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May 2019

 

National and Regional News

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Interior Secretary David Bernhardt signed two secretarial orders in March highlighting the administration's support of outdoor recreation on public lands. Secretarial Order 3373 directs the U.S. Bureau of Land Management to adequately consider public access for outdoor recreation when determining the appropriateness of the disposal or exchange of public lands. "It requires that before the BLM exchanges or disposes of any land, they must first consider what impact the disposal or exchange of land will have on public access," Bernhardt said. The second order, Secretarial Order 3374, establishes a departmental task force to ensure that "the department efficiently and fully implements the most comprehensive public lands management legislation in a decade for the benefit of all Americans," Bernhardt said. "We will continue to work to strike the proper balance for land and resources management, increase opportunities for hunting, fishing, and recreation on Federal lands, create economic prosperity while protecting and preserving America's treasures."

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Office of the United States Trade Representative is once again including some motorcycles among the European goods targeted for tariffs, this time in retaliation for European subsidies to Airbus. Previous tariff proposals were tied to the European nations' restrictions on U.S. beef. The World Trade Organization has found repeatedly that European Union subsidies to Airbus have caused adverse effects to the United States, according to the USTR. Motorcycles between 500cc and 700cc, as well as motorcycle parts and accessories, are on a preliminary list of goods that also includes salmon, cheese, lemons, olive oil, wine, cashmere sweaters, steins and wall clocks. The tariffs would apply to about $11 billion worth of European goods.

YPSILANTI TOWNSHIP, MICH. - The AMA joined ABATE of Michigan, the Motorcycle Riders Foundation and other motorcyclists in March to oppose a plan by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to allow year-round sales of E15 fuel. The AMA opposes the EPA plan because none of the estimated 22 million motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles in use in the United States is approved by the EPA to operate on ethanol blends higher than 10 percent. Allowing more E15 into the marketplace increases the risk of inadvertent misfueling by consumers. Ethanol can cause damage to engines, fuel systems and exhaust components in vehicles not designed for a specific blend. "We urge the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency not to allow gasoline blended with up to 15 percent ethanol to take advantage of the 1-psi Reid Vapor Pressure waiver which would, in turn, allow year-round sales of this fuel," AMA Director of Government Relations Greg Pecoraro said at the hearing. "Despite the EPA's belief that additional misfueling measures are unnecessary and outside the scope of the proposed action, this action would greatly increase the risk of inadvertent misfueling for motorcyclists and all-terrain vehicle owners. This risk alone is sufficient to reconsider this action." The full text of the AMA comments can be found at www.americanmotorcyclist.com.

State News

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Landowners would be spared liability for people legally using their property for off-highway recreation under H.B. 1833, which passed the state Senate and is awaiting the governor's signature. The AMA supports these landowner liability laws, because they remove one obstacle to opening more trails for responsible motorized recreation. The laws allow riders to travel at their own risk.

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. - Government agencies have been whittling away at the Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area, reducing the useable area from an estimated 15,000 acres to about 1,500 acres. And the California Department of Parks and Recreation fears additional restrictions could close the park. About 300 acres are closed from March through September to protect a bird called the Western Snowy Plover. And the San Luis Obispo Air Pollution Control District wants park officials to reduce dust emissions by half before 2023. The state parks department believes meeting that requirement would mean shutting down another 500 acres. The Friends of Oceano Dunes have brought five lawsuits against the San Luis Obispo Air Pollution Control District to try to halt the new restrictions.

LANSING, Mich. - Off-road vehicle enthusiasts can ride more than 6,300 miles of state forest roads in Michigan's northern Lower Peninsula. That increased opportunity comes after changes approved by Department of Natural Resources Director Dan Eichinger at the February meeting of the Michigan Natural Resources Commission and implemented by DNR forestry staff in the weeks since. Final maps detailing the 6,339.5 miles of northern Michigan state forest roads open to ORV use-as well as printable maps by county-are available on the DNR website.

OAKLAND COUNTY, Mich. - Oakland County will be getting an off-road park in Groveland and Holly townships. The county commissioners OK'd a 20-year operating agreement with the state Department of Natural Resources, with a 10-year additional option. The Oakland County Parks and Recreation will operate the 235-acre park. About 110 acres of the reclaimed mining site will be open for use in summer of 2020. County officials said they have been trying for 20 years to get the project approved.

ALBANY, N.Y. - The New York State Assembly approved congestion pricing in Manhattan, which would include motorcycles in the tolls to be charged to motorists entering the busiest areas. The AMA has been working with the Riders Against Congestion to get an exemption from the tolls for motorcyclists. All road users want to reduce congestion and get where they are going faster. Creating incentives for the use of motorcycles and scooters can reduce congestion and help other road users get where they are going faster. The potential benefits of increased motorcycle and scooter ridership have been studied.  A 2007 traffic model produced by transportation engineering and planning firm Sam Schwartz PLLC simulated the impact of incorporating higher ratios of scooters and motorcycles. Based on those findings, shifting the daytime vehicle mix to 80 percent cars and 20 percent scooters and motorcycles would result in annual reductions in carbon dioxide emissions by more than 26,000 tons, decrease delays by more than 4.6 million hours per year and decrease fuel consumption by more than 2.5 million gallons per year. New York Assembly Member Félix W. Ortiz (D-Kings) has introduced A.B. 6080, which would explicitly exempt all motorcycles from any congestion pricing program fees, wherever such a programs are adopted.

HUGER, S.C. - The AMA is working with South Carolina off-road riders and some riders from surrounding states to protect about 40 miles of trails in the Francis Marion National Forest. As many as 300 riders use the Wambaw Cycle Trail on most weekends. But the U.S. Forest Service is undertaking a 2,600-acre "forest stand conversion" project, which includes taking down trees that shade the trails during the summer months. The logging also will affect use of the trails, with some portions of the trails requiring significant remediation after timbering. About 750 people have responded to an online petition to halt the timber harvest. Contact the AMA at grassroots@ama-cycle.org to help.

Industry News

TOKYO - Honda, Kawasaki, Yamaha and Suzuki will work together to develop swappable battery technology, to further electric motorcycle development. The consortium will tackle the issue of batteries, which has limited the cruising range and, subsequently, the broad appeal and acceptance of electric motorcycles.

AMA News

PICKERINGTON, Ohio - AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame raffle bike winner Lisa Malachowsky of Apex, N.C., picked up her 2017 Ural Gear Up Adventure Together Edition sidecar rig at the AMA campus April 24. Malachowsky was selected as the raffle winner at the 2018 American Honda AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Dec. 7. On hand for the delivery were Corey and Casey Wilkinson of Good Spark Garage in Indianapolis, who helped outfit the special edition Ural. The motorcycle was set up and dialed in by one of the nation's top Ural sales and service dealerships, Heindl Engineering, of Eaton, Ohio. Tickets are currently available for other Hall of Fame raffle bikes, including two customized Nicky Hayden Honda tribute bikes and a 1951 Harley-Davidson FL. All proceeds from the raffles go to the American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation, a nonprofit that raises money for the Hall of Fame. To get your raffle tickets today, visit www.americanmotorcyclist.com/hof/Raffle-Bike/hall-of-fame-raffle-bikes.

PICKERINGTON, Ohio - The AMA Classic Grand Tour, which provides a fun and interesting way for motorcyclists across the country to get out and ride, returns this year as the AMA celebrates its 95th anniversary. Featured in 2003 and 2009, this popular tour includes a challenge, while allowing riders the flexibility of picking their route and timetable. The goal is to find and photograph signs that contain the letters "AMA" in sequence. The AMA Classic Grand Tour is just one of seven events on the 2019 AMA Grand Tour calendar. For complete information, visit www.americanmotorcyclist.com/GrandTours.

PICKERINGTON, Ohio - The AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame invites all motorcyclists to its Spring Bike Night, sponsored by Nationwide, from 5 to 8 p.m. May 18 at the AMA campus. The Saturday bike night, sponsored by Nationwide, features an open house at the Hall of Fame museum, which houses the bikes and highlights the achievements of hundreds of Hall of Famers. Music, vendors, activities and more are part of the evening's offerings. On Friday, May 17, KTM will offer street and touring model demo rides departing from the AMA campus from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. On May 18, the demo rides will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., with rides wrapping up prior to the start of the bike night. The KTM truck and motorcycle models will be on display during the Bike Night festivities, with KTM staff members on hand. Information about the demo rides and requirements for going on a test ride can be found at www.ktm.com/us/events/us/ride-orange-street-demo-Columbus.

PICKERINGTON, Ohio - AMA member Matteo Mercurio, of Murrieta, Calif., won a 2019 Beta 500RR-S motorcycle, thanks to his participation in the Big Bear Run, a stop on the 2018 Beta AMA National Dual Sport Series, hosted by Big Bear Trail Riders. Mercurio, a four-year AMA member, has been riding dual sports for six years. He also has ridden the LA-Barstow-to-Vegas National Dual Sport, hosted by AMA District 37 Dual Sport. Thanks to sponsors of the Beta AMA National Dual Sport Series, participants who rode at any of the events in the 2018 series were entered automatically to win prizes from Beta, IMS Products, Kenda and Seat Concepts. Adventure Motorcycle Magazine (ADVMoto), also a sponsor of the series, offers a 20 percent discount to a subscription of their magazine. For a complete list of prize winners, visit www.americanmotorcyclist.com/Home/AMA-News-And-Press-Releases/ama-member-wins-beta-motorcycle-after-participating-in-beta-ama-national-dual-sport-series.

PICKERINGTON, Ohio - AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, featuring Honda, will bring CB750-oriented clubs, restorers and fans to spotlight one of the most important production motorcycles in history. Three-time AMA Grand National Champion and AMA Superbike champion Bubba Shobert will be the grand marshal for the event, which will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Honda's legendary 1969 CB750 and the 40th anniversary of the six-cylinder CBX and the 60th anniversary of American Honda Motor Co.'s presence in the United States. AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days also features vintage competition in road racing, motocross, hare scrambles and trials at Mid-Ohio and flat track racing at the nearby Ashland County Fairgrounds. Riders in these disciplines are racing for national championships or national championship series points. In addition, there will be exhibition pit bike races and dirt drags. The event will include vendors from all areas of motorcycling, selling gear and services for motorcycles old and new. Past vendors have included vintage and modern gear sellers, painters and pinstripers, parts and tools dealers, community garages and much more. For complete details and tickets, visit  www.amavintagemotorcycledays.com. All camping and RV passes, as well as non-AMA member ticket sales, are available now at www.mid-ohio.com.

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April 2019

 

National and Regional News

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has released its proposed rule that lifts the summertime ban on higher-ethanol blends of gasoline, particularly E15, which contains 50 percent more ethanol than the common E10. A ban on E15 has been in place during warmer months across most of the country, because the EPA determined it contributes to smog in hot weather. The AMA opposes the increased availability of E15, because use of the fuel is illegal in motorcycles and ATVs, none of which are certified by the EPA to operate on fuel blends containing more than 10 percent ethanol. Studies show that consumers shop for fuel by price, raising concerns that motorcyclists will inadvertently pump the cheaper E15 blends into their vehicles. Ethanol can cause damage to engines, fuel systems and exhaust components in vehicles not designed for a specific blend.     At the same time, the ethanol industry launched an E15 marketing campaign that adds confusion to the issue. Growth Energy, an ethanol marketing organization, began promoting E15 as Unleaded 88 in an effort to help retailers sell more of the fuel blend. So far, Sheetz, Kwik Trip, Protec Fuels, Kum & Go, Minnoco, and Family Express have signed on. In a press release about the campaign, Growth Energy stated, "Unleaded 88 communicates the octane of the fuel in the way consumers are used to seeing it." But by emphasizing octane rating over ethanol content, this campaign could easily mislead consumers into filling their fuel tanks with a harmful mixture for their vehicles.

WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Donald Trump signed S.47, the omnibus public lands bill that designates more than 1 million acres of Wilderness and permanently reauthorizes a federal program to pay for conservation measures. The bill designates 1.3 million acres in Utah, New Mexico, Oregon and California as Wilderness, the most stringent level of federal land protection. The designation prohibits any development and bans the use of most motorized vehicles. The Utah portion of the bill includes the loss of 72 miles of roads and access for OHV enthusiasts in Emery County. The AMA opposed the Emery County bill and lobbied alongside Utah riders for it to be considered separately. However, the Utah congressional delegation and county commissioners in the state supported the bill. The bill signed by the president also:

  • Adds six wilderness areas in Death Valley National Park and releases six wilderness study areas, which can now be considered for recreational uses;
  • Creates Vinagre Wash Special Management Area in California's Imperial County, Calif.;
  • Allows motorized travel on currently approved routes;
  • Designates a three-year period for the public to lobby the Interior Secretary for new motorized routes;
  • Provides Off Highway Vehicle Recreation Area designation to five areas currently used for OHV recreation in San Bernardino County managed by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management;
  • Expands the Johnson Valley Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Area in California by 20,240 acres.
  • Creates 18 wilderness areas, totaling more than 600,000 acres;
  • Creates the 216,995-acre San Rafael Swell Recreation area managed by BLM, which allows motorized use;
  • Creates a seven-member federal advisory board, with only one member from the motorized community; and
  • Allows repairs to existing motorized routes or rerouting of existing routes for public safety or to protect resources.

State News

PLACERVILLE, Calif. -The seasonal closure of native dirt roads and motorized trails in the Eldorado National Forest has been extended to April 15. Rainfall, soil moisture, road and trail conditions, and weather forecasts are factors that trigger extending the seasonal closure beyond March 31. The seasonal closure is designed to protect roadbeds and watersheds from damage and to protect water quality. The seasonal closure does not affect routes in the Rock Creek Area near Georgetown, which has its own wet weather route closure process.

DENVER - Colorado's "Volunteer Service Act," which would provide liability protection for agencies and organizations using volunteer labor for work on public lands has passed the state House and Senate. Backed by the AMA and the Colorado Off-Highway Vehicle Coalition, the act strengthens the legal protections under the federal "Volunteer Protection Act of 1997" and covers individual volunteers and nonprofit groups who build or maintain recreational trails and related facilities pursuant to grants received under Colorado's "Recreational Trails System Act of 1971." Groups previously had difficulty securing adequate liability insurance and completing the work within the timeframes outlined in their grant awards.

THOMASTON, Conn. - More than 150 dirt bike riders showed up to voice their concern over a proposal that could disrupt riding at Thomaston Dam, the state's only riding area. Steve Salisbury of the AMA and representatives of the New England Trail Rider Association were among those urging planners to situate a segment of the planned Naugatuck River Greenway Trail on the east side of the Naugatuck River, leaving the riding trails undisturbed.

MANCHESTER, Iowa - The Delaware County Roads-to-Trails ATV/UTV Club has received a $5,000 grant from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources for the creation of an ATV riding area in a Delaware County park. The club is partnering with the Delaware County Board of Supervisors and the Delaware County Conservation Board. The grant is expected to pay for a professional designer who would develop a trail in either Turtle Creek Park or Fountain Springs Park.

COLEBROOK, N.H. - Voters in three New Hampshire towns defeated or delayed petitions calling for a ban on ATVs on town roads. The Union Leader reported that Colebrook voters rejected the ban, 227-52. Pittsburg defeated it 166-54. And Stewartstown voted 92-26 to table the matter. Chamber of Commerce officials believe ATV riders provide a boost to the local economies. But some residents object to the presence of ATVs on town roads, particularly near the Ride The Wilds system, which provides 1,000 miles of trails for motorized use. In Gorham, people who live near a Ride The Wilds trailhead sued the state and town to move or remove it, citing noise, fumes and dirt that they say reduce property values and affect their quality of life, the Union Leader reported. ATV supporters said people using the trail system have contributed greatly to state revenue and that the value of property along the trails have increased significantly since Ride The Wilds opened in 2013. Several towns allow riders to use public streets to access fuel, food and services.

ALBANY, N.Y. - Assembly Member Félix W. Ortiz (D-Kings) introduced A.B. 6080, which would exempt all motorcycles from congestion pricing program fees, if such a program is adopted. Current and past congestion pricing proposals for New York City would have charged motorcycles the same amounts as cars and trucks. The AMA is urging New York riders to write to their New York State Assembly members in support of this commonsense legislation that recognizes the benefits of motorcycling for city traffic. At the same time, state leaders are ironing out the details on a congestion pricing plan for Manhattan. The New York Times reported that "The proceeds from congestion pricing are expected to enable the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which operates the city's public transit network, to raise billions of dollars in bonds to modernize the antiquated subway."

HARRISBURG, Pa. - The state House of Representatives unanimously passed legislation to toughen penalties for driving a motorcycle without the proper license. H.B. 384 would increase the fine from $25 to $200, plus fees and surcharges. Bill sponsor, state Rep. Josh Kail (R-Beaver/Washington), said the state has large numbers of riders operating motorcycles and other vehicles without the proper license, posing a danger to the rider and other motorists and pedestrians. Kail said his legislation would bring the penalty more in line with the seriousness of the violation.

AUSTIN, Texas - Mike Sayre, AMA government affairs manager for on-highway issues, gave a presentation at the Texas Motorcycle Safety Forum in March. His discussion focused on the federal Motorcyclist Advisory Council, which he chairs. As directed by Congress, the MAC's task is to provide advice and recommendations concerning infrastructure issues related to motorcyclist safety to the Federal Highway Administration. Sayre also met with AMA State Chapter coordinator Jude Schexnyder and discussed issues facing Texas motorcyclists.

SALT LAKE CITY - The Utah State Legislature approved a $5 million appropriation in the state budget to help restore the Bonneville Salt Flats, home of the AMA Land Speed Grand Championship. The 10-year restoration project is estimated to cost about $50 million, with most of the total coming from the federal government. The motorsports community also will contribute. The AMA, as part of the Save the Salt Coalition, has been urging local, state and federal officials to restore the Bonneville Salt Flats, which is on the National Register of Historic Places. The coalition will now focus on ensuring that funding and commitments come from Congress and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.

SALT LAKE CITY - Utah became the second U.S. state to formally recognize a type of lane splitting, with the governor's signature on a bill legalizing the filtering of motorcycles between lanes of stopped traffic. H.B. 149 allows motorcyclists traveling no faster than 15 mph to filter between lanes of stopped traffic traveling in the same direction on roads where the speed limit is 45 mph or less. The bill, sponsored by state Rep. Walt Brooks (R-St. George) and state Sen. David P. Hinkins (R-Orangeville), was signed by Gov. Gary Herbert on March 21. The bill takes effect May 14. There are provisions in the bill automatically repealing the law on July 1, 2022, if the legislature takes no action to extend it.

RICHMOND, Va. - The state Senate and House of Delegates passed bills prohibiting motorists from touching their cellphones while driving. The bills would allow use of hands-free mode. State law currently prohibits only reading email or text messages or manually entering letters or text in a hand-held personal communications device while driving. Drivers would still be able to operate their phones while they are parked or stopped or while reporting an emergency.

OLYMPIA, Wash. - The Washington Recreation and Conservation Office asks that statewide recreational user groups and stakeholders complete a brief survey as part of the agency's efforts to study recreational assets of statewide significance. The study is at https://rco.wa.gov/doc_pages/RASS-Study.shtml. In May and June, the agency plans to reach out to a wider group of recreation stakeholders to include federal, state and local agencies and tribes and some regional organizations. Also, the RCO plans to post maps and reports and ask the public to comment on them.

JACKSON, Wyo. - Forty-four miles of officially recognized motorized trails are planned for the Salt River Range in Wyoming to replace a series of illegal roads and trails used by the OHV community. Officials of the Bridger-Teton National Forest agreed to provide 26 miles of new trails for side-by-sides, 14 miles for dirt bikes and 4 miles for any vehicles. The routes will be closed Dec. 1 to June 30 each year to protect elk habitat during calving and fawning seasons. The new motorized trails and roads will be built in cooperation with the Wyoming Trails Program.

Industry News

LOS ANGELES - The Petersen Museum, the Motorcycle Arts Foundation and Harley-Davidson are opening an all-electric motorcycle exhibition April 4. The motorcycle exhibit, part of Petersen's "Electric Revolution," is a response to the rapid expansion of the electric-vehicle market. "E-bikes are the hottest sector of new-tech transportation, as dozens of small, tech-oriented companies vie for the top spots in a wide-open field," according to a Petersen Museum press release. "'Electric Revolution' will explore the history and current state of the electric industry, seen through the handiwork of both visionary home-builders and established manufacturers, with ultra-stylish contemporary designs that point the way to the future."

NEW YORK - AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer Erik Buell has launched a new brand, Fuell, that offers electric bicycles and motorcycles. Fuell plans to begin accepting orders in April at its website (https://fuell.us). Delivery of the Fluid e-bike is planned later this year. The Flow electric motorcycle will have first deliveries in early 2021. Buell, a former Harley-Davidson engineer, founded Buell Motorcycle Company in 1983. It merged with Harley-Davidson in 1993 and Harley produced Buell-branded motorcycles until 2009. Buell also worked with Schwinn in the 1990s to develop full-suspension mountain bikes. Buell's partners in Fuell are Frederic Vasseur, a French motorsport engineer and team manager, and François-Xavier Terny, a French entrepreneur and investor.

MILWAUKEE - Harley-Davidson Inc. has bought StaCyc Inc., the producer of the 12 and 16 Edrive electric two-wheelers for children. Harley-Davidson previously announced plans to launch its LiveWire electric motorcycle in fall of 2019 and future lightweight and middleweight electric motorcycles starting in 2021. The company said StaCyc electric two-wheelers will provide an entry point for the youngest riders.

AMA News

PICKERINGTON, Ohio -AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer Arlen Ness passed away on March 22 at age 79. He is best known for his innovative and wild custom motorcycle designs and custom parts business, and often was called "The King of Custom Motorcycles." Ness' custom bikes were known for their low-slung, stretched-out look. His trendsetting designs have been studied and copied by other bike builders and factory engineers. He was among the first people in the motorcycle industry to recognize the value of CNC machining technology in the production of aftermarket motorcycle parts. Ness was inducted into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 1992. In 2008, the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame honored Ness' contributions to motorcycling with "Awesome-Ness," an exhibit that featured memorabilia and motorcycles, including "Untouchable" and 10 other custom motorcycles from Ness' personal collection.

PICKERINGTON, Ohio - Three-time AMA Grand National Champion and AMA Superbike champion Bubba Shobert will be the Grand Marshal of this year's AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, featuring Honda, on July 5-7, 2019 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio. As a longtime factory Honda rider and one of the winningest racers in professional motorcycle competition, Shobert is an ideal choice for this year's AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, featuring Honda, which will not only celebrate the 50th anniversary of Honda's legendary 1969 CB750 but also the 40th anniversary of the six-cylinder CBX and the 60th anniversary of American Honda Motor Co.'s presence in the United States. On hand to thrill race fans will be Shobert's factory Honda RS750, owned by American Honda, and his 1988 VFR750 championship-winning Superbike, owned by Superbike collector extraordinaire Brian O'Shea. Weather permitting, Shobert will ride the VFR750 around the road race course as he leads the Lap for History-a ride that fans can participate in with a small donation to the Hall of Fame. In addition to the RS750, American Honda will be on hand with a variety of classic and new-bike displays, all of which will highlight the company's significance to American motorcycling, particularly the advent in 1969 of the legendary CB750 Four. Expect CB750-oriented clubs, restorers and fans to help highlight possibly the most important production motorcycle in history. AMA members can purchase discounted tickets now at www.amavintagemotorcycledays.com. All camping and RV passes, as well as non-AMA member ticket sales, are available now at www.mid-ohio.com.

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

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Oppose proposed year-round sales of E15

Year-round sales of E15 would increase the risk of misfueling

 

On March, 12, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced it would makes regulatory changes to allow year-round sales of E15 fuel, a blend of gasoline that is 15 percent ethanol by volume, by waiving Clean Air Act requirements related to Reid Vapor Pressure. This action would put the owners of millions of motorcycles and ATVs at significant risk because the dangers of this fuel are not clearly identified at the pump, E15 can cause engine and fuel system damage to machines not designed for its use and use of E15 may void the manufacturers' warranty.

The American Motorcyclist Association opposes the proposed change and we are urging you to take advantage of the public comment period for this regulatory change and tell the EPA to reconsider this move and protect American motorcyclists from this unsafe fuel.

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In addition to the public comment period the EPA is hosting a public hearing on March 29th in Ypsilanti, Mi.

None of the estimated 22 million motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles in use in the United States is approved by the EPA to use E15 or higher ethanol blends. Not only does using E15 in motorcycles and ATVs violate federal law, it can cause engine and fuel system damage and may void the manufacturers' warranty.

In addition, the AMA is concerned that expanding the sale of E15 fuel will significantly decrease the availability of E0, fuel with no ethanol that is needed for older and vintage machines.

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

Thank you in advance for taking action on this important issue for motorcyclists.

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Ask your representative to support America's scenic byways

National Scenic Byway Program preserves some of motorcyclists' favorite roads

Please urge your representative to support H.R. 5158, which would direct the Secretary of Transportation to reopen nominations for the National Scenic Byways Program, which has been closed for six years.

The American Motorcyclist Association was part of the coalition that helped created this program in 1991 and is part of a group now hoping to revive the program. Many of the country's favorite motorcycling roads are National Scenic Byways and benefit from the resources provided to preserve and enhance them.

From the Blue Ridge Parkway, stretching from North Carolina to Virginia, to Beartooth Highway, running between Montana and Wyoming, to Hells Canyon in Oregon, there are 150 designated National Scenic Byways. The program provides resources that help communities along these byways benefit from the tourism they generate, while preserving the characteristics of the roads that made them destinations in the first place.

According to a recent survey, there are 44 state scenic byways in 23 states that are prepared to seek designation as National Scenic Byways if this legislation passes and the nomination process is reopened. The Federal Highway Administration has stated that reopening this program would not require any additional funding-it simply requires approval from Congress!

Thank you in advance for contacting your representative on this important issue.

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