National and Regional News
WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Donald Trump has ordered a review of all national monument designations that are greater than 100,000 acres made by administrations during the past 21 years under the American Antiquities Act of 1906. The review is to be conducted by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, who has 45 days to submit interim recommendations and 120 days to submit suggestions for legislation or recommend that the president reduce the size of monuments larger than 100,000 acres or rescind the designations altogether. The legal power of a president to rescind monument designations is uncertain. But some presidents have used their authority to resize monuments designated by previous administrations.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Clear Creek National Recreation Area and Conservation Act (H.R. 1913) has been introduced in Congress. The bi-partisan bill would direct the U.S. Bureau of Land Management to reopen the 63,000-acre Clear Creek Management Area in San Benito and Fresno counties in California for use by off-highway vehicles. Introduced by U.S. Reps. Jimmy Panetta (D-Carmel Valley), David G. Valadao (R-Hanford), Jeff Denham (R-Atwater) and Paul Cook (R-Yucca Valley), the legislation also would protect 21,000 acres of BLM land adjacent to Clear Creek by designating the area the Joaquin Rocks Wilderness. A similar bill, H.R. 1838, was introduced in 2015 by then-Congressman Sam Farr.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Trail stewardship grants are available for projects in U.S. national forests. The AMA and four other trail advocacy groups are working with the U.S. Forest Service though the National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance to identify projects that will improve motorized and nonmotorized trails. Projects may include clearing and brushing, tread repair, structure repair, trail sign repair or replacement or efforts to reduce the backlog of deferred trail maintenance. Any nonprofit organization is eligible and should have a sponsored volunteer agreement or other agreement with the local Forest Service office for work under these grants. Roughly $230,000 is being provided by the Forest Service. Grants are expected to range from $2,000 to $20,000 and require a 1:1 match of cash, contributed funding, and/or in-kind contributions of volunteer labor or use of equipment. Trail grants are expected to be announced by June 15 and work is intended to be completed by Dec. 31. The application deadline is June 2. For forms and instructions, visit www.wildernessalliance.org.
GREAT FALLS, Mont. — The deadline for scholarship applications has been extended by the National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council to May 5. The organization offers scholarships to attend its annual conference, which this year is scheduled for Aug. 22-26 in Manchester, N.H. NOHVCC plans to award as many as five scholarships to people who would otherwise not be able to attend the conference. Information is available at www.nohvcc.org/Education/Conference/2017-annual-conference.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — In recognition of Motorcycle Awareness Month in May, the Sacramento River Cats minor league baseball team is providing free motorcycle parking along Ballpark Drive at Raley Field for the May 23 game against the Memphis Redbirds.
INDIANAPOLIS — AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer Erwin G. "Cannon Ball" Baker will be memorialized by a group of Garfield Park residents who are raising money to erect a historic marker in front of a house where he lived for more than 30 years, according to a report in the Indianapolis Star.
BATON ROUGE, La. — Motorcyclists claiming they were cited under the state’s mask-wearing ban are seeking relief from state lawmakers. The state ABATE organization says one officer, in particular, has been ticketing motorcyclists whose helmets and face shields concealed their faces. H.B. 161, introduced by state Rep. Alan Seabaugh (R-Shreveport), would exempt motorcyclists from the law that bans people from hiding their faces in public, except on Halloween or Mardi Gras or for religious reasons.
MINNEAPOLIS —The state Department of Natural Resources is accepting comments on its environmental assessment worksheet for the Minnesota Valley Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Area in Renville County. The AMA believes the worksheet is thorough and accurate. But local supporters of the OHV area believe it's likely that opponents will find fault with the report and try to stop the project. The proposed project lies on 278 acres in Sacred Heart Township where mining has occurred for 60 years. The county received grants from the state DNR as a match to those received from the federal Recreational Trails Program for planning and design of the riding area. The deadline to comment is 4:30 p.m. CT on May 10. Comments may be sent by email to email@example.com with “MNOHVRA” in the subject line, via U.S. mail to Bill Johnson, Planning Director, MNDNR Division of Ecological and Water Resources, Box 25, 500 Lafayette Road, St. Paul, MN 55155-4025 or by fax to (651) 259-5126.
RALEIGH, N.C. — The state House Transportation Committee approved loosening the state’s motorcycle helmet law. The bill would allow riders 21 or older to ride without helmets if they have held a motorcycle endorsement for at least a year and carry at least $10,000 in medical insurance.
SALEM, Ore. — A bill that would have made lane splitting legal has died in the Senate Judiciary Committee. The identical bill failed two years ago, but gained enough support to make it out of committee and passed the full Senate before failing in the House. The next legislative session is in 2019.
LOS ANGELES — The Petersen Automotive Museum’s new exhibit is “Harley Versus Indian.” The exhibit tells the story of the founding of both Indian and Harley-Davidson in the early 1900s and the companies’ five-decade battle to be the world’s premier motorcycle manufacturer. The exhibit includes examples of motorcycles from different periods, along with vehicles considered to be significant milestones in motorcycling. The Petersen museum is at 6060 Wilshire Blvd. More information is available at www.petersen.org.
FRANKFURT, Germany – Volkswagen is considering the sale of Ducati as part of the automaker’s effort to streamline operations, according to a report from Reuters news service. Volkswagen’s Audi division bought Ducati in 2012 for about $935 million.
MILFORD, Iowa — Polaris Industries is closing its assembly plant in Milford, leaving about 300 people out of work there. The company is shifting production of ATVs and UTVs to Polaris facilities in Alabama, Minnesota and California. The Milford facility will be converted to warehouse and storage space to support the Indian Motorcycle manufacturing plant in Spirit Lake, Iowa.
GREAT FALLS, Mont. — The National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council has announced the appointment of Duane Taylor as its executive director, effective June 1. Taylor replaces Russ Ehnes, who is retiring from that position after nearly two decades. Since 2005, Taylor has worked in the powersports industry as director of federal affairs for the Motorcycle Industry Council, Specialty Vehicle Institute of America, Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle Association and Motorcycle Safety Foundation.
PORTLAND, Ore. — Portland State University is conducting a study of ebikes through June 23 in partnership with PeopleForBikes and the Bicycle Product Suppliers Association. The study is intended to provide a better understanding of why people bought e-bikes and how they use them. The survey also asks about ebike safety. The survey can be found at https://tinyurl.com/ebikestudy. Leading the survey is John MacArthur, sustainable transportation program manager, TREC at Portland State University.
YORK, Pa. — Harley-Davidson announced that it lay off 118 workers at its York plant and move those jobs to its factory in Kansas City. Company spokeswoman Bernadette Lauer said the layoffs will begin June 23 and continue through the end of July. This latest round of layoffs following the company’s decision to stop producing the Softail motorcycles in York. The company is moving these jobs to Kansas City to help manage production capabilities and reduce redundancies.
SAO PAULO, Brazil — Royal Enfield has announced the opening of its second direct distribution subsidiary outside India, in Brazil, the fourth-biggest two-wheeler market in the world. The newly formed subsidiary—Royal Enfield Brazil—will be selling to dealers, as well as conducting all front-end development and support activities, such as marketing and post-sale follow up in the country. Royal Enfield’s first direct distribution subsidiary outside India, Royal Enfield North America, was launched in 2016 and is based in Milwaukee.
VANCOUVER, B.C. — The British Columbia Coalition of Motorcyclists is urging riders to question candidates in the May election about their stance on lane filtering. The motorcycle group is lobbying politicians for the right to filter through stopped traffic at speeds of 30 kph or less (about 19 mph).
PICKERINGTON, Ohio — John Ulrich was presented the AMA Dud Perkins Lifetime Achievement Award on April 21 by AMA President and CEO Rob Dingman. Ulrich is a racer, team owner, the founder of Roadracing World & Motorcycle Technology magazine and the Roadracing World Action Fund and a former AMA board member. The ceremony took place at Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas, at the first round of the MotoAmerica AMA/FIM North America Road Race Championship and the American round of the FIM MotoGP Grand Prix World Championship. The AMA Dud Perkins Lifetime Achievement Award is the most prestigious of the AMA awards. The full slate of 2017 AMA Awards was announced on Feb. 17. A complete list is available at www.americanmotorcyclist.com/Home/News-Story/american-motorcyclist-association-announces-recipients-of-2017-ama-awards.
PICKERINGTON, Ohio — AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame member John Parham, who founded J&P Cycles and the National Motorcycle Museum, passed away on April 20 after a long battle with pulmonary fibrosis. He was 62. Mr. Parham was inducted into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 2015.
PICKERINGTON, Ohio – The AMA is continuing its partnership with The Quail Motorcycle Gathering, which includes an AMA display and the presentation of the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Heritage Award at the May 6 event at Quail Lodge & Golf Club in Carmel, Calif. A member of the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame will be on hand to present the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Heritage Award, which recognizes a machine that best represents a contribution that AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famers have made to the growth of American motorcycling. In addition, the AMA will be on location to greet supporters, sell memberships and provide information about the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame. AMA members receive a discount on tickets to The Quail Motorcycle Gathering by using the discount code at www.americanmotorcyclist.com/for-members/member-discount-codes. More information about The Quail Motorcycle Gathering can be found at signatureevents.peninsula.com.
PICKERINGTON, Ohio — A $10 early bird discount is available through May 1 on tickets to the 2017 AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, scheduled for July 7-9 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio. AMA members get a $15 ticket discount through June 5, which is an additional $5 off the early bird discount. AMA Vintage Motorcycle Daysfeatures vintage motorcycle racing, bike shows, seminars, demo rides, live music, the American Motor Drome Wall of Death, a swap meet with nearly 1,000 independent vendors and much more. AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days raises funds for the nonprofit AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame. To take advantage of the member discount, visit www.amavintagemotorcycledays/tickets.
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