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Your Call needed Urgently: Congress set to vote on trail funding amendment. 

The Hill vote might happen as early as 8pm ET tonight! Call NOW!

The Recreational Trails Program is at risk, and we need you to contact your elected officials NOW to tell them to vote against U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall's amendment to the House appropriations bill.

This amendment would recall federal funding for the Recreational Trails Program that communities across the country depend on to build trails.

When Congress passed the FAST Act that reauthorized the Recreational Trails Program in 2015, it included a fiscally responsible provision to evenly and equitably take back Highway Trust Fund money, the source of RTP dollars, that states did not use. In the past, the recall excluded funds passed down to regions and local communities.

But Rep. Woodall wants to change that. His amendment would abolish the balanced system-allowing states to unfairly target all unused funds from non-highway sources from going to trails.

Also, Rep Woodall is on record as saying no Highway Trust Fund money should go to trails, ignoring that the Recreational Trails Program is self-funded from your gas tax dollars.

Please call your representative at [visit "Find Your Elected Officials" on our website to get your Rep's contact information] and deliver this quick message:

"My name is [YOUR NAME] from [YOUR TOWN] and I'm calling to urge Rep.[YOUR REP'S NAME] to oppose Rep. Woodall's amendment, No.43, when voting on appropriations tonight. Woodall's amendment takes back transportation dollars in a way that would disproportionately harm motorized trails. Trails and pathways are important parts of our state's recreation resources. We should be supporting trails in our state, not discouraging them. Thank you."

* If your elected officials' information does not appear above, please call the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at 202.224.3121 to be connected to your representative.

A vote is expected as early as 8 p.m. Eastern Time tonight! Please call now, then tell us about your call by emailing grassroots@amacycle.org.

For more information, email grassroots @amacycle.org.

Now more than ever, it is crucial that you and your riding friends become members of the AMA to help us protect our riding freedoms. More members mean more clout against the opponents of motorcycling, and your support will help the AMA fight for your rights - on the road, trail and racetrack and in the halls of government.

To join, go to http://www.americanmotorcyclist.com/For-Members/Join-The-AMA.

To encourage your friends to join, tell them about the many AMA benefits you appreciate and forward the link to them.

Thanks for your help defeating this harmful amendment.


September 2017

 

 

National and Regional News

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Federal Communications Commission has approved a larger block of spectrum for motor vehicle and aircraft radar systems, according to a Reuters report. The FCC first approved 1 GHz of spectrum in 1995 for motor vehicles to use radar that allowed for the introduction of collision avoidance and adaptive cruise control systems. The July decision expands the band that vehicle radars can operate to 5 GHz of spectrum and will improve lane departure warning, blind spot detection systems, automatic braking and pedestrian detection, the FCC said. The AMA has repeatedly taken its concerns to the FCC and elected officials regarding the need for these new detection systems to recognize motorcycles. In 2016, 20 automakers reached a voluntary agreement with U.S. auto safety regulators to make collision-avoiding braking systems standard equipment by 2022. FCC Commissioner Michael O'Rielly voted for the change but noted automakers were granted another block of spectrum in 1999 for vehicle-to-vehicle communications, but it has gone largely unused. In 2016, the U.S. Transportation Department proposed requiring future new cars and trucks to be able to "talk" to one another, but that proposal has not been finalized.
WASHINGTON, D.C. - National Public Lands Day, a volunteer effort for public lands by the National Environmental Education Foundation, is scheduled for Sept. 30. Volunteers spend the day outdoors, removing invasive species, maintaining trails, picking up trash and more. To encourage people to join in and visit their public lands, National Public Lands Day is a fee-free day for all federal public lands and many state parks.

State News

DOYLE, Calif. - The Bureau of Land Management has reopened nearly 100 miles of trails in the Fort Sage Off Highway Vehicle Area near Doyle, giving OHV riders and drivers access to the area after a temporary closure caused by the Long Valley Fire. The blaze burned with varying intensities across the OHV recreation area about 40 miles north of Reno. In some areas, the fire-which started July 11 and burned more than 83,000 acres before it was contained on July 24-completely burned grass and shrubs, while in others the fire burned in a mosaic pattern, leaving islands of unburned plants. The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any federal agency.
SHOSHONE, Idaho - The U.S. Bureau of Land Management is reopening its travel management plan for the public lands within the Wood River Valley. A travel management plan is a comprehensive approach to travel and transportation planning for serving a wide variety of uses. This effort expands upon the Blaine County Commissioners Recreation and Travel Plan recommendations for the valley and the initial efforts of the BLM North Highway 20 plan. The plan will address both summer and winter travel. Those interested in participating should visit the BLM website and select: NEPA, Text Search, Idaho, ID-Shoshone FO, EA, 2017, Recreation and Visitor Services and Trails and Travel Management. Hard copies of the scoping package and maps are available at the Shoshone Field Office, 400 W. F St., Shoshone, Idaho, and the Twin Falls District Office, 2878 Addison Ave., Twin Falls, Idaho. Comments should be sent by Sept. 29 to the BLM from the website or by email to blm_id_wrvtmp@blm.gov, by fax to (208) 732-7317 or by mail to the Shoshone Field Office.

GRANTSVILLE, Md. - The 12-mile St. John's Rock ORV Trail opened in July in Maryland's Savage River State Forest, completing a six-year collaborative effort between off-road vehicle riders and the state Department of Natural Resources. The AMA, the National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council and the Maryland Off-Highway Vehicle Alliance worked with state officials to get the $1.35 million project completed. The new trail has been in the works since 2011, when the state permanently closed three popular motorized trails: the Green Ridge Trail at Green Ridge State Forest; Chandler Trail at Pocomoke State Forest; and Poplar Lick Trail at Savage River State Forest. State DNR secretary Mark Belton, who attended the trail opening, said the teamwork on the St. John's Rock trail will serve as a model for future trail construction.

GRAND PORTAGE, Minn. - A new adventure trail will take motorized recreationists along 400 to 500 miles of backroads across northern Minnesota, according to a report by Minnesota Public Radio. Ron Potter, a retired Minnesota Department of Natural Resources trails employee who's now a consultant for the National Off Highway Vehicle Conservation Council, said the project could be completed by the summer of 2018. The DNR contracted with NOHVCC and the Minnesota Four Wheel Drive Association to manage the project. The trail will start at Grand Portage and end at the North Dakota border in northwest Minnesota. Trail users are expected to provide a boost to the local economies of communities along the route.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The New Mexico Off-Highway Vehicle Alliance cannot bring a new lawsuit against the U.S. Forest Service, even though group's original lawsuit was dismissed "without prejudice" and the alliance's legal team attempted to correct the deficiency with the NMOHVA's legal standing in the first case, the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit ruled. The court case stemmed from the Forest Service's Travel Management Plan, adopted in 2012, that severely restricts access to the Santa Fe National Forest for motorized recreation. The court again ruled that the NMOHVA does not have legal standing to challenge the Travel Management Plan. NMOHVA issued a statement on its website that its involvement in this case has resulted in the alliance being "taken a lot more seriously by the various federal land management agencies across New Mexico."

NEW YORK - Motorcyclists are reporting that the New York Police Department is towing their bikes after citing the owners for minor traffic or parking infractions and that some bikes have been damaged in the process. The NYPD claims on social media that at least some of these tows are part of the city's Vision Zero plan to eliminate traffic fatalities. In addition to the fine associated with the infraction, the owners have to pay $185 for the tow and $20 a night for storage until they retrieve their motorcycles. The AMA sent a letter to the NYPD protesting these actions and asking for a full explanation, but received no response.

LUFKIN, Texas - Public meetings are scheduled Sept. 12 and Sept. 14 regarding the National Forests and Grasslands in Texas. The existing plan was written in 1996 and no longer represents the current needs of the forest and neighboring communities, according to the U.S. Forest Service. Demographics and development patterns have changed, new technologies have emerged for oil and gas development, budgets have declined, road systems are falling into disrepair and public values and expectations for public lands have changed. A revision is underway that will provide strategic direction to guide management of forest and grassland resources and be a framework for decision making for site specific projects and activities. The first public meeting is Sept. 12 at the Pitser Garrison Convention Center, 601 N. Second St., Lufkin. The Sept. 14 meeting is at the San Augustine Chamber of Commerce, 611 W. Columbia St., San Augustine. Additional information is available at the Forest Service website.

Industry News

OCEAN VIEW, Del. - The electric scooter and motorcycle market is expected to reach $55 billion by 2024, according to a report from Global Market Insights Inc. The report cites increased mobility for short distances, reduced carbon monoxide and nitrogen oxide emissions and the actions of regulatory agencies in several countries as factors in the market expansion. Electric scooter and motorcycle market includes both commercial and personal use cases. Logistics companies can use these products for their small delivery requirements. Food and beverage delivery sector is an attractive segment for this industry. The rental business also presents growth potential in the coming years, the report states.

FRANKFURT, Germany - Volkswagen's supervisory board does not back a plan to sell Ducati, even though several companies showed interest when Volkswagen initially floated the idea in April. According to Reuters, five bidders were on a shortlist of potential buyers, including the Benetton family. Ducati reportedly received offers between $1.52 billion and $1.76 billion. However, half of VW's 20-member supervisory board rejected the sale of Ducati unless there are compelling financial reasons. VW's six-month financial results show the company doesn't need more money, according to Reuters.

STURGIS, S.D. - The Sturgis Motorcycle Museum and Hall of Fame inducted six new members during the annual motorcycle rally in August. Willie G. Davidson received the Hall of Fame's lifetime achievement award. The Class of 2017 also included Rod "Woody" Woodruff, Jim Thiessen, Mike Taylor, Colleen Barnett-Taylor, Terry Vance, Cory Ness and Mark Shadley.

International News

BARIPADA, India - Motorcyclists who are not wearing helmets will be denied fuel for their bikes under a pilot program launched in August. Police there say most of the motorcycle crash fatalities are youths who are not helmeted. Wearing a helmet while riding is mandatory, and service station owners have been directed by the government not to provide fuel to riders without helmets. Those not wearing helmets also are subject to a fine.

AMA News

BRIVE-LA-GAILLARDE, France - The U.S. Men's Trophy Team lost its bid to defend its 2016 championship at the 92nd International Six Days Enduro when Thad Duvall broke his wrist on Day One. Other men's Trophy Team members Taylor Robert (the fastest overall individual last year in Spain), Kailub Russell and Ryan Sipes continue to pursue individual titles at the event, which began Aug. 28. The U.S. Junior World Trophy team members are Layne Michael, Grant Baylor and Josh Toth. The U.S. Women's World Trophy team is Becca Sheets, Kacy Martinez-Coy and Brandy Richards.
PICKERINGTON, Ohio - The AMA and the Florida Motorcycle Road Racing Association have agreed to a partnership to advance the sport of motorcycle road racing in America, particularly in the Southeast. Beginning with FMRRA's 2018 season-which kicks off in November 2017-all FMRRA events will be co-sanctioned with the AMA. Through the partnership, FMRRA gains access to AMA ratification and recognition of results and a clear path to professional licensing for riders who aspire to race MotoAmerica events. The AMA, along with FIM North America, is the sanctioning body for MotoAmerica, home of the AMA Superbike Championship, and the sole representative and affiliate in the United States for the Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme, the world sanctioning body for motorcycle sports.

PICKERINGTON, Ohio - Reservations for the 2017 AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony can be made at www.americanmotorcyclist.com/induction. Tickets, which include a reception, dinner and the induction ceremony, are $130 per person, or $120 for AMA Life Members. Current AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famers can attend for no charge. All proceeds support the American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation, the 501(c)(3) charitable organization that hosts induction ceremony. The Class of 2017 includes FMF Racing founder Donnie Emler, off-road racing champion Eddie Lojak Sr., world motocross champion and Road 2 Recovery founder Bob Moore, racer and filmmaker Peter Starr and racer, team owner and publisher John Ulrich. They will be honored with Hall of Famer Bill Werner, who is being celebrated as an AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Legend. The induction ceremony will take place in conjunction with the American International Motorcycle Expo, an event that brings together consumers, dealers, manufacturers and the world press in one location for global product launches, demo rides, motorcycling seminars and more.

PICKERINGTON, Ohio - Three of America's top motocross racers will represent the United States at the 2017 Fédération Internationale de Motocylisme Motocross of Nations at Matterley Basin in Winchester, United Kingdom, on Oct. 1. The U.S. Motocross of Nations Team includes Rockstar Energy Husqvarna's Zach Osborne and Thomas Covington and Troy Lee Designs American Honda's Cole Seely. AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Legend Roger DeCoster will once again manage the team as it seeks to secure the world championship. He currently manages the Red Bull/KTM AMA Motocross and Supercross teams and was a part of six victorious FIM Motocross of Nations teams in the 1960s and 1970s. The U.S. team has won the Motocross of Nations 22 times, remaining the all-time leader in FIM Motocross of Nations overall team victories. The last time the U.S. Team won the Motocross of Nations was 2011. The 2016 team placed third.

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August 2017

 

National and Regional News

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The levels of ethanol in the nation's fuel supply for 2018 is the topic of a hearing scheduled for 9 a.m. today, Aug. 1, by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA intends to use the information to inform a future rulemaking to reset the statutory volumes for cellulosic, advanced, and total biofuels pursuant to the Clean Air Act. The EPA's proposed Renewable Volume Obligations call for 19.24 billion gallons of biofuel for 2018, down less than 1 percent from 19.28 billion gallons this year. Of the 19.24 billion gallons of biofuels proposed for 2018, 15 billion gallons would be conventional renewables, primarily corn ethanol, with lesser amounts of conventional biodiesel and renewable diesel, according to the EPA. The agency said the "volume of ethanol that can be consumed as E10 in 2018 is projected to be 14.29 billion gallons." The AMA opposes any increase in the Renewable Volume Obligations under the Renewable Fuel Standard and would prefer a much larger reduction because high ethanol mandates force greater amounts of high-ethanol fuel, such as E15, into the marketplace. An increase in the supply of E15 can lead to more inadvertent misfueling-caused by blender pumps and confusing pump labels-by motorcyclists. The EPA is accepting comments until Aug. 31 on its proposed ethanol requirements. Take action by clicking here.

WASHINGTON, D.C. - A bill that would have dramatically increased the availability of E15 fuel died when the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works declined to vote on it. S. 517, sponsored by U.S. Sen. Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) would have allowed the sale of fuel containing 15 percent ethanol year round. Currently, E15 sales are prohibited between June 1 and Sept. 15, because of the potential for increased evaporative emissions during the summer months. The AMA opposes increasing the availability of E15 fuel because using E15 in motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles is illegal and may cause engine and fuel system damage and void the manufacturer's warranty. None of the estimated 22 million motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles in use in the United States is approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to use E15 or higher ethanol blends.

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The cost of the America the Beautiful - National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Senior Pass will increase from $10 to $80 on Aug. 28. Pass holders are given lifetime access to more than 2,000 sites and parks. The fee increase will support critical investments in maintenance projects at national parks and federal recreational lands nationwide. The Senior Pass has cost $10 since 1994. Until August 28, U.S. citizens and permanent residents who are 62 years or older can purchase the lifetime Senior Pass for $10. Previously purchased lifetime Golden Age or Senior Passes will be honored for the lifetime of the pass holder. The price increase was mandated by Congress in December 2016. The legislation requires that the price of the lifetime Senior Pass be the same as the Interagency Annual Pass, which is currently $80. The legislation also introduces a new annual Senior Pass that can be purchased for $20. Seniors who purchase annual Senior Passes for four years can trade them in for a lifetime Senior Pass at no additional charge.

WASHINGTON, D.C. - A bipartisan bill in Congress aims to reduce barriers to outdoor recreation access and improve public land management for Americans who enjoy responsible motorized recreation, skiing, climbing, boating, mountain biking, hiking, fishing, hunting, camping, paddling and more on public lands and waters. The Recreation Not Red-Tape Act was introduced by U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) and U.S. Rep. Rob Bishop (R-UT). The AMA, the Outdoor Industry Association and the Outdoor Alliance support the bill, particularly a new designation of National Recreation Areas that would tailor land management practices with recreation in mind.

State News

PLACERVILLE, Calif. - Members of the El Dorado County Resource Advisory Committee were recognized for six years of service during a recent meeting of the County Board of Supervisors.  Forest Supervisor Laurence Crabtree highlighted the accomplishments of the RAC, and the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors signed a proclamation of recognition. The El Dorado County RAC was established in 2010 in accordance with the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act of 2000, to review project proposals and make funding recommendations to the Forest Supervisor on conservation projects that benefit federal lands in the County of El Dorado.

OCEANO, Calif. - The Center for Biological Diversity has filed a formal notice of intent to sue the California Department of Parks and Recreation for allowing motorized vehicle use at the Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area. This recreation area in southern San Luis Obispo County includes about 1,500 acres of sand dunes and 5.5 miles of beachfront that motorized vehicles can use. The Department's Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division operates and manages the area, where street-legal vehicles can drive on the beach in the northern portion, and the southern portion is open to off-highway vehicles and motorized campers. The plaintiffs claim the Parks and Recreation Department is in violation of the Endangered Species Act for harassing and killing plover shorebirds at Oceano Dunes.

MIO, Mich. - The U.S. Forest Service Huron-Manistee Resource Advisory Committee is scheduled to meet at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 8 at the Mio Ranger District Office, 107 McKinley Road. The purposes of this meeting include introducing new RAC members to Forest Service staff, electing a chairperson and reviewing the process for considering projects funded under the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act. All RAC meetings are open to the public. For more information, contact Brad Bolton, designated federal officer, by phone at (989) 826-3252 or by email at blbolton@fs.fed.us.

OLIVIA, Minn. - The OHV park proposed for Renville County has been put on hold by the Board of Commissioners. Officials said the proposal for a 272-acre park will appear on their Aug. 8 agenda, holding out the possibility of a formal vote. At its June 27 meeting, the board opted not to renew a second phase grant of more than $126,000 for the project, according to a report in the West Central Tribune. And the board has taken no action recently on an environmental assessment that was completed. The county spent $60,000 on preliminary plans and has a $297,000 grant for land acquisition.

CLE ELUM, Wash. - The Washington Off Highway Vehicle Alliance is conducting a survey measuring off-highway vehicle use at Tenaway Community Forest. To participate in the survey, click here. The forest, bought by the state in 2013, encompasses 50,241 acres at the headwaters of the Yakima Basin watershed.

Industry News

MUMBAI, India - India's Bajaj Auto is close to forming an alliance to buy Ducati from Volkswagen, according to a report from Reuter's. Rumors have been swirling for weeks that Harley-Davidson, Italy's Benetton family and U.S. buyout fund Bain Capital were prepared to bid on Ducati. The report also says Indian firm Eicher Motors is interested.

VARESE, Italy - MV Agusta Holding announced that Mercedes AMG has sold its 25 percent stake in motorcycle maker MV Agusta Motor S.p.A. to the holding company. MV Agusta has consolidated its equity investment through ComSar Invest, an investment fund Black Ocean Group, owned by Russian Timur Sardarov. Financial terms were not disclosed. The new structure places 100 percent control of Agusta Motor S.p.A. with MV Agusta Holding. ComSar will obtain a minority interest the holding company, and Giovanni Castiglioni will own the controlling stake. The moves are parts of MV Agusta's restructuring plan that was approved by a quorum of creditors.

PRACHINBURI, Thailand - Honda Motor Co. has opened a proving ground for motorcycles and cars in Prachinburi province, Honda's first facility in Asia outside Japan. The automaker's local subsidiary, Honda R&D Asia Pacific Co., said that it invested about $50 million to establish the Prachinburi Proving Ground, with eight test courses simulating various road conditions and terrains. Its completion makes Thailand the third country where Honda has proving grounds, after Japan and the United States. The new facility, totaling close to 5 miles of roads, "will be used for automobiles and motorcycles, with various vehicle tests including handling, stability and overall performance carried out on regionally developed products," Honda said.

MILWAUKEE - Harley-Davidson Inc. announced 180 layoffs after reporting that earnings fell due to U.S. motorcycle sales that were weaker than predicted. The company is cutting production after net income fell 7.7 percent to $258.9 million in the three-month period from $280.4 million a year earlier. Revenue fell to $1.58 billion from $1.67 billion. Harley said U.S. sales were down 9.3 percent, and global sales were down 6.7 percent from the same period a year ago, when sales also declined.

International News

HANOI, Vietnam - Officials in Vietnam's capital city have vowed to banish motorcycles by 2030 to ease congestion and reduce air pollution. Hanoi has long been known for its large number of motorcycles, some packed with families or cargo. A report from Agence France-Presse states that there are 5 million motorcycles in this city of 7 million residents. Authorities plan to expand public transportation to encourage people to forego use of their motorcycles.

AMA News

LEXINGTON, Ohio - Winners were selected for the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Raffle Bike and a 2017 Kawasaki Z125 PRO during AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, featuring Riders of Kawasaki. Joe Hoffarth of Waynesburg, Ohio, was chosen as the winner of the Z125 PRO provided by Kawasaki. The winner of the Hall of Fame Raffle Bike, a fully restored 1966 Harley-Davidson FLH, is Terry Hanser of Tampa, Fla. Neither winner was present for the drawings.

PICKERINGTON, Ohio - Bill Werner has been selected as the 2017 AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Legend. Werner is the most successful tuner and bike builder in AMA Grand National Championship history. Werner, who was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2000, will be honored Sept. 22 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio, alongside the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Class of 2017. AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Legends are Hall of Famers whose accomplishments transcend their categories in impactful ways. In addition to Werner, the roster of Hall of Famers who have been honored as Legends includes Mark Blackwell, Dick Burleson, "Willie G." Davidson, Roger DeCoster, Torsten Hallman, Bob Hannah, Mert Lawwill, Wayne Rainey, Kenny Roberts and Malcolm Smith.

PICKERINGTON, Ohio - AMA Hall of Famer Bill Baird passed away July 12, as a result of injuries he sustained from a previous fall. He was 88. Mr. Baird was the leading AMA National Enduro Rider from the mid-1950s to the late 1960s and won seven consecutive national enduro championships during that time. He was inducted into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 1999. In addition to being a top competitor, Mr. Baird was also a key figure in the AMA, serving on the Board of Trustees for 21 years and being one of the driving forces behind the formation of the Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum through his activities for the American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation.

PICKERINGTON, Ohio - The American Motorcyclist Association's Horizon Award has been renamed in honor of Nicky Hayden. The award annually recognizes amateur competitors poised for greatness in the professional ranks. Hayden won the inaugural AMA Horizon Award in 1997. He subsequently won the 1999 AMA Supersport Championship, the 2002 AMA Superbike Championship and the 2006 FIM MotoGP World Championship. He was competing in the FIM Superbike World Championship this year. While training on his road bicycle in Italy in May, he was struck by a car and died as a result of his injuries on May 22. The Executive Committee of the AMA Board of Directors unanimously voted to rename the AMA Horizon Award in Nicky Hayden's memory, in perpetuity. Nicky Hayden AMA Horizon Awards will be presented annually to the top amateur racers in dirt track, motocross and road racing.

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Federal agency seeks comments on ethanol-blended fuel
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The Renewable Fuel Standard proposal announced July 5 by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency shows a slight reduction from the 2017 obligations but does not reflect the agency's promise to listen to motorcyclists, who have registered a low demand for higher ethanol blends.

The EPA should lower the 2018 volumes even further than proposed when the final rule is issued this year. The current proposed volumes, even though they are 1 percent lower than the 2017 volumes, would still greatly increase the risk of inadvertent misfueling for motorcyclists and all-terrain vehicle owners by continuing the increased availability of higher-ethanol fuel blends that are unsafe for these vehicles, such as E15 (15 percent ethanol by volume).

Act now by submitting comments to voice your concern. The deadline is Aug. 31.

The EPA's proposed Renewable Volume Obligations call for 19.24 billion gallons of biofuel for 2018, down from 19.28 billion gallons this year.

Of the 19.24 billion gallons of biofuels proposed for 2018, 15 billion gallons would be conventional renewables, primarily corn ethanol, with lesser amounts of conventional biodiesel and renewable diesel.

What is jeopardized by the proposed rule is consumer choice at the fuel pump. Pressure from the ethanol industry to distribute more high-ethanol fuels, like E15, endangers the ready availability of E10 and threatens to eliminate E0 altogether, the only fuel recommended for older and vintage motorcycles.

Per the proposed rule, "When estimating per gallon costs, we consider the costs of ethanol on an energy equivalent basis to gasoline (i.e., per energy equivalent gallon), since more ethanol gallons must be consumed to go the same distance as gasoline due to the ethanol's lower energy content."

Many consumers want E0 for their motorcycles, ATVs, boats, lawn mowers and other equipment, because it does not pose the risk of alcohol-related engine and fuel system damage. The proposed rule does not mention these types of vehicles or small engines whatsoever. It mentions only marine recreationists as users of E0. Yet, the renewable fuels requirements have marginalized E0 in favor of E10 or higher blends.

Moreover, the EPA acknowledges the amount of E0 sales originally was estimated to be about 200 million gallons. The revised numbers place the figure at about 500 million gallons.

Also important, the proposed rule mentions the likelihood of misfueling with higher ethanol blends only once. In the 2017 rule, it was never mentioned. This is the same misfueling mitigation plan that initially mandated an ill-conceived four-gallon minimum fuel purchase to address the concerns raised by the AMA. It is still easily misunderstood, misapplied or ignored by state governments and retail operators.

Fuels with higher ethanol content must adhere to federal labeling rules. Pump labeling is confusing at best, yet extremely important to protect against inadvertent misfueling. Some retailers conflate the EPA-approved E15 label with the Federal Trade Commission-approved label. (There is only one approved label for E15.) One unapproved label being used incorrectly refers to E15 as a "Flex Fuel." This label circumvents the Reid Vapor Pressure restrictions that prohibit the sale of E15 fuel in certain parts of the country during the summer months.

The draft proposal fails to mention the Misfueling Mitigation Plan or problems with blender pump labeling.

The EPA opened a comment period to allow the public to voice its opinion on the proposed rule. And the AMA has the tools to make it easy for you to submit comments.

There is nothing more powerful than tens of thousands of riders joining together to express their concern with unsafe fuel for their machines.

Now more than ever, it is crucial that you and your riding friends become members of the AMA to help protect our riding freedoms. More members mean more clout against the opponents of motorcycling. That support will help fight for your rights - on the road, trail, racetrack, and in the halls of government. If you are a motorcycle rider, join the AMA at www.americanmotorcyclist.com/membership/join.

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Senate panel to vote on bill that promotes wider availability of unsafe E15 fuel
Vote will be on July 26!
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The U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works announced a July 26 vote on the Consumer and Fuel Retailer Choice Act (S. 517). The bill, introduced by U.S. Sen. Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), would amend the federal Clean Air Act's ethanol waiver for limitations on Reid Vapor Pressure (a measure of gasoline's propensity to evaporate).

If passed and signed into law, the legislation would allow the sale of E15 fuel - which can damage motorcycle and ATV fuel systems and engines -- during the summer riding and driving season, June 1 - Sept. 15. Under current EPA regulations, E15 cannot be sold during these popular travel months.

Tell your federal lawmakers to oppose this bill that would expand the availability of unsafe E15 fuel! Send a prewritten message by clicking the "Take Action" link. Share with your friends on Facebook.

The American Motorcyclist Association opposes E15 fuel because using E15 in motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles is illegal and may cause engine and fuel system damage and void the manufacturer's warranty.

None of the estimated 22 million motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles in use in the United States is approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to use E15 or higher ethanol blends.

The rush by the ethanol industry to force more E15 fuel into the marketplace greatly increases the chance of inadvertent misfueling by motorcyclists and ATV owners -- as well as owners of boats, small engines and other machines that are not certified for E15 use. Blender pumps, confusing pump labeling and the lack of any significant consumer education by the ethanol industry or the federal government all contribute to the potential for misfueling.

Now more than ever, it is crucial that you and your riding friends become members of the AMA to help protect our riding freedoms. More members mean more clout against the opponents of motorcycling. That support will help fight for your rights - on the road, trail and racetrack and in the halls of government. If you are a motorcycle rider, join the AMA at americanmotorcyclist.com/membership/join.

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U.S. Trade Representative is 'sympathetic' on Bikes for Beef tariff issue, but won't take action
Tell USTR and Congress you want action, not sympathy!

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U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer told a congressional committee that he is "sympathetic" to American motorcyclists, dealerships and others, but he cannot remove small-displacement European motorcycles from a proposed import tariff while negotiations continue in a dispute with the European Union over U.S. beef imports.

Lighthizer addressed the issue before the House Ways and Means Committee in response to a question from U. S. Rep. Jim Renacci (R-Ohio). He said that he had heard from motorcyclists and from the motorcycle industry. The exchange between Renacci and Lighthizer starts at 2:01:00 of this video.

Tell Lighthizer we need action, not sympathy!

Use the American Motorcyclist Association's convenient tools to urge the U.S. Trade Representative to withdraw this ill-conceived proposal to enact a 100 percent tariff on 51cc to 500cc motorcycles from the European Union. Motorcyclists should not be penalized with exorbitant tariffs because of a dispute over beef.

If enacted, this tariff will cause serious and irreversible harm to American small- and medium-sized business owners who sell the vehicles. Additionally, consumers will be denied access to certain models of competition and recreational motorcycles that contribute to the lifestyle and wellbeing of millions of American families.

The time is now to voice our continued, strong opposition to the proposal. America's motorcyclists aren't pawns in a game of international chess. Take action now to protect against significant hardships this tariff will cause to hardworking, everyday tax-paying Americans.

Tell Ambassador Lighthizer and Congress to remove motorcycles from the proposed tariff. Make our voice stronger by sharing the AMA Action Alert. Share with your friends on Facebook.

Now more than ever, it is crucial that you and your riding friends become members of the AMA to help protect our riding freedoms. More members mean more clout against the opponents of motorcycling. That support will help fight for your rights - on the road, trail and racetrack and in the halls of government. If you are a motorcycle rider, join the AMA at www.americanmotorcyclist.com/membership/join.

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Senate panel to question trade agency representative
Contact your senators on Bikes for Beef issue!

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In less than a week, the U.S. Senate Finance Committee will be questioning U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer about his agency's budget and the administration's trade policy priorities.

This is your chance to have an impact. Urge your senator to ask Lighthizer whether he supports or opposes the USTR's ill-conceived proposal to enact 100 percent tariffs on motorcycles 51cc to 500 cc motorcycles imported from the European Union in the E.U.-U.S. beef hormone trade dispute.

Motorcyclists should not be penalized with exorbitant tariffs because of a dispute over beef. Act now and use the American Motorcyclist Association's convenient tools to send a prewritten message.

The AMA opposes the proposed tariff, because it will cause serious and irreversible harm to American small- and medium-sized business owners who sell the vehicles. Additionally, consumers will be denied access to certain models of competition and recreational motorcycles that contribute to the lifestyle and wellbeing of millions of American families.

Trade disputes residing within the boundaries of the agricultural industry should not be solved with trade sanctions levied against non-agricultural products.

In February, a USTR official admitted that motorcycles were included in the proposal as leverage to achieve relief for the beef industry. The AMA finds this approach to trade policy to be cynical, at best.

This agency is playing with peoples' lives and livelihoods. The proposed trade sanctions, if implemented, will cause dramatic and irreparable harm to the motorcycle industry and the people who work in it.

Now is the time to voice strong opposition to the proposal. Motorcyclists should not be pawns in a game of international chess. Take action now to protect against significant hardships this tariff will cause to hardworking, everyday tax-paying Americans.

Now more than ever, it is crucial that you and your riding friends become members of the AMA to help protect our riding freedoms. More members mean more clout against the opponents of motorcycling. That support will help fight for your rights - on the road, trail and racetrack and in the halls of government. If you are a motorcycle rider, join the AMA at www.americanmotorcyclist.com/membership/join.

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