By Jim Witters
LEXINGTON, Ohio — Two members of the AMA Government Relations Department laid out some important issues facing motorcyclists and asked for riders' support to help the organization fulfill its mission of promoting the motorcycle lifestyle and protecting the future of motorcycling.
Steve Salisbury (left) and Mike Sayre of the AMA Government Relations Department
The Saturday seminar was one of several presentations scheduled throughout the three-day 2019 Honda AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days presented by Avon Tyres at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
Steve Salisbury, who handles off-highway issues, and Mike Sayre, who covers on-highway issues, outlined some of the top issues the AMA is diligently working on: getting full funding for the federal Recreational Trails Program, ensuring motorcyclists have safe fuel, maintaining access for responsible off-highway recreation and making lane splitting legal across the country.
But Salisbury and Sayre also stressed that the AMA is its members, and the efforts to secure, keep and expand the rights of motorcyclists requires the help of AMA members and other fellow riders.
Salisbury encouraged the audience to sign up for AMA Action Alerts, which are calls for action on important issues. And when the alerts arrive via email, act on them.
AMA members and non-members, alike, can subscribe to AMA Action Alerts and other electronic communications at https://cqrcengage.com/amacycle/app/register?1&m=16006.
If the AMA can help with an issue at the local, state or national level, motorcyclists can contact the Government Relations Department staff at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2019 Honda AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days presented by Avon Tyres continues Sunday.
Sunday's seminar schedule includes:
- 10 a.m.: Electrifying Rides: From Harley Livewire to Zero SR/F, by Ben Rich
- 11:30 a.m.: Trail Blazer, by AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer Mary McGee
- 1:30 p.m.: Gas-It's just not dead dinosaurs anymore, by Phil Waters