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As the weather warms, motorcyclists in the cooler climes are preparing for the riding season by finishing up needed repairs and tuning their engines, but spring also is a great time to consider a rider tune-up. Here are some suggestions.

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I would like to respectfully, but strongly disagree with Mr. Van Deusen [“Cost of Freedom,” Letters, March issue] who believes the government will “allow us to ride forever if....”

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Have you seen our government at work? One-hundred percent of the reason I am still a member of the AMA is the government will grab and take any rights they can, at any time they can. If you give them an inch, sir, they will try to take a yard. I wish I could live in 1950s utopian America where the government may have actually worked for the people. Nowadays? Not so much. At almost every example and opportunity, when given some power, they have grabbed more. Helmets and mufflers? Sure, I wear my helmet every ride, and agree that rational sound restriction is great. Please let that be my choice, not something I will have to fight to regain. What comes next? The “safety bike”? Do any AMA members remember fighting that one? Reflective vests are a good idea, but don’t let the government mandate that we have to wear those. Say, a separate tax on bikes would work wonders for generating more revenues, wouldn’t it? Look, we have these rather large funds the OHV rider taxes have provided. Let’s raid those to pay for other things. The AMA works with government agencies to find compromises, and save some of our rights and freedoms. Don’t be so quick to give them up, blindly, thinking the government will be satisfied. Charles Statman San Jose, Calif. SAFETY FORWARD I have been riding for more years than I will admit to. Back in the day of Norton, Triumph and BSA, I built a Kawasaki 9 with turbo from the ground up. I rode it for many years. One time I went into a turn too hot. I locked the rear brake up, which stood the bike up. Luckily, the turbo kicked in, which allowed me to square off the turn and let me make it. I rode a new bike with all the bells, whistle and gadgets. I could not seem to turn everything off to slide the rear tire. Maybe it was me. A buddy has one just like it, and he could not do it either. Are the new safety devices hurting riders by not teaching them how to get by on skill? Don’t get me wrong. I hear they may replace [ignition] points with some kind of newfangled thing. I do like seeing new improvements like electronic ignition without a battery. But are we losing our basics? What is your opinion? Tim Stephens Belpre, Ohio Thanks for the note, Tim. Our opinion

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is it’s far better to not lock up either wheel in the first place when street riding. While rider skill is paramount to manage the unexpected, the benefits from safety technology such as ABS and traction control are overwhelmingly positive. Still, we prefer riders have a choice of whether or not to have these systems on their bikes—or if they are so equipped, the option to turn them off. By the way, doing away with ignition points was a big step forward, in our opinion! IN MEMORIAM It is with great sadness that I share the passing of fellow Trials Inc. member Royce Klein. Royce, being one of the sons Royce Klein of the founding fathers group that started Trials Inc., has been involved with motorcycling from a very early age. As a member, Royce has held every

one of the club’s officer positions, but it was the non-titled positions where Royce shined the brightest. Every sport needs its enthusiasts, a “spark plug,” if you will, that no matter how big the challenge, can energize everyone around them. Royce did that time and time again, motivating people with his work ethic, calm demeanor and his loyalty to his family and friends. He was the trials master of all of northern Ohio since the 1970s, including Nationals, local events, modern and vintage events, motorcycle rallies, reliability runs and off-road competitions. His experience is what made Trials Inc., the premier trials club in the U.S. He was on every committee and subcommittee the club had, a mechanic for anyone who showed up to an event with problems, club historian, photo organizer—the list goes on. When not volunteering his time, he would compete in trials events, always with a smile. What I will remember the most of Royce Klein is the sense of calmness he possessed at all times. He could make even the most excited people become calm just by talking to them. Godspeed, my friend. Jim Zuroske President Trials Inc. FLIPPED OUT I totally agree with Rick Wheaton’s “In Praise of the Flip Up” in the March issue on what he calls flip-up helmets, or as they are also known, “modular helmets.” I have only been riding three years, and the only helmet I will ever purchase is a modular helmet. I picked the Scorpion EXO900 Transformer, which is a great helmet. It does cost more than other brands, but the company stands behind their products. I love my helmet. On hot days, you can leave the helmet open, or on cold days you can close it and keep your face warm. Not only is there all the functionality of the flipup helmet, but I have to say it looks pretty cool, too, and works great with my Scala Rider intercom system. Anthony Santoro Lakewood, California ANTI-FLIP In response to Rick Wheaton’s “In Praise of the Flip Up,” I must bring up a point of concern. As someone who wears glasses, I have used and enjoyed a flip-up helmet for


years. One day the “jaw” of my helmet fell off on one side. Although this was a brand with a very good reputation, the pivot of the jaw piece was supported by a small bolt and a nut imbedded into the fiberglass shell. The hardware had worked its way out of the shell and could no longer stay in place. Luke Bartkiewicz Ocean Springs, Miss. HANG UP AND DRIVE I just finished reading the “What are you looking at?” article by David Kinaan in the February issue—a well-written and informative piece with good information. The part about distracted drivers is sadly all too true. I have been riding for 44 years and have seen many changes in all aspects of motorcycling and driving in general. As I drive on my bike or in my truck, I see more and more of this behavior. I like my cell phone as much as the next guy and carry it with me all the time. I don’t call or text while driving. If it is that important, then I pull over or wait until my next stop. How many more people must suffer or die before something meaningful is done to stop this behavior? Douglas Randall Marshalltown, Iowa

Sound Off! A roundup of recent comments on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/americanmotorcyclist On vehicle-to-vehicle communication: Scott Sebenaler: I would be worried about this technology since not every motorcycle would have this available, depending on the model year. Harsher fines for distracted driving and making people more responsible would be more beneficial than a false sense of security. Berry J. Griffin: BMW had an article about this a few years back. With the system in place, it would make it impossible for a driver to turn left in front on an oncoming motorcycle. IF the system is functioning.

Virginia is crossing the James River on the ferries between James City and Scotland Landing in Surry County. Short and wonderful! On signing a petition to keep public land open: Jim Hannon: Remember, this is YOUR land that the government wants to keep you from accessing. Jack Johnson: Done! On the best bike you could have bought but didn’t: Stephen Johnson: Honda RC51

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SAFETY, SECURITY, PRIVACY New Technologies Offer Hope For Safety, But We Must Proceed With Caution

With new technology emerging every day, communication between vehicles (V2V) and measurement of vehicle performance such as maintenance, By Wayne Allard location, and mileage parameters (black-box technology) have a safety as well as a privacy component. The AMA believes that the vehicle owner should have the freedom to determine the proper balance. That is why we continually push for an on-off switch on each motorcycle and for owner control of any information gathered and stored by these devices. These are individual choices the motorcyclist should be making.

Ensuring safety

We have been in direct contact with automobile manufacturers to help ensure that, as they develop the V2V technology, it will be sensitive and responsive to the motorcycles’ electronic profile on the highway. This technology broadcasts a data stream that will tell road users that you have one or more other vehicles approaching in a manner that could be hazardous. As demonstrated in automobiles, the vehicle responds with flashing lights, an audible sound and, in some cases, a vibrating seat as a warning. Examples of where V2V technology can work include blind spots, intersections, turns across traffic and a vehicle going the wrong way. How the system will perform on a motorcycle has yet to be revealed, but we have been in contact with the regulators in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration about V2V systems being sensitive enough to recognize

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motorcycles. This technology could enhance motorcycle awareness on our highways, but there may be a down side: It could become yet another distraction to the driver. In addition, these high-tech vehicle control features could lull drivers into a false sense of security, causing them to lose their focus on the roadway and other nearby drivers and riders. To help ensure that V2V technology is practical for motorcycles, we have told the Federal Communications Commission that they need to reserve sufficient bandwidth to ensure the system works as designed. The agency should not let the bandwidth for V2V be swallowed-up by cell phone usage or some other competing technology, such as interference from other Wi-Fi systems in close proximity.

Protecting information

Although data event recorders—the so called black boxes in your cars—have not made their way onto motorcycles so far, we are urging Congress to specifically include motorcycles in legislation designed to protect private information that these devices could contain. Black box technology is useful because it can notify the owner when engine maintenance is required and then track whether the operator follows through with the warranty maintenance requirements. This can benefit the owner by establishing proof of maintenance. But it could also result in negation of warranty provisions if the black box malfunctions. The black box may also contain information about where your bike is, where it has been and when. If the vehicle

is stolen, such information can be used to retrieve it quickly. But, if it has been parked in a time-limited zone and you let the parking meter expire, the black box could give the enforcing agency a tight case against you. At the AMA, we take these potential—or real—invasions of privacy very seriously. I have property in the Rocky Mountains where Google, Garmin and cell-phone technology does not accurately identify location points. If the GPS system in a black box is inaccurate in certain locations, it could indicate that the vehicle operator wandered into closed or restricted areas or trespassed on private property. If a public lands agency gained access to the data, it may try to prosecute you, when in reality there has been no violation. Some attorneys feel that granting government agencies, including law enforcement, open access to the information held inside a black box is unreasonable search and seizure, which brings constitutional arguments into play. The AMA believes the best approach is to leave control of the data with the vehicle owner. That is why we urge that an on-off switch be installed on any black box, and why we have endorsed legislation by U.S. Reps. Michael Capuano (D-Mass.) and Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) that clearly states that the motorcycle owner controls the information stored on his or her bike. Wayne Allard is a former U.S. senator and U.S. representative who is now the AMA vice president for government relations.


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DISCUSSING LAND USE WITH… U.S. Rep. Rob Bishop U.S. Rep. Rob Bishop (R-Utah) is the chairman of the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands and the Environment. Along with two other congressmen, the Utah governor and others, he has launched a campaign to strike a balance between protecting sensitive lands and opening other areas for outdoor recreation and energy development. Called the Utah Public Lands Initiative, Bishop’s proposal is based on the concept that the future of the state depends on a responsible balance of both conservation and development. The AMA supports the initiative because it supports sustainable off-highway vehicle access to public lands. Here are some of the key points:

The initiative is a collaborative effort to bring resolution to some of the most challenging land disputes in the state of Utah. The initiative is rooted in the belief that conservation and economic development can coexist. For decades, unsettled land-use designations, such as wilderness study areas, have fueled distrust and acrimony in Utah, the congressman said. The uncertainty surrounding the future of these lands has created conflict among those favoring differing uses. The diverse use of public lands has an important role in making Utah healthy, viable, and inviting.

What are the goals?

Conservation: Create permanent conservation designations that will protect Utah’s most pristine and beautiful ecosystems as wilderness and/or other suitable conservation designations.

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Local participation: Facilitate greater local involvement, land management, and in some instances, ownership, to ensure that those most affected by federal land management decisions are given

Bishop said that most local leaders and organizations agreed the existing land use approach did not work. Multi-county support and interest in participating separated the Public Lands Initiative from past lands bills. “When you consider the diverse U.S. Rep. Rob Bishop backgrounds and constituencies of (R-Utah) the groups involved, it’s remarkable to see the type of collaboration taking meaningful opportunities to participate in place,” Bishop said. the process and are provided the flexibility to manage local affairs. Convincing Congress Certainty: Create certainty for local Bishop said the mentality in Washington communities and land-users by resolving is that the federal government and long-standing public lands disputes. Congress know what is best, and that type Economic opportunity: Accelerate energy of thinking is “hurting our communities.” development and boost outdoor recreation He advocates building programs on the and tourism in appropriate locations. local level, then taking those initiatives to Congress. Empowering those closest OHV benefits to the problem is the best way to find a Bishop believes his initiative will provide solution, Bishop said. greater certainty to motorcycle and ATV riders regarding the lands available for The local angle motorized recreation. Bishop’s initiative is “completely driven The initiative calls for protecting OHV by the participants at the local levels,” areas from encroachment by further while the current approach is for direction restrictive designations while ensuring to flow from Washington outward. that areas worthy of conservation are But for this approach to succeed, the permanently protected, he said. Utah participants must reach agreement on land use through compromise. Who is behind the effort? Legislation will flow from agreement. The initiative resulted from discussions While empowering locals, the Utah Bishop had with, U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz Public Lands Initiative keeps track of the (R-Utah), U.S. Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah), big picture, too. In the past, land bills Gov. Gary R. Herbert, local focused on specific geographic areas and state elected officials, within one county. The approach produced tribal leaders, advocacy unbalanced bills and failed to generate groups, and the public. the momentum to move a bill through the After more than 100 legislative process, Bishop said. meetings with these groups, The range of initiative participants will Bishop said he recognized help alleviate those problems, he said, a commonality between the and the new process ensures that local frustrations of all parties— voices are heard before the process in the need for greater certainty Washington precludes local involvement. in the way public lands are managed and used. What’s next? To gauge interest in the During the spring and summer, initiative formation of the Public participants will conduct field trips for the Lands Initiative, Bishop sent public to observe the status of the lands. letters to all 22 public lands Utah counties will continue to schedule counties in Utah, more than public meetings, where discussion of local 20 advocacy groups, the priorities will begin to shape proposals. Ute Tribe and the Navajo Nation. Initiative participants are planning the A list of the groups involved can be release of a draft proposal in the fall. The found at http://robbishop.house.gov/ proposal will be posted online to provide uploadedfiles/120913_stakeholders_and_ opportunities for public review and interested_parties.pdf comment. Azeez Bakare

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President Barack Obama intends to use executive orders to create more national monuments, which could further restrict or end access to millions of acres of public lands by motorcycle and all-terrain vehicle riders. In his State of the Union address on Jan. 28, the president pledged to use executive orders to bypass a gridlocked Congress and “protect more of our pristine federal lands for future generations.” The president’s authority to do this comes from the American Antiquities Act of 1906.

Watch For Motorcycles Now is the time to start lobbying your local and state governments to declare May as Motorcycle Awareness Month within their jurisdictions. State, county, municipal and other local legislative and administrative agencies have issued resolutions or proclamations in past years recognizing the spring safety awareness campaign for motorcyclists. The initiative, supported by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, encourages drivers to watch for motorcycles and understand that motorcycle riders enjoy the same rights and privileges as operators of other vehicles. Copies of past resolutions and proclamations adopted by government entities can be found at www. americanmotorcyclist. com/Rights/ MotorcycleAwareness. aspx). Contacting officials early can help ensure your resolution gets adopted in time for the May campaign.

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You can add your voice to those asking President Obama to include the insights of local stakeholders and user groups when designating a national monument by signing the AMA “Public Lands Should Have a Public Voice” petition. Scan the QR code above or see the link on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ americanmotorcyclist. should be made in accord with the act and with input from affected user groups and local and state elected and appponted officials. Public lands should be open to all who enjoy them.

blaCk box bill should ProteCt MotorCyClist PrivaCy AMA Working To Ensure Motorcycles Among Covered Vehicles

While motorcycles are excluded from a proposed Senate bill designed to protect the information collected by event data recorders, commonly known as black boxes, the Senate is now working with the AMA to modify the bill so motorcyclists are afforded the same protection as other road users. The Driver Privacy Act, S. 1925, introduced Jan. 14 by U.S. Sens. John Hoeven (R-N.D.) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) would classify the collected information as the property of the person who owns or leases the vehicle. The AMA believes it is important to clarify who owns the data collected. Only 14 states have laws relating to ownership of information collected and stored in an event data recorder.

Sen. Hoeven said on the floor of the U.S. Senate: “There are no limitations or restrictions or guidelines or requirements on what manufacturers can have the event data recorder do.” The black boxes are not required for motorcycles, but the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration already requires all passenger cars, multipurpose passenger vehicles, trucks, and buses to be equipped with them. The U.S. House of Representatives’ H.R. 2414, the Black Box Privacy Protection Act, covers motorcycles, and the AMA fully supports that bipartisan bill. The AMA wants the protections of S. 1925 extended to motorcyclists, as well.

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Just last year, the administration proposed new monument designations that would lock up at least 13 million acres of public land. A Washington Post story identified two of the sites under consideration by the president for designation: the nearly 500,000acre Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks area near Las Cruces, N.M., and about 1,600 acres on California’s central coast known as the Point ArenaStornetta Public Lands. Large designations, such as the one in New Mexico, clearly overreach the intent of the act, which states, “the limits … in all cases shall be confined to the smallest area compatible with proper care and management of the objects to be protected.” The AMA believes these designations


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PENNSYLVANIA CHANGES MOTORCYCLE TRAINING PROVIDER Cape Fox Professional Services Takes Over April 1

After 15 years of providing motorcycle rider training for the state of Pennsylvania, the Motorcycle Safety Foundation has been replaced by another vendor. Cape Fox Professional Services, based in Manassas, Va., takes over the training programs on April 1. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, which oversees the Pennsylvania Motorcycle Safety Program, advertised for contract bids in September. The new contract provides for $20.74 million in funding for a contract term through Jan. 28, 2018.

“PennDOT will work closely with Cape Fox Professional Services LLC to identify enhancements and innovative ideas throughout the life of the contract to further the reach and effectiveness of this important motorcycle safety program,” says spokesman Rich Kirkpatrick. Free training through PAMSP has been available to residents with motorcycle licenses or permits since 1985. In recent years, the PAMSP has trained more than 20,000 residents a year. The MSF was disappointed to lose the contract. “We have enjoyed our 15-year tenure with PAMSP, and we are truly sorry to see it end. We wish them well,” MSF President and CEO Tim Buche wrote in a letter to PennDOT.

state’s skills test to receive a motorcycle endorsement. House Bill 4781, introduced by State Rep. Bradford Jacobsen (R-Oxford), would limit riders to two permits within 10 years. Vince Consiglio, president of ABATE of Michigan, says the state “has a terrible track record regarding unlicensed motorcycle riders being over represented in Michigan motorcycle fatalities.” A 2012 study by the Michigan State Police found that 58 percent of Michigan motorcycle fatalities had no endorsement. “ABATE of Michigan supports the immediate passage of this legislation as the first step to reduce the large percentage of fatalities among unlicensed motorcyclists,” Consiglio states in written testimony to the state House Transportation Committee.

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During a Jan. 28 meeting of the U.S. House Subcommittee on Highways and Transit, the New York State Police came under scrutiny for using money intended for training programs to instead conduct motorcycle-only checkpoints. U.S. Rep. Reid Ribble (R-Wis.), vice chairman of the subcommittee, described himself as a motorcycle rider U.S. Rep. Reid Ribble and enthusiast (R-Wis.) as he began to question Sgt. Thomas Fuller of the New York State Police about MOCs. Ribble asked Fuller whether the federal grant money could be better spent on training and other strategies that would help prevent crashes. The congressman said that he did not believe motorcycle checkpoints do much “to make me a safer rider.” Fuller responded that the MOCs fall under the traffic safety division of the state police and not his program.

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STATEWAT CH MARYLAND Vehicle owners would not be subject to government tracking and taxation for the number of miles they drive under House Bill 277, sponsored by Delegate Justin Ready (R-Westminster). The proposal would prohibit the state or any local jurisdiction from imposing or levying a vehicle-miles-traveled tax. It would also prohibit requiring the installation of a device in or on a privately owned vehicle

to facilitate the reporting of the number of vehicle-miles traveled. MASSACHUSETTS The Massachusetts OHV Advisory Committee is considering new rules for off-road events that could severely curtail participation by out-of-state competitors. The proposed rules would require the event organizer to collect a vast amount of information from participants and the owner of the event site and submit it for review at least 15 days before the event. The provision would eliminate the possibility of late or same-day registration by event participants. Members of the New England Trail Rider Association oppose the proposed rules.

PRESIDENT SIGNS AGRICULTURAL ACT THAT LIMITS E15 DISTRIBUTION Ends Subsidy For Ethanol Blender Pumps

Strict standards for the collection and use of motor vehicle event data—stored in recorders commonly known as black boxes—would be implemented under House File 2017, sponsored by Rep. Brian Johnson (R-Cambridge). The bill declares the data recorded on an event data recorder are the personal data of the motor vehicle’s owner and shall not be downloaded or retrieved by a person who is not the owner, with several exceptions. MISSISSIPPI Under Senate Bill 2400, sponsored by Sen. Chris Massey (R-Nesbit), motorcyclists could “proceed with due caution” through intersections controlled by traffic-actuated signals if the operator

says Wayne Allard, AMA vice president for government relations. “We plan to continue to monitor the E15 issue, including the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal to reduce the 2014 requirements under its Renewable Fuel Standard.” The AMA has worked since 2011 to prevent the distribution of E15 fuels, seeking independent scientific tests on their effect on motorcycle and all-terrain vehicle engines and fuel systems. After the introduction of E15 into the marketplace, the AMA fought its spread, because of concerns about inadvertent misfueling at blender pumps. Although the EPA has approved E15 use in 2001-and-newer light-duty vehicles, which include cars, light-duty trucks and medium-duty passenger vehicles, the EPA has not approved its use in any motorcycles or ATVs.

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The Agricultural Act of 2014 signed into law by President Barack Obama on Feb. 7 contains a provision that helps deter distribution of E15 fuels into the U.S. marketplace. The AMA considers this farm-bill provision a major victory for the owners and riders of the estimated 22 million motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles currently in operation. Those vehicles could be damaged by the use of E15 fuel, a gasoline formulation that contains up to 15 percent ethanol by volume. Also, use of E15 can void owners’ vehicle warranties. The Agricultural Act of 2014, which extends through 2018, prohibits the use of Rural Energy for America Program grant money to purchase and install ethanol blender pumps to dispense E15 at the retail level. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack intended to use REAP funding to install 10,000 blender pumps by 2016. “It is gratifying to see our efforts on behalf of U.S. motorcyclists and ATV riders achieve this level of success,”

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You can voice your opinion on the threat E15 fuels pose to motorcycle and ATV engines by contacting your Congressional representatives. The AMA provides helpful information for communicating with elected officials at www. americanmotorcyclist.com/Rights/GetInvolved/CommunicateWithElectedOfficials.aspx.


MISSOURI House Bill 1368, sponsored by Rep. Kurt Bahr (R-O’Fallon), would prohibit the use of any global positioning system or other technology that identifies and records a person’s location for monitoring mileage traveled by any motor vehicle on any road, highway, or street in the state for the purpose of imposing any tax on the mileage traveled. NEW JERSEY Prospective owners and operators of off-highway training or recreation facilities for motocross bikes, all-terrain vehicles, or both, would be required to obtain a license from the Department of Law and Public Safety under Senate Bill 895, sponsored by Sen. Jennifer Beck (R-Red Bank). The bill also prohibits the department from issuing a license for the location and operation of an off-highway training or recreation facility to be located within five miles of an area zoned for residential purposes.

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OHIO House Bill 406, sponsored by Rep. Doug Green (R-Mt. Orab), would create a motorcycle road-guard training and certification program to allow qualified individuals to function as traffic controllers while escorting a motorcycle group ride, under certain conditions.

Rob Dingman, AMA president and CEO, met with Raymond P. Martinez, chair and chief administrator of the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission, in January. The two discussed issues related to motorcycle safety in the Garden State before Dingman continued to a meeting of New Jersey rider safety instructors.

VERMONT Three bills introduced in the Vermont state legislature would alter the requirements for helmet use by motorcycle riders. HB 721, introduced by State Rep. Teo Zagar (D-Windsor), and SB 172, introduced by State Sen. Joe Benning (R-Caledonia), would eliminate the helmet requirement for riders 21 and older who are “properly maintaining financial responsibility,” who have completed a motorcycle safety course and who have held a motorcycle endorsement on their driver’s license for at least three years. The bills also would designate enforcement of the helmet law to secondary status. HB 798, introduced by State Rep. Carolyn W. Partridge (D-Windham), would require helmets only for riders and passengers younger than 18.

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GIANTS OF HERITAGE, RECREATIONAL RIDING, PROMOTIONS HONORED AMA Announces 2014 Special Award Recipients

Tireless supporters of motorcycling heritage. A lifelong industry leader, racer and pioneer. Groundbreaking films that showcase the greatest sport on Earth. Safety advocates. Freedom warriors. The 2014 AMA Awards recipients, chosen by the AMA Board of Directors, have made outstanding contributions to the world of motorcycling and support of the AMA mission to promote the motorcycle lifestyle and protect the future of motorcycling. The most prestigious of the awards, the AMA Dud Perkins Lifetime Achievement Award, is given to Mike and Margaret Wilson of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, for their lifelong commitment to fostering the growth and acceptance of motorcycling, and their dedication to the AMA and its Hall of Fame. Other 2014 award recipients include: • AMA Bessie Stringfield Award—Scot Harden, Zero Motorcycles vice president

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of global marketing and AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer. • AMA Hazel Kolb Brighter Image Award—James Walker, producer, Bryan H. Carroll, producer/director, and Chris Hampel, writer/co-producer, of the feature film “Why We Ride”; also, Matt Greenstone, writer/director, of feature film “Road Warriors, The Bleeding Edge of Motorcycle Racing.”

• AMA Outstanding Road Rider Award—Donald L. Green, Kentucky Army Traffic Safety Training Program Office lead instructor (Fort Knox) and Motorcycle Safety Foundation RiderCoach with the Kentucky Motorcycle Rider Education Program. • AMA Outstanding Off-Road Rider Award—Jim Pilon and Paul Flanders, AMA District 37 Dual Sport organizers and promoters of the LA-Barstow-Vegas desert event. • Friend of the AMA Award—Roy Garrett, AMA Life Member, ABATE of Indiana and Discover Indiana Riding Trails (DIRT). Continued on page 22


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Melbourne “Mike” J. Wilson and Margaret Wilson, AMA Life Members and inductees into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame, were awarded the 2014 AMA Dud Perkins Lifetime Achievement Award for their many decades of service to the AMA. The award pays tribute to its namesake, AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer Dud Perkins. Mike and Margaret Wilson have both served with distinction on the board of directors of the American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation, which raises funds for the Hall of Fame, and are among the foundation’s principal benefactors. The Wilsons commissioned and donated the beautiful bronze sculpture, “Glory Days,” which graces the Hall of Fame’s display area and serves as its official logo. Mike has also contributed in the design and development of displays at the museum. Margaret, a longtime member of the Motor Maids, has ridden her motorcycles over 550,000 miles and is an enthusiastic supporter and promoter of women’s motorcycling clubs and events. She was awarded the AMA Bessie Stringfield Award in 2003. “This is wonderful news!” says Mike. “Dud Perkins was a good friend of ours. He did a lot for motorcycling, he treated us as equals and to be remembered in his name like this is fantastic.” Adds Margaret: “Mike and I have been lucky to have each other all these years, we’ve done so many things with the AMA and made so many friends, and we are just thankful to be remembered like this.” The AMA Bessie Stringfield Award memorializes the accomplishments of AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer Bessie Stringfield and recognizes efforts to introduce motorcycling to new or underserved markets. For 2014, the award is given to Scot Harden and Zero Motorcycles for their pioneering work in the field of electric motorcycles. Harden has been instrumental in reaching out to motorcyclists young and old, experienced and novice, to gain acceptance of the newest way to get around on two wheels. “I’m humbled and honored to receive this award on behalf of the passionate and dedicated team of motorcycling pioneers here at Zero Motorcycles,” says Harden, a member of the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame. “We’ve opened the sport up to a whole host of new and returning riders, not to mention many current enthusiasts who Roy Garrett

are enthralled by the acceleration, ease of operation, environmental benefits and magic carpet ride-like experience our products offer.” The AMA Hazel Kolb Brighter Image Award honors its namesake, Hall of Famer Hazel Kolb, and salutes individuals who have generated positive publicity for motorcycling. For 2014, it is given to the production and directorial teams of two remarkable motorcycling films: “Why We Ride” and “Road Warriors, The Bleeding Edge of Motorcycle Racing.” The 2014 AMA Outstanding Road Rider Award recipient, AMA Life Member Donald L. Green, was honored for his tireless efforts to train armed forces personnel at Fort Knox in Kentucky and his commitment to the Kentucky Motorcycle Rider Education Program. Green has successfully trained more than 3,000 students, conducted 111 Basic RiderCourses, 51 Basic RiderCourses2, 19 Military Sportsbike RiderCourses and five Advance RiderCourses. The AMA Outstanding Off-Road Rider Award highlights the achievements of an individual who has contributed to the promotion of the motorcycling lifestyle and the protection of off-highway motorcycling. For 2014, the award is presented to two members of AMA District 37 in southern California: AMA Life Members Jim Pilon and Paul Flanders. Their dual-sport committee successfully organized and now maintains and promotes one of the world’s best known dual-sport events, the LA-Barstow to Vegas Dual Sport Tour, or LA-Bto-V. Launched in 1984, the 400 mile-plus tour typically starts after Thanksgiving and has routes for dual sport, adventure touring, vintage bikes, sidehacks and small displacement machines, so long as they are street legal. The 2014 Friend of the AMA Award recognizes the innovative work of Plainfield, Ind.’s Roy Garrett. As an AMA Life Member and member of ABATE of Indiana DIRT, Garrett has been a fixture in the off-highway riding community for promoting responsible off-highway recreation. For more about the AMA Awards Program, to see past recipients and learn how to nominate individuals, please visit www. americanmotorcyclist.com/ about/amaawardsprogram.

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KTM RACER KEN ROCZEN

AMERICAN MOTORCYCLIST: Kenny, let’s hear about your very first win in the 450SX class at Anaheim I KEN ROCZEN: Yeah, it was great. I couldn’t believe it. Winning that race was very big for me. To get through the first race jitters was nice, and then especially to win, there was just such a great feeling. It definitely motivated me, and has helped me a lot for the rest of the series. It’s always a bit different to come into a new class, and especially a class that includes the best riders in the world.

AM: What has been the biggest transition from the 250SX class to the 450SX class? KR: Obviously, the big difference is the engine with how much more power that it has. You need to train harder to be able to ride the bike, and maintain your race speed for the full 20 laps. You know, it’s a bike that is a little bigger, and heavier, with a lot more power—so you definitely have to be in shape, and ride smart. AM: Is that why you teamed up with trainer Aldon Baker? KR: Yes, for sure. Aldon has trained so many great riders, and champions. I had always had a lot of help with my training from my dad, and the guys at Red Bull. This built up a good base for me, and Aldon has increased my strength for what it takes to win 450 races. AM: How does it feel to be at the top of the points just a few races in? KR: Oh yeah, it feels great. But of course the championship is not won yet. All I can do is be happy where I am at right now, and try my best to be consistent, and in position to be up front at every race. I still

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A few short years ago, Ken Roczen, at age 15, became the youngest rider ever to win a World Motocross Championship race in his home country of Germany. Two years later, he became the 2011 World Motocross 250 class champion. Then Roczen fulfilled his dream of coming to America and won his first AMA Championship, the 2013 250SX West AMA Supercross title. Now racing the 450SX class, Roczen won the opening round of the 2014 AMA Supercross Championship, giving credence to those who claim he is the next big thing.

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ride like I am racing my 250, meaning that I attack at every race, and try to win. If you think too much about the points battle, you lose your racing edge. But you don’t really go for the kill at every race to where you either win or crash—you have to keep that consistency. Every point counts, and you need to keep yourself on the podium.

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RECOGNIZING THE BEST OF 2013

AMA Championship Banquet Awards 2013 AMA No. 1 Plates The country’s best amateur motorcycle and all-terrain vehicle racers were honored at the AMA Championship Banquet on Saturday, Jan. 18, at the Aladdin Event & Conference Center in Columbus, Ohio. The event recognized the top racers from 2013 national championship series and AMA Grand Championship events. AMA President and CEO Rob Dingman congratulated the attendees and thanked them for their contributions to the sport of motorcycling. “Each of you is here tonight because you love competition,” said Dingman, addressing a crowd of more than 700 competitors, family and fans. “You, and the hundreds of thousands of AMA racers who came before you, make this sport what it is today. Since 1924, racers of all skill levels have competed in AMAsanctioned events and have contributed to the collective wisdom, passion and talent that has shaped our sport.”

Laurette Nicoll and Greg White emceed the banquet, which awarded national championship trophies, placement medals and AMA No. 1 plates. Special awards included AMA Athlete of the Year honors. The AMA’s highest competitive honors, the AMA Athlete of the Year Awards, recognize a rider from each of the two categories of national championship competition: AMA National Championship Series and AMA Grand Championships. The late Kurt Caselli, the overall champion of the 2013 AMA FMF/GPR Hare & Hound National Championship Series, won the AMA National Championship Series Athlete of the Year Award. The 2013 title was Caselli’s third overall AMA Hare & Hound National Championship. Caselli, who was poised to transition to world motorcycle rally racing in 2014, passed away while competing in the Baja 1000 in November 2013. “On behalf of myself and the family, we

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Motocross Organizer of the Year: Feld Motor Sports

Off-Road Organizer of the Year: East Coast Enduro Association Track Racing Organizer of the Year: American Sportbike Racing Association

AMA WELCOMES TEXAS GNC MOTOCROSS IN 2014

Texas Series Includes Premier Events

For more than 40 years, Texas racers have been competing in GNC motocross. In 2014 these events, held at Oak Hill Raceway in Decatur, Texas, will be AMA sanctioned. “These are some of the best-run motocross events in the country, and with years of experience behind them, the team at Oak Hill Raceway just keeps

ATV Organizer of the Year: Michael Coburn Racing Recreational Road Riding Organizer of the Year: Laconia Motorcycle Week

Recreational Off-Road Organizer of the Year: Tri County MC AMA Club of the Year: Polka Dots Michigan

getting better,” says AMA Motocross Manager Kip Bigelow. “Many racers who have honed their skills at this venue have gone on to successful pro careers, and we are excited to see these events join the AMA sanctioning calendar for 2014.” After kicking off with the GNC Warm Up Race on Feb. 9-10, the season hits full stride with the 38th Annual FMF GNC Motocross Final, presented by Dunlop, March 12-16. “Joining forces with the AMA will make racing stronger and provide for a more


want to say thank you so much for all the support we’ve been getting, and thank you so much for selecting Kurt for the AMA National Championship Series Athlete of the Year,” said Sarah Jean White, Caselli’s fiancée, who accepted the award on his behalf on a recorded video message. Jeffery Lowery won the AMA Grand Championship Athlete of the Year Award. Lowery, from Newark, Ohio, was the AMA Dirt Track Horizon Award Winner in 2013. “It’s great to get the recognition for everything that we do and all the great racing that goes on in dirt track racing,” Lowery said. Hannah Hodges was the AMA Female Rider of the Year. Hodges, from DeLand, Fla., was the Girls Sr. (12-16) class champion at the AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship. “This award is really cool,” Hodges said. “AMA is really big, with so many different disciplines. There’s a bunch of competition, so to be a part of it and win this award is really cool.” Aiden Tijero was the AMA Youth Rider of the Year. The Ripon, Calif., resident was the 65cc (10-11) Limited class champion at the 2013 AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship. Tijero also was the 65cc World Champion at the 2013 FIM Jr. Motocross World Championships, where he competed for the U.S. team. “This is one of the biggest awards you could get,” Tijero said. “I want to remember everything about this. I love this sport. It’s my favorite sport.”

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uniform approach to amateur motocross racing in our state,” says Jeff and Dawn Oldenburg, owners of Oak Hill Raceway and GNC. “Our goal is to help grow the sport of motocross racing. Making this an AMA-sanctioned event is just the first step. The yearlong GNC Texas series, with a 40-year tradition, will also be AMA sanctioned. We look forward to a long relationship with the AMA and are excited about the future.” For more information on the events, see www.gncmxracing.com.

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The AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country Series presented by Maxxis will be an AMA-sanctioned national championship series for 2014. With classes for a wide range of skill levels and courses designed to be both fun and challenging, the popular offroad racing series draws well over 1,000 off-highway motorcycle and ATV racers at each round and enjoys significant media exposure in print, on the web and on television. The series’ top classes, XC1 and XC2, attract some of the best off-road racing talent in not just America but internationally. “We are proud to see the GNCCs return as an AMA-sanctioned series, and we look forward to supporting Racer Productions and honoring GNCC class champions with AMA national No. 1 plates,” says AMA Vice President of Operations Jeff Massey. “American offroad motorcycle competition is stronger when we together.” Racer Productions President Rita Coombs, who founded the GNCC series with her husband, AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer Dave Coombs Sr., in 1975, says that she is eager to work with the AMA going forward. “Our family and the AMA go back to 1972, working together on countless events in both off-road and road, including the Blackwater 100, the Grand National Cross Country Series, the AMA National Dual Sports Series, the AMA Amateur National Motocross Championships and many more great races,” says Coombs, an AMA Life

Member. “Now is the time for the AMA and the GNCC Series to renew our mutual commitment to promoting the sport of motorcycle racing, while showcasing the most prestigious offroad championship in the country. We look forward to many more years of hosting AMA-sanctioned races for our athletes and race teams, and of course all of the fans who follow the AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country Series.” As with all members, riders in the GNCC series receive access to the online AMA Race Center and all benefits of AMA membership, including the street or off-road and competition version of American Motorcyclist magazine. In addition, full AMA members who elect to autorenew their AMA memberships receive AMA Roadside Assistance for no additional charge. They also are eligible to purchase rider accident medical insurance through the AMA. As AMA-sanctioned events, GNCCs have access to the AMA Competition Rulebook, which dates to 1924 and is updated annually by AMA Congress, the elected rulemaking body that represents riders, clubs and promoters from across America. Most of the racing disciplines popular in America today were defined in the AMA Competition Rulebook. In addition, the AMA provides a rider appeal process, risk management guidelines and facilitates event insurance. Each GNCC also will be supported by an AMA referee and AMA administrative staff, when needed.

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If you’re a fan of supermoto, you’ll be able to put your passion to the test in the 2014 AMA Supermoto National Championship, a six-round series that kicked off at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nev., on March 7. “Supermoto is an amazing sport to watch and a thrilling discipline for our amateur competitors,” says AMA Vice President of Operations Jeff Massey. “Since the beginning, supermoto has needed a true grass-roots U.S. network to help sustain the top level of competition. This series will help accomplish that goal by giving today’s amateur and sportsman-level competitors a place to race, feeding the sport with expert-level talent going forward, and providing a showcase for sponsors and teams active in the discipline.” The AMA Supermoto National Championship Series will include novice, youth, intermediate, age- and displacement-based classes as well as classes that will feature some of the best supermoto talent in the country. Online registration will be available soon at www.amanationalsupermoto.com. “We had a great inaugural season in 2013, and we’re excited to step up our program for the new season as an AMA National Championship Series,” says Matt Stewart, president of USA Supermoto, the AMA’s promoting partner for the series. “We have been working with the AMA for some time to strengthen supermoto racing in the United States, and everything has been positive. We’re looking forward to watching our racers compete for AMA national No. 1 plates in 2014.” Supermoto combines exciting elements of motocross, dirt track and road racing into one dynamic discipline. It features jumps, high-speed straights and both dirt and asphalt surfaces. See page 52 for the full schedule.

The country’s fastest amateur dirt-track racers, who one day will dominate the professional ranks, will go head to head this June 23-26 at the 2014 AMA Dirt Track Grand Championship in Springfield, Ill. “Since 1975, the AMA Dirt Track Grand Championship has recognized the best amateur dirt-track racers in the country with national titles,” says AMA Track Racing Manager Ken Saillant. “This event is one of the oldest and most prestigious amateur motorsports championships in America, and we’re thrilled to once again return to Springfield, Ill., the home of many historic moments in American dirt track.” Steve Nace of Steve Nace Racing will promote the event. “With the rich history of AMA Grand National Championship motorcycle racing and the talent we have seen in the past year in the up-and-coming younger racers, it will be an exciting week of racing as each rider will aspire to be called an AMA Grand Champion,” Nace says. The AMA Dirt Track Grand Championship crowns amateur and youth champions in individual dirt-track disciplines, including mile, half-mile, TT and short-track events. Monday, June 23, will see competition on the mile. On Tuesday, June 24, racers head to the short track during the day, while youth riders will compete on the TT that evening. On Wednesday, June 25, all racers will have a turn on the TT course. Then, on Thursday, June 26, the half mile will take center stage.

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Online entry is available at www.stevenaceracing.com. In addition to championships in individual disciplines, AMA Grand Championships are awarded to the riders in each class who have the highest point totals across all four types of dirt-track racing. The fastest riders in premier classes also compete for the AMA Dirt Track Horizon Award, which honors the amateur racer poised for success on the pro level.

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to have some fun without facing the brutal southern Nevada sun. The terrain in southern Nevada is extremely versatile, Collins says, rather than the flat desert that many Easterners might expect to find. “You will ride courses that range from 2,000 feet above sea level to 8,000 feet,” Collins says. “There are traditional desert routes through cactus and creosote bushes, and then singletrack trails through the juniper and pine trees. Races are scored electronically, and all of the member clubs use GPS devices to plot race routes. To learn more about MRAN, see www.mranracing.com.

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Founded in 1968 by Casey Folks, the Motorcycle Racing Association of Nevada has provided safe, fun, family-oriented and affordable off-road racing events in southern Nevada for thousands of families over the years. An AMA-chartered organization, MRAN is hosting three sanctioned series in 2014. “Over the years, MRAN has hosted hundreds of events of all types,” says Michael Collins, club treasurer and longtime member. “Riders keep coming back for our friendly environment, the quality of our events and that we work

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THE BIKE THAT LAUNCHED THE G.O.A.T. Ricky Carmichael’s 1997 Kawasaki KX125

All stories have a beginning, and for Hall of Famer Ricky Carmichael’s professional AMA Motocross career, the beginning starts with this Kawasaki KX125. After all, Carmichael wasn’t always the G.O.A.T.—The “Greatest Of All Time” —in combined AMA Motocross and Supercross competition. In 1997, he was “just” an amazingly talented up-andcoming amateur who was ready to join the elite ranks of riders in AMA Motocross and AMA Supercross. And this is the bike that launched his pro career. At the time, Carmichael was only 15 years old, and though he came out of the AMA Amateur Motocross Championships that summer as clearly the most dominant rider, the leap to the pros can be difficult. Plenty of other promising riders have found the leap to the next level difficult, or took a season or two to come up to speed. Not so with Carmichael. Thanks to his amazing talent, passion for hard work and drive to succeed—and this motorcycle—the rider who would one day earn MX’s most exalted nickname wasted no time in letting the world know he was ready. Having been sponsored by Kawasaki Team Green throughout his amateur career, it only made sense for him to continue with Kawasaki as a pro. This Pro-Circuit-built KX, tuned by Chad Watts, was the racing weapon he was handed when he arrived. As a 17-year-old rookie in 1997, Carmichael won eight AMA Motocross Nationals to win the AMA 125 Championship—a feat all the more amazing because it was his first year riding many of the National tracks. He followed that up in 1998 with a dominating performance in the 125cc Eastern Region Supercross Championship, winning not just the title, but every race on the calendar. Of course, from there Carmichael would go on to completely tear up and re-write the record books. He became the most dominant rider ever in AMA Motocross, winning at least one championship every season he raced, and never failing to defend a title when he was able to ride the entire season. In total, he earned 15 National Championship titles in AMA Motocross and AMA Supercross, three team world championships in the Motocross of Nations, and one individual Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme Supercross World Championship. He won titles on two-stroke and four-stroke motorcycles, notched perfect undefeated seasons three times and was an X-Games gold medalist. And it all started on this bike. You can see Carmichael’s KX125, on loan from Pro Circuit’s Mitch Payton, himself an AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer, at the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame. The AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in Pickerington, Ohio, features the people and machines that have defined the sport, lifestyle and business of motorcycling in America. The Hall of Fame is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation that receives support from the AMA and from the motorcycling community. For info and directions, visit www. motorcyclemuseum.org, or call (614) 856-2222.

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What it is: A “deconstructivist” takes on a motorcycle hillclimb, by Ohio painter Roger Williams, with layers of images that express the complexity of the subject in overlapping symbolism. What the artist says: “Chad Disbennett, the 2004 AMA National Hillclimb Champion, is a relative of mine, and I wanted to do a painting of Chad with his 800cc Triumph, No. 17. The painting is deconstructed images, layers and overlaps in bright pop colors. Deconstructivist art is on-edge art that came after Postmodern art. Conceptually, you see gears, a hurricane, a stick of dynamite, tattoos and just profiles of things and movement while airborne.” See it: “The Devil’s Staircase” is currently on display at the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame as part of the exhibit “2 wheels + Motor: An International Fine Art Exhibition.” Plan your visit at www.motorcyclemuseum.org.

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Wells Bennett was a leading racer, hillclimber and crosscountry specialist of the 1910s and early 1920s. He is best known for his 24-hour, transcontinental and “Three-Flag” Canada-to-Mexico record runs of the early 1920s, while riding for Henderson. William Wells Bennett was born in Wichita, Kansas, on June 24, 1891. From an early age he showed a keen sense of adventure and exploration that would lead him to become one of the best-known motorcyclists of his era. Bennett got his start on motorcycles by hanging around the local bicycle/motorcycle shop, offering to clean motorcycles or run errands for the owners in hopes of being offered a ride. When he finally got the opportunity to ride one, motorcycles became his youthful obsession. Although he was still a teen, Bennett was soon assembling and selling motorcycles. By the time he was 21, Bennett was well established as one of the leading dirt-track racers in Kansas. In 1912, he entered his first board-track race, in Denver, and won. Soon he was traveling the country racing board-track events and making as much as $200 to $300 per week, a princely sum in those days. In 1914, Bennett signed with Excelsior. During the war years, racing slowed to a crawl. Bennett began running in various cross-country and city-to-city timed events that were popular during that time. He had a contract with Excelsior and set numerous city-to-city records. Bennett also became involved in stunt riding for Hollywood movies. He was in charge of the 200-plus motorcycle squadron in the film “A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court.” After the war, when board track races were waning in popularity, Bennett adapted. In April 1922, Excelsior sent him to the prestigious San Juan Capistrano Hillclimb in Southern California. He won the hillclimb, dethroning the dominant Dudley Perkins (who would go on to become a fellow AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer). The next month a Henderson factory team was assembled to set records on the creaky and deteriorating board track in Tacoma, Washington. There, Bennett rode a Henderson Four (by then owned by Excelsior) to a new 24-hour record of 1,562.54 miles, breaking the mark held by Indian and Erwin “Cannonball” Baker by more than 28 miles. Bennett ended the year by breaking the transcontinental record on a Henderson, making the coast-to-coast trip from Los Angeles to New York in 6 days, 16 hours and 13 minutes, bettering a record set by Baker on an Ace just one month earlier. Soon, such runs were considered too dangerous, but that didn’t stop Bennett from setting the final record for the classic Three-Flags Run (Mexico to Canada or vice versa) with a time of 42 hours, 24 minutes. By the mid 1920s, Bennett scaled back his racing to run his Excelsior/Henderson motorcycle dealership in Portland, Oregon. He sold his motorcycle business in 1930 and took a position as a service rep for Ford Motor Co. He retired to his ranch at the foot of Mt. Hood, near Hood River, Oregon. Wells Bennett died in 1969 and was posthumously inducted in the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 2000.


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FOLLOWING THE MONEY TRAIL Off-Highway Vehicle Riders Produce Billions In Annual Revenue For Cities, Counties, States BY JIM WITTERS

or Larry Lodato, the opening of two major trail systems for off-highway vehicles in Boone County, W.Va., has been a godsend. Lodato, executive director of the Boone County Community and Economic Development Corp., is coping with a years-long slump in the coal-mining industry that has cost his state 17,000 jobs since 1983. “I’m not saying tourism is going to be the savior, but these trails are going to help support the local economy during this coal slump,” Lodato says. “With the coal industry in decline, the landowners see the trails as a way to reuse the land. “The trails have been a big economic boom here.” The trails in Boone County are part of West Virginia’s Hatfield-McCoy Trails system, which provides more than 700 miles of trails over about a million acres of coal country. In addition to providing outdoor recreational opportunities for tens of thousands of off-road enthusiasts, OHV trails have proved themselves to be viable economic engines, encouraging increased investment from entrepreneurs chasing those tourism dollars. That increased investment means more jobs, which pumps even more money back into the state’s economy. Since the Hatfield-McCoy system opened 13 years ago, ridership and revenue have increased each year, says Jeff Lusk, who serves as executive director of Hatfield-McCoy Trails and is a member of the state’s tourism board.

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Communities across America are reaping economic rewards from both new and longestablished trail systems—directly, through purchases of motorcycles, ATVs, fuel, food and gear, and indirectly, by means of a “ripple effect” as off-highway vehicle riders' money is spent again and again throughout local economies. But despite the obvious benefits, transforming logging land or reclaimed strip mines into revenueproducing acreage crisscrossed by OHV trails requires patience, partnership and perseverance. Here are the stories of five trail systems that show how public and private entities can work together to provide wholesome recreational opportunities as well as a local economic boost.


Clamoring For Access

The power of economic success is strong. Once the trails are open and the riders begin streaming in, even onceskeptical business and community leaders get on board, says Chris Gamache, chief of the New Hampshire Bureau Of Trails. In June 2013, New Hampshire tied together its 1,000 miles of existing trails

systems under the Ride the Wilds banner and began connecting the trails to nearby communities. The response has been overwhelming. “We saw a rapid increase in trail development and designation of gravel and some paved roads for OHRV use to connect to services and communities this past summer,” Gamache says. “We had several trail riding areas, but they were not connected together. This past summer those connections opened up rapidly and communities near the riding areas or the connection routes requested to be tied into the system for economic development.” The town managers in several communities that tied into the trails system credited OHV riders for doubledigit revenue increases at local businesses in August, Gamache says. “Several local [off-highway recreational vehicle] dealers had record sales years, and rental agents had business increases much higher than anticipated,” he says. Businesses that were not interested in being connected to the trails have seen what it has done for other businesses in their community and are now asking to be connected. Although the Ride the Wilds project has not resulted in a huge increase in full-time jobs, Gamache says with confidence that many jobs were saved because of it. Many small businesses that were facing closure were able to remain open because of the increase in the trail riders in their areas, he says.

No Easy Path

Most western states are home to large tracts of accessible public lands that are

crisscrossed by trails and by timber and mining roads. But east of the Mississippi River, OHV trails must be pieced together through bargaining with private landowners concerned about granting access to strangers who may damage their property. There also is the question of who might be liable for any mishaps. Essential to the success of these trail programs are public/private partnerships that focus on providing a solution to the liability problem, which landowners face whether they grant access or not. A 2006 study by Marshall University's Center for Business and Economic Research in Huntington, W.Va., concluded that “professional trail management also reduces illegal use of private property and improves access and infrastructure.” According to Hatfield-McCoy’s Lusk, landowners who historically prohibited OHV use can be persuaded to participate when a state or county agency—often through an independent recreation authority—assumes responsibility for management, law enforcement and liability insurance. Gamache points out that negotiations with landowners can be slow. “We have a few more connections to be made this summer. Several were approved last year but trail construction delays and some landowner negotiations took a little longer than originally anticipated,” he says. “We have actually been working on the connections for a number of years and many of the approval processes were in place before the Ride the Wilds initiative was named. However, the swell of support from local, regional, state and federal levels certainly catapulted our ability to make the connections quickly this past summer.”

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The rural areas are benefitting. During 2013, 81 percent of Hatfield-McCoy’s 36,000 off-highwayvehicle operators visited from out of state, spending money on lodging, food, fuel and parts. Revenue and ridership were up about 16.5 percent for the year, Lusk says. Since the trails system debuted, 44 new lodgings have sprung up to serve the influx of riders. Even that pace of construction is not enough, Lusk says. “We need more lodging,” he says. “The construction of new facilities is not keeping up with rider growth. We need Jeff Lusk, more entrepreneurs. Executive Director of Hatfi eld-McCoy Because of the rural nature of this land, it takes longer to get our legs under us. It could take two-and-a-half or three years to get the infrastructure in place and get some development. But once things are open, it has been a sustaining economic influence.” Boone County is home to two trailheads—the Little Coal River Trail System, a family-friendly system that opened in 2002, and the Ivy Branch Trail System, which opened in November 2013 and is accessible to Jeeps, Hummers and other larger vehicles. It also has, near the Little Coal River system, a half-milliondollar welcome center on U.S. 119, along with the people to staff it. In addition, parts stores and a powersports dealership have opened up nearby, Lodato says. Boone County is expecting a third trail system to open in 2015 along the Big Coal River near Madison. “I feel like we are primed for this to really take off,” Lodato said.

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The Spearhead Trails in Virginia and the Appleton Area Recreational ORV Park in Minnesota provide two more examples of the economic advantages that come with OHV trail development and fostering a welcoming environment for riders. The Spearhead Trails include the 75mile Mountain View OHV/ATV Trail System that has contributed to an economic surge in the small town of St. Paul, Va. Andrea Hicks, assistant marketing director for Virginia’s Southwest Regional Recreation Authority, says downtown St. Paul has attracted more than $500,000 in private investment since the trail system opened in June 2013. Two ATV rental companies, a trailside assistance business and additional lodging facilities have sprung up in this town of about 1,000 residents. One local retailer converted apartments above his store into overnight lodging for OHV riders. The retailer also converted a house on this property into a “lovely overnight cottage,” Hicks says. A 12-room motel is undergoing renovations with the expectation that it will open by spring, she says. A local gas station doubles its staff on weekends, and a local restaurant reports “a significant increase in sales” when the OHV riders are in town. As a sign of the influx of the off-highway vehicle culture, a couple of mechanical horse rides for kids have been converted to ATV rides, she says. “Everybody is getting on board,” Hicks says. Dave Halsey, a writer for the National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council and founder of the Woodtick Wheelers ATV/OHM Club in Minnesota, says the Appleton park is a small-town success. The park brings “demand from riders for vehicles, gear, food and lodging,” and local businesses “are responding to it and benefitting from it,” he says. Park users spent an average of $189 a day per group, according to a study completed by the University of Minnesota, Morris Center for Small Towns.

A Long-Term Approach

Although many communities in the eastern United States are only recently realizing the economic benefits of off-highway vehicle tourism dollars, one state has embraced the sport for decades. The Cycle Conservation Club of Michigan organized in 1968 when the state’s Department of Natural Resources intended to close state game areas in southern Michigan, says Lewis Shuler, the club’s executive director. Eventually, the opponents became allies, with the CCC joining the DNR in a partnership to manage and expand the OHV trail systems throughout the state. By 1975, the club had won a promise from the state for 1,500 miles of trails in the lower portion of the state. That was only the beginning, however. Gradually, the system grew to encompass 5,400 miles of roads in both the Upper and Lower Peninsulas that are open to licensed and unlicensed vehicles. Trails are still being added. Since 2004, the system has grown by 25 percent,

Shuler says, and more trails are planned. “In the original 1975 legislation, we were promised an ORV [off-road vehicle] park in southeastern Michigan, but we still don’t have it,” Shuler says. The DNR and the CCC are pursuing opportunities in that area to assemble tracts of land that could be used for the park, he says. At the same time, the CCC also is starting to reach out to private landowners with the hope of negotiating leases and adding new trails, Shuler says. Because of the partnership with the state DNR and the persistence of the CCC, the Michigan trails system has experienced continued growth, and the benefits continue to spill over to communities near the trails. As Michigan transitions from its heavy reliance on manufacturing, tourism—and especially outdoor recreation—presents an attractive opportunity. “There are lots of communities here that only survive because of the ORV trails,” Shuler says. “The Silver Lake State Park (near Mears)

NumbeRS TeLL The SToRy OHV trails attract visitors who contribute significantly to local and state economies. Here are some numbers: • “The total output impact, sales generated from OHV recreation at the [Croom Motorcycle Area in Florida], is estimated at over $21 million. This output resulted in the creation of 318 full and part-time jobs and $9.38 million income for labor," according to a study by the University of Florida. • In Colorado, motorized recreational enthusiasts spent more than $602 million while taking trips using their motorized vehicle for recreational purposes during the 2012-13 season, according to a

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report from the Colorado Off-Highway Vehicle Coalition. Motorized recreation in Colorado is directly or indirectly responsible for almost 9,000 jobs and $373 million in labor income. • An analysis by Ohio University concluded that OHV recreation and tourism in southeastern Ohio generated $1.39 million in direct spending and $656,980 in labor income, creating 26 full-timeequivalent jobs in 2008. • The Western Governors’ Association found in 2012 that outdoor recreation accounted for $646 billion in total spending, supporting more than 6 million jobs. The association includes 22 governors.

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Repeated Successes


TiPs For riders

Laws and regulations covering OHV use on both public and private land vary from state to state. So, riders should check with the agency that manages their local trails for specific requirements. All of the trails systems listed here require use of DOT or Snell approved helmets. In addition, all trails are patrolled by park rangers that enforce the rules. WesT VirGiNiA

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Phone: (800) 592-2217 Email: info@ trailsheaven.com Website: www. trailsheaven.com Description: More than 700 miles of trails across eight systems in coal country. Cost: $26.50 for West Virginia residents; $50 for non-residents. Permit is valid until Dec. 31 of the year in which it was purchased. is dedicated to ORV use, and it is a gold mine for the state,” Shuler says. Campgrounds, grocery stores, service stations and other businesses benefit directly from the OHV riders. “Some of the biggest ATV dealerships in Michigan are located near the riding activity, not near the population centers,” Shuler says. “One of the biggest dealerships in the state is in one of the traditionally poorest counties.”

No Panacea

While trail development and the resulting economic benefits help local economies expand and diversify, the OHV tourism boom isn’t likely to become the type of dominant industry that can sustain a region on its own. “The trails system isn’t a driver for an entire economy, but it provides revenue and entrepreneurial opportunity,” says Hatfield-McCoy’s Lusk. “It helps to diversify the economy by adding a layer of economic development that didn’t exist before.” There also are unexpected consequences. In the counties that are home to the Hatfield-McCoy systems, there has been a real estate boom, of sorts. Property values are rising, Lusk says. But the land is going to “buy-and-hold” speculators, rather than to “buy-andbuild” investors. Shuler says the Michigan trails are subject to many of the same economic fluctuations as other industries, with use and revenue lagging during lean times.

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Phone: Monday Creek ATV/OHM Trail System, (740) 753-0101; Hanging Rock ATV/OHM Trail System, (740) 534-6500; Pine Creek ATV/OHM Trail System, (740) 534-6500 Website: www. waynenational forest.com/ wayneatv.htm Description: More than 100 miles of ATV and off-highway motorcycle trails. Trail systems may be open to more than one type of use, so please yield to others. Cost: $12 per day; $24 for a three-day permit; $45 for a season

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Phone: (603) 788-2700 Email: nhtrails@ dred.state.nh.us Website: www. nhstateparks.org/ explore/bureauof-trails/ Description: More than 1,000 miles of interconnected trails. Cost: All OHVs must be registered if operated off the owner’s property. There are no additional trail user fees. ATV registration is $55 for residents and $74 for nonresidents. For motorcycles, it’s $46 for residents and $65 for nonresidents. miCHiGAN

Michigan OffRoad Vehicle (ORV) Trails

Phone: (517) 373-1204 Website: www. michigan.gov/dnr Description: More than 3,700 miles of roads and trails open to offhighway vehicles on public land Cost: $26.25 annual license for operation on public roads, plus a $10 annual ORV Trail Permit is required when on designated ORV routes.

“We are seeing less use and shorter trips, because people just don’t have the money to spend in this economy,” he says. But the number of trail permits issued by the Michigan DNR has held steady at 200,000 a year for the past four

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Phone: (320) 843-5341 Email: info.dnr@ state.mn.us Website: www. dnr.state.mn.us/ ohv/trail_detail. html?id=4 Description: Once a gravel mine, the Appleton Area Recreational Park covers 330 acres and has 18 miles of trails. Cost: $25 annual vehicle permit; $20 annual motorcycle permit; $5 one-day vehicle permit. VirGiNiA

Spearhead Trails

Phone: (276) 220-9875 Website: www. spearheadtrails. com Description: The 75-mile Mountain View OHV/ATV Trail System opened in 2013. Spearhead Trails plans to have more than 500 miles of ATV and equestrian trails for every skill level by the end of 2016. Cost: $50 for an annual permit

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Phone: (606) 837-3205 Email: info@ harlancountytrails. com Website: www. harlancountytrails. com/ blackmountaintrails.php Description: 150 miles of trails across nearly 8,000 acres of rugged mountain terrain. Created from strip mining roads and logging roads, trails offer a variety of experiences and levels of difficulty. Cost: $40 for an annual single vehicle pass. Annual family passes are $40 for the first vehicle, $35 for the second vehicle and $30 for each additional vehicle. See website for other pass options. This is just a sample of the riding opportunities available across the country. To find a location near you, see the AMA Trails Atlas at www. AmericanMotorcyclist. com > Members Only Area > Trails Atlas.

years, and as each new trail opens, the riders arrive and local businesses report increased sales, plans for expansion and new jobs. By all accounts, the OHV programs have proved beneficial to the riders, the communities and the states.

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Get Out And Ride For most of the country, spring is the start of the riding season—when the snow thaws, the road salt washes away and the temperatures remain bearable. AMA Go Ride! Month celebrates the kickoff to the riding season the best way we know how: by highlighting the awesome things you can do on your motorcycle throughout the year. This year, we remind you of all the fun things to do, but we also take a thorough look at the state of safety training. After all, while you should make sure your bike is good to go for the new riding season, it’s even more critical to tune up the most important machine of all: you!

_ Tune Up, Get Out, Go Ride! Fresh Training Can Help Make This Your Best Riding Season Yet By Jim Witters

As the weather warms, motorcyclists in the cooler climes are preparing for the riding season by finishing up needed repairs and modifications and tuning those engines, but spring also is a great time to consider a rider tune-up. Refresher courses and advanced-rider training provide a great way to ensure that you get the most enjoyment from the weather, the roads, the bikes and yourself. “It’s hard to get people to return for more training,” says Bill Seltzer, marketing director and rider coach for TEAM Arizona, which trains 800 to 1,000 experienced riders each year. “But the typical response I get from someone completing the advanced courses is, ‘I can’t believe how much I learned.’ ”

A Return To Riding

Don Rocha, a 59-year-old AMA member from Fort Collins, Colo., didn’t need much persuasion to take a refresher course at T3RG Motorcycle Schools in Denver. “I had taken a beginner course when I was in college in Canada in the 1970s, but I didn’t do much with it,” Rocha says. “Then one of my neighbors showed up with a sport tourer, and I decided to look

into motorcycles again.” In 2006, Rocha bought a 2002 Ducati ST2. Then he got nervous. “I thought maybe I had gotten in over my head, with the Ducati and all,” he says. “So I took a refresher course from a guy in Denver before I even rode it.” Since then, Rocha has added a Triumph XC and a KTM supermoto to his garage. He has continued his training, with a course for experienced riders, basic and advanced Total Control courses at T3RG Motorcycle Schools and a track course. “I learned useful things about riding alone and in groups, how to position myself and what to

watch out for,” Rocha says. “The Total Control classes are really geared more toward the sport tourer bikes and our type of riding, which is a lot faster. “The training is more performance oriented. It’s just short of a track course.” Rocha says his initial nervousness has subsided, largely due to the formal advanced training he received. “My intention is to do more of that,” he says.

Experienced Rider Welcomed

A common perception is that younger riders acting irresponsibly account for the highest number of crashes, injuries and fatalities involving motorcycles. However, a study by the Ohio Department of Transportation showed that “the highest number of at fault crashes resulting in death and serious injuries involved males between the ages of 41 and 50.” Motorcycle Ohio, a state-supported agency that oversees motorcycle training, says 75 percent of motorcycle crashes involve “experienced” riders. “Advanced training provides riders and co-riders the opportunity to increase their understanding of safe riding techniques and to practice these techniques on their motorcycles,” the agency’s website says. Motorcycle safety schools provide a

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controlled environment New Rider, Percentage of crashes that and highly trained Advanced involve “experienced” riders instructors who can Courses (Motorcycle Ohio) assess the mental and Sgt. Sean Kelly of physical skills that need the Mesa, Ariz., police improvement. department, completed all of the rider courses offered by TEAM “Someone who has been Arizona. riding for, say, 25 years—maybe without incident—is biased, thinking maybe they Kelly, 47, started riding just three years don’t need training,” Seltzer says. “But ago. maybe they’ve just been lucky.” “I had never ridden before. It was always, ‘Motorcycles are dangerous,’ so Experienced riders, even those who I stayed away from them,” he says. “But I have completed a basic rider course, can become rusty, both physically and am one of those mid-life-crisis guys who got into motorcycles as an outlet.” mentally, says Dr. Raymond J. Ochs, Kelly took the beginning rider course director of training systems for the through TEAM Arizona, bought a Yamaha Motorcycle Safety Foundation. Ochs, also known as Dr. Ray, says V-Star 650 and started riding every day, the goal of rider training is to make the logging 15,000 miles in his first year. Since then, Kelly has added a 1976 physical actions—throttle, clutch and Yamaha dirt bike and a Yamaha Super brake control and steering—as automatic as possible. Ténéré to his lineup. So the advanced courses provided by As the miles rolled by, Kelly continued training. He now is a member of the the MSF and others include refreshers, police department’s motor patrol, riding a such as for cornering, swerving and hard braking, before moving on to provide new Kawasaki Concours on duty. information. With an estimated 60,000 motorcycling miles under his belt in just three years of The key is to provide each rider with a riding, Kelly’s next goal is to complete the realistic assessment of his skills. Motorcycle Safety Foundation’s instructor “Everybody believes they are above course and become a RiderCoach. average drivers and riders,” Ochs says. He says that seemingly simple tactics, “We try to help them internalize exactly such as avoiding dogs while riding, prove where they stand.” helpful during routine daily rides. Attention The key is to know your limits and ride to properly positioning his motorcycle in within them. traffic and “being an active rider” helps Colleen Boyle, who operates T3RG Kelly avoid emergency situations. Motorcycle Schools in Colorado, says “I mentally rehearse scenarios,” he the seasoned rider likely started out says. “The courses taught me to maintain “young and fearless,” but their years of a good safety zone and be attentive. experience involves “riding the same five “It is remarkable how the motorcycle roads several times a year.” responds when the rider has proper Then there are those who put their vision. It makes the ride much safer and riding aside while raising a family. much more enjoyable.” “The riders who buy a bike after their kids are grown have more money Crash Dangers than skill,” Boyle says. “They are very Research shows that rider intoxication, hesitant to take an entry-level course, aggressive riding, wet surfaces, improper but they need the refresher to restore gear and higher speeds increase the their confidence, especially in low-speed severity of motorcycle crashes. maneuvers.” Rider training can help address all Boyle recommends the MSF Basic those dangers. Rider Course 2 for people with some One of the leading causes of multiexperience or a gap in their riding vehicle motorcycle crashes is “other histories. vehicle drivers’ failure to see or yield “They are very different machines,” to motorcyclists,” according to a 2013 Boyle says. “The guys who pass up the survey by the University of Texas at sport bikes and get a cruiser or a bagger Austin for the 92nd Annual Meeting of the end up wobbling at slow speeds. There is Transportation Research Board. no reason to walk your bike into a parking The basic and advanced courses help space from 25 feet.”

Safety Programs Supporting The AMA The AMA Rider Education Support Program (www.americanmotorcyclist.com/ Membership/SupportingRidersEd.aspx) provides rider education groups tools to promote membership in the AMA. The program currently includes more than 35 organizations with 280 coaches who train more than 105,000 riders a year at 265 U.S. locations. Participating programs expose students to the benefits of AMA membership, including represention of motorcyclists’ rights in Washington, D.C. They include: Arizona

@ T.E.A.M. Arizona

www.motorcycletraining.com

Colorado

@ T3RG Motorcycle Schools

t3rg.ca

@ ABATE of Colorado

www.abateofcolo.org

Florida

@ Motorcycle Training Institute

www.mtii.com

Georgia

@ Georgia Motorcycle Riders

georgiamotorcycleriders.com

Idaho

@ Idaho STAR Motorcycle Program

idahostar.org

Illinois

@ Motorcycle Riding’s Cool

www.motorcyclelearning.com

Indiana

@ ABATE of Indiana

www.abateonline.org

Iowa

@ ABATE of Iowa

www.abateiowa.org

Massachusetts

@ Training Wheels

www.trainingwheelsonline.com

Missouri

@ Freedom of Road Riders

www.forr.net

Nevada

@ Cycle School Motorcycle Training

www.cycleschool.com

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riders “ride like they are invisible” and avoid traffic traps created by unobservant or distracted drivers, Ochs says.

Injury Avoidance

Avoiding crashes is particularly important for the “seasoned” riders, who stand a greater chance of serious injury. A 2013 study by Tracy L. Jackson at Brown University showed that, “The number of injuries increased in all groups from 2001 to 2008, with the greatest rate of increase occurring in the oldest age group. Older adults had the greatest odds of hospitalization with a threefold increased rate of hospitalization” as a result of a motorcycle crash. A key is getting more people into the advanced courses. Boyle says her schools train as many as 3,000 novice riders each year, but an average of only 70 students a year take the “total control” course and just 25 complete the “top gun” course, which offers a civilian version of the police motorcycle training course. Kelly says that the advanced training he received made a difference. It turned “white knuckle experiences into something enjoyable,” he says. In investigating single-vehicle motorcycle crashes, Kelly’s personal experience is that the failure to negotiate a curve is the leading cause. “Understanding the physics of riding really helps me,” Kelly says. “I can take curves significantly faster now, but 10 times safer.” He credits advanced training courses, which provided him with the knowledge he

needs to choose the proper line in a curve. “I don’t know how many years it would have taken me to figure that out on my own,” he says.

Strategies For Safety

Ochs says experienced riders tend to neglect defensive riding techniques. Seltzer says the “most obvious” deficiency demonstrated in experienced riders is “predator vision” that results in “target fixation.” When homing in on prey, target fixation can be a great asset. But in the ever-changing landscape surrounding a motorcyclist, target fixation is a hindrance. “We try to get riders to expand their vision,” Seltzer says. “We work on delayed entry into curves. We work on trying different entry points and selecting a different apex. Then we use the SEE [Search, Evaluate, Execute] method.” Ochs says the MSF website (www.msf-usa.org/riderperception/) includes a perception challenge to help riders test their skills. The MSF offers a wide range of courses, from smart-phone apps to iTunes University courses to basic and advanced skills training to bike-bonding, Ochs says. As with all rider training, the goal of the advanced courses is to increase the safety margin, so the motorcyclist can better enjoy the ride. “We want to encourage people to keep an open mind,” Seltzer says. “There are lots of ways for each of us to ride better. If you open yourself up to new possibilities when you come into the course, you can get so much more out of it.”

@ Rider Education of New Jersey

www.renj.com

@ Motorcycle Riding Center

www.theridingcenter.com

@ Riding Academy of New Jersey

www.theridingacademyofnj.com

@ Fairleigh Dickinson University Cont.

Ed/Motorcycle Program view.fdu.edu/default.aspx?id=93

New York

@ Learn 2 Ride, Inc.

www.learn2ride.net

Oregon

@ Team Oregon

www.team-oregon.org

Tennessee

@ MidTenn Rider Education

www.midtennmotorcycle.com

Texas

@ MRH Rider Training

www.motorcycleridershouston.com

@ Geo Center Motorcycle Training

www.gcmctraining.com

@ Texas Motor Sports

www.texasmotorsports.com

@ Rider’s Edge-Caliente Harley

www.calienteharley.com

@ Motorcycle Training Center

www.texasmtc.com

@ Gregory’s Riding School

www.gregorysdrivingschool.com

@ RiderCourse Center, LLC

www.ridercourse.com

@ The Motorcycle School of San Antonio

www.themotorcycleschool.com

@ Longhorn Harley Davidson

www.longhornhd.com

@ Piney Woods Riders Academy

(936) 637-7555

@ Fastline

www.ridefastline.com

Utah

@ Salt Lake Community College

Find Rides Online AMA Great Roads Database Available online for members, the AMA Great Roads database includes routes suggested by AMA members. To access the AMA Great Roads database, go to www. americanmotorcyclist.com/ asp/membersonly/roads/ ama_roads_database_home. asp. You will need to log in to the Members Area. If you don’t have an account, it’s easy to set one up.

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Share The Ride Online AMA Member Gallery Share photos online at the AMA gallery for membersubmitted photos. Located at gallery. americanmotorcyclist.com, the gallery includes tens of thousands of images of member rides and AMA events. What’s missing here? It might be you! Send your best photo, or two or six, to submissions@ ama-cycle.org.

Never Ride Alone AMA Roadside Assistance Carry with you the peace of mind that only comes with AMA Roadside Assistance. For no additional cost when you set up your membership to auto-renew with a valid credit card, you can ride knowing that free, bike-friendly roadside assistance is only a phone call away. Also covered are your cars, trailers and RVs. To sign up, call (800) 262-5646.

Motorcycle Training view.fdu.edu

Virginia

@ Motorcycle Riding Concepts

www.saddleupva.com

Washington

@ Evergreen Safety Council

www.evergreenmotorcycletraining.org

@ Puget Sound Safety

www.pugetsoundsafety.com

Safety schools interested in participating in the AMA Rider Education Support Program should call (614) 856-1900, ext. 1227, for more information.


JOIN OR RENEW your AMA membership in 2014 and you could win!

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Year Member

2013 Yamaha Super Ténéré

As the proud sponsor of the AMA Yamaha Super Ténéré National Adventure Touring Series, Yamaha is awarding one lucky member a new 2013 Super Ténéré! Riders participating in the series will also be automatically entered.

Every month, everyone who joins or renews a membership in the AMA is automatically entered in a drawing for a

$100 Gift Card from BikeBandit.com.

The best part? You’re automatically entered when you join or renew between Jan. 1, 2014 and Dec. 31, 2014.

www.AmericanMotorcyclist.com (800) AMA-JOIN No purchase necessary. For complete rules, terms and conditions visit http://www.americanmotorcyclist.com/Membership/RenewSweeps_Rules.aspx.

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Get Out And Ride

_ AMA Premier Touring Series

The Best Recreational Rides On The Planet Are AMA Sanctioned AMA National Rallies AMA National Rallies are AMA-produced and promoted events that include a range of activities, including seminars, bike shows, rides, swap meets, racing, field meets, demo rides, vendor displays and more. This year’s AMA National Rally is AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, July 11-13, in Lexington, Ohio. The event, the largest annual fund-raiser for the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame, features North America’s largest motorcycle swap meet, vintage racing, bike shows, seminars and more. More info: www.amavintagemotorcycledays.com

AMA National Gypsy Tours

AMA National Touring Rallies AMA National Conventions

AMA National conventions are the top tier of AMA-sanctioned rides and rallies. put on by the AMA’s promoting clubs and organizers, these rides are the best of the best, where you’ll find thousands of likeminded riders in some of the most beautiful places in the country.

AMA National Touring Rallies take the Gypsy Tour concept and mix in more options for riding. Often built around guided local tours and organized riding events, these events are open to riders of all stripes. below are national-level events. @ AspeNcAsH RALLy:

May 15-18, Ruidoso, N.M. info: www.motorcyclerally.com

One of the oldest touring experiences in all of motorcycling, Gypsy Tours began as one-day events around the country where riders would travel to a specific site to enjoy each others’ company at what evolved into large gatherings. @ LAuGHLiN RiVeR RuN, Apr. 23-

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George, N.y. is a laid-back, roadriding touring destination with a family friendly atmosphere. More info: www.americade.com

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MOTORcycLe RALLy, sept. 17-21, in Ruidoso, N.M., is a huge event high in the Rocky Mountains of southeastern New Mexico. More info: www.motorcyclerally.com

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27, Laughlin, Nev. info: www.laughlinriverrun.com RepubLic OF TexAs (R.O.T.) RAlly, June 12-15, Austin, Tex. LAcONiA MOTORcycLe Week, June 14-22, Laconia, N.H. info: www.laconiamcweek.com THuNDeR iN THe VALLey, June 26-29, Johnstown, penn. info: www.visitjohnstownpa.com/ thunderinthevalley/ 37TH ANNuAL NATiONAL bikeRs ROuNDup, Jul 28-Aug 3, Tulsa, Okla.

@ sTAR 2014: June 8-11, Rapid city,

s.D. info: info: www.ridemsta.com

@ 2014 ROADRuNNeR

MOTORcycLe TOuRiNG & TRAVeL ANNuAL TOuRiNG WeekeND: July 17-24, snowshoe, W.Va. info: www.roadrunner.travel/ events/touring-weekend/ @ RALLy iN THe GORGe: Aug. 29-sept. 1, Hood River, Ore. info: www.soundrider.com/rally

@ sTuRGis, Aug. 4-10, sturgis, s.D.;

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AMA Members Call (800) 262-5646 before May 27, 2014, to order advance discounted tickets.


Get Out And Ride AMA Signature Events

AMA Signature Events offer an experience that’s a notch above a typical motorcycle gathering.

@ THE NATIONAL RIDE FOR KIDS

PROGRAM supports the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation. Ride for Kids events feature great scenery, wonderful camaraderie and the opportunity to help a good cause. Info: www.rideforkids.org @ MARCH OF DIMES BIKERS FOR BABIES RIDES support a favorite charity of motorcyclists—the March of Dimes—while educating people about the seriousness of premature birth and birth defects. Info: www.bikersforbabies.org

AMA National Grand Tours

On AMA National Grand Tours, you ride at your own pace, taking pictures of yourself at key locations. There are plenty of prizes, including riding gear from apparel sponsor KLIM. @ BIG MONEY RALLY GRAND TOUR

AMA Premier Touring Series

(Jan. 1 - May 24). Info: www.bigmoneyrally.com @ TOUR OF HONOR GRAND TOUR (April 1 - Oct. 31). Info: www.tourofhonor.com @ TEAM STRANGE AIRHEADS 30TH ANNIVERSARY MEMORY LANE GRAND TOUR (March 1 - Oct. 31). Info: www.teamstrange.com

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For a bigger challenge, the Southern California Motorcycling Association has cooked up two AMA National Extreme Grand Tours. For details, see www.sc-ma.com. @ USA FOUR CORNERS GRAND

TOUR (Feb. 2 - Dec. 15)

@ SCMA THREE FLAGS CLASSIC

GRAND TOUR (TBA)

AMA KLIM Flash Tours

AMA Flash Tours on Facebook challenge you to get on the road. To participate, submit photos that correspond to the active Flash Tour at www.facebook.com/ americanmotorcyclist. At the end of each Flash Tour, selected winners receive cool KLIM gear.

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Going Faster Off-Road—Safely

Off-Road Riding And Racing Have Their Own Skills Hopping onto a dirt bike and kicking up some dust is a fun and rewarding way to launch a lifelong love of motorcycling. For those who have not reached street-legal age, off-road riding provides an opportunity to learn skills and responsibilities while enjoying outdoor activities with family and friends. Beginner courses, such as the MSF DirtBike School (www.dirtbikeschool.com), are great for learning the basics, but once you have those down, advanced training can help you take your riding to an entirely new level. Below are sample programs for varying levels of skill and different applications. Search online to find an off-road school near you. Additional resources are at www.AmericanMotorcyclist.com > Riding > Dirt > Get Started. BEGINNER/BASIC Motorcycle Safety Foundation DirtBike School www.dirtbikeschool.org DirtBike School is a fun, one-day, hands-on training session available to anyone 6 years old or older. At approved training sites, MSF certified coaches teach basic riding skills and responsible riding, including risk management and environmental awareness. ADVANCED RIDING/RACING Rich Lafferty Racing www.richlaffertyracing.com/ riding-schools.html The Lafferty schools cover off-road techniques for logs, turns, whoops, tight trails and more. Classes are tailored to the group or individual. Lafferty says he has taught riders as young as 7, but students 10 or 11 years old progress much more quickly.

The DirtWise Academy www.shanewatts.com The DirtWise Academy has worked with riders of every skill level, fitness level, ability and age. From one-day fundamentals training to a two-day hardcore class, students can learn drifting around flat turns, railing corner ruts, grinding and conquering logs, steep hills and ravines.

SPECIALIZED RACING Raines Racing www.rainesracing.com/Schools/NationalEnduroProgram.aspx Raines Riding University has developed a unique program in correlation with the Rekluse National Enduro Series, allowing participants to race and ride on the same minute as Jason Raines, while using in-helmet communication devices and helmet cameras. Throughout the race, Raines offers instruction and guidance. After each race, riders will review video footage and discuss their progress in a group. ADVENTURE CLASS RIDING The World of RawHyde www.rawhyde-offroad.com Jim Hyde’s RawHyde Rider Training Programs proclaim to provide both an adventure as well as training. The Adventure Camps are designed to not only challenge dual-sport riders’ skills but teach students about many of the navigation, GPS, trail repairs and the latest in communication technology.


A few of the hundreds of AMA-sanctioned events this month, detailed on the following pages.

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Enjoy a good mix of fire service roads and twisty rural blacktop that begins in east Tennessee and goes into western North Carolina as part of the Slate Creek 500 Adventure Ride in Bybee, Tenn., April 12-13. The Slate Creek 500 Adventure Ride is part of the AMA Yamaha Super Ténéré National Adventure Riding Series. For the full schedule, see page 55.

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The battle for AMA Supercross supremacy continues this month with the stars of AMA Supercross banging handlebars in stadiums April 5 in Houston, April 12 in Seattle and April 26 in East Rutherford, N.J. For more info, go to www.amasupercross.com or see page 51.

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Join up with a bunch of your riding pals and head off to prison as part of the Yuma Prison Run rally, April 18-20, at the Yuma County Fairgrounds in Arizona. Hosted by the Norwalk Centaurs Motorcycle Club, the annual event is a fundraiser for needy children. Info: www.yumaprisonrun.com.

COMING UP

Start planning your riding routes now for the 2014 AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, July 11-13, at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio. Get together with tens of thousands of your best friends for a rockin’ good time. More information is available at www.amavintagemotorcycledays.com.

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APRIL EVENTS ALABAMA COMPETITION MOTOCROSS APR 26: TALLASSEE: 2 DAY EVENT, MONSTER ACTION SPORTS, LLC, (334) 318-8475, MONSTERMX.COM ARIZONA RECREATIONAL ROAD RUN APR 18: YUMA: 2 DAY EVENT, NORWALK MOTORCYCLE CLUB, (661) 245-3932, YUMAPRISONRUN.COM COMPETITION

HARE SCRAMBLES APR 12: SHASTA LAKE CITY: 2 DAY EVENT, NORTH VALLEY MOTORCYCLE ASSOCIATION, INC., (530) 921-1233, REDDINGDIRTRIDERS.COM MOTOCROSS APR 9: SAN BERNADINO: 2X PROMOTIONS LLC, (740) 297-6686, 2XPROMOTIONS.COM APR 26: PORTERVILLE: 2 DAY EVENT, 2X PROMOTIONS LLC, (740) 297-6686, 2XPROMOTIONS.COM COLORADO COMPETITION MOTOCROSS

ENDURO APR 13: CAMP WOOD: ARIZONA TRAIL RIDERS, (602) 692-9382, ARIZONATRAILRIDERS.ORG

APR 6: MILLIKEN: TWO RIVERS RACING LLC, (970) 587-5770 DELAWARE

OBSERVED TRIALS

COMPETITION

APR 13: PRESCOTT: CENTRAL ARIZONA TRIALS INC, (602) 840-3640, CENTRALARIZONATRIALS.ORG

MOTOCROSS

CALIFORNIA

RECREATIONAL

APR 27: SAN LUIS OBISPO: PENGUINS MOTORCYCLE CLUB AT CAL POLY, CPPENGUINSMC.COM

ADVENTURE RIDE

APR 5: LAKEPORT: NORTH BAY MOTORCYCLE CLUB, (707) 568-6321, NORTHBAYMC.ORG POKER RUN APR 5: LANCASTER: ANTELOPE VALLEY RIDERS, (661) 435-8949, AVTS.AV.ORG APR 13: STOCKTON: STOCKTON MOTORCYCLE CLUB, (209) 956-1505, STOCKTONMC.ORG TRAIL RIDE - RECREATIONAL APR 5: PAICINES: RACERS UNDER THE SON- CENTRAL COAST, (408) 807-7293, RUTSCENTRALCOAST.ORG APR 12: SAN BERNARDINO: PEDIATRIC BRAIN TUMOR FOUNDATION, (828) 665-6891, RIDEFORKIDS.ORG COMPETITION ENDURO APR 6: LAKEPORT: NORTH BAY MOTORCYCLE CLUB, (707) 568-6321, NORTHBAYMC.ORG HARE & HOUND

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APR 26: BROOKSVILLE: 2 DAY EVENT, DIXIE DUAL SPORT, INC., (727) 919-8299, DIXIEDUALSPORT.COM DUAL SPORT RIDE APR 26: BROOKSVILLE: 2 DAY EVENT, DIXIE DUAL SPORT, INC., (727) 919-8299, DIXIEDUALSPORT.COM POKER RUN APR 27: FT. WALTON: SAND DOLLAR MC, INC., (850) 244-0376 ROAD RUN APR 13: DEERFIELD BEACH: PEDIATRIC BRAIN TUMOR FOUNDATION, (828) 665-6891, RIDEFORKIDS.ORG APR 13: UMATILLA: CENTRAL FLORIDA CRUISERS, INC., (352) 396-3239, CENTRALFLORIDACRUISERS.ORG COMPETITION

APR 27: (Includes ATVs) OTTAWA: VARIETY RIDERS MOTORCYCLE CLUB INC, (815) 4343669, VARIETYRIDERS.COM COMPETITION MOTOCROSS APR 20: CASEY: LINCOLN TRAIL MOTOSPORTS, (217) 932-2041, LINCOLNTRAILMOTOSPORTS.COM APR 26: CASEY: LINCOLN TRAIL MOTOSPORTS, (217) 932-2041, LINCOLNTRAILMOTOSPORTS.COM APR 27: CASEY: LINCOLN TRAIL MOTOSPORTS, (217) 932-2041, LINCOLNTRAILMOTOSPORTS.COM INDIANA RECREATIONAL APR 12: ROSELAWN: GRAND KANKAKEE TRAIL RIDERS, (708) 946-0999, GKTRAILRIDERS.COM COMPETITION ENDURO APR 13: ROSELAWN: GRAND KANKAKEE TRAIL RIDERS, (708) 946-0999, GKTRAILRIDERS.COM HILLCLIMB APR 26: (Includes ATVs) CAYUGA: PLEASURE RIDERS MC, (217) 247-2216, PLEASURERIDERS.NET APR 27: (Includes ATVs) CAYUGA: PLEASURE RIDERS MC, (217) 247-2216, PLEASURERIDERS.NET MOTOCROSS APR 12: ROSSVILLE: WILDCAT CREEK MX, (765) 379-2482, WILDCATCREEKMX.COM APR 13: ROSSVILLE: WILDCAT CREEK MX, (765) 379-2482, WILDCATCREEKMX.COM OBSERVED TRIALS APR 26: LIGONIER: MICHIGAN ONTARIO TRIALS ASSOCIATION, (574) 386-4061, MOTATRIALS.COM APR 27: LIGONIER: MICHIGAN ONTARIO TRIALS ASSOCIATION, (574) 386-4061, MOTATRIALS.COM IOWA

MOTOCROSS APR 5: OKEECHOBEE: UNLIMITED SPORTS MX INC APR 6: OKEECHOBEE: UNLIMITED SPORTS MX INC GEORGIA

APR 12: (Includes ATVs) JOHNSON VALLEY: 2 DAY EVENT, SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA MOTORCYCLE CLUB, (949) 981-6776, SOCALMC.COM

COMPETITION

APR 26: (Includes ATVs) JOHNSON VALLEY: 2 DAY EVENT, VIKINGS MOTORCYCLE CLUB, (805) 680-6336, DISTRICT37AMA.ORG

APR 6: (Includes ATVs) DALTON: LAZY RIVER MOTOCROSS, (706) 278-1620, LAZYRIVERMOTOCROSS.COM

AmericanMotorcyclist.com

TRAIL RIDE - RECREATIONAL

RELIABILITY RUN

APR 12: SEAFORD: 2 DAY EVENT, MIDDLE ATLANTIC MOTOCROSS ASSOCIATION, (443) 359-1089, SPEEDCITI.COM

RECREATIONAL

ILLINOIS RECREATIONAL

MOTOCROSS

COMPETITION MOTOCROSS APR 27: SHELLROCK: NEW HARTFORD RACING INC, (319) 885-6469, NEWHARTFORDRACING.COM KANSAS COMPETITION MOTOCROSS APR 5: MAIZE: BAR 2 BAR MX PARK, LLC, (316) 239-8132, BAR2BARMXPARK.COM


APRIL EVENTS APR 6: MAIZE: BAR 2 BAR MX PARK, LLC, (316) 239-8132, BAR2BARMXPARK.COM MICHIGAN COMPETITION

NEW YORK RECREATIONAL

OREGON

BIKE BLESSING APR 26: BROOKLYN: BIKERS OF BROOKLYN, (347) 996-6690

MOTOCROSS APR 5: NEWAYGO: BIG AIR MOTOCROSS, (231) 652-5225, BIGAIRMOTOCROSS.COM APR 6: NEWAYGO: BIG AIR MOTOCROSS, (231) 652-5225, BIGAIRMOTOCROSS.COM APR 19: MILLINGTON: BAJA MX INC, (989) 871-3356, BAJAACRES.COM APR 27: MIDLAND: POLKA DOTS M/C, (989) 832-8284, POLKADOTSMC.NET MINNESOTA COMPETITION

FUN RUN APR 27: ALBANY: ROAMERS MC, (518) 248-1037

APR 13: KELLOGG: MOTOKAZIE INC, (952) 244-9996, MOTOKAZIE.COM APR 27: KELLOGG: MOTOKAZIE INC, (952) 244-9996, MOTOKAZIE.COM APR 27: BROOK PARK: BERM BENDERS RACEWAY, (320) 679-2582, WWW.BERMBENDERS.COM MISSISSIPPI COMPETITION MOTOCROSS APR 12: PRENTISS: 2 DAY EVENT, GOLDEN PINE RACEWAY, (601) 506-8669, GOLDENPINERACEWAY.COM NEVADA COMPETITION HARE & HOUND APR 12: PANACA: SNDR-SOUTHERN NEVADA DESERT RACERS, (702) 293-0480, MRANRACING.COM NEW JERSEY

ROAD RUN APR 27: CROTON-ON-HUDSON: ROAD KINGS NEW YORK MC, (917) 751-3099, WWW.HOGS4HOPE.COM MOTOCROSS APR 6: (Includes ATVs) AUBURN: FROZEN OCEAN MOTOCROSS INC, (315) 784-5466, FROZEN-OCEAN.COM NORTH CAROLINA RECREATIONAL SCHOOLS - ROAD APR 21: PISGAH FOREST: 2 DAY EVENT, MOTOMARK1, LLC, (919) 637-0947, MOTOMARK1.COM APR 23: STECOAH: 2 DAY EVENT, MOTOMARK1, LLC, (919) 637-0947, MOTOMARK1.COM COMPETITION MOTOCROSS APR 12: HENDERSON: KRUSTY RIDERS ASSOCIATION, (252) 438-8192, NCMP.NET APR 13: HENDERSON: KRUSTY RIDERS ASSOCIATION, (252) 438-8192, NCMP.NET OHIO COMPETITION APR 5: ATHENS: ACTION SPORTS PROMOTIONS INC., (740) 591-7223, ACTIONSPORTSRACING.COM

APR 6: CHATSWORTH: PINE BARONS ENDURO RIDERS, (609) 502-6737 APR 13: PORT ELIZABETH: TRI-COUNTY SPORTSMEN MC INC., (888) 274-4469, TEAMHAMMER.ORG NEW MEXICO RECREATIONAL ROAD RUN APR 27: ALBUQUERQUE: PEDIATRIC BRAIN TUMOR FOUNDATION, (828) 665-6891, RIDEFORKIDS.ORG

PENNSYLVANIA MOTOCROSS

MOTOCROSS

ENDURO

APR 6: TIGARD: ROSE CITY MOTORCYCLE CLUB, (503) 706-3969, ROSE-CITY-MC.ORG COMPETITION

ROAD RUN

COMPETITION

POKER RUN

APR 26: BRONX: CELTIC MOTORCYCLE CLUB, (914) 924-2170, CELTICMCC.COM

RECREATIONAL APR 12: BRIDGEWATER: STEEL CRUSADERS RC-JERSEY CREW

RECREATIONAL

POKER RUN

COMPETITION

MOTOCROSS

APR 27: PONCA CITY: RPM SPORTS, (205) 699-8857, RPMSPORTSONLINE.COM

APR 6: ATHENS: ACTION SPORTS PROMOTIONS INC., (740) 591-7223, ACTIONSPORTSRACING.COM APR 27: GREENVILLE: TREATY CITY MOTORCYCLE CLUB INC, (937) 459-0508, TREATYCITYMC.COM

APR 4: BUCK: GENTLEMEN MC SPORTSMEN, (717) 284-2270 APR 13: SCHUYLKILL HAVEN: SCHUYLKILL COUNTY MOTORCYCLE CLUB, (570) 385-1460, SCHUYLKILL COUNTYMOTORCYCLECLUB.COM APR 13: MARIETTA: AMERICAN LEGION RIDERS PA POST CHAPTER #466, (717) 898-0871 APR 19: OLEY: READING MOTORCYCLE CLUB, INC., (610) 987-6422, WWW.READINGMC.COM APR 27: LEBANON: LEBANON VALLEY MOTORCYCLE CLUB INC., (717) 270-9797 ROAD RUN APR 27: YORK: YORK MOTORCYCLE CLUB, YORKMOTORCYCLE.COM COMPETITION HARE SCRAMBLES APR 13: (Includes ATVs) TBA: BP PROMOTIONS, (267) 261-0186, AMADISTRICT6.COM MOTOCROSS APR 6: BIRDSBORO: PAGODA MOTORCYCLE CLUB, (610) 582-3717, PAGODAMC.ORG APR 12: MANHEIM: SLEEPY HOLLOW MOTO CROSS, (717) 278-8998, SLEEPYMX.COM APR 13: MANHEIM: SLEEPY HOLLOW MOTO CROSS, (717) 278-8998, SLEEPYMX.COM OBSERVED TRIALS APR 27: ELIZABETHTOWN: CANDYTOWN MOTORCYCLE CLUB, (717) 507-1661, CANDYTOWNMC.ORG SHORT TRACK APR 5: (Includes ATVs) SHIPPENSBURG: SHIPPENSBURG MC, (717) 796-0294, BAERMOTORSPORTS.COM TENNESSEE

OBSERVED TRIALS

RECREATIONAL

APR 5: SARDIS: 2 DAY EVENT, TRIALS INC, (502) 515-6514, TRIALSINC.ORG

ADVENTURE RIDE

OKLAHOMA COMPETITION MOTOCROSS APR 26: PONCA CITY: RPM SPORTS, (205) 699-8857, RPMSPORTSONLINE.COM

APR 12: BYBEE: 2 DAY EVENT, APPALACHIAN TRAIL RIDERS, (865) 322-0193, VOLUNTEERRIDERS.COM TRAIL RIDE - RECREATIONAL APR 5: WESTPOINT: NORTH ALABAMA TRAIL RIDERS ASSN, (972) 977-4112, WWW.NATRA-WESTPOINT.NET

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april eVents cOMPETITION

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WIScONSIN

ENDurO

cOMPETITION

cOMPETITION

APR 6: WEST POINT: NORTH ALABAMA TRAIL RIDERS ASSN, (972) 977-4112

MOTOcrOSS

HArE ScrAMBLES

MOTOcrOSS APR 5: (ATV only) BLOUNTVILLE: 2 DAY EVENT, VICTORY SPORTS INC, (423) 3235497, VICTORY-SPORTS.COM APR 13: (Includes ATVs) BLOUNTVILLE: VICTORY SPORTS INC, (423) 323-5497, VICTORY-SPORTS.COM APR 26: LIVINGSTON: VICTORY SPORTS INC, (423) 323-5497, VICTORY-SPORTS.COM APR 27: (Includes ATVs) LIVINGSTON: VICTORY SPORTS INC, (423) 323-5497, VICTORY-SPORTS.COM TEXAS rEcrEATIONAL rOAD ruN

APR 5: ST GEORGE: 2 DAY EVENT, ST GEORGE MX, (435) 705-4125, WWW.STGEORGEMX.COM VIrgINIA cOMPETITION grAND PrIX APR 13: DILLWYN: VIRGINIA COMPETITION HARE SCRAMBLE SERVICES, (434) 245-8599, VCHSS.ORG MOTOcrOSS APR 26: DILLWYN: 2 DAY EVENT, MOTOPROMO, LLC, (434) 548-6043, ACTIONTOWNMX.COM SuPErMOTO APR 13: ALTON: SUPER MOTO EAST COAST, SUPERMOTOEASTCOAST.COM WEST VIrgINIA

APR 27: HUMBLE: PEDIATRIC BRAIN TUMOR FOUNDATION, (828) 665-6891, WWW.RIDEFORKIDS.ORG

cOMPETITION

cOMPETITION

APR 13: HEDGESVILLE: TOMAHAWK MX, LLC, (304) 229-6682, WWW.TOMAHAWKMX.COM

ENDurO APR 27: ALTAIR: TRAIL RIDERS OF HOUSTON, (832) 465-7790, TRAILRIDERSOFHOUSTON.COM

MOTOcrOSS

APR 27: ADAMS: MADISON MOTORCYCLE CLUB, (262) 424-9361, MADISONMOTORCYCLECLUB.ORG MOTOcrOSS APR 13: LAKE MILLS: AZTALAN CYCLE CLUB INC, (414) 265-1582, AZTALANMX.COM APR 13: GRANTSBURG: STRAIGHT ARROW ENDURO RIDERS, (651) 738-7433, STRAIGHTARROW.ORG APR 20: (Includes ATVs) HILLPOINT: SUGAR MAPLE MX LLC, (608) 393-8812, SUGARMAPLEMX.COM APR 27: NEKOOSA: RAPID ANGELS MOTORCYCLE CLUB INC, (715) 451-1168, RAPIDANGELS.COM OBSErVED TrIALS APR 13: MAUSTON: WISCONSIN OBSERVED TRIALS ASSOCIATION, (319) 624-2003, WISCONSINTRIALS.ORG

APR 19: HEDGESVILLE: 2 DAY EVENT, MIDDLE ATLANTIC MOTOCROSS ASSOCIATION, WWW.TOMAHAWKMX.COM

2014 eVents HALL OF FAME EXHIBITS AND EVENTS AMA MOTOrcycLE HALL OF FAME MotorcycleMuseuM.org The AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame is on the AMA campus in Pickerington, Ohio, and is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week. Closed: Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.

Oct. 12: Oregonia, Oh.: Dayton MC

July 5: Hagerstown, Md.: Hagerstown Half Mile

LucAS OIL AMA PrO MOTOcrOSS proMotocross.coM

July 19: Elma, Wa.: Grays Harbor Raceway July 26: Sacramento, calif.: Sacramento Mile Aug. 2: castle rock, Wa.: Castle Rock TT Aug. 5: rapid city, S.D.: Sturgis Half Mile

May 24: San Bernardino, calif.: Glen Helen National May 31: Sacramento, calif.: Hangtown Motocross Classic June 7: Lakewood, colo.: Thunder Valley National

Main Hall: AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame: Recognizing those who have made significant contributions to all aspects of motorcycling.

Aug. 8: Indianapolis, Ind.: Indy Mile

Dirt-Track! All-American Motorcycle racing: Celebrating the storied history of the dirt oval.

Aug. 23: New kent, Va.: Colonia Downs MIle

2 Wheels + Motor, A Fine Art Exhibition: The spirit, excitement and adventure of motorcycling is expressed through fine art.

Sept. 28: Santa rosa, calif.: Santa Rosa Mile

Jul. 12: Mechanicsville, Md.: Budds Creek National

Oct. 11: Pomona, calif.: Flat Track Season Finale

Jul. 19: Millville, Minn: Spring Creek National

Founder’s Hall: Honoring the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame’s generous contributors.

AMA PrO HILLcLIMB aMaproracing.coM

Jul. 26: Washougal, Wash.: Washougal National

July 11-13, Lexington, Ohio: AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days. Information: www.amavintagemotorcycledays.com.

June 1: Spring grove, Pa.: White Rose MC

AMA PrO rAcINg AMA PrO FLAT TrAck aMaproracing.coM Mar. 13: Daytona Beach, Fla.: Daytona Flat Track I

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June 28: Lima, Oh.: Lima Half Mile

Aug. 17: Peoria, Ill.: Peoria TT Aug. 31: Springfield, Ill.: Springfield Mile II

June 8: Freemansburg, Pa.: Bushkill Valley MC June 18: canaan, N.H.: Ridge Runner/Laconia Bike Week July 13: West Branch, Mich.: Ogemaw Hills Bike Week

June 14: Mt. Morris, Pa.: High Point National June 28: Blountville, Tenn.: Tennessee National Jul. 5: Buchanan, Mich.: RedBud National

Aug. 9: New Berlin, N.y.: Unadila National Aug. 16: crawfordsville, Ind.: Indiana National Aug. 23: Tooele, utah: Utah National

AMA PrO rOAD rAcINg aMaproracing.coM Mar. 13-15: Daytona Beach, Fla.: Daytona International Speedway

Mar. 14: Daytona Beach, Fla.: Daytona Flat Track II

Aug. 3: Muskegon, Mich.: Muskegon MC *All Star Challenge

May 25: Springfield, Ill.: Springfield Mile

Sept. 21: Spring grove, Pa.: White Rose MC

June 21-22: Birmingham, Ala.: Barber Motorsports Park

June 15: knoxville, Ia.: Knoxville Half Mile

Sept. 28: Freemansburg, Pa.: Bushkill Valley MC

July 19-20: Lexington, Oh.: Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course

AmericanMotorcyclist.com

May 30: Elkhart Lake, Wis.: Road America


2014 EVENTS Sept. 13-14: Millville, N.J.: New Jersey Motorsports Park

MoNSter eNergy AMA SupercroSS AMASUPERCROSS.COM Mar. 15: Detroit: Ford Field Mar. 22: toronto: Rogers Centre Mar. 29: St. Louis: Edward Jones Dome Apr. 5: Houston: Reliant Stadium Apr. 12: Seattle: Century Link Field Apr. 26: east rtherford, N.J.: MetLife Stadium May 3: Las Vegas: Sam Boyd Stadium

AMA pro-AM coMpetitioN March 15-16: Hamer, S.c.: South of the Border, AMA Amateur National Area Qualifier; www.victory-sports.com March 16: porterville, calif.: Porterville OHV Park, Road to Mammoth-King of the West Rnd 3; www.2xpromotions.com March 18-22: Wortham, texas: Freestone Raceway, James Stewart Spring Championship; www.freestonemx.com

May 11: pala, calif.: Pala Raceway, Road to Mammoth-King of the West Rnd 6; www.2xpromotions.com May 18: Kellogg, Minn.: Motokazie Motocross; www.motokazie.com May 24-25: Southwick, Mass.: Moto 338, Motocross League of American; www.motocrossleagueofamerica.com May 25: Athelstane, Wis.: Pine Ridge Raceway; www.pineridgeraceway.com May 26: Brush, colo.: Sweney Cycle Park; www.sweneycyclepark.com May 29-30: rancho cordova, calif.: Hangtown Motocross, Pro National Amateur Day; www.hangtownmx.com

Nov. 1-2: pell city, Ala.: Mill Creek MX, Motocross League of America (MLA); www.motocrossleagueofamerica.com

June 8: Nashville, ill.: Holzhauers MX, Mid-America MX Series; www.thetrackatholzhauers.com

July 6: Clifford, Pa.: Hurrican Hills MX; www.hhmotocross.com July 6: Altamont, tenn.: Fast Farms MX; www.midsouthraceproductions.com

April 6: Sanford, N.c.: Devil’s Ridge Motocross; www.devilsridgemotox.com

July 6: Buchanan, Mich.: Red Bud Motocross, Pro National Amateur Day; www.redbudmx.com

April 5-6: St. george, utah.: St. George MX, AMA Amateur National Area Qualifier; www.stgeorgemx.com

July 13: Blountville, tenn.: Muddy Creek, Thor United States Mega Series; www.victory-sports.com

April 9-13: San Bernardino, calif.: Glen Helen Raceway, California Classic; www.2xpromotions.com

July 19-24: ponca, okla.: Ponca City MX, Ponca City Amateur Championship (MLA); www.motocrossleagueofamerica.com

May 3-4: Bloomingdale, Mich.: Dutch Sport Park, AMA Amateur National Area Qualifier; www.dutchsportsparkmx.com May 4: Wallkill, N.y.: Walden MX, Walden MX Spring Pro-Am; www.mamamx.com May 11: Hedgeville, W.Va.: Tomahawk MX, MAMA MX Series; www.mamamx.com May 11: Walnut, ill.: Sunset Ridge; www.sunsetridgemx.com May 10-11: Little Falls, Minn.: MotoCity Raceway, AMA Amateur National Area Qualifier; www.motocityraceway.com

oct. 11-12: Duquoin, ill.: Indian Hills Motocross, Motocross League of America (MLA); www.motocrossleagueofamerica.com

June 1: Berwick, pa.: Evansville Motocross Park; www.evansvillemxpark.com

April 6: Birdsboro, pa.: Pagoda Motorcycle Club; www.pagodamc.com

April 26-27: Livingston, tenn.: Thunder Valley, AMA Amateur National Area Qualifier; www.victory-sports.com

oct. 12: tallassee, Ala.: Monster Mountain MX Park; www.monstermx.com

oct. 26: Buckeye, Ariz.: Arizona Cycle Park, Western Pro-Am; www.arizonacyclepark.com

June 29: Blountville, tenn: Muddy Creek Raceway, Thor United States Mega Series-Pro National Amateur Day; www.victory-sports.com

April 20: casey, ill.: Lincoln Trails Motosports, JM Racing Suspension Spring-Shootout; www.lincolntrailmotosports.com

oct. 5: englishtown, N.J.: Raceway Park; www.racewaypark.com

June 1: Mt. carroll, ill.: MC Motopark; www.mcmotopark.com

March 30: englishtown, N.J.: Raceway Park; www.racewaypark.com

April 13: Blountville, tenn.: Muddy Creek Raceway, Thor United States Mega Series; www.victory-sports.com

Sept. 28: Dalton, ga.: Lazy River MX, Thor United States Mega Series; www.victory-sports.com

oct. 19: Blountville, tenn.: Muddy Creek, Thor United States Mega Series; www.victory-sports.com

June 28-29: Mammoth Lakes, calif.: Mammoth Moutain, Monster Energy Mammoth Motocross; www.2xpromotions.com

April 12-13: Manheim, pa.: Sleepy Hollow MX Park, AMA Amateur National Area Qualifier; www.sleepymx.com

Sept. 20-21: garwin, ia.: Oak Ridge MX, Motocross League of America (MLA); www.motocrossleagueofamerica.com

May 31: pecatonica, ill.: Stateline MX; www.statelinemx.com

March 22-23: richland, Wash.: Horn Rapids MX, AMA Amateur National Area Qualifier; www.hornrapidsmx.com

March 30: turlock, calif.: Oatfield Raceway, Road to Mammoth-King of the West Rnd 4; www.2xpromotions.com

Sept. 21: tigerton, Wis.: Fantasy Moto, Midwest Mega Series; www.fantasymoto.com

Nov. 23-26: gainsville, Fla.: Gatorback Cycle Park, Mini Olympics-Supercross; www.unlimitedsportsmx.com Nov. 27-29: gainsville, Fla.: Gatorback Cycle Park, Mini Olympics-Motocross; www.unlimitedsportsmx.com Nov. 30: St. george, utah: St. George MX; www.stgeorgemxw.com

AMA NAtioNAL cHAMpioNSHip SerieS AMSoiL AMA AreNAcroSS ARENACROSS.COM Mar. 14-16: Hidalgo, texas: State Farm Arena Mar. 29-30: Salt Lake city: EnergySolutions Arena

AMSoiL AMA grAND NAtioNAL croSS couNtry SerieS gNCCRACiNg.COM Mar. 15-16: Washington, ga.: The Maxxis General

Aug. 10: crystal Falls, Mich.: Valley Raceway MX; www.valleyracewaymx.com

Mar. 29-30: Morganton, N.c.: FMF Steele Creek

Aug. 10: Malvern, oh.: Malven Motocross, Battle of Ohio; www.omxa.net

Apr. 26-27: Springville, ind.: Dunlop Limestone 100

Aug. 24: Nashport, oh.: Briarclif MX, Battle of Ohio; www.omxa.net Aug. 24: edgewood, tex.: Buffalo Creek; www.buffalocreekmx.com

Apr. 12-13: union, S.c.: VP Racing Fuels Big Buck May 10-11: Hurricane Mills, tenn.: Parts Unlimited Loretta Lynn’s May 24-25: Morgantown, W.V.: Rocky Moutain ATV*MC Mountaineer Run

Aug. 24: Millville, Minn.: Spring Creek, Viking Clash; www.springcreekmx.com Aug. 30-31: Millington, Mich.: Baja Acres, Baja Brawl; www.bajaacres.com Aug. 31: Athelstane, Wis.: Pine Ridge Raceway; www.pineridgeraceway.com Sept. 7: Seward, pa.: Pleasure Valley Raceway; www.pvrmx.com Sept. 7: Mason, ill.: Crossroads MX, World of Powersports Crossroads Cup; www.crossroadsmx.com Sept. 13-14: reynolds, ga.: Silver Dollar MX, Vurb Classic; www.motocrossleagueofamerica.com Sept. 21: New castle, Del.: Blue DIamond MX, Delaware State Championship; www.bdmxpark.com

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2014 EVENTS June 7-8: Millfield, Oh.: Wiseco John Penton June 21-22: Snowshoe, W.V.: AMSOIL Snowshoe Sept. 6-7: New Berlin, N.Y.: Can-Am Uandilla Sept. 20-21: TBA, Pa.: Car-Mate TBA Oct. 4-5: St Clairsville, Oh.: ITP Powerline Park Oct. 25-26: Crawfordsville, Ind.: AMSOIL Ironman

GeICO AMA eNdurOCrOSS ChAMPIONShIP ENdurocroSS.com May 2: Las Vegas: The Orleans Arena May 15: Austin, Texas: Circuit of the America’s June 21: Sacramento, Calif.: Sleep Train Arena Aug. 23: Atlanta: Gwinnett Center Oct. 4: denver, Colo.: National Western Complex Oct. 11: Salt Lake City, utah: Energy Solutions Arena Oct. 18: everett, Wash.: Comcast Arena Nov. 15: Boise, Idaho.: Idaho Center Nov. 22: Ontario, Calif.: Citizen Business Bank Arena

KeNdA AMA NATIONAL eNdurO ChAMPIONShIP NaTioNalENduro.com Mar. 23: Blackwell, Texas: Joseph Roberts, Ross Creek Trail Riders; (325) 669-8866, RossCreekTrailRiders.com Apr. 6: West Point, Tenn.: TJ Kennedy, NATRA; (972) 977-4112, natra-westpoint.net May 18: Park hills, Mo.: Michael Silger, Missouri Mudders; (636) 639-6373, MOMudders.com June 1: Arrington, Va.: Chuck Honeycutt, April Fools Promotions; (757) 375-5665, VCHSS.org June 29: Marquette, Mich.: Nick Zambon, UP Sandstormers; (906) 228-7010, UPSandstormers.com

July 27: Cross Fork, Pa.: Peter Burnett, Brandywine Enduro Riders; (610) 883-7607, BER.us

July 26-27: Salt Lake City, utah: During Bike Jam at Miller Motorsports Park

Aug. 10: Grand Junction, Colo.: Thomas Jundtoft, Bookcliff Rattlers MC; (970) 250-9942, bookcliffrattlersmc.com

Sept. 13-14: Sturgis, S.d.: downtown street race

Aug. 31: union, S.C.: Duane Wellington, Greenville Enduro Riders; (864) 908-6109, GreenvilleEnduroRiders.com Sept. 14: Matthews, Ind.: Doug Spence, Muddobbers; (765) 998-2236, MuddobbersMC.com

AMA eAST hAre SCrAMBLeS amaraciNg.com

AMA WeST hAre SCrAMBLeS amaraciNg.com Mar. 15, Amateur; Mar. 16, ATV & Youth: Anza, Calif.: Erek Kudla, Get-Xtr-Eme; (805) 236-5866, Get-Xtr-Eme.com Apr. 12, Youth; Apr. 13, Amateur: Chappie-Shasta OhV Area-Shasta Lake, Calif.: Russel Smith, Redding Dirt Riders; (530) 921-1233, reddingdirtriders.com

Mar. 23, Youth & Amateur: Park hills, Mo.: Gregory Kinkelaar, Missouri Dirt Riders; (314) 5047287, MODirtRiders.com

May 3, Youth; May 4, Amateur: Primm, Nev.: Ronald Maas, Sunland Shamrocks MC/Big 6 GP; (818) 767-4594, ShamrocksMC.com

June 14, Youth Bikes & ATV; June 15, Amateur Bikes & ATV: Berwick, Pa.: Duane Fisher, Evansville MX Park; (570) 759-2841, EvansvilleMXPark.com

June 14, Youth & C Amateur; June 15, Pro, A & B Amateur: elkton, Ore.: Jared Achepohl, ETRA, Inc.; (541) 912-8296, ETRA.net

July 13, Youth & Amateur: Battle Creek, Mich.: Byron Kibby, Battle Creek Motorcycle Club; (269) 209-8184, BattleCreekMotorcycleClub.com Aug. 16, Youth; Aug. 17, Amateur: Athens, Ohio: Kevin Brown, Athens Motorcycle Club; (740) 5903490, AthensMotorcycleClub.com Sept. 20, Youth; Sept. 21, Amateur: Bartow, Fla.: Keith Finnerty, Central Florida Trail Riders; (407) 774-9090, CFTRiders.com Oct. 4, Youth; Oct. 5, Amateur: Plainview, Ill.: Ron Whipple, WFO Promotions; (309) 314-3343, WFOPromotions.com

AMA SuPerMOTO NATIONAL ChAMPIONShIP SerIeS amaraciNg.com Apr. 19-20: Lake havasu City, Ariz.: SARA Park May 30-June 1: elkhart Lake, Wis.: In conjuction with AMA Pro Racing Road Race Championship July 5-6: denver, Colo.: In conjuction with NASCAR event

Sept. 6, Youth; Sept. 7, Amateur: Anza, Calif.: Justin Shultz, SoCal MC/Big 6 GP; (949) 981-6776, SoCalMC.com Oct. 4, Youth; Oct. 5, Amateur: ridgecrest, Calif.: Chris Cory, Viewfinders MC/Big 6 GP; (661) 450-8150, ViewfindersMC.com

SrT AMA hAre ANd hOuNd amaraciNg.com Mar. 22, Youth; Mar. 23, Amateur: Murphy, Idaho: No ATVs. Bill Walsh, Dirt Inc. (208) 459-6871, DirtIncRacing.com Apr. 12, Youth; Apr. 13, Amateur: Lucerne Valley, Calif.: Justin Shultz, SOCal MC; (949) 981-6776, SoCalMC.com Apr. 26, Youth; Apr. 27, Amateur: Lucerne Valley, Calif.: Gary Alspaugh, Vikings MC; (805) 680-6336, VikingsMC.org May 3, Amateur and Youth: Jerico, utah: Neil Dansie, Sage Riders; (801) 369-5939, SageRidersMC.com May 17, Amateur and Youth: Caliente, Nev.: Zack Livreri, Silver State Trailblazers; (702) 994-6823, http://sites.google.com/site/silverstatetrailblazers/ Aug. 23, Amateur and Youth: Caliente, Nev.: Zack Livreri, Silver State Trailblazers; (702) 994-6823, http://sites.google.com/site/silverstatetrailblazers/

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Sept. 20, Youth; Sept. 21, Amateur: Yerington, Nev.: Erek Kudla, Get-Xtr-Eme; (805) 236-5866, Get-Xtr-Eme.com Oct. 11, Youth; Oct. 12, Amateur: Lucerne Valley, Calif.: Darren Moen, 100s MC; (714) 863-7170, www.100sMC.org

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May 24 -25: Texas Creek, Colo.: Rocky Mountain Trials Association; (719) 564-6476, RockyMountainTrials.org May 31-June 1: Sedan, Kan.: Ark Valley Trials Assocation; (316) 644-7774, AVTATrials.com June 21-22: Tremont, Pa.: Tiffany Tobias, Rausch Creek Powersports; (570) 682-4600, RauschCreekRacing.com June 28-29: Sequatchie, Tenn.: Ashley Jackson, South Eastern Trials Riders Association; (423) 9428688, TrialsTrainingCenter.com

AMA/NATC eAST YOuTh MOTOTrIALS amaraciNg.com July 4-6: Sequatchie, Tenn.: Ashley Jackson, South Eastern Trials Riders Association; (423) 9428688, TrialsTrainingCenter.com

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Aug. 16: Athens, Ohio: Kevin Brown, Athens Motorcycle Club; (740) 590-3490, AthensMotorcycleClub.com

July 18-20: Howard, Colo.: Bill Markham, ITS Offroad; (719) 942-3372, ITSOffroad.com

Sept. 20: Bartow, Fla.: Keith Finnerty, Central Florida Trail Riders; (407) 774-9090, CFTRiders.com

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Oct. 4: Plainview, Ill.: Ron Whipple, WFO Promotions; (309) 314-3343, WFOPromotions.com

Mar. 10: Barberville, Fla.: Half Mile, Volusia County Speedway; Steve Nace, Steve Nace Racing; (270) 442-7532; www.stevenaceracing.com Mar. 11: Barberville, Fla.: Short Track, Volusia County Speedway; Steve Nace, Steve Nace Racing; (270) 442-7532; www.stevenaceracing.com May 4: Henry, Ill.: Half Mile; Steve Nace, Steve Nace Racing; (270) 442-7532; www.stevenaceracing.com May. 17: tar Heel, n.C.: Short Track, Tar Heel Speedway; (910) 258-2272; richard.lovette@ robeson.k12.nc.us May 18: tar Heel, n.C.: TT, Tar Heel Speedway; (910) 258-2272; richard/lovette@robeson.k12.nc.us June 20: Harpursville, n.Y.: Short Track; Square Deal Riders; (607) 725-3069; williamsracing12@ yahoo.com; SquareDealRiders.com June 21: Harpursville, n.Y.: Short Track; Square Deal Riders; (607) 725-3069; williamsracing12@ yahoo.com; SquareDealRiders.com

AMA FeAtured SerIeS BIg 6 AMA WeSt COASt grAnd PrIx SerIeS Big6Racing.com Apr. 5-6: Palms, Calif.: Rodeo and Motoplex, Hilltoppers GP May 3-4: Primm, nev.: Buffalo Bills Casino, Shamrocks GP Sept. 6-7: Anza, Calif.: The Ranch, SoCal GP Oct. 4-5: ridgecrest, Calif.: Ridgecrest Fairgrounds, Viewfinders GP

July 13: gillett, Pa.: Barbed Wire enduro, Southern Tier Enduro Riders; (607) 382-8534 July 27: Cross Fork, Pa.: rattlesnake national enduro, Brandywine Enduro Riders; (610) 368-7332, www.ber.us Aug. 10: three Springs, Pa.: green Marble enduro, Green Marble Enduro Riders; (410) 6389367, greenmarbleenduroriders.org Aug. 17: Berkshire, n.Y.: Speedsville enduro, Ithaca Dirt Riders; (607) 657-8248, www.ithacadirtriders.com Aug. 24: Mauricetown, n.J.: Beehive enduro, Competition Dirt Riders; (609) 319-7496, competitiondirtriders.org Sept. 7: Shippensburg, Pa.: Michaux enduro, South Penn Enduro Riders; (717) 265-6055, southpennenduroriders.com Sept. 21: Brandonville, Pa.: Moonshine enduro, Valley Forge Trail Riders; (484) 948-5361, vftr.org

dec. 6-7: Pala, Calif.: Pala Raceway, Vikings GP

nov. 9: Warren grove, n.J.: Stump Jumper enduro, Motorcycle Compeition Inc.; (609) 5757820, ride-mci.com

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nov. 23: new Lisbon, n.J.: Pine Hill enduro, Central Jersey Competition Riders; (732) 558-6475, www.cjcrmc.org

nov. 1-2: goran, Calif.: Quail Valley, Prospectors GP

Mar. 16: greenbank, n.J.: Sandy Lane enduro, Meteor Motorcycle Club; (856) 889-7300, www.meteormc.com

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Mar. 23: Shamong, n.J.: Curly Fern enduro, South Jersey Enduro Riders; (609) 268-9272, sjer.org

Mar. 29-30: OxBO Hare Scrambles, South Penn Enduro Riders, (717) 938-0690

Aug. 9: Indianapolis, Ind.: Short Track; MidAmerica Speedway; (317) 871-4392; info@ midamspeedway.com; MidAmSpeedway.com

Apr. 6: Chatsworth, n.J.: Pine Barons Clock run, Pine Barons Enduro Riders; (609) 654-6300, http://pber.webs.com

May 17-18: MCI Hare Scrambles, Motorcycle Competition Inc., (609) 575-7820

Aug. 29: Springfield, Ill.: Short Track; Illinois State Fairgrounds; Steve Nace, Steve Nace Racing, (270) 442-7532; www.stevenaceracing.com

Apr. 13: Port elizabeth, n.J.: greenbrier enduro, Tri-County Sportsmen Motorcycle Club; 1 (888) 2744469, teamhammer.org

Sept. 20: Cuddebackville, n.Y.: Short Track; TriSate M/C Ltd.; (845) 566-4956; TriStateClub.com

May 4: delaware City, del.: delaware State enduro, Delaware Enduro Riders; (302) 834-4411, delawareenduroriders.com

July 12: Ashland, Ohio: Half Mile; AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days; Ken Saillant, (800) 262-5646; ksaillant@ama-cycle.org; AmericanMotorcyclist.com

Sept. 21: Cuddebackville, n.Y.: Short Track; TriSate M/C Ltd.; (845) 566-4956; TriStateClub.com

AMA VIntAge MOtOCrOSS amaRacing.com May 18: Athens, Oh.: Action Sports Moto-Park; www.actionsportsracing.com July 19-20: Lexington, Oh.: AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course Aug. 3: Walnut, Ill.: Sunset Ridge Motocross, www. sunsetridgemx.com Aug. 24: Casey, Ill.: Lincoln Trail Motorsports, www.lincolntrailmotorsports.com Sept. 14: Coldwater, Mich.: Log Road Motocross, www.logroadmx.com Oct. 4: greensburg, ky.: Russell Creek Motocross

May 25: Heckscherville, Pa.: Broad Mountain enduro, Reading Off Road Riders; (610) 921-3592, www.rorr.org June 1: grier City, Pa.: Shotgun enduro, High Mountain Dirt Riders; (570) 954-7799, hmdr.org June 8: deposit, n.Y.: ridge run enduro, Ridge Riders Motorcycle Club; (973) 919-4780, www.ridgeriders.org June 29: Blain, Pa.: Foggy Mountain enduro, Susquehanna Off Road Riders; (717) 533-2242, sorrmc.com

June 14-15: gMeW @ rocket Hare Scrambles, Green Marble Enduro Riders; (410) 683-9367 June 21-22: reading Hare Scrambles, Reading Off Road Riders; (610) 921-3592 Jul. 19-20: Anthracite Hare Scrambles, Valley Forge Trail Riders; (610) 476-3747 Aug. 2-3: Shotgun Hare Scrambles, High Mountain Dirt Riders; (570) 954-7799 Sept. 13-14: MMC Hare Scrambles, Meteor Motorcycle Club; (856) 889-7300 Sept. 27-28: ridge Hare Scrambles, Ridge Riders MC; (973) 919-4780 Oct. 4-5: Sahara Sands Hare Scrambles, Pine Barons Enduro Riders; (609) 654-6300 Oct. 25-26: Ormond Farms Hare Scrambles, Competition Dirt Riders; (609) 319-7496

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Oct. 18: Paoli Peaks, Ind.: Mammoth East, www.podium1motoplex.com

AMA AtV HAre SCrAMBLeS amaRacing.com Mar. 22: Park Hills, Mo.: Gregory Kinkelaar, Missouri Dirt Riders; (314) 504-7287, MODirtRiders.com June 14-15: Berwick, Pa.: Amateur and Youth, Duane Fisher, Evansville MX Park; (570) 759-2841, evansvillemxpark.com Jul. 13: Battle Creek, Mich.: Joe Wathen, Battle Creek Motorcycle Club; (269) 729-9691, BattleCreekMotorcycleClub.com

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2014 EVENTS Nov. 15-16: Delaware Hare Scrambles, Delaware Enduro Riders; (302) 834-4411

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Oct 12: Pine Grove, Pa.: Rorr Dual Sport, Reading Off Road Riders; (610) 921-3592, rorr.org Oct. 25-26: Chatsworth, N.J.: Meteor Dual Sport, Meteor Motorcycle Club; (856) 889-7300, www.meteormc.com Nov. 1-2: Port Elizabeth, N.J.: TCSMC National Dual Sport, Tri-County Sportsmen MC; 1 (888) 2744469, teamhammer.org

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Apr. 13: San Bernardino, Calif.: California Classic; (559) 761-0887 June 29: Mammoth Lakes, Calif.: Mammoth Mountain; (559) 761-0887 Aug. 31: Millington, Mich.: Baja Brawl; (989) 8713356 Oct. 5: Englishtown, N.J.: KROC Raceway Park; (732) 446-7800 Oct. 19: Blountville, Tenn.: Top Gun Showdown; (423) 323-5497 Nov. 29: Gainesville, Fla.: Winter Olympics; (312) 689-3461

AMA AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIPS ROCKY MOUNTAIN ATV/MC AMA AMATEUR NATIONAL MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP MXSPORTS.COM NORTHEAST REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP June 21-22: Armagh, Pa: Pleasure Valley Raceway (Youth) June 28-29: Mt. Morris, Pa.: High Point (Amateur)

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July 27-Aug. 2: Hurricane Mills, Tenn.: National Championship, Loretta Lynn’s Ranch

AMA DIRT TRACK GRAND CHAMPIONSHIP STEVENACERACING.COM June 23-26: Springfi eld, Ill.: Illinois State Fairgrounds

AMA HILLCLIMB GRAND CHAMPIONSHIP VALLEYSPRING HILLCLIMB.COM Aug. 15-17: Bay City, Wis.: Mike Bronk, Valley Springs Motorcycle Club; (715) 594-3726

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Aug. 17: Sequatchie, Tennessee

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FIM MOTOCROSS OF NATIONS FIM-LIVE.COM Sept. 28: Kegums, Latvia

June 14-15: Chatsworth, Ga.: Lazy River (Youth)

Aug. 10: Bastogne, Belgium

June 7-8: Buchanan, Mich.: Redbud (Youth)

NORTH CENTRAL REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP June 14-15: Mt. Carroll, Ill.: MC Motopark (Amateur) June 21-22: Walnut, Ill.: Sunset Ridge MX (Youth)

SOUTH CENTRAL REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP June 14-15: Wortham, Texas: Freestone MX (Youth) June 14-15: Houston, Texas: Three Palms (Amateur)

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FIM INTERNATIONAL SIX DAYS OF ENDURO FIM-LIVE.COM May 31-June1: Idaho City, Id., West Qualifi er: Peter Reynolds, Boise Ridge Riders; (208) 384-5141, BoiseRidgeIdaho.org June 14-15: Wellston, Ohio, East Qualifi er: William Depue Jr., Appalachian Dirt Riders; (740) 384-6379, ADROhio.org Nov. 3-8: 2014 ISDE: San Juan, Argentina

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2014 EVENTS AMA DUAL-SPORT/ADVENTURE SERIES

Aug. 2-3: Walden, Colo.: Moose Run Dual Sport

Rally, Front Range Riders, Deborah Nielsen; none; www.frontrangeriders.com

Aug. 16-17: Tillamook, Ore.: Rat Dog Dual Sport,

NW Tour & Trail, Tom Niemela; (503) 681-8881; www. blackdogdualsport.com

Aug. 29-Sept. 1: Hood River, Ore.: Dual Sport

Northwest, Sound Rider!, Tom Mehren; (206) 6509102; www.soundrider.com

AMA HUSQVARNA NATIONAL DUAL-SPORT SERIES AMERICANMOTORCYCLIST.COM Mar. 15-16: Bartow, Fla.: Cross-Florida Adventure Ride, Dixie Dual Sport, Inc, Robert Frey; 727-9198299; www.dixiedualsport.com Mar. 29-30: Tucson, Ariz.: 2 Sun Adventure, Tucson Dual Sport, LLC, Chris Dodds; 520-9798398; www.tucsondualsport.com Apr. 26-27: Brooksville, Fla.: Devil’s Creek DS/ ADV Ride, Dixie Dual Sport, Inc, Robert Frey; 727919-8299; www.dixiedualsport.com

Sept. 6-7: Golden Pond, Ky.: Land Between the Lakes 200, KT Riders, Jesse Thomas; (270) 5223703; www.lbl200.com

Sept. 13-14: Columbus, Ind.: Buffaloe 500 D/S Adventure Ride, Stoney Lonesome MC, Nathan

Gaskill; (812) 343-9772; www.stoneylonesomemc. com

Sept. 13-15: Reno, Nev.: Ride Reno 200, Dust

Devils MC, Gary Lambert; (775) 224-0361; www. dustdevilsmc.com

May 17-18: McArthur, Ohio: Hanging Rock 200 , Buckeye Dual Sporters, Bill Kaeppner; (740) 3803050; www.kaeppnerswoods.com

Sept. 27-28: Buck Meadows, Calif.: Yosemite Dual

June 7-8: Mill Hall, Pa.: Durty Dabbers Great Adventure, Durty Dabbers, Nils Mantzoros; (570) 726-3343; www.durtydabbers.com

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June 7-8: Bixby, Mo.: Show Me 200, Midwest Trail Riders Assoc., Robert Kaufman; (314) 434-5095; www.ridemtra.com June 7-8: Wabeno, Wis.: Ride For Research, Wisconsin Dual Sport Riders, John Newton; (920) 350-2030; www.widualsportriders.org June 14-15: Odell, Ore.: Black Dog Adventure Ride, NW Tour & Trail, Tom Niemela; (503) 681-8881; www.blackdogdualsport.com June 21-22: Big Bear City, Calif.: Big Bear Run, Big Bear Trail Riders, Jim Nicholson; (818) 391-3083; www.bigbeartrailriders.com June 28-29: Fort Rock, Ore.: Fort Rock National Dual Sport, Lobos MC, Billy Toman; (503) 656-5801; www.lobosmc.com/ July 19-26: Gwinn, Mich.: 30th Annual “Michael R Burlingham Memorial” Six Days of Michigan, Cycle Conservation Club of Michigan, Lewis Schuler; (517) 781-4805; www.cycleconservationclub.org

Sport , Family Off Road Adventures, Lawrence Borgens; (209) 649-3633; www.

Sep 27-28: Wabeno, Wis.: Big Woods 200,

Wisconsin Dual Sport Riders, John Newton; (920) 350-2030; www.widualsportriders.org

Oct. 11-12: McArthur, Ohio: Baby Burr National Dual Sport, Enduro Riders Association, Steve

Barber; (614) 582-7821; www.enduroriders.com Oct. 25-26: Chatsworth, N.J.: Meteor Ride in the

Pines, Meteor MC, Jeff Fitzpatrick; (609) 654-5015; www.meteormc.com

Nov. 1-2: Port Elizabeth, N.J.: Hammer Run, TriCounty Sportsmen, Eldin Polhaumas; (888) 2744469 (856) 785-2754; www.teamhammer.org

Nov. 8-9: Prescott Valley, Ariz.: Howlin’ at the

Moon, Arizona Trail Riders, Don Hood; (623) 8261092; www.arizonatrailriders.org

Nov. 28-29: Palmdale, Calif.: LA-Barstow to Vegas, AMA D37 Dual Sport, Paul Flanders; (626) 446-7386; www.district37ama.org

AMA YAMAHA SUPER TÉNÉRÉ NATIONAL ADVENTURE RIDING SERIES AMERICANMOTORCYCLIST.COM Mar. 15-16: Bartow, Fla.: Cross-Florida Adventure Ride, Dixie Dual Sport, Inc, Robert Frey; 727-9198299; www.dixiedualsport.com Mar. 29-30: Tucson, Ariz.: 2 Sun Adventure, Tucson Dual Sport, LLC, Chris Dodds; 520-9798398; www.tucsondualsport.com Apr. 12-13: Bybee, Tenn.: Slate Creek 500, Appalachian Trail Riders, John Strange; 865-3220193; www.volunteerriders.com Apr. 26-27: Brooksville, Fla.: Devil’s Creek DS/ADV Ride, Dixie Dual Sport, Inc, Robert Frey; 727-9198299; www.dixiedualsport.com May 3-4: Buck Meadows, Calif.: Yosemite Adventure Tour, Family Off Road Adventures, Lawrence Borgens; (209) 649-3633; www. familyoffroadadventures.com May 17-18: McArthur, Ohio: Hanging Rock 200 , Buckeye Dual Sporters, Bill Kaeppner; (740) 3803050; www.kaeppnerswoods.com May 17-18: Tolland, Mass.: Berkshire Big Adventure, Berkshire Trail Riders, David Seften; 860-201-4416; www.mudslinger.org May 24-25: Westpoint, Tenn.: Factory Creek Adventure Ride, NATRA, John Bowling; 256-8107229; www.natra-westpoint.net June 1: Atlanta, N.Y.: Thrills in the Hills, Wayne County MC Club, John Albanese; 315-946-3082; www.waynecountymc.com June 14-15: Odell, Ore.: Black Dog Adventure Ride, NW Tour & Trail, Tom Niemela; (503) 681-8881; www. blackdogdualsport.com Aug. 16-17: Tillamook, Ore.: Rat Dog Dual Sport, NW Tour & Trail, Tom Niemela; (503) 681-8881; www. blackdogdualsport.com Sept. 5-9: Buena Vista, Colo.: Continental Divide Adv Tour, Exit Tours, Michael Brown; (719) 207-1189; www.coloradodualsport.com

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2014 EVENTS Sept. 13-14: Columbus, Ind.: Buffaloe 500 D/S Adventure Ride, Stoney Lonesome MC, Nathan Gaskill; (812) 343-9772; www.stoneylonesomemc. com

Motorcycle Days; AMAVintageMotorcycleDays.com

Sept. 13-15: Reno, Nev.: Ride Reno 200, Dust Devils MC, Gary Lambert; (775) 224-0361; www. dustdevilsmc.com

June 2-7: Lake George, N.Y.: Americade; Americade.com

NATIONAL CONVENTIONS AMERICANMOTORCYCLIST.COM

Sept. 17-21: Ruidoso, N.M.: Golden Aspen Motorcycle Rally; MotorcycleRally.com

Sept. 20-21: Logan, Ohio: Nutcracker 200, Buckeye Dual Sporters, Bill Kaeppner; (740) 3803050; www.kaeppnerswoods.com

NATIONAL TOURING RALLIES AMERICANMOTORCYCLIST.COM

Oct. 25-26: Chatsworth, N.J.: Meteor Ride in the Pines, Meteor MC, Jeff Fitzpatrick; (609) 654-5015; www.meteormc.com

May 15-18: Ruidoso, N.M.: Aspencash Rally; MotorcycleRally.com

Nov. 1-2: Port Elizabeth, N.J.: Hammer Run, TriCounty Sportsmen, Eldin Polhaumas; (888) 2744469 (856) 785-2754; www.teamhammer.org

June 8-11: Rapid City, S.D.: Star 2014; ridemsta.com July 17-24: Snowshoe, W.V.: 2014 Roadrunner Motorcycle Touring & Travel Annual Touring Weekend; http://www.roadrunner.travel/events/ touring-weekend/.com

Nov. 8-9: Prescott Valley, Ariz.: Howlin’ at the Moon, Arizona Trail Riders, Don Hood; (623) 8261092; www.arizonatrailriders.org

Aug. 29-Sept. 1: Hood River, Ore.: Rally in the Gorge; soundrider.com/rally

Nov. 14-16: Hammonton, N.J.: Pine Barrens 500, Cross Country Cycles, Jack O’Connor; 732-7148874; pinebarrens500.org

NATIONAL GYPSY TOURS AMERICANMOTORCYCLIST.COM

Nov. 28-29: Palmdale, Calif.: LA-Barstow to Vegas, AMA D37 Dual Sport, Paul Flanders; (626) 446-7386; www.district37ama.org

Apr. 23-27: Laughlin, Nev.: Laughlin River Run; laughlinriverrun.com

AMA PREMIER TOURING SERIES AMERICANMOTORCYCLIST.COM AMA NATIONAL RALLIES AMERICANMOTORCYCLIST.COM July 11-13: Lexington, Oh.: AMA Vintage

July 28-Aug. 3: Tulsa, Okla.: 37th Annual National Bikers Roundup Aug. 4-10: Sturgis, S.D.: Sturgis; SturgisMotorcycleRally.com Aug. 28-31: Killington, V.T.: Killington Classic; killingtonclassic.com

AMA SIGNATURE EVENTS AMERICANMOTORCYCLIST.COM March of Dimes Bikers For Babies Rides: Nationwide: www.bikersforbabies.org Rides For Kids Events: Nationwide: www. rideforkids.org

AMA NATIONAL GRAND TOURS AMERICANMOTORCYCLIST.COM Jan. 1-May 24: Big Money Rally Grand Tour: bigmoneyrally.com; bigmoneyrally@hotmail.com Apr. 1-Oct. 31: Tour of Honor Grand Tour: tourofhonor.com; regis@tourofhonor.com Mar. 1-Oct. 31: Team Strange Airheads 30th Anniversary Memory Lane Grand Tour: teamstrange. com/2014/grandtours; bigmoneyrally@hotmail.com

June 12-15: Austin, Tex.: Republic of Texas (R.O.T) Rally

AMA NATIONAL ExTREME GRAND TOURS AMERICANMOTORCYCLIST.COM

June 14-22: Laconia, N.H.: Laconia Motorcycle Week; LaconiaMCWeek.com

Feb. 2-Dec. 15: USA Four Corners Grand Tour: Southern California Motorcycle Association

June 26-29: Johnstown, Penn.: Thunder in the Valley

TBA: SCMA Three Flags Classic Grand Tour: Southern California Motorcycle Association

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New! from Road Dog Publications In this collection of stories, Kirk Swanick tells the story of growing up a gear head behind both the wheels of muscle cars and the handlebars of motorcycles. In the title story, “A Tale of Two Dusters,” join Kirk and his colorful sidekicks as they navigate the ups and downs of wrenching and wrecking hot rods, going to school, and growing up on the back of a scrambler. Those who grew up in the 1970s culture of muscle cars and motorcycles will relate to the episodes of moto-craziness and find it hard not to grin at the mostly harmless hooliganism of the era. The second half of this book is full of colorful stories inspired by riding and wrenching those fun-filled hot rods of the two-wheeled variety. In these stories, Kirk not only relates his experience with the mechanical challenges of motorcycles, but also describes the great rewards granted to those who are lucky enough to ride them. Distributed to the trade by:

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GUEST COLUMN

POLITICAL INFLUENCE 101 As an exuberant motorcycle enthusiast who has been working feverishly over the years for motorcycle rights, I was excited when I received word that my congressmen, Peter Roskam, was appearing at a political forum that I attend on a regular basis. I decided to seize the opportunity to attempt to persuade him to get on board with house bill HR 1861, which would prohibit motorcycle-only checkpoints. Over the years, my Illinois ABATE chapters in his district have supported him by doing supportive functions like building signs, riding and walking in parades, making calls or anything else his staff needed from us. So, I felt comfortable confronting him with the need for his support on the bill. After all, he knew who I was and what I represented. I made copies of HR 1861 and presented them to him. I explained the injustice of a department of the federal government providing finances to local and state governments to create motorcycle-only checkpoints while not stopping other vehicles. I believe this visual aid, while especially pointing out to him the 41 congressmen who had already signed on as co-sponsors, was instrumental in him deciding to support our cause by becoming the 42nd co-sponsor of this effort to end this discrimination against motorcycles. (To check if your representative is a co-sponsor of HR 1861, go to www.congress.gov and enter the bill number. This site has all the information regarding the progress of the bill, as well as which members of Congress support it.) I consider this interaction with my representative a small success, but it’s small successes like these that add up to major victories. It all starts with building a relationship. To that end, here’s a simple but effective guide to addressing your representatives. First, become familiar with the issues and laws that affect, or might affect you, on a local, state or federal level. If you are reading this magazine, chances are you are a member of the AMA. If not, join. The magazine, as you probably know, includes a wealth of information not just about the world of motorcycling, but information that’s vital to being an effective activist for motorcyclists’ rights. In addition to the AMA, consider other organizations, such as the Motorcycle Riders Foundation, which includes a bi-monthly magazine, and your local ABATE (A Brotherhood Aimed Toward Education) chapter, which can put you in touch with local riders who share your mindset. All of these groups can supplement each other. For example, ABATE works feverishly to support politicians on a local, state or federal level who are sympathetic to the motorcycle community. My chapter, ABATE of Illinois, organizes an annual trip to Washington, D.C., to lobby representatives. I was fortunate enough to be a part of the group a couple of years ago. The trip filled me with enthusiasm and made me decide to enhance my participation in our cause. As an AMA member, you’re probably aware of the AMA E15 Capitol Hill lobbying day known as “Fuel for Thought.” Led by Wayne Allard, AMA vice president of government relations and a former U.S.

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Senator, the event was hugely successful. Several people I know went on the ride and enjoyed it immensely as an effective tool for getting involved in the legislative process. Representatives are always impressed when they meet people who they actually represent and depend on for votes. Events such as “Fuel for Thought” can go a long way toward defeating bad laws and passing good ones. After you join these organizations, take it upon yourself to do your own homework. Find out who your local, state and federal representatives are and investigate which ones support motorcycle issues by checking out their voting records. Support the promotorcycling ones. Help with the distribution of their yard signs and literature. March in parades. Perform whatever grunt work is needed. Become friendly with their staff and let them know how eager you are to give, and get, the support of their bosses. Once you have put in the time and done your research on the issues you want to discuss, you are ready for that golden opportunity for face time. Remember to always be polite and respectful. Without fail, compose a thank you letter to them for the support. If you have a strong relationship with someone on staff, considering sending the letter in their care. That way, you can feel assured that the representative will see it. My wife and I have been enjoying the addictive sport of motorcycling together for more than 47 years, all while raising two great sons. We have a Harley-Davidson Ultra Classic and a Honda Gold Wing. We always try to take at least one long trip per year. Last year, we rode more than 5,000 miles through the Northeastern provinces of Canada. What a fantastic trip! Over the years, my wife and I have met many freedom fighters and hope to meet many more. I want my sons and their children to enjoy the same adventures that I have. That’s why I—and, I hope, you— consider it a personal responsibility to fight for our freedom to ride. Dennis Lange is an AMA member, a co-State of Illinois MRF representative, a member of ABATE of Illinois, a member of HOG and a charter member of the American Gold Wing Association.


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Kevlar reinforced jeans are popular with riders of all kinds of bikes. Draggin Jeans were among the first on the market, and there are now many similar versions available. Many riders are interested in how these compare to the Bohn Pants. Q: Paul, please explain the differences between Kevlar riding Jeans and the Bohn Pants. PE: In short kevlar has great abrasion resistance and is excellent for gravel rash when you’re sliding down the road. With the Bohn System we’re focusing more on Impact Protection - the vulnerable ‘corners’ you land on and damage - knees, hips, and elbows and shoulders with the shirts. An unprotected impact in these places can put you in the ER and off work. And hurts! Q: But won’t your armor grind through in a wreck? PE: Actually in over 15 years, we’ve never seen our armor significantly damaged at all! This is because in a crash, we tend to bounce and slide, scrubbing the speed off. Q:The Bohn System has to be worn under jeans as an extra layer, isn’t that hot and a hassle? PE: Positioning armor snugly against your body is the best way of providing comfortable and discrete protection so that it’s in the right place if you have a fall. Yes, it’s definitely an extra step compared to jeans - but on the other hand you can then wear your own jeans, or whatever pants you choose. It gives you a lot more options. Q: But isn’t it hot? PE: The only time you notice the Bohn Pants being hot is in the heat of the summer when you’re a standstill, say sitting on your bike at a light. At that time of year eveything’s hot! Otherwise they breathe really well in all seasons; and we do have options of a mesh shell material and also a winter thermal solution. Q: What about putting armor into kevlar jeans? PE: Some companies do have this option, which on first impressions is a good idea. But what actually happens is the armor ‘flops’ around the outside of your leg as it’s attached to the jeans - so you can imagine that it won’t be in the right place if you actually do hit the ground. Q: So do I need to upsize your jeans for the Bohn Pants? PE: Surprisingly most people find that their existing regular-fit, or relaxed jeans fit perfectly over the Adventure Pants - that’s because the armor mainly fits where your jeans are loose. Q: Don’t the Bohn Pants make your jeans look bulky? PE: No one can see you have anything but your jeans on! Q: And you make armored shirts too? PE: We think of the pants and shirts as ‘A System’ that protects you without having to wear full armored gear - specially in the heat. Q: So what’s the best choice? PE: As a lifelong rider myself - I love to have choices in bikes, accessories and gear. Many riders are happy with kevlar jeans, and most are very well made. We’re proud of the Bohn Adventure Pants and the amazing customer reports we get, but everyone has different priorities.

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