdoor Access Initiative program, or to submit a grant application, visit YamahaOAI.com.

AUSTIN, Texas - WomenRidersNow.com, a website for female motorcyclists, has formed a Leadership Board to guide its strategy. Board members include Co-Chairwomen Erin Sills and Sarah Schilke. WRN founder Genevieve Schmitt, the 2019 AMA Bessie Stringfield Award recipient, will serve on the board in an advisory capacity.

AMA News

PICKERINGTON, Ohio - The 2019 AMA Legends & Champions Weekend is Dec. 6-7 at the Hilton Columbus Downtown in Columbus, Ohio. The AMA Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Dec. 6 will welcome the Hall of Fame Class of 2019: rights advocate Mark Buckner, off-road racing champion Kurt Caselli, motocross champion Ron Lechien, trials pioneer Wiltz Wagner and museum founder Dale Walksler. On Dec. 7, the 2019 AMA Championship Banquet which honors the national champions in all disciplines sanctioned by the AMA. In addition, the hotel will host AMA Congress on Dec. 6-7, where AMA Commission members will discuss rules governing AMA-sanctioned events. Tickets for AMA Legends & Champions Weekend are available now at http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=vw9ldxbab&oeidk=a07egk6666t3e98bda6. Tickets also can be purchased over the phone at (800) 262-5646. Reservations can be made at the Hilton Columbus Downtown at https://book.passkey.com/event/49921089/owner/9521521/home.

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AMA News & Notes is a monthly publication compiled and edited by the American Motorcyclist Association. Designed to inform motorcyclists of rights-related issues and events in the United States and around the world, AMA News & Notes welcomes your input. Suggestions and editorial contributions can be sent to AMA Managing Editor Jim Witters at jwitters@amacycle.org.

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Bill would cap ethanol in nation's fuel supply

Tell your representative to support H.R. 2540 today

H.R. 2540, the bipartisan Food and Fuel Consumer Protection Act of 2019, introduced by U.S. Reps. Bill Flores (R-TX) and Peter Welch (D-VT), would cap the volume of ethanol blended into the nation's fuel supply at 9.7 percent of the total volume of gasoline. The American Motorcyclist Association supports this bill and other efforts to reform the Renewable Fuel Standard.

This bill would stop the federal government from forcing E15 fuel (15 percent ethanol by volume) into the market. Capping the ethanol mandate helps ensure the availability of safe fuels, such as E10, and a continuing place in the market for ethanol-free gasoline (E0) for older motorcycles.

The AMA, along with other partners on Capitol Hill dedicated to protecting consumers adversely affected by E15, is working to generate more support for this bill and others at a time when E15 is set to become more available throughout the country, thanks to rule changes by the Environmental Protection Agency that allow its sale year round.

None of the estimated 22 million motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles in use in the United States is certified by the EPA to operate on fuel containing more than 10 percent ethanol. Inadvertent use of E15 in vehicles not designed for its use can damage fuel system and engine components and void manufacturer's warranties.

Tell your representative to support H.R. 2540 by sending a prewritten message by clicking the "Take Action" button.

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September 2019

 

National and Regional News

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The federal government's final management plans for 1.86 million acres in and around the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument includes additional areas for motorized off-highway recreation. The plans call for 116 acres of cross-country travel in the Little Desert Recreation Management Zone and two new motorized routes totaling about 10 miles. The plan also would close 1,464 acres in the No Man's Mesa Recreation Management Zone to motorized use. The plan also calls for consideration of specific motorized routes in the next Travel Management Plan on 1.21 million acres newly designated for limited OHV access. The full report can be downloaded at https://eplanning.blm.gov/epl-front-office/projects/lup/94706/20001993/250002378/02_GSENM-KEPA_Proposed_RMPs-Final_EIS_Volume1.pdf.

WASHINGTON, D.C. - With the government's approval of the year-round sale of fuel containing as much as 15 percent ethanol, motorcyclists and ATV riders need to be even more vigilant when filling up their vehicle's tanks. The Nebraska Corn Board is promoting increased availability of E15 fuel by offering $50,000 grants to service stations that upgrade to blender pumps that would supply the higher-ethanol blend. The blender pumps also would handle E30 and E85, which are approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for use in flex-fuel vehicles only. As more retailers install E15 pumps and offer the product throughout the year as "Unleaded88," the risk rises for motorcyclists to unintentionally pump E15 or higher blends into their tanks. None of the estimated 22 million motorcycles and ATVs in use in the United States is certified by the EPA to operate on fuel containing more than 10 percent ethanol.

WASHINGTON, D.C. - AMVETS has stepped in to organize the Rolling Thunder First Amendment Demonstration Run, an annual Memorial Day protest and gathering in the nation's capital to increase awareness of American prisoners of war and those still missing in action. Organizers of the 31-year-old event said that 2019 would be the last run, because the associated costs were too high. But AMVETS has applied for a permit for a 2020 event May 22-24 with 50,000 participants, a podium and sound system, 18 portable restrooms, a stage and more, according to a report by ConnectingVets.com. AMVETS Executive Director Joe Chenelly said his group "is not trying to take over Rolling Thunder or their organization or other rides they plan." He said he also hopes to use the 2020 event to increase knowledge about suicide among veterans.

RENO, Nev. - Tickets are on sale for the annual conferences for the National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council and the International OHV Administrators Association, scheduled for Oct. 15-19. The joint conferences bring together members of the OHV community, including enthusiasts and land managers, and provide an opportunity to share insights on issues, hurdles and successes. More information is available at www.nohvcc.org/annual-conference-2019.

DES PLAINES, Ill. - Motorcycle thefts in the United States fell about 6 percent in 2018, according to a report from the National Insurance Crime Bureau. In 2018, 41,674 motorcycles were reported stolen, compared with 44,268 in 2017. The states reporting the highest number of thefts in 2018 California were (7,035), Florida (4,279), Texas (3,073), New York (1,777), South Carolina (1,743), North Carolina (1,466), Indiana (1,229), Missouri (1,194), Georgia (1,174) and Colorado (1,109). The top 10 cities for motorcycle thefts in 2018 were New York (1,310), Los Angeles (628), Miami (595), Las Vegas (540), San Diego (527), San Francisco (520), Houston (460), Philadelphia (404), Austin (329) and San Jose (322).

State News

BARSTOW, Calif. - The U.S. Bureau of Land Management is hosting a public meeting from 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 17, at the Barstow Field Office to present information about the management of the Dumont Dunes Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Area. The BLM is seeking public comments on its proposed actions. Discussions will include dates for the five holidays, road maintenance and signs and visitor center dates, hours and activities. For more information, contact Katrina Symons, Barstow field Manager, at (760) 252-6004.

CLARK FORK, Idaho - The U.S. Forest Service is seeking public comments on the Buckskin Saddle Integrated Restoration Project. This scoping, or public comment period, is open and comments will be accepted through Sept. 9. Information and instructions on how to comment are available at www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=52563. The project area is about 50,000 acres in size and is located southeast of Clark Fork, Idaho and Lake Pend Oreille. The project is being proposed to address forest health, hazardous fuels and a number of other resource management needs. The proposal includes treating about 20,000 acres with both commercial and non-commercial methods. About 33 miles of roads would be constructed, 160 miles of existing roads would be reconstructed or maintained, and 8 miles of road would be decommissioned. Fifty-six miles of existing trails would be reconstructed, two new trail bridges would be installed, and two trailheads developed. For questions about this project, contact Michelle Norton at (208) 265-6667 or michelle.norton@usda.gov. The deadline for comments is Sept. 9. To submit comments, use the Forest Service's website: cara.ecosystem-management.org/Public//CommentInput?Project=52563. The project website is at www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=52563.

AUBURN, Wash. - The Washington Off Highway Vehicle Alliance and the Northwest Motorcycle Association received more than $600,000 in grant funding to improve trails in the state. The groups said their grant is the first such award in the state for nonprofit OHV organizations.

SNOHOMISH, Wash. - The City Council approved a one-year pilot program that will allow ATVs on city street that have speed limits of 35 mph or slower. Residents told the Council they wanted an alternative form of transportation that was nimble and fuel efficient. Drivers must be licensed and insured and follow all vehicle driving laws. The Snohomish County Council scheduled a public hearing for Sept. 11 to discuss allowing ATVs on all 35 mph roads east of Highway 9.

International News

PARIS - Increasing the use of powered two-wheelers and reducing the use of cars, trucks and buses would help reduce pollution, according to a report from the French National Agency for Food, Environment and Occupational Health and Safety. The agency recommends a 50 percent increase in the number of powered two-wheelers, gas or electric. The report also calls for a 25 percent reduction in the number of passenger cars, a 20 percent cut in use of light trucks and a 75 percent increase in diesel and electric buses. The recommendation echoes the position of the Federation of European Motorcyclist Association and its French affiliate, the Fédération Française des Motards en Colère, or FFMC, also known in English as the French Federation of Angry Bikers.

KIGALI, Rwanda - The government plans to issue a policy that would eliminate gas-powered motorcycles in the taxi section and encourage the use of electric motorcycles. Official estimate that 20,000 to 30,000 moto-taxis operate in the capital city. The new policy is part of an overall plan to convert the country's entire transportation network to electric power.

Industry News

IRVINE, Calif. - The Motorcycle Industry Council is launching a broad, long-term initiative to bring more people into the world of motorcycling. The MIC hired consulting firm Centauric LLC to lead the first phase of its initiative. The plan will be presented at the MIC's American International Motorcycle Expo Presented by Nationwide in September in Columbus, Ohio.

PUNE, MAHARASHTRA, India - India's Bajaj Auto and its Austrian partner KTM are developing high-end electric motorcycles, Bajaj's Executive Director Rakesh Sharma told MoneyControl.com. Bajaj holds a 48 percent stake in KTM. The Indian government is aggressively pushing for electric vehicles to curb pollution and reduce India's dependence on fossil fuels. KTM's only electric model, the Freeride E-XC, is not available in India.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - AIMExpo presented by Nationwide, one of the largest motorcycle expositions and powersports trade shows in the country, will bring distributors, dealers, media, enthusiasts and riders to the Greater Columbus Convention Center Sept. 26-29. AIMExpo Outdoors! will be open to the general public on all four days of the show, featuring demo rides on 2020 models from nine manufacturers. The show floor is open to general public on Saturday and Sunday. More information, including ticket prices, is available at aimexpousa.com/aimexpo-general-information.

STURGIS, S.D. - The final traffic count for the 2019 Sturgis motorcycle rally was about 1 percent lower than the 2018 event. The state Department of Transportation said 499,654 vehicles entered Sturgis between Aug. 2 and Aug. 11, compared to 505,969 during the 2018 rally.

AMA News

PICKERINGTON, Ohio - Everyone is invited to the 2019 AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Fall Bike Night, offering free admission to the Hall of Fame museum, a bike show, exhibitions, live music, vendors and more from 5-9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27. The event, which starts when AIMExpo closes for the day, will be on the campus of the American Motorcyclist Association, 13515 Yarmouth Drive in Pickerington. AIMExpo presented by Nationwide, a motorcycle and powersports trade show, is Sept. 26-29 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio, just a short ride or drive from Pickerington. The AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Bike Show, presented by Old Bike Barn, includes classes for custom, classic and current bikes. Entry is a $5 donation to the American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation. 2019 AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Spring Bike Night drew hundreds to the AMA campus. Bands will perform throughout the evening on the Old Bike Barn stage. National pro trials rider Sam Fastle will be demonstrating his motorcycle mastery at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Beer from North High Brewing will be available for purchase, as well as food from various food trucks. All proceeds from Bike Night benefit the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame. Complete information is available at www.americanmotorcyclist.com/Home/AMA-News-And-Press-Releases/ama-motorcycle-hall-of-fame-fall-bike-night-features-bike-show-live-music-food-vendors-more.

PICKERINGTON, Ohio - The AMA has added Motorcycle Shippers as a member benefit partner, providing AMA members with savings of $25 per bike or $100 round trip on shipping, door-to-door transport, with online tracking and booking. Motorcycle Shippers, based in Fountain Valley, Calif., specializes in transporting motorcycles in enclosed trucks. The company uses custom-designed straps to secure motorcycles to pallets and provides $7,000 of valuation coverage at no additional cost. The Motorcycle Shippers AMA Partner page is at www.americanmotorcyclist.com/For-Members/Member-Discount-Codes/motorcycle-shippers-1.

PICKERINGTON, Ohio - Sideways Saturday, an AMA-sanctioned indoor flat track event will be held Sept. 28 in Columbus, Ohio, as part of AIMExpo presented by Nationwide. This event will feature hooligans, e-bikes, wild customs ridden by amateur and pro racers. Classes include Hooligans, Flat Track Futures (ages 11-14), Run What Ya Brung, E-bike and Industry. Tickets to Sideways Saturday are available through www.motoshowtickets.com.

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August 2019

 

National and Regional News

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The federal highway bill introduced July 29 in the U.S. Senate contains a provision calling for a study of funding levels for the Recreational Trails Program, which the AMA believes has been underfunded for years. The program receives revenue from the sale of fuel for nonhighway use. That money helps pay for recreational trails for motorized and nonmotorized use. Typically, annual funding is about $84 million. But the Recreational Trails Coalition-which includes the AMA-believes the trail fund should receive more than $270 million a year.

WASHINGTON, D.C. -The Office of United States Trade Representative has proposed 100 percent tariffs on motorcycles imported from countries in the European Union with an engine size between 500cc and 700cc, along with parts and accessories. The AMA is joining others in the motorcycling community to oppose the latest ill-conceived proposal -- part of a dispute over aircraft subsidies -- which would cause serious, and potentially irreversible, harm to American small- and medium-sized business owners selling the motorcycles, parts and accessories. To register your opinion, go to https://tinyurl.com/y2x7oq8m.

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The federal government has closed about 42 square miles of the Bears Ears National Monument in Utah to motorized recreation, much less than the 184 square miles targeted for closure by anti-access advocates and tribal officials. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management plan for the monument says that the historic sites most at risk will remain off limits to motorized access.

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Bureau of Land Management plans to move its headquarters from Washington, D.C., to Colorado to put more agency officials closer to the land they oversee. About 4 percent of BLM employees live in D.C., according to a report in The Hill. The move would leave just 60 of the nearly 400 BLM employees in the nation's capital. Twenty-seven BLM employees will be transferred to the new headquarters in Grand Junction, Colo., while others will be in Utah, Nevada and other existing local BLM offices. The agency has about 10,000 employees. The House Committee on Natural Resources has scheduled a Sept. 10 hearing about the proposed move.

State News

FOLSOM, Calif. - The city has installed new traffic signals that use high-definition cameras that can tell how fast vehicles are approaching, triggering the light to change according to traffic flow. Six of the lights were installed along Empire Ranch Road, where city officials say drivers frequently were speeding. The lights change their timing, so someone driving faster than the posted speed limit will be stopped at several red lights. City officials say the lights will not be used for law enforcement.

TRACY, Calif. - Senate Bill 767, which encourages the sale of the Carnegie expansion property, known as the Alameda-Tesla Expansion Area, was approved by the California State Assembly Committee on Accountability and Administrative Review. The land in question was purchased using funds from the Off Highway Vehicle Trust Fund, and adjacent landowners agreed to the future use of the land for motorized recreation. Subsequently, extensive work was undertaken to correct previous neglect and to bring the property up to the environmental standards mandated by state law. However, the current bill seeks to deny the OHV community a long overdue opportunity for increased motorized recreation, penalizing Californians who enjoy recreation on state-owned public lands. The AMA opposes this bill and urges all riders and their supporters to contact their elected officials.

OCEANO, Calif. - The California Coastal Commission rejected a staff recommendation on July 11 and voted to keep the Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area open for responsible motorized recreation. In a June 21 report, the staff said the change is needed because of issues regarding "air quality and public health, rare and endangered species and habitats, environmental justice, and tribal concerns." The report is part of the State Parks effort to develop a new long-term plan for its programs, facilities, campgrounds and OHV areas at Oceano Dunes. The AMA applauds the commission decision.

UKIAH, Calif. - The South Cow Mountain OHV Management Area has reopened to the public following repairs related to 2018's Mendocino Complex fires. Fire damage was worsened by winter rains. Some motorized-use trails will remain closed because of burned bridges, washouts and hazard trees. Visitors are cautioned to pay attention to signs and stay off of closed routes for safety and to protect natural resources. Visitors should use only designated roads and trails and avoid driving on bulldozer fire lines. The South Cow Mountain OHV Management Area provides more than 100 miles of trails for riders and drivers of all abilities using motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles, four-wheel-drive trucks and utility vehicles. Visitors can expect to see fallen trees on some trails.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Motorcycle tolls would be cut in half under a plan to modernize Maryland's toll system in 2020. A public comment period begins today, Aug. 1, for the new tolling options proposed by the Maryland Transportation Authority board. The public comment period ends at 5 p.m. Oct. 3. A final report will be submitted Oct. 31 for review by the MDTA board and will be posted at mdta.maryland.gov for additional public comment. The board is scheduled to vote on a final recommendation at its Nov. 21 meeting. Gov. Larry Hogan said the toll relief package would save Marylanders more than $28 million over five years.

CONCORD, N.H. - A memorial is being planned for the seven motorcyclists killed in a June crash caused by a pickup truck that crossed the centerline. American Legion Post 82 in Gorham hopes to create the memorial near the crash site in Randolph, N.H. The memorial would include a granite slab with the Jarheads Motorcycle Club logo on it, as well as benches, the U.S. Marine Corps logo and a parking area. The Jarheads is a New England motorcycle club that includes Marines and their spouses. The pickup driver, 23-year-old Volodymyr Zhukovskyy, of West Springfield, Mass., has pleaded not guilty to negligent homicide. Officials say Zhukovskyy's license should have been suspended because of a previous drunken driving arrest.

PORTLAND, Ore. - The state Parks and Recreation Department is seeking volunteers for two upcoming vacant positions on the All-Terrain Vehicle Advisory Committee. Successful candidates will also serve on the ATV Grant Subcommittee. The committees review crashes and fatalities resulting from ATV recreation; review changes to statutory vehicle classifications for safety considerations; review safety features of all classes of OHVs; and recommend safety requirements to protect child and adult OHV operators. To apply for one of the open positions, visit www.oregon.gov/oprd/ATV/Pages/ATV-Advisory-Committee.aspx and click the "Committee Interest Form" at the bottom of the page. Applications will be accepted until 5 p.m. Aug. 30. For more information, contact Jeff Trejo, OPRD ATV safety education coordinator, at jeff.trejo@oregon.gov or (503) 986-0585.

OLYMPIA, Wash. - Fines increased July 28 for repeat offenders and new fines became effective for those violating the high-occupancy-vehicle lane law by using dummies to cheat the rules that require two or more occupants per car. The maximum fine is $536. Motorcycles are permitted in Washington's HOV lanes whether the rider is carrying a passenger or not.

MADISON, Wis. - ABATE of Wisconsin reports that two state senators are circulating a draft bill that would allow retailers to dispense all blends of fuel through one pump nozzle. The bill (LRB 2170/P1) would apply to fuel blends up to 15 percent ethanol (E15). The AMA joins ABATE of Wisconsin in opposing this bill, which would dramatically increase the likelihood of inadvertent misfueling by motorcyclists. No motorcycles or ATVs sold in the United States are certified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to operate on fuel containing more than 10 percent ethanol (E10).

International News

LONDON - Drivers who cause someone's death as a result of looking at their phones while driving could face life in jail. The current maximum penalty is 14 years. Last year, 122 people were sentenced for causing death by dangerous driving and a further 21 people were convicted for killing someone when under the influence of drink or drugs. British Transport Secretary Chris Grayling backs the plan to make the punishment better fit the crime.

Industry News

MILWAUKEE - The Harley-Davidson Motor Company is offering two years of free charging for its LiveWire electric motorcycle at ChargePoint stations at participating Harley dealers. The company also is providing 500 kWh of charging service at Electrify America stations. The LiveWire is Harley's first electric motorcycle, claiming a range of 140 miles of city driving per charge.

MILWAUKEE - The Harley-Davidson Museum's new exhibition, "Daredevils: A Century of Spine-Tingling Spectacles," shines a new light on daredevil shows. The oldest artifacts on display include the "Globe of Death" from 1912; photos of the Parry Sisters in action from around 1915; and old show posters. Covered are the exploits of Buffalo Bill Cody, Evel Knievel, Super Joe Einhorn, Matt MacDuff, Debbie Evans, Dar Robinson, Bubba Blackwell, Joey Chitwood, and others. There are motorcycles, costumes, posters, photographs and videos to see.

IRVINE, Calif. - Bonnier Motorcycle Group has launched a digital media brand focused on electric mobility called Cycle Volta. The digital brand covers electric-assist bicycles, micromobility and electric motorcycles across digital, video (including YouTube) and social media platforms. Additional e-bike information will be distributed through content-syndication partners.

AMA News

PICKERINGTON, Ohio - Tens of thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts spent July 5-7 reveling in the vintage motorcycling experience at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, where they found racing, entertainment, the world's largest vintage motorcycle swap meet, seminars, a bike show and more during 2019 Honda AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, presented by Avon Tyres. The three-day event in Lexington, Ohio-organized and promoted annually by the American Motorcyclist Association-raises funds to maintain the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame museum in Pickerington, Ohio. For a full recap of the event, see the September issue of American Motorcyclist magazine.

PICKERINGTON, Ohio - Cameron Krezman and Levi Leutz won the 250cc Class and 150cc Class titles at the 2019 AMA Youth Speedway National Championship at Fast Friday's Motorcycle Speedway in Auburn, Calif., on July 12. The event pitted the nation's best speedway racers, 17 years old or younger, against each other in two competition classes. The 2019 national championship event featured 26 riders vying for AMA No. 1 plates. Read more at www.americanmotorcyclist.com/Home/AMA-News-And-Press-Releases/krezman-leutz-named-class-champions-at-2019-ama-youth-speedway-national-championship-1.

PICKERINGTON, Ohio - Fourteen riders won 21 class titles during the 2019 AMA Flat Track Grand Championship, which featured short track, TT and half-mile competition July 23-26 in Ohio. The top performer was Trevor Brunner, a 16-year-old from Aurora, Ind., who claimed four AMA No. 1 plates. He won eight main events and finished runner up in seven to capture the 251cc-500cc DTX, 450cc Modified, 450cc-Open Singles and 450cc-Open Modified class titles. Brunner also was named the 2019 Nicky Hayden AMA Flat Track Horizon Award winner. Established in 1997, the award is designed to recognize riders who are about to move from the youth ranks into amateur racing and from the amateur ranks into pro competition. Also named at the event was the winner of the 2019 Fast Brain Award, 10-year-old Ryder Reese of Elmira, N.Y. The AMA Fast Brain Award is an educational scholarship that is funded by contributions from AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer Bill Werner of Bill Werner Racing, Zanotti Racing's Dave Zanotti and flat track and road racing team owner Tim Estenson.

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