AMA-logo-230PICKERINGTON, Ohio — The American Motorcyclist Association is pleased to recognize 36 new AMA national champions following a tremendous week of motocross racing at the Red Bull AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship in Hurricane Mills, Tenn., July 28 through Aug. 4.

“The Red Bull AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship is the country’s premier amateur motocross event, and the riders who raise AMA No. 1 plates over their heads here can count themselves among the best of the best,” said AMA Motocross Manager Kip Bigelow. “We congratulate all the riders for excelling on the national stage, and we once again thank our promotional and organizational partner MX Sports for providing an exceptional experience for thousands of AMA members, from track prep to the awards ceremonies.”

Among the most decorated racers over the week of competition was AMA Motocross Horizon Award winner and Amsoil/Factory Connection Honda rider Matt Bisceglia from Weatherford, Texas. Bisceglia swept all three motos in the Open Pro Sport class and scored two firsts and a second in the 250 A class for two national titles.

AMA-logo-230PICKERINGTON, Ohio — A “Fuel for Thought” lobbying day to educate federal lawmakers about the need for independent research into the possible harmful effects of E15 fuel on motorcycle engines is the focus of the American Motorcyclist Association’s “Freedom Friday” on April 19.

The AMA “Fuel for Thought” lobbying day will be held Wednesday, June 19, in Washington, D.C.

E15 is a gasoline formulation that contains up to 15 percent ethanol by volume, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency hasn’t approved its use in motorcycles or all-terrain vehicles. The EPA has approved its use in 2001-and-new light-duty vehicles, which include cars, light-duty trucks and medium-duty passenger vehicles, however.

PICKERINGTON, Ohio — Some of the most thrilling woods racing in the country will kick off on April 13 as the AMA Mid America XC National Championship Series gets under way in Madison, Ind. The 10-round hare scrambles series features a wide range of challenging venues that test riders’ skills on everything from high-speed courses to tight single-track trail.

The series, which launched in 2010, continues to grow and flourish, attracting more AMA members every year. It is promoted by Mike Gibbs and Mid America XC in Monrovia, Ind. The full schedule is at www.themaxc.com.

PICKERINGTON, Ohio — Vintage motorcycles and the men and women who love to race them will see more track time this summer in the AMA Vintage Motocross and AMA Vintage Hare Scrambles National Championship Series. The new series will kick off on May 4-5 in Athens, Ohio, and wrap up at AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days in Lexington, Ohio, on July 19-21.

“Vintage racing is an important part of the AMA’s past, present and future, and I’m pleased that we are able to expand our vintage motocross program into a series,” said AMA Motocross Manager Kip Bigelow. “Our members have expressed considerable interest in more vintage racing and we’re pleased to partner with an experienced promoter. I’m looking forward to some great racing on the track, as well as some invigorating bench racing and reminiscing about old times that goes hand-in-hand with the sport.”

PICKERINGTON, Ohio — American Motorcyclist Association members who want to know where candidates stand on motorcycling related issues heading into Election Day should check out the 2012 AMA Voter Guide. The online tool is an exclusive benefit of AMA membership.

Motorcycle-only checkpoints, restricted recreational access to public lands and health insurance discrimination against motorcyclists are just some of the issues used to rate federal congressional (and soon, state gubernatorial and presidential candidates) in the 2012 AMA Voter Guide.

“The 2012 AMA Voter Guide gives AMA members important information about political candidates,” said Wayne Allard, a former U.S. representative and U.S. senator from Colorado who now serves as the AMA vice president for government relations. “The guide includes a rating for every federal candidate of the major political parties who returned an AMA questionnaire. Very soon we’ll be adding the gubernatorial and presidential candidates as well.”

INDIANAPOLIS – The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) and Husqvarna Motorcycles North America (HMNA) are pleased to announce that the legendary motorcycle brand is the title sponsor of the 2012 AMA Husqvarna National Dual Sport Trail Riding Series, the country’s leading series of off-road motorcycle recreational riding events.

Officially announced at the Dealernews International Powersports Dealer Expo in Indianapolis on Friday, Feb. 17, the sponsorship reintroduces the iconic Husqvarna brand to hundreds of thousands of AMA members.

“We are very pleased to welcome Husqvarna as the title sponsor of America’s premier dual-sport program, the AMA Husqvarna National Dual Sport Trail Riding Series,” said AMA President and CEO Rob Dingman. “Husqvarna has always enjoyed a loyal following among AMA members, and it is rapidly reasserting itself in the off-road and dual-sport marketplace. They understand what the AMA and its members are all about: fun on two wheels and a commitment to the future of our sport.”

Long respected for its storied history in American off-road racing, Husqvarna was a dominant force in AMA national-caliber competition from the 1960s through the 1980s. Reminiscent of Husky’s 1970′s glory days, 2011 was a phenomenal year for the brand, which saw retail registrations up more than 60 percent in North America.

“Sponsoring the AMA Dual Sport Series is a perfect fit for Husqvarna,” said HMNA President Kris Odwarka. “It’s a great platform for us to showcase our line of TE dual purpose motorcycles. We have the best selection of street-legal off-road bikes in the industry, and no other brand is more dedicated to the dual-sport category than Husqvarna.”

PICKERINGTON, Ohio — The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) invites racers to download the official 2012 AMA Amateur Competition Rulebook, available now at AmericanMotorcyclist.com > Racing > Rulebooks.

The 2012 rulebook covers amateur, Pro/Am, standard and youth competition in motocross, off-road racing, track racing and all-terrain vehicle racing. It details rider and motorcycle eligibility, equipment standards, meet rules, points, class advancement and more.

The 2012 AMA Amateur Competition Rulebook goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2012.

Written and updated by the elected member representatives of the AMA Congress, which meets annually, the 203-page rulebook is provided for the exclusive use of AMA members and AMA-chartered clubs and promoters.

“The AMA’s history is rooted in nearly nine decades of amateur motorcycle competition, and the collective wisdom of that experience is reflected only in the AMA Amateur Competition Rulebook,” said AMA Director of Racing Joe Bromley. “The rulebook is available for the exclusive use at AMA-sanctioned events by AMA-chartered clubs and promoters. When you compete at these events, you can rest assured that the governing rules provide the gold standard of fair and orderly competition that is the hallmark of an AMA-sanctioned meet.”

The AMA Racing Amateur Competition Rulebook is complemented by a host of supplemental rules that cover National Championship Series and Grand Championship Events. Supplemental rules packages for 2011 will be published as they become available at AmericanMotorcyclist.com.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Hundreds of young motorcyclists, their parents and concerned riders gathered with several U.S. representatives, including Rep. Denny Rehberg (R-Mont.), author of the Kids Just Want to Ride Act, in Washington, D.C., Thursday, May 26, at the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) Family Capitol Hill Climb. The event was a strong demonstration of public opposition to a ban on the sale of youth-model motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles (ATVs).

Families from as far away as Washington state, Arizona and Colorado delivered their message at a gathering in the Rayburn House Office Building. The parents and children then met with their individual lawmakers to personally urge support for H.R. 412, the Kids Just Want To Ride Act.

The bill is intended to exclude kid-sized machines that were inadvertently ensnared in the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) of 2008. The CPSIA was intended to ban small toys with high lead content, but because of broadly written language, it has been interpreted to apply to all products for kids 12 and under, including dirtbikes, ATVs, bicycles, clothing and books.

“It’s been clear from the start that motorcycles should never have been part of this ban, and nobody delivers that message better than AMA members — young riders and their parents for whom off-road riding is an important family activity,” said AMA President and CEO Rob Dingman. “We helped bring them together, but it is their voices, and the voices of thousands of other motorcyclists from across the country, that are crucial to ending the ban.”

In response to the outcry from AMA members and others, officials issued a stay of enforcement of the CPSIA, but did not eliminate it entirely. The stay is set to expire at the end of the year. The AMA and its members, as well as many other motorcycling groups have urged passage of the the Kids Just Want To Ride Act to fully exempt kid-sized machines.

Speaking at the rally, Rehberg urged action by his fellow legislators to stop the ban. Not only does the ban hurt small businesses and jobs, but it forces kids to ride motorcycles and ATVs that are physically too large for their small statures.

“I feel pretty confident that we’re on the right side of the issue,” Rehberg said. “People say to me, ‘This just lacks common sense — what is going on here?’ This is what gives Congress a bad name… You’re putting our children at risk, and we’re not going to allow you to do that.”

Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) noted that parents, not government, know best how to make sure their kids stay safe.

“This is a great instance of where the government just doesn’t get it,” West said. “These kids are the responsibility of the parents. If the parents can make sure these kids are safe, and if parents can make sure they go out and enjoy a little bit of something that’s part of who we are in America — enjoying these little dirtbikes — then let the parents decide.”

Motorcycling is a healthy activity that should be encouraged, not curtailed by over-reaching government laws, said bill co-sponsor Rep. Richard Hanna (R-N.Y.). “That’s what I’d rather have my kids do, to get outdoors and get some exercise…and ride their bikes,” he said.

Rep. Bobby Schilling (R-Ill.), another co-sponsor of the bill, said that stopping a law that shouldn’t have ensared dirtbikes in the first place only makes sense.

“It’s one of those very simple things to take on,” Schilling said. “It’s another thing where the government wants to intrude in our daily lives, and this is a simple thing for me to jump on. I just really appreciate that everyone came out here to show support for the bill.”

Ashley Nash-Hahn, appearing on behalf of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.), spoke in support of the kids and parents who made the trek to Washington, D.C. “I’m so excited to tell her that we have all these young motorcycle riders here learning how to be safe,” Nash-Hahn said.

Rep. Tim Walberg (R-Mich.), an AMA Life Member, said it was time to end the ban.

“For government to step in, in non-common-sensical ways, and not even consider what legislation might do to families who want to spend time together, to businesses that want to provide products and services for them…now, to ratchet that back, is the wrong way to go,” Walberg said.

Among the kids and parents attending were Erin, 11, Adi, 7, and Carter, 5, Malcolm of Littleton, Colo., who, along with their parents, Danny and Peggy, won a trip to Washington, D.C., in the AMA’s “Kids Just Want To Ride” video contest.

Dingman noted that demonstrations of support like the AMA Family Capitol Hill Climb are vital in making the case to Congress that the CPSIA should not include motorcycles and ATVs.

“It’s AMA members like those here today, and the thousands of others who have made their feelings known to their congressional representatives, that help make real change occur,” Dingman said. “All motorcyclists owe a debt of gratitude to the people in this room — kids, parents, congressional representatives who support this legislation, and more. We are making a very real difference here today.”

To date, more than 70 members of Congress have signed on to co-sponsor H.R. 412, the Kids Just Want to Ride Act, but its passage is by no means assured. That’s why the AMA is rallying motorcyclists in Washington, D.C., and urging others to tell their lawmakers to support Rehberg’s bill. Easy-to-use tools to contact members of Congress are available at AmericanMotorcyclist.com > Rights > Issues & Legislation.

PICKERINGTON, Ohio — A formal Discussion Draft entitled, “Enhancing CPSC Authority and Discretion Act of 2011 (ECADA),” will be voted upon tomorrow by the U.S. House Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade of the Committee on Energy & Commerce, the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) reports.

The AMA disapproves of the process in which this draft bill was scheduled for consideration, and urges off-highway vehicle (OHV) enthusiasts to contact their U.S. Representatives immediately to express their concern.

“The revised draft legislation was announced within 36 hours of the actual markup,” said Ed Moreland, AMA senior vice president of government relations. “While this is consistent with the committee rules for announcing meetings, the short notice gives us great concern because the public had very little time to vet the draft bill properly prior to its consideration tomorrow.”

According to the subcommittee, chaired by Representative Mary Bono Mack (R-Calif.), the draft legislation would revise the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) of 2008 and seeks to give the Consumer Product Safety Commission greater authority and flexibility to regulate based on risk.

“We are urging AMA members and all OHV riders to contact their member of Congress immediately and ask them to offer H.R. 412, the Kids Just Want to Ride Act of 2011, as an amendment to ECADA,” Moreland said.

To utilize AMA’s online alert tools to contact your Representative, click here.

The markup session begins at 9:00 a.m. EDT on Thursday, May 12, in Room 2322 of the Rayburn House Office Building, and votes will occur on amendments and the draft bill.

To view a copy of the Discussion Draft and subcommittee background memo, go to http://energycommerce.house.gov/news/PRArticle.aspx?NewsID=8585.

PICKERINGTON, Ohio – Monday, April 11, marks the beginning of week two of the American Motorcyclist Association’s (AMA) Get Out and Ride! Month. And the theme — “AMA Get Out and Ride Together! Week” — is sure to resonate with hundreds of thousands of motorcyclists around the country.

Couples, families, friends, clubs and more will take to the street and trail all week long in celebration of the motorcycling lifestyle and everything that it has to offer.

“I’m tied up with work this weekend, but I managed to talk a few friends into leaving work early on Monday for some trail riding,” wrote Ron Lieback on the AMA Facebook page. “Great cure for the Monday blues!”

“We are teaching a 7-year-old and a 9-year-old how to dirt bike ride [Saturday]!” said Susan Smith. “We LOVE teaching the kids!”

Sunday found rider Ed Murray “doing the V-twin Cruisers ‘Blizzard Run’ without the Blizzard.”

Meanwhile Cheryl Langham planned to ride “down to Eureka Springs for a Hot Scooter Rally!”

AMA Get Out and Ride Together! Week continues a month-long online celebration of all things motorcycling, including weekly themes and the giveaway of some cool prizes. Showcased throughout AMA Get Out and Ride! Month are AMA members and other motorcyclists doing what they love to do – ride! Daily updates are provided at AmericanMotorcyclist.com > Riding > GetOutAndRide, a dedicated Facebook page and a Twitter feed, @GetOutNRide.

Throughout April, AMA members are submitting stories, photos and videos, with a weekly winner selected for the best submission. The prize for the best story for AMA Get Out and Ride Together! Week, April 11-17, is a Blinc Bluetooth Helmet communications system.

Riders looking to get out and ride together this year need look no further than the AMA’s dual-sport and adventure rides, national conventions, gypsy tours and signature events.

  • The 2011 AMA Yamaha Super Ténéré Adventure Riding Series kicks off for 2011 as the country’s premier riding series for fans of big-bore adventure-touring motorcycles.
  • The 2011 AMA KTM National Dual Sport Trail Riding Series is one of the best programs in off-road riding, with hundreds of miles of trail and backroads in some of the most breathtaking areas of the United States.
  • 2011 AMA National Conventions
    • Americade, June 6-11 in Lake George, N.Y., is one of the largest road-riding rallies on the planet. It features legendary roads in the 6-million-acre Adirondack National Park, and makes for a great motorcycle vacation.
    • AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, July 22-24 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio, is North America’s largest motorcycle-related swap meet, vintage racing, new bike demo rides and much, much more.
    • The Golden Aspen Motorcycle Rally, Sept. 14-18, is a huge event in the town of Ruidoso, high in the Rocky Mountains of southeastern New Mexico. The rally offers a great way to close out the riding season and start up new friendships.
  • 2011 AMA Gypsy Tours
    • The sister rally to the Golden Aspen Rally, the Aspencash Motorcycle Rally, May 19-22 in Ruidoso, N.M., offers a great way to kick off the rally season in the Southwest.
    • The famed Laconia Motorcycle Week, June 11-19 in Laconia, N.H., is on par with other mega-gatherings such as Daytona (Fla.) Bike Week and Sturgis in South Dakota.
  • 2011 Signature Events
    • The Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation’s national Ride For Kids program has become one of the most successful fundraising efforts among motorcyclists in the nation. Held in cities everywhere, Ride for Kids events raise funds for a good cause — families struggling with the diagnosis and treatment of a child’s brain tumor.
    • The Dee Snyder Ride, Sept. 25 in Lido Beach, N.Y., supports a favorite charity of motorcyclists — the March of Dimes — while educating people about the seriousness of premature birth and birth defects.

For more information about AMA events and series, go to AmericanMotorcyclist.com > Riding > Street > Street Events And Series.

And for all the details about AMA Get Out and Ride! Month, be sure to visit AmericanMotorcyclist.com > Riding > GetOutAndRide.