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Leesburg Bikefest 2011.
Leesburg Bikefest moves to April 8th-10th for 2011.
Leesburg, FL (January 24, 2011) The 15th Annual Leesburg Bikefest is just around the corner. As many of you have heard, the 2011 Easter date will fall on our historic weekend, the last full weekend of April. Therefore, for 2011 we have moved our annual bikefest to April 8th-10th and our venue at the Gator Harley Davidson Dealership will “kick off” one day earlier, April 7th. The Leesburg Bikefest will continue to be the last full weekend in April of 2012.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS!!!! We are planning a “kick off” party at Gator Harley Davidson Dealership on Thursday, April 7th with plenty of vendors, entertainment, festive foods and a beer station. We will also be opening two of our downtown bars, Opera House Saloon and The Rats Hole Bar, at 3pm on Thursday, April 7th for those early arrivals.
The Park & Ride transit was a HUGE hit and we will continue to offer that service. Watch for the new pick up locations coming on line soon.
We are also partnering up with the Mission Inn Marina Del-Rey located in Howey-In-The-Hills and will be bringing you another great location to visit during the Leesburg Bikefest. The Marina Del-Rey is located on Lake Harris with boat slips for your convenience if you are coming by boat. In partnership we will be offering a number of vendors, entertainment, a beer station, festive foods, a nature walkway, plenty of bike parking, and self contained RV overnight parking. Marina Del-Rey will also be a organized Poker Run destination. It is sure to be a great venue for you to put on your “places to stop” while attending the Leesburg Bikefest.
The Leesburg Bikefest will be changing the date of the 15th Annual Leesburg Bikefest for 2011 ONLY! The Leesburg Bikefest will host its annual event on April 8, 9 & 10, 2011. Due to the 2011 dates, Easter falls on our traditional weekend. “When trying to adjust our dates we were faced with a tough decision, the last weekend in April being the Panama City Bike Rally, and Mother’s Day being the first weekend in May and anything later than that would be too hot to host an entirely outside event”, stated Joe Shipes, Executive Vice President of the Leesburg Partnership. The preference for dates would have been the same weekend Panama City has currently scheduled their event, however having both events on the same weekend puts them each in a major competition for the same vendors and participants. “We are also very sensitive to what is happening with the Oil Disaster and the Gulf Coast cities and do not want to further complicate or negatively impact their events”, stated Joe Shipes.
The promoters have already begun making plans for the biggest and best Leesburg Bikefest ever! Celebrating 15th years says a lot for an event that started off in a parking lot with 10 vendors and about 5000 bikers. This milestone will be marked with the enhancements of many traditional Bikefest activities. The Rat’s Hole Custom Bike Show, Tried and Tattoo Expo & Show and exceptional vendors will again be part of the event. Great concerts with a more diverse style and genre are currently under negotiations. Although the traditional weekend has always been and will be again in 2012 the last full weekend in April, mark your calendars now for the 15th Annual Leesburg Bikefest on April 8, 9 and 10, 2011 (Leesburg Bikefest will be April 27, 28 & 29 in 2012).
Road America Vintage Motorcycle Classic.
AHRMA announces 2nd Annual Vintage Motorcyle Classic at Road America Elkhart Lake, WI June 10-12, 2011.
Elkhart Lake, WI (January 24, 2011) Road America and American Historic Motorcycle Racing Association (AHRMA) announce the 2nd annual Road America Vintage Motorcycle Classic. The event dates for this event is Friday, June 10 - Sunday, June 12, 2011 at Road America, Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. Hundreds of vintage bikes participate in road racing, motocross, cross-country and trials, club corrals, moving bike show and swap meet. The road racing is a sponsored event by the American Historical Racing Motorcycle Association. The AHRMA is dedicated to restoring and competing on classic motorcycles.
Will Stoner of Classic Events will have a swap meet and show at the event. The swap meets will feature all brands of motorcycles, parts, literature, memorabilia and accessories. Sharing the spotlight at the events will be vintage motorcycle shows. The shows are open to all bikes 1991 or older, with awards in over ten classes up for grabs.
Road America a 640-acre, year-round motorsports facility and is acknowledged as a world-class road racing facility. When we discovered that the property had hundreds of acres of prime off-road terrain, we were pleased to add AHRMA National Off-Road events to the traditional schedule of road racing, said AHRMA Executive Director David Lamberth. Road America has a large motorcycle racing fan base and always encourages vintage motorsports enthusiasm. Track president George Bruggenthies is pleased with the expanded event, "The world of vintage motorcycling is a vibrant, diverse family that includes, collectors, restorers and enthusiasts who just love to ride old bikes, as well as racers. We're throwing a family reunion, he stated.
For swap meet information, contact 440-591-5099, email Classic Swap Meets, or go to Classic Swap Meets. For vintage racing, contact 800.365.7223, email Road America, or visit Road America Race Information.
"Bike Week 2011" Daytona Beach, FL.
70th annual Bike Week comes to Daytona Beach March 4-13, 2011.
Daytona Beach, FL (January 17, 2011) - Daytona Bike Week also called Daytona Beach Bike Week, is a motorcycle event and rally held annually in Daytona Beach, Florida. Bike Week 2011 will take place from March 4th through March 13th. Approximately 500,000 people make their way to the rally area for the 10-day event. The festivities include motorcycle racing, concerts, parties, and street festivals. The event is usually held on the first full week of March and contends with the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally as the most popular motorcycle rally in the United States.
Best known as "Bike Week", Daytona, Florida's warm breezes welcome the motorcycle community to the grand opening of the motorcycle season. Bruce Rossmeyers Harley Davidson at Destination Daytona and New Smyrna Harley Davidson play host to over 500,000 bikers from around the world. Destination Daytona has become the largest gathering place for national motorcycle aftermarket parts manufacturers. Along side the largest Harley Davidson Destination Daytona Dealership in the world, stands J and P Cycles giant super store featuring the largest aftermarket catalog anywhere.
Famous biker venues like, Main Street’s Boothill Saloon, Iron Horse Saloon, Cabbage Patch, Gilly’s Pub 44, Broken Spoke Saloon, and Froggys are only part of the huge biker party held annually to kick off the east coast motorcycle riding season. Daytona Bike Week also hosts the Rats Hole Bike Show and Boardwalk Bike Show that features some of the most outstanding custom choppers, bobbers, and import motorcycles in the world.
All of the major motorcycle manufacturers are present from Harley Davidson, Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki, Victory, Triumph, and Ducati. These new motorcycle manufacturers provide riders with "demo rides" to test drive the new motorcycle models.
This event draws in a huge crowd from all over the motorcycle world - to enjoy concerts featuring biker band favorites and motorcycle celebrities like the Teutles of Orange County Choppers, and Arlen Ness. Scenic beachfront rides, terrific biker bars and a never ending list of great seafood resturaunts make Daytona Bike Week the largest and most popular motorcycle rally in the world.
A full week of motorcycle races including the grand daddy of them all the Daytona 200 takes place at the giant Daytona International Speedway while other smaller venues like New Smyrna Speedway features flat track racing.
Make "Daytona Bike Week" your number one stop on the motorcycle rally tour for 2011.
GNCC Kicks Off 2011 Racing Season in Florida March 5th through the 8th.
Grand National Cross Country racing starts their thirteen event season at River Ranch, FLorida.
Morgantown, WV (January 17, 2011) - The Can-Am Grand National Cross Country Series starts the season at River Ranch, FL. The GNCC series is a tough 13 event series stretching from March to October with a break from mid July to mid September. It features racing for both motorcycles and ATV's (All Terrain Vehicles).
About an hour south of Orlando, and two hours from the madness of Daytona Bike Week, the River Ranch GNCC promises first-class accommodations. The Ranch serves as a vacation, retreat and training spot for people year-round, but for GNCC racers, it will also serve as a rough-and-tumble 2011 GNCC season opener. The track is typical of Florida races, most closely resembling the Vero Beach, Florida, GNCC we ran back in 2007. The sandy conditions will whoop out, and with some palmetto roots thrown into the mix, this one will test who has and who hasn't been training during the off-season.
Westgate River Ranch Resort gives you the chance to experience Florida when it was home to cowboys and cattle ranchers. Indulge yourself in a wide range of activities that allow you to escape into nature's sanctuary at a dude horse ranch in Florida. Enjoy horseback riding, guided nature hikes, fishing, boating, trap and skeet, swimming, airboat or swamp buggy rides, hayrides and a petting zoo. Or go line dancing at the River Ranch Saloon. There's even a sanctioned rodeo every Saturday night in our very own rodeo stadium. Leave your "city worries" behind and enjoy a change in pace "western style."
To fit into the Daytona Bike Week schedule, this race runs a much different schedule than the other rounds, with ATVs racing on Sunday and bikes on Tuesday. Also, this is the only GNCC on the tour offering practice. ATVs get a practice day on Saturday before racing on Sunday, and bikes get to practice on Monday before their race on Tuesday. Practice will take place on a separate practice track, and a separate fee applies. This is an opportunity to make sure you and your equipment are ready for the new season, not an opportunity to learn the track.
About GNCC Racing
The Can-Am Grand National Cross Country Series is America's premier off-road racing series. Founded in 1973, the 13-round championship is produced exclusively by Racer Productions. Cross country racing is one of the most physically demanding sports in the world. The grueling three-hour GNCC races lead as many as 1,800 riders through tracks ranging in length from eight to 12 miles, competing for more than $3 million in prizes. With varied terrain, including hills, woods, mud, dirt, rocks and motocross sections, GNCC events are tests of both survival and speed. For more information, please visit www.gnccracing.com.
Dates announced for 2011 AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days
AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days to take place July 22-24, 2011 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
Pickerington, OH (November 10, 2010) - The AMA is has announced the 2011 dates for the country's premier annual celebration of motorcycling heritage. AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days will take place this year on July 22-24, 2011, at the world-class Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio.
The 20th Annual AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days features classic motorcycles of all makes and styles, and honors the riders who made them famous. Activities include the AMA Racing Vintage Grand Championships, which feature road racing, motocross, hare scrambles, trials and dirt track; North America's largest motorcycle swap meet; bike shows and awards; a Marque of the Year display that showcases the history of a unique brand; a Grand Marshal; a new-product vendor midway; stunt shows; demo rides of current production bikes; and seminars on a number of topics by noted motorcycling experts.
"For many motorcyclists, AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days is the premier event of their riding seasons," said AMA President and CEO Rob Dingman. "As we've seen over the years, the appeal of this event goes beyond classic motorcycle collectors and strict vintage competitors. Motorcyclists of all eras are drawn to AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, brought together by their common love of all things motorcycling."
Tickets will go on sale Monday Nov. 22 at 8:30 a.m., and begin at $20 per day or $35 for the weekend. Please visit www.midohio.com or call 800-MID-OHIO (643-6446) for more information or to order tickets.
"We are proud to be the host site of this excellent event for the 17th year," said Michelle Trueman Gajoch, president of Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and The Mid-Ohio School. "It will be a phenomenal time for the motorcycle crowd as racing, the swap meet, seminars and more will capture their attention throughout the weekend. This year will be a special one as Mid-Ohio celebrates its 50th Season of Racing, giving fans another historic reason to attend AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days."
All proceeds from AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days benefit the Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum. The goal of the Museum, located on the campus of the American Motorcyclist Association in Pickerington, Ohio, is to tell the stories and preserve the history of motorcycling's legends and heroes. For more information, call (614) 856-2222, or visit the Museum's website at MotorcycleMuseum.org.
Biketoberfest® comes to Daytona Beach October 14-17, 2010 for the 18th year.
Daytona Beach ready to kick off its 18th annual Biketoberfest®.
Daytona Beach, FL (August 17, 2010) - Biketoberfest® in Daytona Beach, FL is an international award-winning motorcycle festival that offers participants an extended weekend get-away brimming with plenty of sun, beaches, bikes and fun! Thousands of bikes will roar into and all around town - no two alike! Popular annual activities include motorcycle shows and rallies that showcase new, vintage and custom bikes; demonstration rides on the newest machines from top manufacturers; and on-track motorcycle action at the world-famous Daytona International Speedway. You'll also enjoy endless-delicious food choices, live music and plenty of people-watching. With a variety of events and activities planned at venues all across the county, you're sure to find the best places to play and stay during your visit. Biketoberfest® in Daytona Beach, FL, make plans to attend today!
What's the scoop on the happenings of Biketoberfest® 2010?
Riding, warm sunshine and all the sights and sounds of oh a 100,000 or so bikes from all over the USA. Suntan lotion and sunglasses are a must (hard to think of when its snowing we know) but if history proves true look forward to a weekend full of bright sunshine and cool temps and beverages on tap. Expect lots of top name entertainment and bike builders here too and for some reason expect to smile - A LOT! Amazing how vacations can bring out the best in all of us. Just doing something different in a different place makes all the difference. Even our vendors are smiling, happy to have so many wonderful folks to talk to, laugh with and well look at.
Our thanks too go out to the many visitors who each year make the trek to Daytona Beach for Biketoberfest®. We're happy you invest in time away for yourself and appreciate the fact that you chose our area to spend your time and hard earned dollars within. Our promise to you is to always work hard to earn your business and we especially love to entertain you well and leave you with a nice memory to take back home and enjoy for many years to come. Be sure to also take and share lots of photos and more on our site and Face Book pages too. We love the chance to share the fun and look forward to seeing and hearing more from you all year long.
Thunder Beach Fall Rally September 30 - October 3
Panama City Beach hosts fall Thunder Beach Rally.
Panama City Beach, FL (August 15, 2010) - Thunder Beach is a series of events that take place at various venues on the Beach and in Panama City... concerts, bike parades, poker runs, and bikini girls being just a few of the highlights.
When you get to the Beach, your first stop needs to be the Biker Village and Thunder Beach Welcome Center at the Shoppes at Edgewater. The easiest way to get to the Biker Village is by turning off Back Beach Road (Hwy 98) at Beckrich Road, but you can also get there by following either Middle Beach or Front Beach Road until you get to Beckrich.
The Biker Village & Welcome Center will hook you up with a full events schedule, coupons, and generally orient you to the Beach and the events connected with Thunder Beach. Vendors will be set up offering everything you need for your ride, local bike dealers will be on hand with the newest models, and there'll be exhibits of bikes and accessories.
If you love to ride, this is one event you'll not want to miss! And if you don't ride, a visit to one of the great events Thunder Beach boasts might get you started!
The summer season is just flying by and we are rapidly approaching the dates for our Autumn Thunder Beach Motorcycle Rally. Thunder Beach is pleased to announce that the Motorsport Rally Corp. that represents Kuryakyn, Vance & Hines Exhaust, Mustang Seats (as well as Metzler Tires, Progressive Suspension and Performance Machine Inc.), along with other National Vendors like Baker Drivetrain, Cycle Solutions Dyno Tuning, Redneck Engineering, J&P Cycles, Desperado Motorcycles, RC Components, Hawg Halters, Rinehart Racing and many others will be attending the Autumn Rally. This commitment from our many National Vendors and Exhibitors is even more certification that Thunder Beach is one of the country's fastest growing and most popular motorcycle events. We are expecting great attendance for this Rally, so please contact your Official Thunder Beach Lodging Sponsor to secure your accommodations. Thunder Beach Productions is also busy working on new events and attractions for this Autumn's rally!
We have been extremely blessed in Panama City Beach. The only evidence of the oil spill on our beaches has been a few tar balls on the very west end of the beach and the presence of the BP cleanup crews. Our city and county officials have been prepared for the worst possible scenario, which will hopefully not occur. We are deeply concerned with the plight of our neighbors and friends to the west. They are experiencing catastrophic changes in their communities. Thunder Beach has been actively participating in charity events to help out our friends. Although there is no answer as to how much and for how long this environmental tragedy will be affecting the Gulf Coast, we must all come together to be part of the solution. All of our Official Thunder Beach Sponsors in lodging and business categories are looking forward to the Autumn Rally (Sept. 29th - Oct 3rd). Now more than ever we urge you to support only Official Thunder Beach Sponsors. Even though Panama City Beach has been spared (so far)the actual onslaught of the oil, most tourists, being fearful, have stayed away. Please look for our Official Sponsors ad in the Thunder Beach Souvenir Event Magazine, or the Official Rally Sponsors posters outside their businesses. Support the businesses that support this Rally. It wouldn't happen without them!!!
AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum Open House set for Saturday, Sept. 11
Free admission to Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum Open House.
Pickerington, OH (August 4, 2010) - Mark your calendars for Saturday, Sept. 11, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. That's when the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in Pickerington, Ohio, will open its doors to all visitors for a free day of family fun, community spirit and motorcycles, motorcycles, motorcycles!
The AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Open House will start with free admission to the facility, viewing the newly dedicated exhibitions: the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Gallery, Dirt-Track! All-American Racing, and 30-Year Ride: Honda’s Ohio-Made Motorcycles featuring motorcycles made right here in Ohio. The day will include something for everyone: vendors, food, fun for kids, motorcycles and more.
Companies interested in vending can contact Renee Bock at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (614) 856-2222, ext. 1293.
Join the fun at the open house and help out your neighbors at the same time. Bring in your non-perishable food items to support the Food Pantry of Pickerington.
Pickerington’s American Legion Hall Post #283 will be here at 11:00 AM to raise the flag in remembrance of 9/11.
And take the time to put your name in the hat for a fabulous Hall of Fame door prize, or get your tickets for the 2011 raffle bikes -- one winner will claim a 2010 Kawasaki Z1000 muscle bike and a perfectly restored 1973 Kawasaki Z1! The winning ticket for these bikes will be awarded next year at AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days.
"The idea is to open our doors to the community we call home, kick back and enjoy the day,” says Museum Operations Manager Katy Wood. “Whether you ride or just think motorcycles are cool, we’re looking forward to welcoming everyone to this great destination in their own backyard. With a full slate of activities -- and the world-class AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame at the center of it all -- you'll find plenty to like. Plus, you can't beat the price!"
Make plans now, and see you in September.
Harley-Davidson Foundation gives $1 million to Disabled American Veterans
Harley Davidson contributes to DAV.
Milwaukee, WI (August 5, 2010) - Harley-Davidson, Inc. (NYSE:HOG) yesterday announced the awarding of a second $1 million grant from the Harley-Davidson Foundation, Inc. to the non-profit organization, the Disabled American Veterans (DAV). Harley-Davidson’s relationship with the DAV dates to 2006, when the Harley-Davidson Foundation made a prior $1 million grant to the organization. The new grant announced yesterday at the DAV National Convention in Atlanta is designated for continued funding of the DAV’s Mobile Service Office (MSO) program over the next four years.
“We are proud to continue our relationship with the DAV and help the organization support veterans of all generations,” said Gail Lione, President, Harley-Davidson Foundation. “Veterans have always been important members of the Harley-Davidson family and partnering with the DAV is an ideal way to support them and recognize their contributions to our country.”
The DAV MSO program increases veterans’ accessibility to benefits by literally putting service offices on the road. Since 2007, this program sponsored by Harley-Davidson -- dubbed Harley’s Heroes® -- has visited thousands of sites across the United States, providing important counseling and assistance to help tens of thousands of veterans secure the benefits to which they are entitled from the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Department of Defense, and other government agencies.
“Harley-Davidson not only represents freedom and patriotism, the Company backs up its brand and generously supports those brave men and women whose sacrifices protect our nation,” said DAV National Adjutant/CEO Arthur H. Wilson. “Through the support of the Harley-Davidson Foundation, DAV representatives have visited nearly 300 dealerships across the nation on the Harley’s Heroes tour, delivering free benefits assistance to disabled veterans and their families through our Mobile Service Office program. It’s hard to put into words just how much the Harley’s Heroes program has meant to thousands of sick and wounded heroes.”
Founded in 1920 by disabled veterans returning from World War I, the DAV has continually represented the unique interests of the men and women who bear the wounds and scars of war. Through their network of 110 National Service Offices, 10 mobile service offices, and Transition Service Officers at more than 100 military installations, the 1.2 million member DAV builds better lives for all America’s disabled veterans and their families. In 2009, DAV represented nearly a quarter of a million veterans and their families in their claims for VA benefits, obtaining for them nearly $4.5 billion in new and retroactive benefits.
To learn more about Harley-Davidson’s support of veterans, visit, www.harley-davidson.com, including the “Salute to Veterans” page.
American Motorcyclist Association Unveils First-Ever National Motorcyclist Voter Guide
AMA announces a comprehensive online voter guide.
Pickerington, OH (July 23, 2010) - The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) is pleased to announce the 2010 AMA Voter Guide, a comprehensive online voter guide designed to educate AMA members on how their elected officials acted upon and voted on motorcycle-relevant issues.
The 2010 AMA Voter Guide, the first national voter guide of its kind for the motorcycling community, features a fuel-gauge rating for every federal and gubernatorial candidate of the major political parties who returned an AMA questionnaire. The rating shows how closely the candidates' answers correspond to the positions held by the AMA. The Voter Guide also spells out where candidates stand on motorcycling-related issues. In addition, it features a scorecard for federal incumbents seeking re-election that demonstrates how closely their voting records match the positions held by the AMA.
The 2010 AMA Voter Guide is available to AMA members in the Members Area of the AMA website at AMA Voter Guide. Motorcyclists who wish to join the AMA and take advantage of this latest member benefit can do so at Join AMA.
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"As a nonpartisan organization, the AMA does not endorse political candidates," said Ed Moreland, AMA senior vice president for government relations. "However, we encourage our members to cast their ballots based on candidates' positions on motorcycling-related issues, as well as other issues of importance to them. AMA members have long sought a voter guide, and we certainly hope they will take a hard look at our 2010 AMA Voter Guide to see where their candidates stand on issues important to the future of motorcycling before ultimately casting their votes."
In addition, the 2010 AMA Voter Guide includes candidate biographies, links to their campaign websites, photos of the candidates and other campaign information. There is also an easy way for voters to contact candidates by e-mail, either to ask a question or make a comment. To access election information and a list of candidates running for statewide or federal office, click HERE:
Because a number of candidates have yet to respond to the AMA questionnaire, AMA members are urged to use the 2010 AMA Voter Guide to contact their local candidates and encourage them to do so.
To help AMA members even more, the 2010 AMA Voter Guide includes links that allow members to register to vote, and view AMA Action Alerts on government-related motorcycling issues happening in their areas.
For those who want to get involved in the political process, the AMA offers easy to use tips and advice on the AMA website at Rights > Get Involved.
AMA pulls the wraps off new Hall of Fame gallery, plus Honda and dirt-track exhibits
A new main-floor gallery and opening of new exhibits.
Pickerington, OH (July 8, 2010) - An enthusiastic crowd was on hand Thursday, July 8, at the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in Pickerington, Ohio, for the dedication of the new main-floor gallery and the opening of the new exhibits, "30-Year Ride: Honda's Ohio-Made Motorcycles," and "Dirt-Track! All-American Racing."
Following a VIP tour and brunch, the noon ribbon-cutting ceremony officially ushered in a new era at the Hall of Fame.
"Our main-floor gallery takes the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame to a new level," said AMA President and CEO Rob Dingman. "We are shining a spotlight on the incredible men and women who have shaped the history of motorcycling. Their stories are as inspiring as they are fascinating, and help visitors and fellow motorcyclists fully appreciate the sport and lifestyle of motorcycling."
The new main floor gallery features eight areas, each representing a segment of motorcycling for which men and women are inducted into the Hall of Fame: Ambassadors and Industry, Design and Engineering, Dirt-Track, Leadership and Rights, Motocross and Supercross, Off-Road, Roadracing and Specialty Competition. Each area tells the story of a specific Hall of Fame member.
Introduction of the new gallery was accompanied by another Hall of Fame first: the opening of an exhibit showcasing 30 years of significant Honda motorcycles manufactured in Marysville, Ohio.
"I am deeply honored to represent the many Honda associates who manufactured some of the world's greatest motorcycles here in Ohio for 30 years," said Jan Gansheimer, the purchasing division manager for Honda of America Mfg., who served as plant manager of the Marysville Motorcycle Plant from 2007 to 2009.
The event marks the beginning of a full weekend of activities at AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, July 9-11 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio. Long-hailed as the largest motorcycle swap meet in North America, AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days also features a full slate of activities that includes vintage motorcycle racing, a vendor midway and seminars conducted by industry notables. The 2010 Marque of the Year is Husqvarna, and racing legend Malcolm Smith will be on hand as this year's grand marshal. Smith is a multi-time off-road champion who was catapulted to fame after appearing in the 1970s film "On Any Sunday" with actor and fellow motorcyclist Steve McQueen.
"Today's Hall of Fame event was the perfect kickoff for this weekend's activities," explained Jeffrey Heininger, acting chairman of the American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation, the organization responsible for raising funds for the non-profit Hall of Fame. "All proceeds from AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days benefit the Hall of Fame, which in turn helps us preserve and promote the tremendous legacy of motorcycling for future generations."
Knighter Welcomed Back With A Win.
Knighter Welcomed Back to GNCC with $10,000 MotorcycleUSA.com Snowshoe Win. Whibley and Kanney also on podium.
Snowshoe, WV (June 28, 2009) - The MotorcycleUSA.com Snowshoe GNCC, round nine of the Can-Am Grand National Cross Country Series, yielded big surprises for some and heartbreak for others, as David Knight returned to the podium with a dominant win on his privateer Kawasaki KX450F, followed by GEICO/JG Racing Monster Energy Kawasaki's Paul Whibley taking a surprise second and Shock Doctor KTM's Nate Kanney's first appearance on the podium since round one.
Defending GNCC champion Knight who just recently left a BMW ride in Europe to make this GNCC trip possible, took home the $10,000 overall win prize, as well as an additional $1000 for topping the XC1 class. The big-purse Snowshoe event, the only off-road race of its kind to take place at a ski resort, also paid a $5000 bonus to Whibley and $3000 to Kanney.
"The first thing is to have fun on the bike again," Knight said. "The track wasn't difficult. I just had to use my head a little bit."
Knight battled with FMF Makita Suzuki's Josh Strang for most of the race, until Strang crashed into a deer on the fifth lap, knocking the four-time race winner on the season out of the running in shocking fashion.
Strang and his teammate Charlie Mullins, Whibley and his teammate Jarrett and Am-Pro Yamaha's Barry Hawk made up the first line to take off in the modified start, which took place on a blacktop road with a live-engine start next to the Snowshoe ski village. Hawk led the pack around the first corner and into the toughest track of the 2009 season, where mud bogs, almost vertical hills and even wildlife challenged the riders. The double loop course was more than 20 miles in its entirety and riders needed more than endurance to make it six laps.
Knight, who started four rows back, quickly caught up to the group, and by the end of the first lap, Knight and Strang were in a tight battle for first-place physically on the track, with Knight taking the overall lead with time adjustments. While Knight and Strang played cat and mouse, they began to increase the gap between themselves and the hard charging pack of Jarrett, Whibley, Kanney, Mullins and Hawk.
Strang kept his physical lead but in the second lap, Knight passed him. The two stuck close together throughout 5 laps of racing while the riders behind them started to spread out. Whibley and Hawk started their own heated battle but a lapper got in the middle of them going into lap four blocking Hawk out under the scoring tent. After exchanging a few words with the rider, Hawk was off into the woods, but more bad luck knocked him out of the race completely.. Hawk throttle over a drop and was unable to finish past the fourth lap.
Kanney battled with Mullins and Kearney in the next pack was able to move into fourth place behind Knight, Strang and Whibley.
The race broke down to a Knight versus Strang battle for the win. In the fifth lap, disaster struck for Strang when he crashed into a deer in the woods of the course, leaving Whibley to make up significant time and climb into second place. The deer essentially allowed Whibley to extend his GNCC points lead over Strang.
"It was a long day for me," Whibley said. "I couldn't get up with them today. I managed to come in second and get some points. Jarrett and I got stuck in a mud hole for awhile and Josh passed us by. I never saw him again."
With Strang and Hawk out of the running for the podium, Knight significantly increased his lead, coming in five minutes ahead of Whibley who came in second and Kanney in third.
People looked out the windows of their hotel rooms, and poured out of the local eateries in a huge crowd to see the riders cross the finish line.
"The first lap was a bit dodgy in a few places," Knight said. "I didn't know where Strang was in the lead and I went the wrong way a few times. At the moment I'm happy to be doing my own thing again."
Nate Kanney took third for the second time this year, moving him up in the point standings.
"It was one of those days where it felt like it was one step forward and two steps back," he said. "It seemed like it was like that for everyone. In the end it was just being consistent and getting to the finish. It's been an up and down year but it is what it is. In the end, this is what you get if you work hard."
Mullins took fourth place, followed by Jarrett in fifth. Strang was able to recover to come in sixth place, with Jesse Robinson on a Husaberg coming in seventh. Kenny Gilbert was eighth, with visiting AMA Pro Motocross pilot Charles Summey ninth. The Shock Doctor KTM of Kurt Casselli rounded out the Top 10.
In XC2 action, Jason Thomas took a decisive victory, taking the lead from wire-to-wire for his first win of the year. Thomas spent most of the race so far ahead of the rest of the XC2 crowd, he spent most of his time on the track by himself, gunning to get up with the XC1 riders.
"The first lap was like riding at home," Thomas, who grew up outside of the Welsh forest, said. "I could swear I was at home. I didn't get arm pump, I didn't get tired. I pushed all day in the hopes I could get to the front. But those guys rode awesome."
Thomas and the Shock Doctor KTM's of Cory Buttrick and Kailub Russell have been the group to watch in XC2 action, but today, the KTM duo saw bad luck right from the beginning.
"The first lap, a mile into it, my brakes locked up," Russell said. "Then they totally went out. I putted around kind of bummed but they came back and I started riding better and I started moving up."
In the first lap, Buttrick got stuck in a mud hole, taking fifteen minutes to get out of the quicksand like terrain and falling back to 13th place. Ryan Echols made a hard charge to stay in third place, but was out of running after the fourth lap. Buttrick and Russell started to make a recovery even though they couldn't catch up to Thomas.
"I was pretty happy with my riding," Russell said. "The first thing I thought was, 'Man, I'm not going to be on the podium. But I dug deep and rode pretty good."
With Thomas taking a decisive lead, Privateer Jake Korn, who has been finishing just off the podium this season, roared into third and then second place.
"I was off to a great start," Korn said. "I couldn't push too hard so I didn't get stuck. I just took my time and paced myself to just get through the track."
Russell came in third, with GEICO/JG Racing Monster Kawasaki's Scottie Watkins in fourth. Eric Bailey made it through losing his seat midway through the race came in fifth. David Snyder came in sixth followed by Buttrick in seventh. Mat Herrington, Ryan Echols and Patrick Massie rounded out the top 10.
Top Amatuer Award went to Chris Bach.
The Can-Am Grand National Cross Country Series is now on a two month break and will return with the Can-Am Unadilla GNCC in New Berlin, NY on September 12-13.
1. David Knight (KAW)
2. Paul Whibley (KAW)
3. Nathan Kanney (KTM)
4. Charles Mullins (SUZ)
5. Jim Jarrett (KAW)
6. Josh Strang (SUZ)
7. Jesse Robinson (HUS)
8. Kenny Gilbert (KAW)
9. Charles Summey (KTM)
10. Kurt Casselli (KTM)
XC1 Point Standings
1. Paul Whibley (214/3 wins) 2. Josh Strang (201/4 wins) 3. Charles Mullins (197/1 win) 4.Jim Jarrett (160) 5. Nathan Kanney (139) 6.Barry Hawk Jr. (123) 7. Kurt Casselli (121) 8.Jesse Robinson (92) 9. Glenn Kearney (91) 10.Kenneth Gilbert (87)
1. Jason Thomas (YAM)
2. Jake Korn (KTM)
3. Kailub Russell (KTM)
4. Scott Watkins (KAW)
5. Eric Bailey (KTM)
6. David Snyder (YAM)
7. Cory Buttrick (KTM)
8. Mat Herrington (KAW)
9. Ryan Echols (KAW)
10. Patrick Massie (KAW)
XC2 Point Standings
1.Kailub Russell (247/6 wins) 2.Cory Buttrick (193/1 win) 3. Jason Thomas (191/1 win) 4. Scott Watkins (175) 5.Jake Korn (146) 6.Brian Lawson (108) 7.Robert Santheson (108) 8.Andrew Matusek (94) 9. Eric Bailey (90) 10. Mat Herrington (85)
About GNCC Racing
The Can-Am Grand National Cross Country Series is America's premier off-road racing series. Founded in 1973, the 13-round championship is produced exclusively by Racer Productions. Cross country racing is one of the most physically demanding sports in the world. The grueling three-hour GNCC races lead as many as 1,800 riders through tracks ranging in length from eight to 12 miles, competing for more than $3 million in prizes. With varied terrain, including hills, woods, mud, dirt, rocks and motocross sections, GNCC events are tests of both survival and speed. For more information, please visit www.gnccracing.com.
Wolf Wins Wild Race.
Privateer Wolf Takes $10,000 Victory at MotorcycleUSA.com Snowshoe GNCC. First-Ever XC2 Pro-Am Rider to Win GNCC Overall.
Snowshoe, WV (June 27, 2009) - In an unprecedented surprise, privateer Brian Wolf on a Yamaha took home the overall win at the MotorcycleUSA.com Snowshoe GNCC, round 9 of the 2009 Can-Am Grand National Cross Country Series, making him the first XC2 Pro-Am ATV rider ever to take a GNCC overall win.
Wolf was welcomed on the podium with wolf howls and thunderous applause by the largest podium crowd the 2009 season has seen so far.
Wolf, speechless at first looked around at the crowd before making his victory speech.
"I'm so pumped, so excited to be here," he said as he accepted his $10,000 purse prize from MotorcycleUSA.com. "I'm really not going for the overall. I'm going for the XC2 Championship. This is just a bonus."
Making the win even bigger, Wolf said this would be his last year competing in GNCC and when asked if he thought he would return for the next season because of his big win, Wolf still didn't have any definite answers.
"I always told myself, the pro guys are so fast," he said. "Bill and Chris are so fast. I said there would be no sense to keep racing if I can't be up here with these guys. I guess I stuck my foot in my mouth!"
"I just promised my wife some things though so... but she's phenomenal so maybe she will let me," he finished with a laugh.
Wolf took the first overall and first in the XC2 Class, while Rockstar/Makita Suzuki's Chris Borich took first place in XC1, followed by defending GNCC champion, Yamaha's Bill Ballance in second and Ballance's teammate Brandon Sommers in third.
Borich took the early lead, starting in the first line of the modified start, where a different line of riders started off every five seconds with live engines on a paved road beside the Snowshoe Resort Village. FRE KTM's Adam McGill, Yamaha's Taylor Kiser and Sommers, Ballance and Houser Racing's Bryan Cook battled the roughest course of the year, taking on mud bogs, fast trails and almost vertical climbs.
The twenty mile-double loop and the modified start are unique to the Snowshoe GNCC, and the Snowshoe race is considered as the toughest of the season.
"This event is strange with the way it starts and the time differences," Ballance said. "Maybe this should be looked at as a money event - not a point event. It was great to come up for this. It was like a Last Man Standing type of event."
Borich, the current GNCC points leader, fell back to 9th place in the second lap after he missed a trail and had to retrace his steps. Ballance also fell back in the second lap, falling into eighth place while Yamaha's Donnie Ockerman ran in first place physically on the track. Wolf, who started on the 11th line in the pack, roared to the overall lead with time adjustments and had a 45 second margin over Ockerman.
Ockerman fell back to fourth place in the fourth lap, and Borich and Ballance began making their recovery, with Borich moving back to second place in the third lap. Borich crossed the finish line physically first, less than a second ahead of Ballance with Sommers in third.
"We had a good time out there," Borich said. "I knew Bill was there. It was good to see him out there. I just wanted to get out and worry about the points. We're sitting pretty right now."
Borich accepted a $5,000 purse prize and Ballance earned an extra $3,000 with his for their second and third overall positions.
"They threw about everything at us that they could," Ballance said. "I had a good time. It's a unique event for us."
ATVRider.com Yamaha's Jarrod McClure started the race in fourth, and held third in the second and third laps to finish fourth.
Cook finished in fifth, followed by Ockerman in sixth and Warnert Can-Am's Chris Bithell in seventh. Ryan Lane finished in eighth place while Taylor Kiser, who started the race in third, place fell back to 4th, and then eventually finished 9th. Duane Johnson on a Honda took 10th.
McGill, the winner of last year's Snowshoe race, finished the first lap in first, but broke a footpeg in the second lap, taking an extended pit for repairs. He didn't finish his second lap until more than an hour later. McGill finished the race in 19th place.
Wolf returned to the XC2 podium where he was joined by the familiar trio of FRE KTM's Josh Kirkland in second and Eric Hoyland on a Honda in third.
Walker Fowler continued his streak as Top Amateur.
Can-Am riders swept the A.M. race as Michael Swift took the GT Thunder Morning Racing Overall Award, followed by Jerime Duding in second and Scott Kilby in third overall. Their 4x4 machines took advantage of the rugged Snowshoe track.
In the Women's race, FRE KTM's Angel Atwell took first, followed by Yamaha's Traci Cecco in second and Jesi Stracham in third.
The MotorcycleUSA.com Snowshoe GNCC continues tomorrow with bikes.
1. Brian Wolf
2. Chris Borich (SUZ)
3. Bill Ballance (YAM)
4. Brandon Sommers (YAM)
5. Jarrod McClure (YAM)
6. Bryan Cook (HOUS)
7. Donald Ockerman (YAM)
8. Chris Bithell (CAN)
9. Josh Kirkland (KTM)
10. Ryan Lane (Hon)
1. Chris Borich (SUZ)
2. Bill Ballance (YAM)
3. Brandon Sommers (YAM)
4. Jarrod McClure (YAM)
5. Bryan Cook (HOUS)
6. Donald Ockerman (YAM)
7. Chris Bithell (CAN)
9. Taylor Kiser (YAM)
10. Duane Johnson (HON)
1. Brian Wolf (Yam)
2. Josh Kirkland (KTM)
3. Eric Hoyland (HON)
4. Kevin Yoho (YAM)
5. Scottie Rich (KTM)
6. Parker Jones (HON)
7. Josh Konecheck (POL)
8. Gabe Phillips (HON)
9. Mark Notman (POL)
10. Josh Beavers (KTM)
XC1 Point Standings
1.Chris Borich (222/6 wins) 2. Taylor Kiser (182/1 win) 3. Adam McGill (160) 4. Bill Ballance (154/1 win) 5. Bryan Cook (148/1 win) 6. Brandon Sommers (147) 7. Donald Ockerman (119) 8. Duane Johnson (111) 9. Jarrod McClure (110) 10. Chris Bithell (89)
XC2 Point Standings
1. Brian Wolf (246/6 points) 2. Josh Kirkland (233/3 wins) 3. Eric Hoyland (154) 4. Parker Jones (124) 5. Rob Hertz (119) 6. Gabe Phillips (96) 7.Scottie Rich (95) 8. Dustin Canipe (88) 9. Kevin Yoho (81) 10.Josh Beavers (79)
About GNCC Racing
The Can-Am Grand National Cross Country Series is America's premier off-road racing series. Founded in 1973, the 13-round championship is produced exclusively by Racer Productions. Cross country racing is one of the most physically demanding sports in the world. The grueling three-hour GNCC races lead as many as 1,800 riders through tracks ranging in length from eight to 12 miles, competing for more than $3 million in prizes. With varied terrain, including hills, woods, mud, dirt, rocks and motocross sections, GNCC events are tests of both survival and speed. For more information, please visit www.gnccracing.com.
About Racer Productions
A West Virginia-based motorcycle and ATV event production company, Racer Productions has been a leader in the off-road racing industry for more than 30 years. It's repertoire of facilities and events includes the 13-round Can-Am Grand National Cross Country Series, since 1973; professional and amateur national events at High Point Raceway in Mount Morris, Pennsylvania, since 1977; and professional and amateur ATV events at Loretta Lynn's Ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee. For more information, please visit www.racerproductions.com.
Police are investigating 2 crashes involving motorcyclists who were killed.
Police wait on toxicology report to determine cause of deadly crash.
West Melbourne, FL (June 21, 2009) - A toxicology report will help police determine the cause of a deadly crash that killed a 52-year-old motorcyclist earlier this month. The traffic crash happened June 2 at Wickham Road and Greenboro Drive. It was the second fatal crash involving a motorcycle in West Melbourne that week.
"It's still under investigation and charges are pending," said Cmdr. Steve Wilkinson of the West Melbourne Police Department.
Daniel J. Bozza of Melbourne was riding his motorcycle south on Wickham when police said he was struck by a Honda driven by Vanessa Giaimo, 29, of West Melbourne. Giaimo, who was not seriously injured, was making a left turn onto Greenboro when the collision took place, police said. Police later issued a public alert, seeking any possible witnesses to the accident.
West Melbourne police said they are waiting results from toxicology tests, which typically take six to eight weeks to complete.
Another motorcyclist, identified as 41-year-old William Fairchild, was killed in West Melbourne on May 31 in a crash that involved no other vehicles.
"That's also still under investigation," Wilkinson said. Anyone with information on the accident can call police at 723-9673.
Thief picks wrong motorcycle to rip off.
Thief takes motorcycle that was rigged with a LoJack that led police right to him.
Palm Bay, FL (June 20, 2009) - A suspected motorcycle thief picked the wrong victim when the 2007 model Honda CBR-1000 RR he stole was rigged with a LoJack that led police right to him.
Just before 7:30 a.m. Friday the victim called police to report someone had stolen his motorcycle from outside his apartment located at 220 Interchange #103. The victim told police the bike was equipped with the LoJack system, a small radio frequency transceiver hidden on the vehicle. The device has a unique code that is tied to the vehicle identification number (VIN). When a vehicle theft is reported to the police, a routine entry into the state police crime computer results in a match which automatically triggers the device to send an inaudible signal that can be tracked by law enforcement.
In this case the signal directed officers to a home at 225 Consolata Street NW. Patrol officers responded to the location and attempted to contact persons inside the house. The door was slightly ajar and damaged indicating a possible burglary. Officers repeatedly announced their presence and asked if anyone was inside but received no answer. Neighbors subsequently reported seeing a suspicious person on the same property walking around just prior to police response.
Fearing a possible burglary in progress or the possibility the homeowner may have been hurt or injured inside, officers entered the home. Officers located the homeowner, identified as David Matteson, 27. Matteson was found sleeping on his bed next to a loaded 12-gauge shotgun. There were other loaded weapons in close proximity. Officers immediately secured Matteson and also discovered evidence in plain view involving what appeared to be a small marijuana grow operation. The stolen motorcycle was also located in the backyard secured in a covered trailer.
Matteson was placed under arrest and faces charges of cultivation of marijuana and grand theft of a motorcycle. Additional charges are pending, including possible weapons charges. Officers secured the residence and obtained a search warrant to conduct an investigation.
GNCC Round 9 comes to Snowshoe Mountain, WV June 27th and 28th.
An all-new, innovative 20-mile race track will challenge racers at next weekend's MotorcycleUSA.com Snowshoe GNCC, round nine of the Can-AM Grand National Cross Country Series.
Snowshoe Mountain, WV (June 19, 2009) -Can you believe they let us race here? The toughest, most spectacular and most unique race on the whole GNCC tour, the MotorcycleUSA.com Snowshoe GNCC made its debut in 2007 and will not soon be forgotten. The race is set in the upscale ski village at Snowshoe, West Virginia’s largest ski resort. The surroundings are not only several steps above the typical GNCC course, they’re also plusher than many luxury resorts. The array of hotels, shops and restaurants provide plenty of entertainment off the race track, and the facility also hosts an amazing golf course and some of the best mountain bike trails in the country.
An all-new, innovative 20-mile race track will challenge racers at next weekend's MotorcycleUSA.com Snowshoe GNCC, round nine of the Can-AM Grand National Cross Country Series. The brand-new track, twice the length of a normal GNCC course, will include an amazing 1000 foot climb and a dizzying array of rocks, mud holes and hill climbs, promising to put the world's top off-road racers to a true test.
The afternoon ATV (Saturday) and bike race (Sunday) will use the 20 mile double loop, which consists of 10 miles on the traditional east side of the facility, and a new 10-mile loop on the west side. The pro pits lie in the center of the two loops, so fans and teams will still see the racers every ten miles, similar to a regular GNCC.
"It's difficult to build the right track at Snowshoe because the terrain is so steep and so tough," says GNCC Trail Boss Jeff Russell, the 1991 AMA Enduro Champion. "Snowshoe has given us access to the west side of the property for the first time, which opens up a network of trails with a great flow to them. I'm really confident this track will work."
The new track joins the unprecedented $50,000 prize purse and an unmatched setting at West Virginia's largest ski resort to form an off-road race like no other in the world.
The event will still start with the traditional Snowshoe GP-style start in the center of the Resort Village. Youth and Morning race GNCC riders will race on the east side of Snowshoe Resort only. Russell and the GNCC track crew have redesigned that section of the course in comparison to last year. Youth riders will run on an abbreviated track, and five new miles are incorporated into the morning race, with the more difficult sections running downhill to prevent traffic jams, and the faster sections up the ski slopes run uphill to keep speeds down.
The afternoon races, for Pro, Expert and Intermediate-level racers, will utilize the western territory for the first time ever. After completing the traditional 10 miles on the east side, riders will cross the finish line and then wind over to the west. The track will plunge nearly 1000 feet in elevation on downhill trails, introduce them to a good flow of tight trails in the valley, and then climb back up 1000 feet on a rugged, steep, powerline road, very similar to sections used in the legendary Blackwater 100 off-road race-the original GNCC. Snowshoe hotels rooms and the GNCC pro pits lie at the top of the climb.
"The climb is going to be just an epic sight," says Jeff. "You have to come up 1000 feet of elevation to get back to the pits, and it's on rough power line roads up hill, just like Blackwater. Lots of lines so no one will get stuck behind slower riders. And the view from the top will be unbelievable."
The traditional two-hour ATV race and three-hour bike race times will remain, and GNCC officials estimate that will make for a 2 ˝ lap ATV race and a 4 ˝ lap bike race.
The Motorcycleusa.com Snowshoe GNCC takes place on June 27 and 28, 2009. Ticket prices for the event are just $15 for the full race weekend, including ATV racing all day on Saturday and bike racing on Sunday. In all, up to 1500 riders are expected to compete. Children five and under are free, as is full access to the pro pits and pro rider autographs. Also, Snowshoe will keep its ski lift chairs operating all weekend to shuttle fans down to the more spectacular parts of the course.
Snowshoe Resort is West Virginia's largest ski resort, and also offers mountain biking and golf in the summer months. The event offers riders a once-a-year opportunity to race around a resort, with hotels and restaurants all within site of the track. The event will even start right in the middle of the ski village. For more information on Snowshoe, visit www.snowshoemtn.com
The famed Blackwater 100 was the original GNCC race, and it took place in the same part of the state as Snowshoe. So to celebrate the Blackwater heritage, the Snowshoe race starts “in town.” Unlike a typical GNCC dead-engine start in a field, riders at the Snowshoe line up on a paved road in groups of five. They start live engine every five seconds, which makes for a spectacular scene.
But once the riders are on the course, everything beautiful disappears. A few miles of the course make up simply the roughest, toughest section of GNCC track you’ll see all year. Deep mud bogs, massive tree roots and near-vertical hill climbs are enough to stop almost everyone, and if not for the help of the ever-determined “mud fleas” (GNCC fans) some sections may not be passable at all. In the tradition of the old Blackwater, which was known as the “World’s Toughest Race,” the Snowshoe GNCC is the ultimate test for a cross-country racer. Luckily, the course also features a few miles of gravel road, which provides a much-needed rest.
To further keep riders on their toes, Snowshoe sits at 4242 feet of elevation, so jetting becomes an issue for most machines. Except it tends to be pretty cold, too, since you’re so high up.
To further seperate the Snowshoe GNCC from other races on the tour, MotorcycleUSA.com has stepped up to offer a $50,000 purse for the 2009 event. The purse will be split for the ATV and bike race days, offering $10,000 to the overall winner of each race, and splitting the rest of the prize money between the other top finishers. Big thanks to MotorcycleUSA.com for putting up the big bounty!
For more information on the Can-Am Grand National Cross Country Series, visit www.gnccracing.com.
Orange County deputy strikes deer with his motorcycle.
The deputy is recovering and is now in stable condition at Orlando Regional Medical Center.
Geneva, FL (June 10,2009) - An Orange County sheriff's deputy is recovering at a local hospital this morning after he struck a deer with his motorcycle on a dark road.
Deputy Chuck Kochanowski had been working security at the Magic game Tuesday at the Amway Arena and was on his way home to Seminole County.
Kochanowski struck the animal on Old Mims Road, just east of Snow Hill Road in Geneva, shortly before 1:40 a.m.
Rescue crews transported Kochanowski to Orlando Regional Medical Center. He is in stable condition. Kochanowski suffered broken ribs and a broken collar bone.
The deputy is recovering and is now in stable condition at Orlando Regional Medical Center. Officials say he is going to recover and concede that his injuries could have been much worse.
Sergeant Steve Fortier with the Seminole County Sheriff's Office says motor deputies are not normally scheduled to work nights. "Basically, we don't ride our motorcycles at this time of night because there are a lot of dangers you can't see, when hitting an animal like this in a car would be a non-incident," said Sergeant Fortier.
Kochanowski would not have been on his motorcycle so late at night, but he was working a security detail at the Magic's NBA Finals game. He was only a few miles from his Geneva home when the crash happened. Florida Highway Patrol sergeant Kim Miller said the deer died at the scene.
"There were quite a few motor deputies that responded right to the hospital to meet him and be there at the hospital," said Sergeant Fortier. Deputies were still in the hospital by Kochanowski's bedside Wednesday morning.
Former AMA chairman Dal Smilie arraigned in Ohio court.
Dal Smilie arraigned on two felony charges of grand theft by deception and receiving stolen property.
Fairfield County, OH (June 8,2009) - American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) former Board of Directors Chairman Dal Smilie was arraigned today at 9:30 a.m. in the Fairfield County Hall of Justice on two felony charges related to evidence discovered by the AMA that Mr. Smilie submitted unsubstantiated expense reimbursement claims over a period of years.
Mr. Smilie is accused of grand theft by deception and receiving stolen property from the motorcycle group, based in suburban Columbus, between January 2003 and December 2007. Smilie was a member of the association’s board of directors for 25 years, including a term as chairman, before he resigned in November 2007.
Mr. Smilie entered a plea of not guilty in response to the Fairfield County grand jury indictment. He was freed on a $25,000 surety bond and a $10,000 recognizance bond.
Smilie, 60, said he was surprised with his arrest since he thought he and the AMA had reached an amicable settlement almost a year ago. He allegedly had inflated travel reimbursement claims. “The amount that we had in dispute about the travel claims were all more than refunded,” Smilie said. “Our indication was that it was a civil matter.”
In a column last September in the motorcycle association’s magazine, AMA chairman Stan Simpson said that while they made changes to “help us avoid the kind of financial shenanigans that we recently experienced with a former board chairman” and recently entered into a six-figure settlement that satisfied the board’s demand for reparations, it didn’t eliminate the possibility of criminal proceedings by local authorities.
“Two things took place,” said AMA spokesman Pete terHorst. “There was a civil action, which was resolved between Mr. Smilie and the AMA that happened last summer. But we also turned over the results of the investigation by AMA to the county attorney.”
Judge Robert Burger accepted Billy Lane's plea of no contest and will face 9 years as part of plea deal.
Lane was charged two years ago with one count of DUI manslaughter in connection with the 2006 traffic accident in which Sebastian Inlet park ranger Gerald Morelock, 56, died.
** UPDATE ** Melbourne, FL (June 9,2009) - Circuit Judge Robert Burger today accepted motorcycle builder Billy Lane’s plea of no contest to a single felony count of vehicular homicide. He faces a cap of about nine years in prison when he is sentenced at 9 a.m. Aug. 14 by Judge Burger. Prosecutors dropped a DUI manslaughter charge under the terms of the plea bargain. The deal also mandates a lifetime license suspension, though defense lawyer Greg Eisenmenger said Lane might be able to retain use of it for specific purposes, such as work. Probation, house arrest or alcohol and drug provisions will be up to the discretion of the judge.
Melbourne, FL (June 8, 2009) - Billy Lane the 39 year old motorcycle builder is facing up to nine years in prison on a single felony charge of vehicular homicide in connection with a Labor Day 2006 car crash that left a Melbourne Beach man, also a motorcyclist, dead. After several delays, Lane is expected in court Tuesday morning to change his not guilty plea. He would then be sentenced at 9 a.m. Aug. 14.
Lane working out of his shop in Melbourne was featured on The Discovery Channel's motorcycle-themed reality competition series "Biker Buildoff" and "Monster Garage". He built choppers in the US 1 location going for $30,000 and up.
Lane was charged two years ago with one count of DUI manslaughter in connection with the 2006 traffic accident in which Sebastian Inlet park ranger Gerald Morelock, 56, died. Police said Lane's blood-alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit when he crossed a double yellow line to pass slow traffic on State Road A1A south of Melbourne Beach. He crashed his Dodge pickup head on into Morelock's small Yamaha motorcycle on Sept. 4, 2006, police said.
After several delays, Lane is expected in court Tuesday morning to change his not guilty plea. He would then be sentenced at 9 a.m. Aug. 14. "We did get the written plea agreement in," defense attorney Greg Eisenmenger said. "Based on my review of it, I don't anticipate any problems. I anticipate we are good to go Tuesday."
Due to the legal discussions over the permissibility of blood evidence at trial, prosecutors in late December added an alternative charge of vehicular homicide, which requires the state to prove that Lane was driving recklessly but does not include the drug or alcohol element needed to prove DUI manslaughter. Both charges are second-degree felonies, punishable by up to 15 years in prison.
Lane's attorneys say he will agree to a plea deal in court Tuesday. As part of the deal, prosecutors have agreed to drop the DUI manslaughter charge. But under the terms of the plea deal, they will seek a nine-year prison term for the vehicular homicide charge, a term Lane is eligible for under state sentencing guidelines when his prior criminal record is considered. Eisenmenger will seek a sentence that calls for no time in prison. "We believe there are mitigating factors in this case and we're going to be presenting those to the court at sentencing," he said.
Motorcycle and Scooter Annual Ride To Work Day is Monday, June 15.
On Ride To Work Day, the practical side of riding becomes more visible as a larger number of Americas 8,000,000 cycles are ridden to work.
On June fifteenth of this year, the number of motorcycles and scooters on roads and highways will more than double as many riders become two-wheeled commuters to help demonstrate that riding is an efficient, economical form of personal transportation which makes parking easier and helps traffic flow better. This year marks the eighteenth annual worldwide event, which involves riders of all ages occupations, and from all walks of life.
"Motorcycles and scooters consume less resources per mile than automobiles, and they take up less space in parking areas and on roads. Rider's seek employer support for this efficient form of transportation, and more government and public awareness about ridings many benefits," states Andy Goldfine, the program organizer.
Commuting on this day shows the positive value of motorcycles and scooters for transportation. For hundreds of thousands of workers, motorcycles and scooters are an economical, efficient and socially responsible form of mobility that saves energy, helps the environment and provides a broad range of other public benefits. Motorcycling and scootering clubs around the world encourage their members to ride to work on this annual day.
According to the United States Census Bureau and the Department of Transportation, over eighty million cars and light trucks are used for daily commuting on American roads, and about 200,000 motorcycles and scooters are a regular part of this mix. On Ride To Work Day, the practical side of riding becomes more visible as a larger number of Americas 8,000,000 cycles are ridden to work.
Honda Sport Touring Association (HSTA) is now Motorcycle Sport Touring Association (MSTA).
HSTA now the MSTA continues it's proud heritage under a new name.
Formally known as the HSTA they are now the Motorcycle Sport Touring Association or MSTA. HSTA was an acronym for Honda Sport Touring Association which was formed in the early 80's by Honda V-4 owners who enjoyed touring on their sporty bikes. Nearly thirty years later a whole genre of motorcycling now calls itself "sport-touring" but back in the day, it was just some riders who liked going places on their sporty Sabre, Magna and VFR motorcycles. Today as an "all brands" organization it would be hard to name a modern motorcycle brand not represented within the membership. It is primarily for this reason that the name was recently changed to the Motorcycle Sport Touring Association. MSTA has grown to an international organization of over 1700 members. There are members in almost every state and even a few in other countries. MSTA prides itself on it's skilled riders, rigorous use of safety gear and safe riding practices.
The MSTA was founded in 1982 and is chartered by the American Motorcyclist Association. The MSTA originally chartered as the Honda Sport Touring Association (HSTA) but has recently changed it's name to reflect its true purpose as an association of motorcyclists that like to ride no matter the brand. The primary purpose of the club is to bring together riders whose focus is motorcycle sport touring regardless of type or brand of motorcycle. There are members throughout the US, Canada, and numerous foreign countries. Members range in age from late teens to late eighties, with a median age between 35 and 45, and include virtually all socioeconomic strata. The majority of members ride sport touring bikes.
When becoming a member you will be joining a truly outstanding group of motorcycle sport touring enthusiasts! You will find the membership to be comprised of others just like yourself who are looking for a quality motorcycling experience. The members tend to have an insatiable thirst for knowledge, love to take trips - long and short, enjoy spending time together discussing their favorite subject - motorcycles! But mostly, they love to ride, to go with a flair towards adventure - little luggage, a full gas tank, and some money in the wallet (You might want to throw in some twisty roads, and hills too). The MSTA is quite a dynamic organization, where Safety, Fun, Camaraderie, and Riding Skills Enhancement are values shared by all.
MSTA members consider themselves true enthusiasts and are often found riding when weaker souls are grounded by "bad weather". The club differs from some other groups in that most of its members don't care for riding in large groups and, once a destination has been selected, will split into twos and threes, each group selecting their own pace and routes. In addition to local gatherings in most states each month, many other activities, such as MSF rider courses, campouts, overnighters are regularly organized. There are several major national and regional events that take place each year. Highways, canyons or even off road - wherever or however, MSTA has members who do your kind of riding. They concentrate on safe, sane riding at The Pace - not fast, not slow, but just right. Interested in learning more about the MSTA click HERE to go to their web site. For the Florida MSTA go HERE.
Katy Wood named operations manager for AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum.
Wood will also assist the AMA's marketing group as it supports museum-related events that are designed to bring more visitors to the facility's Pickerington location.
Pickerington, OH (May 6, 2009) - The AMA announced that Katy Wood has been named the Operations Manager for the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum. Wood will be responsible for managing the museum's vast motorcycle, literature and memorabilia collections and ensuring care of all loaned objects. Wood will also oversee museum staff, volunteers, and the online store and gift shop.
"Katy Wood brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to this position, and I am pleased that we will be able to better leverage her background in this new role," said Rob Dingman, AMA president and CEO. "Katy will prove to be invaluable as the AMA invests more resources to showcase our Motorcycle Hall of Fame and the legendary personalities who have contributed so much to the legacy of motorcycling in America."
Dingman added that Wood will also assist the AMA's marketing group as it supports museum-related events that are designed to bring more visitors to the facility's Pickerington location.
A 1990 graduate of the University of Kansas with a BA in English, Wood was hired by the AMA in 2000 as the museum management assistant. In that role she was the museum's registrar responsible for documenting all loaned and donated items, as well as coordinating the logistics of shipping loaned items to and from the museum. She managed the annual Hall of Fame nomination, voting and induction process, including the yearly gala event; planned museum events and arranged for outside groups renting the facility; and assisted outside researchers and the media with various projects including magazine articles, film and television programs, and photography. Wood also served as the administrative assistant for museum staff and the American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation Board of Directors.
Wood returns to the museum after serving for one year as the administrative assistant to the Administrative Services Department.
"We are really glad to have Katy back with the museum," said Stan Simpson, AMA board of directors chairman and the acting chairman of the American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation Board of Directors. "Many of our supporters and contributors remember how hard she worked at everything she did, and she was a gracious ambassador for the museum. Katy was a constant source of excellence, and I am confident she will help us take the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum to the next level of achievement and recognition."
The vote is in: Consumer Product Safety Commission votes to stay enforcement of law making sale of youth model off-highway vehicles illegal.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has voted to stay enforcement of a lead law that currently bans the sale of youth-model motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles (ATVs).
PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has voted to stay enforcement of a lead law that currently bans the sale of youth-model motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles (ATVs). The stay, which extends through May 1, 2011, follows a unanimous vote by Acting Chairwoman Nancy Nord and Commissioner Thomas Moore.
The AMA Government Relations Department is currently examining the 25-page Stay of Enforcement document and will issue more details shortly. It can be viewed by clicking here.
The law in question is the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA). Designed to protect children from lead in toys that might easily end up in children's mouths, the language of the legislation has ensnared a number of products that have little exposure risk, including youth-model motorcycles and ATVs.
"While we applaud the CPSC commissioners' vote to stay enforcement of the law, this doesn't solve the real issue, which is the law itself," said Ed Moreland, AMA vice president for government relations. "Youth-model motorcycles and ATVs should be exempt from the law, and Congress needs to act to make that happen. Hopefully, this stay will give Congress the time it needs to fix this law, and we will continue to work with both legislators and our partners in the industry to make certain that it does."
Moreland added that nearly 80,000 AMA and ATVA (All-Terrain Vehicle Association) members contacted their lawmakers and the CPSC to let them know how they feel. "I'm convinced this helped shape Chairman Nord's and Commissioner Moore's decision to support a moratorium on enforcing the lead law," he said.
Despite the stay, it is unclear whether state attorneys general will also decline to enforce the CPSIA. The sale of youth-model motorcycles and ATVs is still technically illegal. Even though a stay means that dealers would not be subject to fines or penalties imposed by the CPSC, state attorneys general would still be able to prosecute violators if they chose to do so.
"Motorcyclists and ATV riders need to let the Congress know that we are concerned about the law, and that we want kids' OHVs excluded from the law," said Moreland. "We need to continue to let our decision-makers know how we feel."
Riders should contact their federal lawmakers and ask them to support legislation to exempt youth-sized motorcycles and ATVs from the CPSIA by going to the "Rights" and then "Issues and Legislation" section of the AMA website at AmericanMotorcyclist.com.
Also, individuals can sign up for the AMA/ATVA Government Relations Department's Action E-list so that they can be notified by e-mail when their support is needed to make a difference on important issues. Those interested in circulating a petition to change the CPSIA should contact Jessica Irving, AMA/ATVA grassroots coordinator, at email@example.com.
The CPSIA took effect in February and it immediately stopped the sale of dirt bikes and ATVs designed for children 12 and under. The law was meant to protect children from dangerous levels of lead in toys, but it was written so broadly that it also impacted children's books, clothes, motorcycles and ATVs.
Under the CPSIA, all youth products containing lead must have less than 600 parts per million by weight. The CPSC has interpreted the law to apply to various components of youth-model motorcycles and ATVs, including the engine, brakes, suspension, battery and other mechanical parts. Even though the lead levels in these parts are small, they are still above the minimum threshold.
To ensure continued availability and access to youth-model motorcycles and ATVs, the Motorcycle Industry Council, Specialty Vehicle Industry Association, the AMA, ATVA and others asked the CPSC to consider petitions submitted to exclude youth-model motorcycles and ATVs from the final rule governing the law.
The CPSC staff admits that the risk of exposure to lead from youth-model motorcycles and ATVs is relatively low. But the staff told the commissioners that the law is written so strictly that no lead absorption into the body is allowed. As a result, they say, motorcycles and ATVs shouldn't be exempt from the law.
In April, the two-member CPSC rejected an industry request to exempt youth-model off-road motorcycles and ATVs from the CPSIA because the agency did not believe that it had the authority to exclude these vehicles from the lead-content limits imposed by Congress. However, the commissioners signaled their desire to issue a stay to give Congress the opportunity to change the law so that youth-model motorcycles and ATVs can be legally sold. The commissioners also expressed hope that manufacturers will use the delay to make changes to their products to make them meet the requirements of the new law.
"...ATVs and motorized bikes appropriately sized for children 12 and younger can again be available and the commission will not seek penalties for violation of Section 101 and related provisions of the (law) against those who sell them," said Acting CPSC Chairman Nancy Nord on April 3. "I hope that the state attorneys general will follow the lead of the agency on this matter.
"All stakeholders -- industry, users, Congress and the commission -- need to come together to fix the statutory problems that have become so apparent, in a common sense approach that does not unnecessarily burden those regulated, yet provides safety for American families," she said.
American Historical Racing Motorcycle Association (AHRMA) and the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) will part.
Dave Janiec AHRMA Chairman and CEO announces that the AMA will no longer sanction AHRMA events or do business with AHRMA effective May 1, 2009.
Goodlettsville, TN (May 1, 2009) Dave Janiec AHRMA Chairman and CEO announced today that AHRMA will be moving forward for the rest of 2009 and the future as an independent sanctioning organization without affiliation with the AMA. This follows notification and announcement this evening from the AMA that they will no longer do business with AHRMA. In his announcement to AHRMA members he stated AHRMA members should be assured that we will be conducting all our currently scheduled events this year, in all disciplines, with the exception of those associated with Mid-Ohio in July, where we had previously teamed with the AMA to help build that event up to its current status. We have obtained full insurance coverage for all our disciplines, and at a reduced cost to what was available through the AMA. We are also working toward offering a competitor personal injury insurance option. AHRMA members will no longer be required to obtain annual AMA membership in addition to AHRMA membership. Look for additional announcement of new membership program options from AHRMA in the very near future. Mr Janiec said, "While AHRMA regrets the termination of a mutually beneficial past relationship with the AMA, we also now have the opportunity to take a fresh look at rejuvenating our programs for 2010 and beyond".
The AMA notified AHRMA in mid-February 2009, that AHRMA must resolve all disputes and disagreements with Mr. Robert Iannucci, Team Obsolete, and the individual riders, "to Mr. Iannucci’s and the individual rider’s satisfaction", or the AMA will no longer enter into sanction agreements or do business with AHRMA after April 30th, 2009. Following this notification the AHRMA met with senior AMA leadership during Bike Week in order to more fully understand the issues and options, and have been in contact with them as we have attempted to resolve this.
AHRMA believed we have previously settled all issues with Mr. Iannucci. However, in the best interest of sustaining and preserving the integrated core of multi-discipline vintage motorcycle racing in the US, we contacted Mr. Iannucci (representing TO and the original riders) in March, and agreed to meet, per his request, on April 28th. Dave Janiec (AHRMA Chairman) personally met with Mr. Iannucci for several hours on April 28th at his Brooklyn, NY offices, in a good faith attempt to resolve issues. The meeting was cordial as substantive proposed resolutions were offered and discussed, at length. At the end of this meeting we felt positive on the potential outcome, but were notified on April 29th by Mr. Iannucci that "there was not enough common ground between Team Obsolete and AHRMA to justify any future relationship".
The AMA was notified by both parties of the substance of the meeting, as well as the ultimate failure to achieve Mr. Iannucci’s satisfaction. Subsequently, the AMA notified AHRMA that the AMA would no longer sanction AHRMA events or do business with AHRMA effective May 1, 2009.
This is a sad ending to a great relationship between two premier motorcycling associations. It remains to be seen who has shot themselves in the foot. Since the AMA is promoting their own version of vintage motorcycle racing at AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days they may be intending to compete in this arena with the AHRMA. This can't be good for either organization. It is baffling why the AMA went in this direction in the first place. Maybe this was their intent all along to promote their own vintage racing. Since Robert Iannucci was a founding member of the AHMRA maybe he and the AMA are working a deal to promote vintage motorcycle racing. Mr. Iannucci has been at odds with the AHRMA for years having sued them driving them into backruptcy. In court documents it was alleged that Mr. Iannucci told others that his stated purpose was to bleed ARHMA's resources and then sue its trustees. Unfortunately the RIF between Mr. Iannucci and the AHRMA has led to the parting of the AMA and AHRMA.
As far as the AMA is concerned they stand to lose the membership of a good portion of the approximately 5,000 members of AHRMA. Not good for an organization that depends on members for its purpose and livelihood. The AMA is dependent upon it's involvement in racing for a large portion of it's membership involved in the different venues of professional and amateur racing.
It remains to be determined if the AHRMA will be participating in racing at Daytona for Bike Week 2010.
Since 1924, the AMA has promoted and protected the motorcycling lifestyle. AMA members come from all walks of life and they navigate many different routes on their journey to the same destination: freedom on two wheels. As the world's largest motorcycle organization with nearly 300,000 members, the AMA advocates for motorcyclists' interests in the halls of local, state and federal government, the committees of international governing organizations and the court of public opinion. Through member clubs, promoters and partners, the AMA sanctions more motorsports competition events than any other organization in the world. Through its Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum, the AMA preserves the heritage of motorcycling for future generations. For more information, visit American Motorcyclist.
The American Historic Racing Motorcycle Association Ltd. is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to restoring and competing on classic motorcycles. With well over 5,000 members, AHRMA is the largest vintage racing group in North America and one of the biggest in the world. The association has grown steadily over the years, reflecting the increasing interest in classic bikes. AHRMA traces its roots to efforts to organize vintage road racing during the late 1970's in the Northeast. In the early 80's, other group's began emerging around the nation, adding scrambles, observed trials, dirt track and concourse events to the competition options available for vintage riders. Among these organizations were the California Vintage Racing Group and, in the Southeast, the Historic Motorcycle Racing Association. By 1986, it was clear that a national organization would be necessary to administer this burgeoning sport. AHRMA was originally formed as a privately held business corporation. Other groups were brought together under one banner and one set of rules, and in 1989 AHRMA was reorganized into the member-owned association of today. For more information click to go to the AHRMA web site.
Mark Mederski resigns from AMA's Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum.
The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) has announced that Mark Mederski has resigned.
Pickerington, OH (April 30, 2009)The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) has announced that Mark Mederski has resigned as executive director of the American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation (AMHF), which operates the AMA's Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum.
"I would like to personally thank Mark for his years of service at the helm of the AMA's Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum," said AMA President and CEO Rob Dingman. "Mark has a great passion for the heritage of motorcycling, and his in-depth understanding of the history of the sport was a valued asset."
Mederski oversaw a number of major exhibits at the AMA's Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum, including "A Century of Indian," "Heroes of Harley-Davidson," "Motocross America" and "Motostars: Celebrities + Motorcycles." Smaller exhibits showcased a host of personalities from the world of motorcycling, including Craig Vetter, Dick Mann, Malcolm Smith and Arlen Ness, along with milestone bits of history, such as "BSA's Greatest Daytona," "Dawn of the Superbike" and "BMW, Mastery of Speed."
Dingman noted that Mederski's departure will not slow a number of initiatives under way to expand the Museum's presence and further cement the institution as the country's leading steward of motorcycling history.
"This is a vibrant and exciting time at the AMA's Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum," Dingman said. "This year, we are refocusing our spotlight on the members of the AMA's Motorcycle Hall of Fame. This will not only involve moving the Hall of Fame to the facility's top floor, it also includes a 2009 Hall of Fame induction ceremony like none other in the Museum's history, where recipients will be honored before their peers and industry stalwarts.
"This year also marks the 85th anniversary of the Association, and we are celebrating the occasion at this summer's AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, where we will also be honoring BSA as the featured marque," Dingman said. "All proceeds from AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days go to support the Museum, and we're looking forward to this year being one of the largest and most exciting we've ever had."
AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days includes North America's largest motorcycle swap meet, bike shows, a commemorative parade, and two Classic Clubs honoring Honda's groundbreaking CB750 and CBX. Set for July 24-26 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio, 2009 AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days will also feature the inaugural AMA Racing Vintage Grand Championships, where vintage racers will compete for national championships, No. 1 plates, and the AMA Track Racing and AMA Off-Road Vintage Grand National Championships.
"All of this comes on the heels of a $1 million Museum endowment fund that the AMA Board of Directors established in February," Dingman added. "The interest earned from this endowment will support and grow the AMA's Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum for years to come, and Museum supporters can contribute to the fund to help us do even more."
Mederski was named executive director of the AMHF in December 1999, following 17 years as the Association's vice president of marketing. During Mederski's time in marketing, membership increased from 130,000 to 240,000.
AMA Board of Directors Chairman Stan Simpson, who is also the Acting Chairman of the American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation Board of Directors, added: "On behalf of the AMA Board of Directors and the American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation Board of Directors, we wish Mark the best in his next professional challenge."
Founded in 1990 by the American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation, the goal of the Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum is to tell the stories and preserve the history of motorcycling. Located on the campus of the American Motorcyclist Association in Pickerington, Ohio, the Museum's three major exhibition halls feature the machines and memorabilia of those who have contributed notably to the sport. For more information, visit Motorcycle Museum.
AMA President and CEO Rob Dingman clears the air about AMA/AHRMA dispute.
AMA President and CEO Rob Dingman discusses vintage racing at AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days
PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- In the following interview with AmericanMotorcyclist.com, the website of the American Motorcyclist Association, AMA President and CEO Rob Dingman speaks out about the dispute that has arisen with the American Historic Racing Motorcycle Association (AHRMA) and the future of that organization's role at AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days. AmericanMotorcyclist.com (AM): AHRMA has been posting on its website statements regarding a vaguely defined "dispute" over its sanctioning agreement with the AMA, the most recent being on April 15. These statements have led to a number of rumors that AHRMA will not be involved with this year's AMA Vintage Motorcycle Day at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio. Can you tell AMA members and our readers what the fuss is all about?
Rob Dingman: The dispute is not between the AMA and AHMRA, though readers of the AHMRA website are being led to believe that it is. We were drawn into a lawsuit between AHRMA's founder, Rob Iannucci, and its existing leadership back in 2001 and have defended the AMA for seven years. This past February, the AMA settled with Mr. Iannucci. There remains an ongoing dispute between Mr. Iannucci and AHMRA.
AHRMA's most recent public statement says that the AMA's leadership has agreed to join AHRMA and meet with Mr. Iannucci in an attempt to resolve their dispute. No meeting has been scheduled with Mr. Iannucci, and we are certainly not a party to the dispute. We have only said that we would attend if both parties agreed that we could help them work out their differences. I am very disappointed that AHMRA is choosing to negotiate this issue publicly, because it does a disservice to their members, many of whom are also AMA members.
AM: Can you explain what is at issue, and how it arose?
RD: First, I want to acknowledge the role that AHMRA has played over the years in the growing popularity of historic motorcycle racing. Many racers participate in vintage racing, and these individuals are the reason why so many people are enthused about the sport today.
Mr. Iannucci's lawsuit was filed against AHMRA on behalf of himself and his team, Team Obsolete, in 2001. The AMA was named in the suit because we sanction AHRMA racing. The nature of the dispute has been written about extensively elsewhere. Sadly, the suit cast a shadow over the very future of AHRMA, which subsequently filed for bankruptcy.
In 2007, the bankruptcy court in Tennessee settled the financial claims between Mr. Iannucci and AHRMA. However, the AMA was left holding the bag for a dispute between the two parties that had nothing to do with us. This suit has cost AMA members three-quarters of a million dollars and, ironically, it was not even about money. That's just outrageous.
The current management of the AMA was not involved in the actions that led to the lawsuit or its ongoing prosecution, and I have never believed that the AMA and its members were being served by continuing it. After eight years, the AMA said, "Enough." AMA Board of Directors Chairman Stan Simpson and I met with Mr. Iannucci last year to settle the matter. On Feb. 19, 2009, the AMA announced that we had entered into a Settlement Agreement, which resulted in the case being dismissed. I understand that AHRMA believes that the AMA should continue to fight with Mr. Iannucci and spend AMA members' money, but that would be foolish for the AMA.
AM: If the case against the AMA is now settled, what exactly is the problem?
RD: The terms of our Settlement Agreement are confidential; however, Mr. Iannucci has agreed to allow us to discuss them for the purpose of this interview.
One of the key provisions of the settlement is that, in order to receive future AMA sanctioning, AHRMA must resolve its differences with Mr. Iannucci and Team Obsolete on or before April 30, 2009. We arrived at this date because AHRMA had pending sanction requests with AMA at that time, and to be completely fair to AHRMA, we approved all of them, which took us out to the end of April. We continue to believe that it is in the best interest of vintage motorcycle racing to end the litigation and disagreements and move forward.
On Wednesday, March 4, Stan Simpson and I met with the AHRMA board and its officers to explain our reasoning, answer questions and reiterate the need for them to reach a resolution. Despite what they wrote on their website subsequently, we provided them with a full understanding of the issues. So they've known for six weeks that they needed to work out their differences with Mr. Iannucci.
Unfortunately, AHMRA has chosen to air the dispute publicly, and has left the impression that the AMA is responsible for the very problems that AHRMA created. This is not our dispute. We cannot resolve it. Only AHRMA and Mr. Iannucci can settle this matter.
AM: What does this all mean for fans of vintage racing and AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days?
RD: Make no mistake, there will be racing at AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days. We can't stop the process because AHRMA hasn't decided what they are going to do. So come May 1, we are going forward with our planning, one way or the other. We have advised AMA Organizers that if this issue is not resolved on or before April 30, the AMA will no longer sanction AHRMA events or activities, or otherwise engage in business with AHRMA.
AM: Can you comment on the rumor that AMA is telling AHRMA what to do?
RD: That is totally untrue. The AMA is not telling AHRMA what action it must take. That is up to AHRMA and Mr. Iannucci to work out to their mutual satisfaction. There is no reason why AHRMA cannot work this out. We met with Rob Iannucci and worked this out, and they need to do the same thing.
AM: On April 7, the AMA announced that AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days would feature the inaugural AMA Racing Vintage Grand Championships. Some people have interpreted this to mean that AHRMA is already "out" this year at VMD. Why was the announcement was made at this time?
RD: The timing of our announcement was forced upon us by a statement that AHRMA posted on its website, which essentially says that AHRMA is working on a replacement venue for AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, in case the dispute is not settled. We also learned that AHMRA tried to secure one of AMA's Vintage Motorcycle Days venues out from under us. We were flooded with e-mails from members asking us if AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days was cancelled, and we took this as a direct threat to our event. So we had an obligation to tell AMA members and vintage racing fans that there will be vintage racing at Mid-Ohio this year.
Frankly, we were shocked that AHRMA would put themselves in competition with us. Why would they jeopardize our 20-year relationship in this way?
AM: Can you tell us more about the AMA's vintage racing program?
RD: The reason for the AMA Racing Vintage Grand Championships is simple. Vintage motorcycle racing has become very popular in recent years in all its forms, including road racing, motocross, dirt track, hare scrambles and trials. The AMA believes it is only fitting that we elevate this genre to the same level as our other amateur championships, and that we do so at the granddaddy of all vintage racing events, AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days. The creation of the vintage grand championship is the next step for us to grow AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days and also increase the visibility of our AMA brand.
We are doing this by honoring the top rider in each vintage discipline with a championship title, and premier class winners will receive an AMA Racing No. 1 plate. In addition, the rider who excels across multiple disciplines will be named the AMA Racing Vintage Grand National Champion. The class champions and the Grand National Champion will be invited to attend our AMA Racing annual awards banquet, where they'll be recognized before all of our AMA Racing national champions.
AM: If AHRMA and AMA go their own ways, what will become of vintage racing at AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days in the future?
RD: I want to emphasize that the AMA sincerely hopes there will be an amicable resolution between AHRMA and Mr. Iannucci, and that we can continue to sanction AHRMA racing.
That said, the AMA is committed to sustaining and growing this exciting form of amateur competition for the teams, the racers and their fans. That is why we created the AMA Racing Vintage Grand Championships. If AHRMA cannot work out its differences with Mr. Iannucci by April 30, then the AMA is fully prepared to conduct quality vintage racing in each of the disciplines at Mid Ohio this year -- and in the future.
AM: Do you have a message for AHRMA's leaders and Mr. Iannucci?
RD: Don't try to settle this in the court of public opinion, because that is not working. Both parties need to meet in a room, face-to-face, and work this out. It can be done. We did it, and so can they. If they both agree that it would help for the AMA to attend while they work out their differences, we will do so.
About the American Motorcyclist Association
Since 1924, the AMA has promoted and protected the motorcycling lifestyle. AMA members come from all walks of life and they navigate many different routes on their journey to the same destination: freedom on two wheels. As the world's largest motorcycle organization with nearly 300,000 members, the AMA advocates for motorcyclists' interests in the halls of local, state and federal government, the committees of international governing organizations and the court of public opinion. Through member clubs, promoters and partners, the AMA sanctions more motorsports competition events than any other organization in the world. Through its Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum, the AMA preserves the heritage of motorcycling for future generations. For more information, visit www.AmericanMotorcyclist.com.
AmericanMotorcyclist.com (AM): AHRMA has been posting on its website statements regarding a vaguely defined "dispute" over its sanctioning agreement with the AMA, the most recent being on April 15. These statements have led to a number of rumors that AHRMA will not be involved with this year's AMA Vintage Motorcycle Day at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio. Can you tell AMA members and our readers what the fuss is all about?
UPDATE on AMA/AHRMA Sanction and Charter Dispute.
Latest information from the American Historic Racing Motorcycle Asssociation (AHRMA) on progress to resolve the disagreement over charter and sanctioning agreements with the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA).
Update and Clarification of negotiations in NY:
The AMA Chairman Stan Simpson and CEO Rob Dingman offered to attend and witness negotiations in NY between AHRMA and Mr. Robert Iannucci, should both parties agree that would be beneficial. AHRMA has previously accepted the offer. The AMA involvement does NOT imply any agreement or party to AHRMA's positions or actions in the negotiation. We regret any misunderstanding that our original post may have created about the exact nature of the AMA participation in the meeting.
AHRMA has exercised great restraint in NOT addressing this situation as a PR campaign and we have worked to keep a positive approach to resolving this. We are however required to ensure that our members are aware of factual developments that could have major impact on their association as a result of the pending AMA action regarding our charter.
We have requested, but not yet received Mr. Iannucci's position and proposed resolutions, and we have accepted his recent cordial offer to come to his offices in NY to discuss them in substance and detail.
We remain committed to resolving this in the best interests of AHRMA and our members.
Dave Janiec, AHRMA Chairman
UPDATE on AMA/AHRMA Sanction and Charter Dispute
The AMA and AHRMA have been in negotiations over our charter and sanctioning agreements beginning in mid-February 2009. We are now able to acknowledge the origins of the dispute and provide the latest developments of interest to all members. Previously, both AHRMA and AMA were parties to a March 2001 lawsuit brought against them by Team Obsolete (TO), Mr. Robert Iannucci and five Team Obsolete riders in the District Court of New York. The current issues revolve principally around the final settlement of that 2001 lawsuit.
AHRMA's role in the lawsuit has been well documented in our publication (Vintage Views) and on our website (AHRMA.org). The details remain accessible on the website in the Members Resources section. AHRMA's legal defense expenses in the lawsuit (expended due to the bankruptcy of our insurance carrier following the events of 9/11) ultimately resulted in the forced reorganization of AHRMA under Chapter 11 of the US Bankruptcy Code. During this reorganization process, AHRMA negotiated with the plaintiffs resulting in an "Agreed Order" that documented the settlement in the Tennessee court, and more importantly, the subsequent dismissal of the AHRMA/TO (et. al.) litigation in NY, with prejudice (meaning the issues could not be reintroduced). The AMA remained a party to the lawsuit, and the remaining parties (TO/AMA) finally achieved settlement in February 2009. The details of this AMA/TO settlement are confidential and have unfortunately precluded our full understanding of the nature of the issues and potential remedies, to date.
As a result of their confidential settlement, the AMA asked AHRMA to contact Mr. Iannucci for further resolution of outstanding issues. As previously stated, we then met with senior AMA leadership during Bike Week in order to more fully understand the issues and options, and have been in routine contact with them as we have attempted to move forward to resolve this. We also made contact with Mr. Robert Iannucci (representing TO and the original riders) in March.
AHRMA is The Steward of multi-discipline vintage motorcycle racing in the United States. We have a 20 year plus relationship with the AMA, in many cases preserving or replicating significant eras of the AMA's racing past. Both of our associations are committed to making every reasonable effort to continue that relationship in the best interests of our respective members.
In the best interest of sustaining and preserving for future generations the integrated core of multi-discipline vintage motorcycle racing in the United States, both the AHRMA and AMA Board Chairmen and senior leaders have agreed to meet in person with Mr. Iannucci at his Brooklyn offices in a good faith attempt to resolve issues prior to the deadline of April 30th stipulated by the AMA. We sincerely appreciate the patience and understanding of our AMA and AHRMA members.
We will update our members as soon as possible as we move forward.
Dave Janiec, AHRMA Chairman/CEO
**UPDATE** No Plea Deal For Billy Lane, Faces Trial.
**UPDATE** April 14, 2009
BREVARD COUNTY, FL - There was no plea deal Tuesday for reality television star and chopper builder Billy Lane. He faces trial for DUI manslaughter.
A pre-trial conference is scheduled for June. Lane's attorney, Greg Eisenmenger, says he's cautiously optimistic a deal may be reached before then. "We all agreed to what was offered and what was said. What happened is we disagreed about the interpretation of what that meant," said Eisenmenger.
Lane was not present in court this morning for a docket hearing, where it was anticipated he might enter a plea. Judge Robert Burger set a June 9 pretrial conference. If no plea deal is reached by then, Lane's trial will get under way the week of June 15.
The current charges against Lane carry a maximum sentence of 30 years.
Judge Robert Burger okays another delay in Billy Lane plea deal.
The judge in motorcycle builder Billy Lane’s DUI manslaughter case today granted attorneys at least another week to iron out details in a negotiated plea deal. Attorneys are to notify the court of their progress during a docket hearing set for 9AM April 14th, and possibly enter the plea that day. If not, the case will be set for trial, defense lawyer Greg Eisenmenger said.
"We still need some additional time to clarify some of the aspects of that plea," Eisenmenger told Circuit Judge Robert Burger. This was the second delay of a plea hearing that was originally set for Tuesday. Eisenmenger said Tuesday that prosecutors and defense attorneys realized they had different interpretations of verbal negotiations on the deal. The two sides are trying to reach an agreement on one of two mitigating factors that the defense believes applies to the case, Eisenmenger said today. Mitigating factors are facts from the defendant’s background that might qualify him or her for a downward departure from normal sentencing guidelines.
When Lane crossed a double yellow line to pass slow traffic on State Road A1A south of Melbourne Beach Police said Lane’s blood alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit. He crashed his Dodge pickup truck head-on into 56-year-old Sebastian Park Inlet ranger Gerald Morelock’s motorcycle on Sept. 4, 2006.
ATV, UTV, Truck and Trailer Stolen from Comfort Inn Suites in Clinton, SC.
Todd Jones woke up to find his truck, trailer and racing quads gone. If you have any info please call.
This weekend at the Pirelli Big Buck GNCC, Todd Jones woke up to find his truck, trailer and racing quads gone. He was staying at the Comfort Inn Suites off of Highway 56, in Clinton, SC. Another truck was stolen as well, owner unknown. Below is a listing of what was taken:
"It goes without saying that we are crushed," Jones said. "My son is 10 and this was his first GNCC season. I was hoping to run the RZR in the UTV race." If you have any info, please call Todd at 706-830-7491.
4/07/09 UPDATE from Todd: Two vehicles and trailers were stolen from the Comfort Inn and the other trailer had a RM85 dirt bike. It was recovered in Travelers Rest, SC today. Monday, a white male in his mid 40's driving a 88-94 model Chevy Z-71, Maroon in color, approached this small town used car dealership in Travelers Rest, SC. He had a real hardship story and was looking to sell all "his son's" racing gear and bike. The dealership didn't buy it but another guy did. Later that day the person who bought the bike heard about the theft at Big Buck (thanks all you internet friends for getting the word out) and they contacted GNCC. Long story short, the RM85 belonged to the other family who had their stuff stolen from the hotel. It turns out that some of our gear was also purchased from this guy along with the bike. They have our gear bag, some of the helmets, jackets and a few other things so this guy was involved in the theft some kind of way. Keep getting the word out for me and the ATV and RZR will show up sooner or later. Thanks to everybody. So many people have been so supportive in helping us find our stuff and my family and I sincerely appreciate it.
Billy Lane Plea Deal Delayed.
Plea deal delayed in Lane case. Differences in verbal and written versions cause delay.
The hearing, originally set for 9AM today, was reset for 8:45AM Wednesday.
"The state and I both walked in with written versions of the plea and there was a different interpretation of the wording of the plea and both of us are kind of hung up right now on that", Eisenmenger said. "How the plea is written or structured can have impact on legal issues down the road, so we want to make sure that’s right."
Eisenmenger said he hoped to have the issue resolved by this afternoon.
Police say Lane's blood-alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit when he crossed a double yellow line to pass traffic on State Road A1A south of Melbourne Beach and crashed his Dodge pickup truck head-on into 56-year-old Sebastian Park Inlet ranger Gerald Morelock's motorcycle on Sept. 4, 2006.
Originally charged with DUI manslaughter in connection with the Labor Day crash, Lane's lawyers at first fought the inclusion of testimony about blood drawn at a hospital after the crash, saying mishandling by police may have led to contamination and a skewed blood-alcohol reading.
But they said Lane, 39, became more amenable to the idea of a plea agreement after prosecutors in December filed an alternative charge of vehicular homicide. That requires the state to prove Lane was driving recklessly but does not include the drug or alcohol element needed to prove DUI manslaughter.
Both charges carry a maximum penalty of up to 15 years in prison.
AHRMA and AMA working toward resolution of charter/sanctioning disagreement.
American Historic Racing Motorcycle Asssociation (AHRMA) and American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) working to resolve the disagreement over charter and sanctioning agreements.
AHRMA is currently in the midst of discussions with the AMA to resolve aspects of their charter and sanctioning agreements that are in dispute as the result of actions taken by the AMA. AHRMA Board Chairman, Dave Janiec, is in direct contact with the AMA Board Chairman, Stan Simpson, and both are dedicated to the best possible resolution of the issues. AMA and AHRMA have a 20 plus year relationship that they do not want to see dissolved without exploring all options for continuing the mutually beneficial partnership.
However, it is also AHRMA's responsibility to have in place options for a future without the AMA, should they be unable to reach a satisfactory resolution before the April 30, 2009, mid-year deadline specified by the AMA.
The AHRMA staff has been working on a contingency plan to move AHRMA forward into the rest of their 2009 season without AMA sanctioning for their events should the need arise. They are working with multiple event insurance providers who are able to step in and provide AHRMA promoters with full event insurance coverage effective May 1, 2009, should the negotiation with the AMA be unsuccessful. In that case, AHRMA will sanction their own events and ensure that insurance coverage is maintained consistent with our existing requirements.
If the negotiations are not successful, AHRMA will execute their currently scheduled national program in all disciplines, with the probable exception of the national events scheduled as a part of the AMA's Vintage Motorcycle Days, July 24-26, 2009. There is a possibility that the annual ISDT Reunion Ride could be impacted by this change, but they are still gathering data on this event at this time. At this point, these are the only long term impacts to AHRMA's schedules that can be determined. AHRMA is working on a replacement venue for the Vintage Motorcycle Days event in the instance that the dispute is not settled.
AHRMA will provide more information and details on this subject as they are able to do so. The discussions have both legal and contractual ramifications and have to remain confidential at this time.
Florida Trail Riders
Florida Trail Riders one of the premier Florida off road riding organizations.
The Florida Trail Riders (FTR) with over 34 years of service with 2500 plus members throughout the state is a registered, non-profit Florida corporation.
The purpose of FTR is to promote the image of "Responsible Motorcyclists"; to sanction, schedule, assist and monitor off road motorcycle events in Florida; to establish policies, rules and procedures to be followed by promoters, with the end result being a series of organized events; to sponsor and support positive motorcycle legislation; and to establish and maintain good rapport with private land owners, local, state and federal land management agencies.
The FTR and its membership is made up of amateur motorcycle enthusiasts from all walks of life from all across the state of Florida who have the exciting sport of off road motorcycling as a common interest. There are family people (husbands, wives, children); professional people (doctors, lawyers, teachers) technicians and laborers. Off-road motorcycling holds no social, age, or ethnic bounds. With a strong common interest there is no young or old, black or white, rich or poor... just people who love their sport.
The goal of the FTR is so Florida can have safer, better organized, and more enjoyable events for all Enduro, Hare Scramble, and Motocross enthusiasts.
If you are interested in more information on FTR you can visit the FTR website.
Leesburg Bikefest coming Apr 24th through Apr 26th, 2009.
Leesburg Bikefest was first held in 1997, the vision of Joe Shipes, vice president of the Leesburg Partnership. Seeking to show off the newly renovated downdown Leesburg, and to attract a different crowd than a lot of local activities, Leesburg Bikefest opened its downtown streets... to motorcycles only, no cars allowed during the event. Approximately 5000 bikes were attracted to this first year of Leesburg Bikefest.
Leesburg Bikefest has grown rapidly from that start, with 2008 attendence estimated at 150,000, an impressive showing, even compared to the other two large Florida motorcycle rallies, Daytona Bike Week and Biketoberfest®. Who knows, Leesburg Bikefest may even topple Daytona Bike Week out of the top four motorcycle rallies. Why? More laid back policing, vice the nit-picking that has come to be Daytona. Merchants maintaining pre-rally pricing, instead of raising prices just for the bikers. Motel rooms and camping at a reasonable rate, again not artificially inflated. Just a biker friendly atmosphere. Daytona Beach needs to take a lesson from Leesburg in how to run a rally. And Leesburg, you just keep on doing what you are doing... they will come!
Leesburg Bikefest packs a lot of activities into its three day rally. A full listing of events and times can be found on the official website listed below, but here is a small example of what to expect.
Someday, Leesburg Bikefest may lengthen the duration from its current three days. However, even now, a lot of the attendees attend on their favorite day, and ride to some of the nearby attractions on the others. Here is a short list of some of those attractions:
ABATE OF FLORIDA, INC. Lake County Chapter will be hosting a "open to the public" campground during the 13th Annual Leesburg BikeFest™. Located 4.5 miles from downtown Main street at the Lake County Eagles Aerie #4273 on 27150 Haywood Worm Farm Rd. in Okahumpka, FL. 32806. Hot Showers, 24 hr. Security, Entertainment & Food, Band on Fri. and Sat. night, Free Hotdogs on Fri. night, Hosting Sat. Poker Run to Downtown, Vendors, Bike Blessings and much more! Children under 12 free, $12 per person per day plus $10 (one time) RV fee, if applicable. Sorry no reservations, come early gates open one day early. Thurs. at 9 am. For map click HERE. For more information call 352-267-0298, Send E-mail, or go to Abate Lake County Chapter.
Leesburg Bikefest Campground April 24-26th, 2009. Public campground sponsored by Nature Coast & Seminole County Chapters of ABATE of Florida, 1.5 miles from downtown just off of West Main Street. 2770 East Richey Road, Leesburg FL 34748. Turn by the bowling alley on West Main Street near where it turns into Rt. 44. 24 hour security, vendors, hot showers, food vendor. Pasture camping - bring your own shade and chairs, RV’s welcome but no hookups available. Only $12 per person per night, one time $10 RV charge. Gates open 12 pm Friday till 12pm Sunday but if you come on Thursday you can come in but no vendors will be there yet. For more information call Sally at 407-766-6964. No reservations but we have lots of room. Friday and Saturday night campfires, weather permitting. For map click HERE. For more information call Sally 407-766-6964, or go to Abate Seminole County Chapter.
The sale of youth off-highway vehicles banned.
The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA) has effectively banned the sale of youth off-highway vehicles.
The sport of off-highway recreation is seriously threatened by recent legislation that imposes strict lead content guidelines on children's everyday toys. The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA) has effectively banned the sale of youth off-highway vehicles.
According to section 101(a) of the enacted legislation, all youth products containing lead must have less than 600 parts per million (ppm) by weight. The CPSC has interpreted the law to apply to various components of youth OHVs including the engine, brakes, suspension, battery and other mechanical parts. Even though the lead levels in these parts are small, they are still above the minimum threshold.
In order to assure continued availability and access to youth OHVs, the Motorcycle Industry Council (MIC) and Specialty Vehicle Industry Association (SVIA) submitted petitions to the CPSC asking that certain vehicles be excluded from the final rule governing the law.
The All Terrain Vehicle Association (ATVA) and the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) are calling for action now to help reverse the potentially devestating effect this could have on the sport of OHV recreation. "The unavailability of youth OHVs will devastate family OHV recreation and cripple amateur competition, creating a domino effect across all aspects of motorized recreation," said AMA/ATVA Vice President for Government Relations Ed Moreland. "All motorcyclists, whether they recreate off-road or not, need to come to the defense of our youngest riders and help ensure the future availability of youth OHVs."
A quick and effective way to help is to write or call your representative and the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and let them know petitions exist to exclude certain vehicles from the final rule governing the law. You can send your representative a letter by using the Rapid Response section of the ATVA website.
"It is critical that Congress and the CPSC know that these petitions exist and that by acting on them they will maintain a vital form of recreation for American families, preserve youth racing and protect the thousands of jobs associated with this industry," Moreland added. "We are asking all motorcyclists to write or call their representatives and the CPSC today and ask them to approve the petition to exclude youth OHVs from the CPSIA lead content requirements."
Go to the AMA/ATVA Rapid Response Center to send a letter to your representative. The Motorcycle Industry Council also has an alert page at Stop The Ban where you can send a letter to your representative.
Off Road Riders lose riding areas.
Congress votes to close more than 2 million acres of public land to off-road recreation
By a 285-to-140 vote, U.S. House members on March 25 approved a bill that closes more than 2 million acres of public land nationwide to off-highway motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles and all other motorized vehicles.
Following congressional maneuvering that breathed new life into the measure after it was defeated just a couple weeks earlier, the lawmakers approved H.R. 146, known as the Revolutionary War and War of 1812 Battlefield Acquisition Grant Program. This bill was formerly known as S. 22, the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009.
Congress' first attempt to pass this measure, S. 22, was defeated two weeks ago in the House. However, following that defeat, the Senate leadership brought H.R. 146 to the floor, inserted the language from S. 22, and passed the bill on March 19 by a vote of 77 to 20.
It then went to the House for the March 25 vote.
"The measure unreasonably bans motorized recreation on 2.1 million acres of public lands by inappropriately designating it as Wilderness," said American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) Vice President for Government Relations Ed Moreland. "This is a sad day not only for responsible motorized recreation but also for a democratic process that is supposed to welcome public input and the opportunity for congressional review.
"For example, House members never debated more than 70 of the bills included in this package before the vote," he said.
The measure, which now goes to President Obama to be signed into law, consists of a daunting collection of more than 160 pieces of legislation and more than 1,300 pages of text.
Under the bill, areas where motorized vehicles won't be allowed include parts of the Monogahela National Forest in West Virginia; Jefferson National Forest in Virginia; Mount Hood, Badlands, Spring Basin and Copper Salmon areas in Oregon; Sabinoso in New Mexico; Riverside County in California; and Washington County in Utah.
U.S. Rep. Rob Bishop (R-Utah) noted in a House floor speech on Feb. 9 that "there are recreation restrictions in this bill.
"These (the AMA and other responsible recreation) groups' members include millions of off-highway enthusiasts, vacationing families, and small businesses involved in the system. And what they have pleaded with us to do is, quoting from the letter that many groups signed, 'It is our sincere hope that this Congress will develop a thoughtful approach to managing our public lands more than simply eliminating public access and creating additional layers of bureaucracy. Continued reasonable access to public lands is vitally important for current and future generations.'
"So why the rush on this particular bill?" Bishop asked. "And who are the losers, other than Americans who enjoy recreating on public land?"
Moreland warned that these kinds of threats aren't going to end.
"This land grab is just the latest effort by the federal government to restrict recreational access to America's public lands," he said. "AMA members responded to our calls to action and helped us shape the debate of this legislation".
"Our voice must grow stronger if we are to head off these and other threats in the future, and I encourage all motorcyclists to sign up for AMA's legislative alerts," he said.
Through the AMA Government Relations Department's Action E-list, riders can be notified by e-mail when they can make a difference on important issues. To sign up, click here.
Motorcycling Legend Malcolm Smith speaks with his actions.
Motorcycle legend Malcolm Smith protests government's onerous regulations with his own campaign of peaceful protest.
Motorcycle legend Malcolm Smith protests government's onerous regulations with his own campaign of peaceful protest. This one involves selling motorcycles and ATVs.
We've covered the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) of 2008, which bans the marketing, display or sale of consumer products containing even trace amounts of lead to children 12 or under. This includes, unfortunately, most kid's motorcycles and ATVs.
So to draw attention to the injustice of this new law - which unfairly targets motorcycles while exempting automobiles (which kids ride in, not just on) and other items not intended primarily for the use of kids - Malcolm Smith organized the "Kids Love 2 Ride" protest to bring attention to the harm the ban is causing to small businesses, kids and families.
During the event, held at Smith's multi-line dealership in Riverside, California, consumers were shown the banned products and allowed to "purchase" them at dealer cost, even though the vehicles will not be delivered until the ban is lifted. But he went one step further, actually selling three verboten units to supporters Jeff Ward (multi-time AMA National Champion), customizer Troy Lee and Glen Helen Raceway owner Bud Feldkamp. Supercross megastar Jeremy McGrath and Baja 1000 champ Scott Harden were also on hand to lend moral support.
In light of the heavy potential fines involved with willfully disobeying the big, bad Federal Government, this is a bold step for a business to take. Sales Manager Todd Baldwin said he couldn't comment on the legality of their actions, but said they're ready to face legal action or fines. He hoped the protest would encourage other dealers to make similar statements against what Malcolm feels is a right that is taken away from motorcyclists. They're pleased that the event received more interest and attention than they had expected.
In addition to infringing on the rights of kids and families to enjoy motorcycling, the law is negatively affecting an industry that's already struggling with slumping sales and tight credit markets. You can find out how you can help end the ban by visiting the AMA website or Malcolm's Kids Love 2 Ride site.
AHRMA and AMA at odds over agreement.
American Historic Racing Motorcycle Asssociation (AHRMA) and American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) at odds over sanctioning and charter agreement.
Shortly before AHRMA ran their full schedule of successful Bike Week events in Florida, the AMA informed them that they had concerns regarding various aspects of the sanctioning agreement and previously approved 2009 Charter. They set a deadline for resolution of these issues of April 30th, 2009.
The mid-year notification necessitated immediate action and the AHRMA board and officers met with AMA officials Stan Simpson (AMA Board Chairman) and Rob Dingman (AMA CEO) on Wednesday, March 4th, at Deland, Florida, in order to further clarify the issues. AHRMA has been an AMA partner since their inception over 20 years ago, and we very much value our relationship - we are the living history of the AMA and motorcycle racing in the US.
AHRMA is diligently working to resolve the issues and will report resolution and/or future plans as soon as possible in advance of the April 30th deadline. However, for planning purposes by our members, in the worst case event that we are not able to satisfactorily resolve the issues before April 30th, AHRMA will continue to operate with a full schedule in all our disciplines.
The American Historic Racing Motorcycle Association Ltd. is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to restoring and competing on classic motorcycles. With well over 5,000 members, AHRMA is the largest vintage racing group in North America and one of the biggest in the world. The association has grown steadily over the years, reflecting the increasing interest in classic bikes.
AHRMA traces its roots to efforts to organize vintage road racing during the late 1970's in the Northeast. In the early 80's, other group's began emerging around the nation, adding scrambles, observed trials, dirt track and concourse events to the competition options available for vintage riders. Among these organizations were the California Vintage Racing Group and, in the Southeast, the Historic Motorcycle Racing Association. By 1986, it was clear that a national organization would be necessary to administer this burgeoning sport. AHRMA was originally formed as a privately held business corporation. Other groups were brought together under one banner and one set of rules, and in 1989 AHRMA was reorganized into the member-owned association of today.
Lane lawyers work on plea deal
A plea deal is in the works for Billy Lane, the celebrity motorcycle builder charged with killing a Melbourne Beach motorcyclist while driving drunk in 2006, attorneys said.
"I can't talk about the details right now because we have a couple minor details that are up in the air," defense attorney Greg Eisenmenger said Thursday during an interview.
He said he hopes to receive confirmation on those details from the state today or tomorrow, and anticipates Lane to enter the plea next week.
"We're in agreement on all the major points," said Eisenmenger. "We're 99 percent there but we're not 100 percent there. We're close enough that the court felt it was appropriate to take it off the trial docket and we're close enough that we're confident we'll get to a plea."
The announcement comes days before Lane's scheduled Feb. 9 trial.
Assistant State Attorney Tom Brown was not immediately available for comment, but a state attorney's office spokeswoman confirmed that plea negotiations were under way.
Lane, 38, was charged two years ago with one count of DUI manslaughter in connection with a Labor Day 2006 traffic accident in which 56-year-old Sebastian Inlet park ranger Gerald Morelock died.
Police said Lane's blood-alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit when he crossed a double yellow line to pass several cars near Melbourne Beach, striking Morelock's motorcycle head-on.
In light of ongoing legal wrangling over the permissibility of blood evidence at trial, prosecutors in late December added an alternative charge of vehicular homicide, which requires the state to prove Lane was driving recklessly but does not include a drug or alcohol element needed to prove DUI manslaughter.
Both the DUI manslaughter and vehicular homicide charge are second-degree felonies, punishable by up to 15 years in prison.
Eisenmenger said the amended charge factored into the plea agreement.
"I think that (why Lane has decided to pursue a plea) will become more clear when we actually enter the plea," he said.
Plea date set in motorcycle designer Lane's case. Attorney's set a tentative plea date of April 7 in the motorcycle designer Billy Lane's DUI manslaughter or vehicular homicide in connection with the Labor Day 2006 traffic accident in which 56 year old Sebastian Inlet park ranger Gerald Morelock died. Attorneys last week canceled his trial, which had been scheduled to begin February 10 before Circuit Judge Robert Burger, saying they were extremely close to working out a plea agreement.
Read about our weekend camping trip.
Weekend camping trip to Torreya State Park and Salt Springs National Forest Service campground.
Read about our recent motorcycle camping trip to Torreya State Park west of Tallahassee and the National Forest Service campground at Salt Springs by clicking HERE. We had a nice trip up through the Big Bend area and to the panhandle area west of Tallahassee and then back to the Ocala National Forest. A great trip through some pretty areas of Florida and into the "real" Florida. To view pictures from the trip click HERE. Enjoy!!!
Pictures from my Vintage Motorcycle Days trip now online.
Check out the pictures from my motorcycle vacation to VMD 2007.
I took a vacation on my motorcycle for AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days at Mid Ohio Sports Car Course near Lexington, OH. The pictures are now online and you can view them by clicking HERE and scrolling down on the left navigation bar to the new items. Click on the pictures you would like to view. Enjoy!!! I will have a synopsis of the trip online as soon as I can get it finished, so stay tuned.
Representative Carlos Lopez-Cantera files HB137 providing stiff penalties for offenses committed while operating a motorcycle.
If this bill passes you can be taken into custody, your motorcycle seized and forfeited and your motorcycle license endorsement revoked.
Representative Carlos Lopez-Cantera from District 113 in Miami has filed HB137. An act relating to offenses committed while operating a motorcycle; creating s. 316.1926, F.S.; providing 3 additional penalties for certain offenses committed by a person operating or in actual physical control of a motorcycle; requiring that the person be taken into custody; providing for seizure and forfeiture of the motorcycle; providing for revocation of the person's privilege to operate a motorcycle. To go to Representative Lopez-Cantera's web page click HERE. To see the full text of the bill click HERE.
Anybody interested in riding to Marsh Landing in Fellsmere for breakfast this Saturday morning February 28, 2009? We would leave the Shell station on Malabar Rd. just east of I-95 at 8:00AM.
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OK...here's the plan: This SATURDAY morning leave the Sunoco station at I-95 & US192 at 7:45AM. No need to leave earlier since the place doesn't open til 8:00AM. Ride to Holopaw for breakfast. Return route TBD.
I'm just about fed up with this %^$#@*&! rain. If it is still raining tomorrow morning forget about the ride to Holopaw. Otherwise, plan to leave the US192 Sunoco at 7:45AM.
Shoot the weatherman.........Harold
The next planned breakfast ride is for this Saturday morning. Leave the Shell station on Malabar Road next to the Ford dealer at 8:00AM. Destination is a new (for us) place in Sebastian. Richard knows where it is. See you Saturday.
Check back for announcements of future breakfast rides.
Motorcycle Camping trip to Torreya State Park and Salt Springs.
The tentative plan: Leave the Sunoco at US192 & I-95 at 8:00AM on Saturday October 13th. Ride to Torreya State Park west of Tallahassee. Camp there on Saturday night. Sunday leave Torreya and ride to Salt Springs Recreational Area in the Ocala National Forest. Camp there on Sunday night. Monday return to Melbourne.
If you are interested in making this motorcycle camping trip email to sign up.
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