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August 2018

National and Regional News

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The AMA joined representatives from the Motorcycle Riders Foundation and the marine and outdoor power equipment industries to outline concerns over E15 fuel (15 percent ethanol by volume) to the Congressional Motorcycle and Boating caucuses and to raise concerns about a lack of consumer education regarding the risks associated with increasing levels of ethanol in fuels. The AMA also signed a joint letter that went to each member of the U.S. House and Senate in support of the Consumer Protection and Fuel Transparency Act of 2018 (H.R. 5855), which would require the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to revise labeling requirements for E15 fuel pumps and initiate a consumer education program about the risks of using fuel containing more than 10 percent ethanol by volume in vehicles and machinery not designed for it.

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Wayne Allard, AMA vice president of government relations, addressed the Congressional Motorsports Caucus on July 25, along with other representatives from the motorsports world. Allard discussed the importance of passing the Recognizing the Protection of Motorsports (RPM) Act, which clarifies that it is legal under federal law to modify the emissions system of a motor vehicle that is converted for race-use only. Joining Allard were motorsports facility owners, automotive racing team owners, SEMA, NHRA Pro Stock racer Alex Laughlin and Feld Entertainment. The event was moderated by Tim Frost, the publisher of National Speedway Directory.

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Trump Administration has announced plans to end a special waiver that allows California to regulate vehicle emissions. Reports from Bloomberg and Reuters said ending the waiver would eliminate California's stricter vehicle-emissions standards and cap federal fuel economy requirements at 35 mpg, rather than allowing them to rise to 50 mpg by 2025. The EPA and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration also are expected to propose barring California from setting its own fuel economy rules. Thirteen states and the District of Columbia have adopted California's stricter emissions standards, accounting for nearly 40 percent of U.S. car and truck sales.

State News

TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. - The U.S. Marine Corps will not be closing the Johnson Valley Shared Use Area in California during August, as previously announced. The Marines reduced the scope of their planned exercises, so they will confine their August training to the Exclusive Military Use Area. The Marine Corps said it plans to use the Shared Use Area for military training during August 2019. Those with questions may call (760) 830-3737 or email Additional information is available at or at

LISBON, Maine - Town officials are considering whether to allow ATV riders access to some public roads for use as trail connectors. The owner of some property used by the riders to get from one trail to another has cut off access. So, the Town Council may amend its ATV ordinance to allow riders to travel Wing Street, State Route 9 and State Route 196.

LANSING, Mich. - The state is opening 6,300 miles of forest roads to off-road vehicles this year under a plan announced in late 2017. The state Department of Natural Resources Forest Resources Division said the plan strikes a balance between resource protection and motorized vehicle access to public lands. About 1,200 miles of forest roads will remain closed to off-road vehicles.

CARSON CITY, Nev. - The Nevada Commission on Off-Highway Vehicles has about $950,000 available for grants for OHV projects. The application and instructions are available online at Applications are due by Nov. 1. Grant awards will be made in December. The State's grant funding is generated by the registration fees of OHVs. Administered by the Nevada Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, the Nevada Off-Highway Vehicles Program promotes safe and responsible use of the state's outstanding opportunities for off-road recreation, with grants to fund OHV related projects including trail improvements, mapping, signage, law enforcement, education, safety training, restoration and more. Previous OHV grant projects include the Logandale Trails trailhead facilities, Nevada Outdoor School OHV education, Kokopelli ATV Club trail marking, maintenance of the Shoshone, Peavine Mountain, and Ranger Trail, and the new Nevada Trail Maps Collaborative. To view video clips highlighting previous OHV grant projects, please visit For more information, contact Jenny Scanland at (775) 684-2794 or

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Motorcycle Ohio, the state's rider training program, has become part of the state Bureau of Motor Vehicles. The agency previously was part of the Ohio Department of Public Safety. Officials said the program will continue with "business as usual," with all funding following Motorcycle Ohio and all staff members remaining in place.

SUPERIOR, Wis. - City officials are accepting public input on a plan to allow year-round access to city streets by ATV and UTV riders. The proposal, approved by the city Public Safety Commission, would allow riders on certain streets. The City Council plans to vote on the issue Aug. 7. A map of the proposed routes can be found at

Industry News

AZUSA, Calif. - CSC Motorcycles has announced a new electric motorcycle, the City Slicker, to be initially offered at $1,995 under CSC's introductory "Don't Miss The Boat" program. The all-electric City Slicker motorcycle is approved for all 50 states. Like CSC's other offerings, the City Slicker is manufactured by Zongshen, one of the world's largest motorcycle manufacturers, based in China. The electric motorcycle uses a non-hub motor and the final drive is a belt, which eliminates the chain noise, the company said. The City Slicker requires 6 to 8 hours to recharge a fully-discharged battery using a standard 110VAC outlet. CSC sells directly to its customers, with no dealers. More information is available at

TOKYO - Honda Motorcycles UK is working with Datatool to fit tracking devices to its motorcycles. The equipment will be installed free on all new Hondas, while owners of older Hondas receive a discount on the tracker and installation. There is an ongoing subscription cost. The Datatool TrakKING Adventure offers theft monitoring and instant notification, as well as detailed trip information that is automatically uploaded to a cloud service. The mapping technology and tracking capability covers all of Western Europe.

TOKYO - Honda Motor Co. and Yamaha Motor Co. plan to introduce hybrid scooters in Thailand. Honda plans to launch the PCX Hybrid in August, while Yamaha released its Grand Filano Hybrid in July. Each model represents the first hybrid motorcycle for the respective company. The motorcycles feature a lithium-ion battery in addition to a 150cc engine.

MINAMI-KU, HAMAMATSU, Japan - Suzuki Motorcycle India, a subsidiary of automaker Suzuki Motor Corp., is planning to bring in electric two-wheelers to the Indian market by 2020. A report at said the two-wheelers will be introduced about the same time Suzuki launches an electric car in India. Plans call for an electric scooter and an electric motorcycle.

International News

TORONTO - The City Council is considering allowing motorcycles to filter to the front when traffic is stopped. In addition, the city is considering an increase in the number of motorcycle parking zones and allowing motorcycles to use reserved lanes on some streets. The ideas were submitted as ways to reduce traffic congestion in the city.

AMA News

PICKERINGTON, Ohio - AMA members will receive discount pricing and special access at the eighth round of the 2018 MotoAmerica Series, home of the AMA Superbike Championship, on Aug. 24-26 at the Pittsburgh International Race Complex in Pittsburgh, Pa. In addition to a 15 percent discount on a three-day ticket to the Championship of Pittsburgh, AMA members who use the exclusive promotion code available at will receive an automatic upgrade to the AMA VIP Experience, which includes access to the AMA Parking Corral with free gear check, hot pit access during Friday's Motul Superbike practice, hot grid access during Saturday's Motul Superbike practice, premier podium viewing access during podium celebrations and Sunday fan lap of the track (motorcycles only; safety gear required). MotoAmerica is the professional road racing series sanctioned by the AMA. Its class champions are recognized by both the AMA and FIM North America, the FIM Continental Union that is made up of both the AMA and the Canadian Motorcyclist Association.

PICKERINGTON, Ohio - AMA Charter Life Member Don L. Harms was the winning name drawn at 2018 AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, featuring Royal Enfield, in the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame raffle. Harms' name was drawn by AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame inductee Scot Harden, who served as the 2018 AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days grand marshal. Harms, 81, of Kirkland, Wash., won a 1941 Harley-Davidson WL, the civilian version of the WLA (the "A" refers to "Army") produced for the U.S. Army for use during World War II. The WL is built around a high-compression flathead 45 cubic inch V-twin pumping out over 23 horsepower. Known in its day for reliability, the 750cc WLs were workhorses, whether in "A" trim or the civilian model. The WL is ready to ride with fresh paint and a tune-up from noted Harley-Davidson restorer Mike Wells of C&S Cycle Service in Mount Victory, Ohio. All raffle proceeds go to the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame.

PICKERINGTON, Ohio - Anthony Cox, of Jersey Mills, Pa., was selected as the winner of a 1975 Yamaha DT100 enduro in the "Ran When Parked" Raffle Bike Challenge at AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, featuring Royal Enfield. The "Ran When Parked" Raffle Bike Challenge provided an opportunity for the AMA and the Skidmark Garage in Cleveland, Ohio, to demonstrate how to take a relatively inexpensive vintage motorcycle and get it into operating condition, while learning basic motorcycle mechanic skills along the way. The project also demonstrated the value of community garages, where motorcyclists can rent space and tools and tap the expertise of seasoned riders and wrenchers. The Skidmark Garage crew got the motorcycle running during AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days during the first weekend in July. All of the proceeds from the raffle will go to support the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame. More information about the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame and other raffle bikes can be found at

PICKERINGTON, Ohio - Plan now to attend the 2018 AMA Legends & Champions Weekend, Dec. 7-9. This event celebrates the past, honors the present and builds for the future. The event at the Hilton Columbus/Polaris in Columbus, Ohio, includes the 2018 AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, the 2018 AMA Championship Banquet and the annual AMA Congress. Also during the weekend, the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in Pickerington, Ohio, will host an open house in honor of the Class of 2018 and to install their Hall of Fame nameplates and representative motorcycles or memorabilia in the Hall of Fame museum. Tickets for the 2018 AMA Legends & Champions weekend will be available soon. Reservations at the Columbus Hilton/Polaris are available now at a special group rate at the following link: Guests also can call (614) 310-2229 and reference the group "American Motorcyclist Association" or "AMOTOA."

PICKERINGTON, Ohio - The American Motorcyclist Association offers its condolences to the family and friends of AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame inductee Gavin Trippe, who passed away July 2 at the age of 78. Mr. Trippe is perhaps best remembered for his involvement in 1979 with ABC Sports in creating and promoting "Superbikers" for the television network's Wide World of Sports. Superbikers was the first motorcycle competition to bring together the stars of various specialties of racing to compete head to head on such a prominent stage. The Superbikers concept spawned Supermoto racing, which became a popular national and world championship division by the early 2000s. Mr. Trippe's company, Trippe/Cox Productions, also produced the first U.S. Motocross Grand Prix in Carlsbad, Calif., in 1973. He promoted the first AMA national road races at Ontario (California) Motor Speedway, the Champion Spark Plug 200. After the demise of the Speedway, he took that event to Laguna Seca Raceway to launch the current history of motorcycle racing in Monterey. Gavin Trippe was inducted into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 2005.

July 2018

National and Regional News

MILWAUKEE - The Harley-Davidson Motor Co. announced it may shift to overseas production of motorcycles for the European market to avoid stiff tariffs approved by the European Union in retaliation for U.S. tariffs on European products. Harley says President Donald Trump's tariffs on steel and aluminum will cost Harley as much as $20 million this year, with European Union retaliation adding $45 million in costs. The company has plants in India, Brazil and Australia, where production for its European customers will move. The European Union raised U.S. motorcycle tariffs from 6 percent to 31 percent. Harley sells about 40,000 bikes a year in Europe.

MEDINA, MINN. - Polaris Industries Inc., which produces the Indian brand of motorcycles, said it may shift some production to its plant in Poland because of the European Union tariffs on motorcycles with 500cc or larger engines. The move would include the production of motorcycles aimed at the European market. Polaris said the tariffs will add $15 million a year to the company's costs if it continues to ship U.S.-made motorcycles to Europe. The Twin Cities Business Journal reports that Indian Motorcycles are manufactured and assembled in Roseau, Minn.; Spirit Lake, Iowa; Osceola, Wis. and Huntsville, Ala. Manufacturing and assembly also takes place in Monterrey, Mexico. Polaris' Opole, Poland facility is 345,000 square feet and has a capacity for 500 employees, according to the company. It opened in 2014 for manufacturing off-road vehicles.

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced higher proposed levels of ethanol for 2019, which could lead to increases in the number of stations selling fuel blends containing more than 10 percent ethanol by volume. The 2019 renewable volume obligations announced June 26 call for 19.88 billion gallons of ethanol to be blended into the nation's vehicle fuel supply in 2019, up 3 percent from the 19.29 billion gallons mandated for 2018. All of the proposed increase is in advanced biofuels-those made from non-food sources-while the amount of ethanol derived mainly from corn remains flat at 15 billion gallons. The AMA opposes any increase in the amount of ethanol the government mandates for U.S. vehicle fuels, because none of the estimated 22 million motorcycles and ATVs currently in use are approved by the EPA to use fuels containing more than 10 percent ethanol by volume. The AMA also fears that higher-ethanol blends, such as E15 will begin to push ethanol-free and E10 fuel out of the marketplace, much the way E10 has marginalized E0.

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The California Off-Road Recreation and Conservation Act (H.R. 857) has passed the U.S. House of Representatives. The AMA supports this bill, sponsored by U.S. Rep. Paul Cook (R-Calif.). The bill would establish or expand six Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Areas in the California desert. Other areas would be designated as wilderness, primarily within these wilderness study areas and Death Valley National Park. H.R. 857 also would protect OHV users by ensuring that OHV areas cannot be closed by administrative action. The bill would add about 39,000 acres to the National Park System at Joshua Tree National Park and Death Valley National Park. The bill also would designate about 18,000 acres of federal land as the Alabama Hills National Scenic Area, restricting large-scale projects, while preserving existing recreational and commercial uses. Motorized vehicle use would be unaffected.

ALEXANDRIA, Va. - The Boat Owners Association of The United States is surveying its members about their experiences with fuel that contains ethanol. The 13-question survey ( is intended to provide an understanding of how ethanol fuels are affecting recreational boating this summer, gauge opinions and seek comments related to the Renewable Fuel Standard. BoatUS says that gasoline use has not increased as forecast when the RFS was enacted, which forces more ethanol into each gallon of gas. As with motorcycles, recreational boats are approved only for use of fuels containing up to 10 percent ethanol. However, 92 percent of readers of Boating Industry magazine reported in 2017 that they have seen damage caused by ethanol, which also decreases fuel economy.

State News

HONOLULU - Gov. David Ige (D) vetoed a bill that would have allowed motorcyclists to use the right shoulder to navigate around congested traffic. H.B. 2589 passed the state House and Senate, with a two-year sunset provision. Ige also has reportedly said he will veto any lane-splitting legislation that reaches his desk.

NEW YORK - The New York Motorcycle & Scooter Task Force has set up a Checkpoint Alert System for riders. The AMA urges New York-area riders to take advantage of this service. Those who sign up for the Checkpoint Alert System get notifications about motorcycle-only checkpoints in New York City. The system also allows them to warn other riders about MOCs. The AMA supports the work of the NYMSTF on this practice and its fight for riders' rights in the city. Whether it's discriminatory checkpoints, ticketing riders for daring to open their face shields at a stop light, unfair congestion pricing proposals or the unnecessary impounding of parked motorcycles for minor infractions, the NYMSTF has organized a community of riders to fight back. Motorcyclists can connect with the NYMSTF on its website (, Facebook page ( and Twitter to stay up to date on the group's efforts to address motorcycling issues in New York City.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - S.B. 1316 has passed the state Senate and has been referred to the Assembly Appropriations Committee for consideration. This bill again attempts to deny the OHV community a long overdue opportunity for increased motorized recreational opportunities on property purchased using funds from the Off Highway Vehicle Trust Fund over 20 years ago. This legislation ignores the fact that a majority of the opposition comes from local land owners, many of whom previously agreed to the acquisition, and disregards the legislature's own approval of the purchase expressly for OHV recreation. This important State Vehicle Recreation Area has been part of the California State Parks system since 1980, when the site was purchased by the California Department of Parks and Recreation. Prior to that the 1,500+ acres was privately owned and enjoyed by generations of motorized recreationists, including a period when it was operated as a private motorcycle park. AMA members and indeed all OHV recreationists must immediately contact their elected officials and remind them of the agreement that was made when the expansion properties were acquired. It is also important to remind them that the program uses no general fund monies and is in fact based on a user-pay, user-benefit style model. Monies used to pay for the program include those taxes collected on fuel, SVRA entrance fees and vehicle registrations (green and red stickers). Visit to make your voice heard.

Industry News

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The late Nicky Hayden, an AMA Superbike Champion, is among seven inducted into the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame. Hayden, of Owensboro, Ky., grew up dirt bike racing against kids twice his age and raced superbikes at age 17 in 1997 while he was still in high school. Nicknamed "The Kentucky Kid," he began riding professionally in the AMA circuit in 1999, and won his first championship race and AMA Rookie of the year honors. In 2002, at age 21, Hayden became the youngest-ever AMA Superbike Champion. In 2006, he finished first in the pinnacle of world road racing, the FIM MotoGP an 18-race series visiting 13 countries and four continents. Hayden continued his success, earning numerous MotoGP wins and 28 podium trips before transitioning to the Superbike World Championship series . He was killed in Italy in 2017 when struck by an automobile while training on a bicycle.

CYPRESS, Calif. - Yamaha Motor Corp. USA has announced its continued support for former long-distance motorcycle-riding competitor Paul Pelland (Longhaulpaul) and his "Chasing the Cure" million-mile journey to raise funds for the battle against multiple sclerosis. After tallying nearly 300,000 miles on Yamaha Super Ténéré adventure touring motorcycles, Pelland received the keys to a brand-new Yamaha Star Venture outfitted with the Transcontinental Option Package. Pelland is an AMA member and has delivered presentations at AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days. In 2012, Pelland made his MS diagnosis public and began documenting his "Chasing the Cure" million-mile motorcycle journey to raise awareness and funds. During the past five years, he has documented more 300,000 miles across 49 states, speaking at over 250 events while raising more than $100,000 for MS research. His Yamaha Super Ténéré, CURECHASER, was retired in 2016 and is on display at the Barber Motorsports Museum in Leeds, Ala.

International News

STOCKHOLM - Cake, a Swedish company, is developing a line of light electric off-road motorbikes, including its Kalk model. The new electric motorcycle features Ohlins suspension, 24-inch tires and a solar charger that can recharge the Kalk's 2.6 kWh battery pack in 90 minutes. The Kalk weighs 150 pounds and sells for about $13,000. More information is available at

AMA News

PICKERINGTON, Ohio -2018 AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, featuring Royal Enfield, is July 6-8 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio. The annual event is the largest fundraiser for the benefit of the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame and features racing, bike shows, live music, seminars and motorcycle attractions. Tickets are on sale now through Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course online at or by calling (419) 884-4000. Tickets also are available at the gate.

PICKERINGTON, Ohio - The AMA has announced the six riders who will represent the United States at the 2018 FIM World Junior Motocross Championship, where the best young riders in the world compete on a fast and flowing track in Horsham, Australia, Aug. 24-26. The event is for competitors ages 11 to 17. Countries from around the world select their best young up-and-coming riders to compete in individual classes and team events. The event, at the Horsham Motorcycle Complex, represents the first time the United States has participated in the FIM World Junior Motocross Championship since 2014. The racing format consists of three classes with three world titles on the line. Riders in the 85cc and 125cc classes compete for the FIM Junior Motocross World Championship for riders and manufacturers. Riders in the 65cc class vie for the FIM Junior Motocross World Cup for riders. And the results of the three classes are combined to determine the FIM Junior Motocross World Championship for national teams. The AMA-supported entry consists of six riders, with two riders representing the United States in each of three competition classes.

PICKERINGTON, Ohio - The AMA congratulates Dallas Daniels, winner of the 2018 Nicky Hayden AMA Flat Track Horizon Award, and Kody Kopp, winner of the 2018 AMA Fast Brain Award. These outstanding AMA competitors were selected from among the riders who participated in the 2018 AMA Flat Track Grand Championship at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield, Ill., May 29 through June 1. The Nicky Hayden AMA Flat Track Horizon Award honors the amateur racer who is poised for success at the professional level. The award was renamed in 2017 in honor of the late Nicky Hayden, who was the inaugural winner of the award in 1997. The AMA Fast Brain Award includes a $1,500 educational scholarship that benefits one young racer whose talent with the throttle is matched by his or her aptitude in the classroom. The AMA thanks AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer Bill Werner, Zanotti Racing's Dave Zanotti and Bromley Motorsports for funding the award for 2018. Both winners will be honored as part of the AMA's Legends & Champions Weekend, which is scheduled to take place in Columbus, Ohio Dec. 7-9.

PICKERINGTON, Ohio - Plan now to attend the 2018 AMA Legends & Champions Weekend, Dec. 7-9. This event celebrates the past, honors the present and builds for the future. The event at the Hilton Columbus/Polaris in Columbus, Ohio, includes the 2018 AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, the 2018 AMA Championship Banquet and the annual AMA Congress. Also during the weekend, the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in Pickerington, Ohio, will host an open house in honor of the Class of 2018 and to install their Hall of Fame nameplates and representative motorcycles or memorabilia in the Hall of Fame museum. Tickets for the 2018 AMA Legends & Champions weekend will be available soon. Reservations at the Columbus Hilton/Polaris are available now at a special group rate at the following link: Guests also can call (614) 310-2229 and reference the group "American Motorcyclist Association" or "AMOTOA."

June 2018

National and Regional News

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Reps. Austin Scott (R-Ga.) and Lois Frankel (D-Fla.) introduced the "Consumer Protection and Fuel Transparency Act of 2018" in the U.S. House (H.R. 5855). The American Motorcyclist Association supports this bipartisan bill. The AMA has repeatedly warned of the dangers of E15 (15 percent ethanol by volume) for motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles because none of the estimated 22 million motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles in use in the United States is certified by the Environmental Protection Agency 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. This legislation would require the EPA to revise the labeling requirements for fuel pumps that dispense E15 and conduct a consumer education campaign to inform the public about the risks of improper use of E15 and the vehicles and equipment that are prohibited from using E15. To learn more and send a prewritten message to your representative, click

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Motorcyclist traffic fatalities were down 5.6 percent in 2017, with 296 fewer deaths than in 2016, according to a preliminary report issued in May by the Governors Highway Safety Administration. The report, Motorcyclist Traffic Fatalities by State: 2017 Preliminary Data, projected that 4,990 people died in motorcycle crashes during 2017. Among the leading factors cited as contributing to motorcycle crashes: alcohol or drug impairment, distraction and the aging riding population. The GHSA said more states are considering ignition interlocks to reduce impaired driving. The group also is advocating for universal helmet laws. The AMA strongly encourages helmet use but believes that adults should have the right to voluntarily decide when to wear a helmet.

PORTLAND, Ore. - The Pacific Northwest Region of the U.S. Forest Service has launched of a region-wide mobile app, the Pacific Northwest Forests app. The specialized software program will help the public find hiking trails, camping, picnicking, boating areas and more by using their cell phones' GPS capabilities. This mobile app allows visitors to discover recreational opportunities near them and serves as a complement to the Forest Service's traditional website. For more information and to download the app, visit:

State News

OCEANO, Calif. - The foredunes of the Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area will be closed by Sept. 15 as part of a dust-pollution control plan approved by the San Luis Obispo County, Calif., Air Pollution Control District Hearing Board. The agreement between the Air Pollution Control District and California State Parks, which manages the recreation area, calls for reducing dust emissions by 50 percent during the coming five years. The intention is to reduce the amount of dust that drifts into nearby communities. During the coming year the agencies will work together on a plan, conduct public hearings, involve a scientific advisory committee and increase monitoring. According to, the approved agreement calls for closing the foredunes area and replanting it so it will return to the conditions depicted in a 1930s aerial photograph.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - State officials, as part of the Strategic Highway Safety Plan, are surveying motorcyclists to compile a list of possible locations for motorcycle barrier installations. The survey form is designed to collect as much information as possible about specific locations on the State Highway System where this safer barrier technology may be considered. The information collected will be given to the state Traffic Safety Office. Forms may be downloaded at Forms must completed and emailed to by July 1, with the subject line "RE: SHSP Motorcycle Challenge Area Survey Form." Be sure to provide very specific information. The more information the state has, the better officials can respond to your input.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Gov. Larry Hogan signed into law S.B. 606, which creates within the state Department of Natural Resources an Off-Highway Recreational Vehicle Trail Fund and authorizes the transfer of about $750,000 a year from the Transportation Trust Fund to the trail fund. The new law allows that money to be spent only on ORV trails. The revenue is generated from the title tax paid when ATVs, side-by-sides and dirt bikes are bought. In past years, the funds were spent for highway maintenance. The bill was backed by the Maryland Motorcycle Dealers Association and the Maryland Off-Highway Vehicle Alliance.

WASHOE COUNTY, Nev. - The Washoe County Sheriff's Office has developed a free phone app that makes it easy to report illegal dumping. "One of the elements of that app is an illegal dumping reporting system," said department spokesman Bob Harmon. "And it's very simple. You open the app, you push the illegal dumping option, and really all it asks you to do is take a picture and send it in." The photo submitted will include GPS coordinates, so authorities can find the dump site. To download the app, just go to your phone's app store and type in Washoe County Sheriff's Office.

LEWIS COUNTY, N.Y. - Officials may be headed for a battle with the state over one village's decision to allow ATVs to use its streets, according to a report in the Watertown Daily Times. In May, state Supreme Court Judge Peter A. Schwerzmann found that the village of Constableville violated state law when it allowed ATVs access to public roads. For county officials, ATVs represent an economic development opportunity. Many ATV enthusiasts have built seasonal homes in the area to use the Lewis County ATV Trail System, according to the newspaper report. The town of Leyden, also in Lewis County, enacted an ordinance similar to the one in Constableville. The next move would be for Constableville to appeal the court's ruling.

HARRISBURG, Pa. - The state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn announced new public involvement in charting the future course of Pennsylvania's state forests. The effort began May 31, when Sproul State Forest District hosted the first of 20 public meetings across the state. Dates and locations of other district public meetings will be announced locally in the future. The public meetings will focus on specifics of district plans and aid the bureau in revising its District State Forest Resource Management Plans. A DSFRMP is written for each of the bureau's 20 forest districts across the state. Both the district-level and statewide plans are designed to provide bureau staff a framework for work and management decisions and to communicate to stakeholders how their forest is being managed. District plans build upon the foundation of the state-wide plan, while providing a greater level of detail and more focus on district-level priorities. A complete schedule of district public meetings can be found on the State Forest Resource Management Plan website at:

HARRISBURG, Pa. - The state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources issued grants totaling $425,700 to three recipients in Pennsylvania for all-terrain vehicle trails, equipment and related facilities. Funding is provided from ATV registrations. "Using funds from ATV riders when they register their vehicles, these grants will help improve riding opportunities," DCNR Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn said. "ATV trails draw visitors and can have a positive economic impact on nearby communities." The grants by county are:

  • Armstrong and Lawrence - Mines and Meadows LLC, $154,600, to prepare a plan to further develop the campground facility at the 870-acre Mines and Meadows ATV Park in New Beaver Township, Lawrence County and a trail study for the development of a 1,700-acre site in Brady's Bend Township, Armstrong County.
  • Bradford - Athens Township, $185,100, for development of Round Top Park in Athens Township, including rehabilitation of about 4 miles of ATV trails and a trailhead, construction of a pavilion and comfort station, landscaping and other related site improvements.
  • Cambria and Indiana - Rock Run Recreation Inc., $86,000, to buy equipment to build and maintain about 140 miles of off-highway vehicle trails at Rock Run Recreation Area in Cambria and Indiana counties.

CAMERON COUNTY, Texas - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service closed Boca Chica Beach at Boca Chica State Park to ATVs and off-highway vehicles. The affected area includes the dunes, tidal flats and beach. Boca Chica is part of the Lower Rio Grande Valley National Wildlife Refuge, which in turn is part of the USFWS South Texas Refuge Complex. The ban does not affect beach access for passenger cars and trucks, though it does target specific types of recreational vehicles designed for off-highway use. Violators will be subject to fines and forfeiture of their vehicles.

Industry News

NASHVILLE - Lane Motor Museum announced it has opened its newest public exhibit displaying The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach's Vintage Harley-Davidson collection. Auerbach's collection consists of Harley-Davidsons that have not been fully restored, yet retain much of the character of the prior owners, including the modifications that reflect their personalities. Ten of these motorcycles will be on display in the exhibit "The Dan Auerbach Collection: Vintage Harley-Davidsons from 1937-1950." Auerbach is a multi-platinum-selling musician and eight-time Grammy Award winner. For more information, visit

STUTTGART, Germany - The Mobility Solutions sector of The Bosch Group has announced several technological products for motorcycles. Bosch efforts include a sliding mitigation research project, radar-based assistance systems, adaptive cruise control, a forward collision warning system, blind-spot detection, motorcycle stability control and motorcycle-to-car communication. Full details on all these systems can be found at this link:

TOKYO - Honda Motor Co.'s Monkey Bike is making a comeback, this time with a larger 125cc engine. Honda announced that the Monkey will resume production after being discontinued last year. It is expected to be on the domestic market July 12, with a price of $3,700. Honda stopped production in 2017 because of Japanese emissions regulations. The new Monkey 125 was unveiled in the fall as a concept model during the Tokyo Motor Show.

AMA News

PICKERINGTON, Ohio - The AMA and American Honda Motor Co. are commissioning two custom motorcycles that celebrate the life and career of professional American road racer and flat tracker Nicky Hayden, who passed away on May 22, 2017, as a result of injuries sustained when he was hit by a car while training on his road bicycle in Italy. Honda is donating two motorcycles to the project, a 2018 Honda CBR1000RR and a 2018 Honda XR650L. The CBR1000RR will be decked out in a full Repsol Honda livery, while the XR650L will be heavily modified in a street-tracker motif by award-winning custom bike builder Tony Prust of Analog Cycles in Chicago. Renderings of the custom motorcycles will be unveiled on July 6 at AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days in Lexington, Ohio, with the bikes themselves debuting during AMA Legends & Champions Weekend in Columbus, Ohio, on Dec. 7. Throughout 2019, the bikes will tour at select events and be on display at the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame on the AMA campus in Pickerington, Ohio, before being raffled to raise funds for the American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation, the 501c3 nonprofit that raises money to support the Hall of Fame.

PICKERINGTON, Ohio - Make arrangements now to attend the 2018 AMA Legends & Champions Weekend, Dec. 7-9. This event celebrates the past, honors the present and builds for the future. The event at the Hilton Columbus/Polaris in Columbus, Ohio, includes the 2018 AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, the 2018 AMA Championship Banquet and the annual AMA Congress. Also during the weekend, the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in Pickerington, Ohio, will host an open house in honor of the Class of 2018 and to install their Hall of Fame nameplates and representative motorcycles or memorabilia in the Hall of Fame museum. Tickets for the 2018 AMA Legends & Champions weekend will be available soon. Reservations at the Columbus Hilton/Polaris are available now at a special group rate at the following link: Guests also can call (614) 310-2229 and reference the group "American Motorcyclist Association" or "AMOTOA."

PICKERINGTON, Ohio - It's just one more month until 2018 AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, the nation's premier vintage motorcycling event, brings racing, bike shows, live music, seminars and motorcycle attractions to Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio. The annual event, July 6-8 this year, is the largest fundraiser for the benefit of the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame. Tickets are on sale now. AMA members can visit or call (614) 856-1900 to order. Non-AMA members can buy tickets through Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course online at or by calling (419) 884-4000.

May 2018


National and Regional News

WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Donald Trump is considering lifting the ban on the sale of E15 fuel during the summer months, making the high-ethanol blend available year round. The sale of E15-gasoline containing 15 percent ethanol by volume-is not permitted during the summer because the EPA has determined it creates additional pollution. The American Petroleum Institute opposes Trump's proposal, arguing that the president lacks the authority to lift the summertime ban. The AMA opposes the proliferation of E15 in the marketplace because of the possibility that motorcyclists may misfuel their vehicles. Motorcycles and ATVs are prohibited by the EPA from using fuels that contain more than 10 percent ethanol by volume.

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke signed two secretarial orders in April to prioritize his department's recreation mission and increase access to public lands. Secretarial Order 3366 directs certain Interior bureaus to create and deliver plans to the department within 90 days that focus on developing or expanding recreational opportunities on public lands and waterways. This order also directs bureau heads to designate one full-time employee charged to oversee recreational opportunities. Secretarial Order 3365 establishes the position of Senior National Advisor to the Secretary for Recreation to help ensure coordination of recreational policy in the department. That position has been filled by Rick May, who is a motorcyclist. May, who joined Interior in November 2017, is a retired U.S. Navy SEAL Captain and decorated veteran who served in the Iraq War. Since his departure from active duty in 2010, he has worked with wounded Veterans in various types of recreational activities, helping them to reintegrate back into mainstream America.

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Bureau of Land Management has issued a call for nominations to fill vacancies in 34 of its Resource Advisory Councils. The states involved include Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, the Dakotas, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. The AMA recognizes the value of these councils that are charged with advising the U.S. Interior Secretary on land use planning and management of BLM lands in their areas. The AMA encourages interested riders to nominate themselves. There are three membership categories for BLM RACs: 1) holders of federal grazing permits and representatives of organizations associated with energy and mineral development, the timber industry, transportation or rights-of-way, developed outdoor recreation, off-highway vehicle use, and commercial recreation; 2) representatives of nationally or regionally recognized environmental organizations, archaeological and historic organizations, dispersed recreation activities, and wild horse and burro organizations; and 3) representatives of state, county, or local elected office, employees of a state agency responsible for management of natural resources, representatives of Indian tribes within or adjacent to the area for which the council is organized, representatives of academia who are employed in natural sciences, and the public-at-large. Nominees must be a resident of the state in which the RAC has jurisdiction. For more information, contact Twinkle Thompson-Seitts, BLM Communications in Washington, D.C. at (202) 208-7301 or

State News

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The state's anti-profiling bill (A.B. 2972) cleared its first hurdle, clearing the policy committee on a 5-2 vote. But the measure met opposition on the Assembly floor from the Republican Caucus. Several Democrats also voted "no" or abstained, resulting in a 28-21 vote against the bill, which would prohibit law enforcement officers from stopping and questioning motorcyclists based on their choice of vehicle or clothing. Assemblymember Anna Caballero (D-Salinas), who introduced the bill, requested reconsideration, which means the bill may be voted on again before the June 1 deadline.

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - The Great Trails Workshop organized by the National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council is scheduled for May 8-10. These recurring workshops provide Great Trails training for those who otherwise may not have the opportunity to participate in regional workshops. This workshop, in partnership with North Idaho College Workforce Training Center, will be an annual event. The classroom portion of the workshop will be at the Workforce Training Center in Post Falls, Idaho. The field portion will be on the Canfield Mountain Trail System on the Coeur d'Alene River Ranger District of the Idaho Panhandle National Forest. The workshop costs $695 per person for the three-day workshop, including lunch each day and transportation to and from field locations. Registration is open. Learn more by viewing the Workforce Training Center course catalog at

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - S.B. 606 passed the General Assembly and is expected to be signed by the governor, creating an Off-Highway Recreational Vehicle Trail Fund to maintain and build trails for off-highway recreational vehicles. The bill, sponsored by state Sen. George C. Edwards (R-Cumberland), also requires the state Secretary of Natural Resources to administer the fund; requires the comptroller to distribute 25 percent of the revenue in fiscal 2019 and 50 percent in fiscal 2020. The revenue will come from the excise tax imposed on certificates of title issued for off-highway recreational vehicles.

LANSING, Mich. - The state Department of Natural Resources is seeking public input on the rules for off-road-vehicle use on Upper Peninsula state forest roads. The comment period begins today (May 1) and continue through June 15. Forest roads in the U.P. will remain open to ORV use during the classification period, and any changes will take effect in January 2019. State law requires that state forest roads in the Upper Peninsula be inventoried and legally designated as open or closed to ORV use. The DNR anticipates ORV use will continue to be permitted on most state forest roads in the U.P. However, to prevent user conflicts and protect environmentally sensitive areas, the DNR may designate some roads as closed. Comments will be accepted via email to or by mail to ATTN: DNR Roads Inventory Project, 1990 U.S. 41 South, Marquette, MI 49855. Or residents may attend one of eight public meetings. The meeting schedule can be found here:,4570,7-350-79137_79770_79780-467036--,00.html.

NELSONVILLE, Ohio - The Wayne National Forest's notice of initiation of the assessment phase of Forest Plan Revision was published in the Federal Register on April 19. This notice signaled the official start of the Forest Plan revision process that will continue for two to three years. The revised Forest Plan will guide all land management activities on the Wayne National Forest for the next 10 to 15 years. "We are now reviewing the feedback we received from the public during the eight kick-off meetings held in March and April," Forest Supervisor Tony Scardina said. "By June 1, we will announce a comprehensive public engagement plan for the assessment phase, which will provide a detailed outline of additional public meetings and other ways the public can provide the information we are looking for during the assessment phase of the Forest Plan Revision process." Those wishing to submit comments, information or scientific data before the announcement of the comprehensive public engagement plan should contact, or mail submissions to Lori Swiderski at Wayne National Forest, 13700 U.S. Hwy. 33, Nelsonville, OH 45764.

Industry News

TOOELE COUNTY, Utah - Utah Motorsports Campus, the motorsports facility formerly known as Miller Motorsports Park, has once again been put up for sale by its owners, Tooele County, according to a report in Roadracing World & Motorcycle Technology. The facility was previously known as Miller Motorsports Park. The county has been trying to sell the property since 2015 to a subsidiary of a Chinese company. For the complete story, follow this link:

MILWAUKEE - Harley-Davidson is offering a free motorcycle and a summer of riding to interns in its #findyourfreedom program. The positions require learning to ride, then exploring America's motorcycle culture by riding across the country. The interns also will share their experiences on social media as part of the company's marketing effort. Interns completing the 12-week program get to keep their motorcycles. Positions are open to college juniors and seniors, as well as recent graduates. More information is available on Harley-Davidson's website:

DALLAS - Lithium battery technology company Alternet Systems says it is forming a new company to build an electric motorcycle based on Chinese replicas of the classic 1938 BMW R71 sidecar motorcycle, according to The company, ReVolt Electric Motorbikes, says its bikes will be powered by an electric motor drawing energy from Alternet lithium batteries.

International News

NEW YORK - Ride Sunday 2018, the International Day of Riding for a Cause, is scheduled for June 3. Supported by Harley-Davidson Motorcycles, REV'IT!, Triumph Motorcycles and Royal Enfield, Ride Sunday is an effort to unite the global motorcycling community. Hundreds of thousands of riders around the world are expected to participate, and organizers hope for more than $1 million in donations for more than 50 charity beneficiaries. Ride Sunday is open to all motorcyclists and scooter riders regardless of bike style or riding preference, be it on-road or off-road. All riders are encouraged to participate and raise funds for a charity of their choice by either joining a certified dealer ride, hosting their own ride or joining an existing group ride via

STOCKHOLM - Stockholm has proposed a € 2,000 ($2,420) a year fee for commuters using motorcycles, mopeds or scooters, according to the Federation of European Motorcyclists' Associations. The proposed fee comes in spite of the fact that the city concluded that motorcycles and mopeds are small vehicles that reduce congestion and are better for the environment. There currently is no fee for powered two wheelers. FEMA says the number of motorcycles and mopeds has doubled in Stockholm County in the past 15 years, with about 60,000 in the Stockholm region now commuting on the vehicles.

AMA News

PICKERINGTON, Ohio - The AMA will celebrate the past, honor the present and build for the future at the 2018 AMA Legends & Champions Weekend, Dec. 7-9, at the Hilton Columbus/Polaris in Columbus, Ohio. The event includes the 2018 AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, the 2018 AMA Championship Banquet and the annual AMA Congress. Also during the weekend, the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in Pickerington, Ohio, will host an open house in honor of the Class of 2018 and to install their Hall of Fame nameplates and representative motorcycles or memorabilia in the Hall of Fame museum. Tickets for the 2018 AMA Legends & Champions weekend will be available soon. Reservations at the Columbus Hilton/Polaris are available now at a special group rate at the following link: Guests also can call (614) 310-2229 and reference the group "American Motorcyclist Association" or "AMOTOA."

PICKERINGTON, Ohio - The American Motorcyclist Association is continuing its partnership with The Quail Motorcycle Gathering for 2018 with a display at the event and the presentation of the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Heritage Award. The 2018 event is scheduled for May 5 at the Quail Lodge & Golf Club in Carmel, Calif. The AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Heritage Award recognizes a machine that best represents a contribution that AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famers have made to the growth of American motorcycling. In addition to presenting the heritage award, the AMA will be on location to greet supporters, sell memberships and provide information about the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame. AMA members receive a discount on tickets to The Quail Motorcycle Gathering by using the discount code at More information about The Quail Motorcycle Gathering can be found at

PICKERINGTON, Ohio - AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, the nation's premier vintage motorcycling event, brings racing, bike shows, live music, seminars and motorcycle attractions to Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio, July 6-8. The annual event, now in its 28th year, is the largest fundraiser for the benefit of the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame. Tickets are on sale now. AMA members can visit or call (614) 856-1900 to order. AMA members get discounts through May 31. Non-AMA members can buy tickets through Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course online at or by calling (419) 884-4000.

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House and Senate legislation would restrict availability of unsafe fuel for motorcycles

Urge your representative and senators to cosponsor these bills


U.S. Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) and Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) introduced the "Growing Renewable Energy through Existing and New Environmentally Responsible Fuels Act" (the GREENER Act) in the U.S. House (H.R. 5212) and Senate (S. 2519). The American Motorcyclist Association supports these bills.

The legislation would cap mandated ethanol content in the nation's fuel supply at 9.7 percent and require the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to prioritize the use of cellulosic biofuel ahead of other biofuels when determining volumes below blend wall levels.

In other words, the 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.

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. 5212 and your senators to support S. 2519. Send a prewritten message by clicking the "Take Action" link.

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