AMA-logo-230PICKERINGTON, Ohio — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is proposing to reduce the total amount of ethanol required in transportation fuel nationwide in 2014, which could slow the introduction of E15 fuel into the marketplace, the American Motorcyclist Association reports.

That’s good news for motorcyclists and all-terrain vehicle riders who fear they may inadvertently put E15 fuel in their machines and possibly cause engine damage once the fuel becomes widespread nationwide, the AMA said.

PICKERINGTON, Ohio — A key U.S. House committee has approved a bill that would require an independent scientific study of the effects of ethanol-gasoline blends on engines, the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) reports.

By a 19-7 vote on Feb. 7, the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology approved H.R. 3199 to require the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to seek an independent scientific analysis of the effects of E15 — a new gasoline formulation that contains up to 15 percent ethanol by volume — on engines.

The measure, introduced by committee Vice Chairman Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.), now goes to the full House for a vote. If approved, it then moves to the Senate for further consideration.

“This independent research is needed to ensure that new ethanol-gasoline blends won’t damage motorcycle and all-terrain vehicle engines,” said Wayne Allard, AMA vice president for government relations. “We applaud the committee for supporting this crucial legislation.”

PICKERINGTON, Ohio — Americans who enjoy motorized recreation on federal public land deserve fair and equal treatment from land managers, the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) told a U.S. House subcommittee on Sept. 19.

“We would like to take this opportunity to remind land managers that the OHV [off-highway vehicle] community is a ready partner,” said AMA Western States Representative Nick Haris before the House Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands. “The riding community has long proven their willingness to ‘pay to play’ on our nation’s public lands and, in return, we simply ask for fair and equal treatment when making management and policy decisions.”

Haris testified during a hearing on “Restoring Public Access to the Public Lands: Issues Impacting Multiple-use on Our National Forests.” held in Sacramento, Calif. The hearing focused on the restrictive policies of the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) for users to access public land.

Representing the AMA and its partner organization, the All-Terrain Vehicle Association (ATVA), Haris told Chairman Rob Bishop (R-Utah) and subcommittee members that restrictions and requirements for special events, as well as the increasing costs of obtaining special use permits (SUP), are creating hardships.

“For example, the Polka Dots Motorcycle Club, a 55-year-old club, was told they had to apply for a five-year permit for their annual family enduro, and were required to prepay approximately $50,000 for related environmental analysis and monitoring,” Haris said. “This was despite the fact that the enduro had been held in the Eldorado National Forest [in California] for the past 40 years.

“This event was to have been held on existing routes that had previously gone through a thorough environmental review…” Haris said. “Cost recovery was typically minimal, and given the long and successful history of this event, the riding community was simply stunned by this sudden increase in fees as well as the agencies’ request for prepayment of the entire amount.

“Needless to say,” Haris said, “the event was canceled, and similar issues have forced the cancellation of other enduros as well as equestrian events.”

Haris also noted that riders have felt left out of the processes for developing new travel management plans for public land, and are frustrated that established routes are being left off travel management route maps.

“The decision to include or exclude a specific route must be based on a full review and consideration of its role in the entire system…” Haris said.

Haris emphasized that public land is intended for the enjoyment of all Americans.

“Outdoor enthusiasts who enjoy the public lands of our nation are not just the nimble and fit but also families with small children who wish to recreate together, as well as active senior citizens and the handicapped who enjoy the freedom to access the outdoors that OHVs and ATVs (all-terrain vehicles) provide,” he said.

To read a transcript of Haris’s remarks, go to http://www.americanmotorcyclist.com/Rights/RestoringPublicAccess_9_19_11.aspx.

PASO ROBLES, CA (September 14, 2011) – Beta race team member Chris Bach finished last Sunday’s Unadilla GNCC in 5th place after running as high as 3rd for most of the race. The Crown Point, Indiana rider forced his Beta 450RR through the New York mud, running as high as third. The race proved to be brutal as the prior rains made for many square-edged holes which put riders to the test.

“The slicker than normal Unadilla conditions played right into my favor, and I was able to recover from a poor start and get up front quickly.  During a heated multi-lap mid race battle with Kanney, I made a mistake and re-tweaked an already weak knee and was forced to back it down and ride a safe race to get the Beta in the top 5.” Chris explains.

The well-liked Beta factory racer goes under the knife this week to repair a damaged knee that has continued to hinder his performance. Beginning with the next round, GNCC XC2 class regular Jesse Robinson will fill in for Bach for the remainder of the season on a Beta 450 and make the jump into the premier XC1 class.

Chris Bach explains his decision, “Its an unfortunate turn of events, however I feel that we have made the best decision based on our current situation and also with our goals for the future.  I have an intense rehab/therapy schedule already in place for my post-op recovery, and with the help of Dr. Shelbourne and his medical staff in Indianapolis, I will be back on the bike as soon as possible, and ready to win in 2012.”

Beta race team manager Johnny Murphree explains, “Chris’s plans were to finish out the remainder of the season and then repair his knee at the series end however we all felt it was a better plan to get the operation now so Chris can begin training for the 2012 season sooner. We are happy to have Jesse as a part of our team! The kid is fast, likeable and will fill in for Chris quite well. We feel it is very important to have a Beta involved in the GNCC series.”

Chris Bach’s sponsors include Factory Beta Racing, Ride PG.com, FMF, Fly Racing, Maxxis, Kal Gard Lubricants, DC Shoes, Fasst Company, WMR Racing, Hammer Nutrition, SIDI Boots, CV4, Scott, Dirt Tricks, Regina Chains, and Concept 2.

Jesse Robinson’s sponsors include Factory Beta Racing, Maxxis, Moose, Kal Gard Lubricants, FMF, RidePG.com, Genuine Dirt Racer, Clockwork Products, Asterisk, DP Brakes, Z1R Helmets, Works Connection, Master Tech Toyota Lexus Specialists, Trials Training Center, and DSP.

American Beta is the sole US importer of high quality Beta motorcycles. Beta motorcycles are handcrafted in Florence, Italy offering a complete range of Off Road competition, Dual Sport as well as class-leading Mototrial motorcycles.

For more information go to www.americanbeta.com.

Round 7 of the AMA/Kenda National Hare & Hound Championship Series in NV on May 8th has been cancelled due to BLM issues.  We are sorry for the inconvenience.

The Bureau of Land Management has refused the permit application for round 7 of the AMA Racing/Kenda Hare & Hound National Championship Series on May 8 in Nightingale, Nev. According to the event promoter, the BLM has initiated several new requirements, chief among them a migratory bird survey for the area. While the promoter fully expects a permit ultimately will be issued, it will not be in time for the originally scheduled May 8 race. We will be working with the club and AMA to try and reschedule this event at a later date in the fall.