AMA News & Notes: January 2019

National and regional news for motorcyclists

AMA News Author (no byline)

National and Regional News

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Senate adopted a resolution promoting awareness of motorcyclist profiling and encouraging collaboration and communication with the motorcycling community and law enforcement officials to prevent instances of profiling. Senate Res. 154 also urges state law enforcement officials to condemn motorcyclist profiling in their policies and training materials. Senate resolutions do not have the force of law. But the resolution is recognition at the federal level that motorcyclist profiling is discriminatory and unacceptable. Read the AMA position statement on motorcyclist profiling: www.americanmotorcyclist.com/About-The-AMA/motorcyclist-profiling.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The California Off-Road Vehicle Association joined 18 other groups to petition the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Forest Service to rescind or revise its 2005 Travel Management Rule. The rule requires designation of roads, trails and areas that are open to use by motor vehicles and prohibits motor vehicle use off of the designated system. Before the rule was put in place, motorized access was permitted unless specifically prohibited due to evidence that significant environmental damage would result. The petition was filed by the Texas Public Policy Foundation on behalf of 22,497 individuals represented by organizations in six states.

State News

MORENO VALLEY, Calif. — The U.S. Bureau of Land Management's California Desert District is accepting applications for membership on its Special Recreation Permit subgroup of the California Desert District Advisory Council to serve two-year terms. Applications will be accepted until Jan. 21, and can be found on the Desert Advisory Council webpage (www.blm.gov/get-involved/rac/california/california-desert-district). Particular expertise desired of subgroup members includes experience with California SRP interests and Nevada or Arizona SRP interests. Submit a completed application to the BLM California Desert District Manager, 22835 Calle San Juan de Los Lagos, Moreno Valley, CA 92553.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A new law (A.B. 1824) makes a fine mandatory for motor vehicles and motorcycles cited for excessive exhaust sound. The violation previously was a correctable offense, which allowed the owner to bring the vehicle into compliance while avoided a fine.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Bicycle helmets are no longer required for those 18 or older riding motorized scooters (A.B. 2989). Riders may operate the scooters on Class IV and Class II bikeways and on roads with speed limits as high as 25 mph.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — May Mobility, a Michigan-based startup, began offering rides to the public in December on autonomous shuttles. The company previously has focused on self-driving shuttles for college campuses, corporate clients and central business districts. This is the first time May’s service is open to the general public. The company also signed a contract in December with Rhode Island's Department of Transportation to connect existing transit systems near Providence with its electric, self-driving shuttles. May also has contracts with Detroit and Grand Rapids, Mich.

SEATTLE — The Washington Off Highway Vehicle Alliance has teamed with the Northwest Motorcycle Association to improve OHV experiences across the state. WOHVA applied for a NOVA grant to buy and operate a Bobcat E32 mini-excavator. If awarded, the grant would include a trailer, a brush flail, a rock bucket and a soft soils bucket with thumb. The intent is to perform needed maintenance of two-track trails on public land in 2019 and 2020. The NMA has submitted both NOVA and RTP grant applications to buy and operate a 24-inch-wide Single Track 240 for use on single-track trails.

Industry News

MATTIGHOFEN, Austria — KTM AG appears to be considering the purchase of Ducati from the Volkswagen Group, according to reports from CNET.com. Volkswagen paid $840 million for Ducati six years ago.

GAINESVILLE, Ga. — Fox Factory Holding Corp., manufacturer of performance products for bicycles and powered vehicles, expects to create up to 800 jobs and invest up to $50 million in new Georgia facilities including the relocation of its corporate headquarters to Hall County, Ga. The first phase of the project is expected to be complete in early 2020. Fox was expected to relocate its corporate headquarters from Scotts Valley, Calif., to its existing offices in Georgia by the end of 2018.

MARIETTA, Ga. — Yamaha has expanded its local corporate presence in Cobb County, Ga., by opening a new headquarters for its motorsports division, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. The office brings 100 sales and marketing jobs to Marietta. And the building will become the new U.S. home for Yamaha Motor Corporation’s motorsports division.

TOKYO — Yamaha Motor Co. Ltd. is investing $100 million over 10 years in the U.S.-based Yamaha Motor Exploratory Fund LP, which, in turn, will invest in venture companies with innovative technologies and business models in future personal mobility, urban transportation, aviation, automated agriculture and automated health care.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Rolling Thunder “Ride for Freedom” demonstration, which drew thousands of motorcyclists to the nation's capital each year to honor service members that were abandoned after the Vietnam War, is ending. The organizers said the 2019 event will be the last. Rolling Thunder Vice President Pete Zaleski said the cost of organizing the event spiraled to more than $200,000. So the group is asking its 90 chapters across the country to organize local demonstration rides in 2020 and thereafter.

International News

MADRID, Spain — The city of Madrid is making motorcycling in its central area nearly impossible for motorcyclists, according to a report by Wim Taal of the Federation of European Motorcyclists’ Associations. Madrid has lowered speed limits to help reduce air pollution and introduced areas where non-residents are not allowed to drive. In November, the city dropped its exemptions for motorcycles. The new rules forbid access to the city center for motorcycles registered before 2003. The fine for violating the restriction is 90 Euros.

AMA News

PICKERINGTON, Ohio — AMA President and CEO Rob Dingman has commenced his four-year term as president of the Continental Union of the Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme that represents North America. In addition, Dingman has accepted multiple leadership positions within FIM governance, including serving as chairman of the finance committee of the FIM Board of Directors, as the elected representative to the FIM Board for all FIM Continental Unions, and as a member of the board's executive committee. In these roles, Dingman will work directly with FIM President Jorge Viegas, who was elected at the FIM Annual General Assembly in Andorra on Dec. 1. The role of FIM North America president rotates every four years between the AMA and the Canadian affiliate of the FIM. Dingman assumes this role from Canadian Motorcycle Association CEO Marilynn Bastedo.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame inducted six new members Friday evening at the 2018 American Honda AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at the Hilton Columbus/Polaris. The 2018 inductees are four-time AMA National Enduro Champion Terry Cunningham, stunt rider Gary Davis, flat track and road racing tuner Skip Eaken, MotoGP World Champion Nicky Hayden, flat track racer Clifford "Corky" Keener and pioneering motorcyclist Mary McGee. For complete coverage, visit www.americanmotorcyclist.com/Home/AMA-News-And-Press-Releases/2018-american-honda-ama-motorcycle-hall-of-fame-induction-ceremony-honors-six-inductees.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — AMA member Lisa J. Malachowsky of Apex, N.C., was selected as the winner of the 2017 Ural Gear Up "Adventure Together" raffle bike in a drawing preceding the 2018 American Honda AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.

PICKERINGTON, Ohio — As a tribute to AMA Hall of Famer Nicky Hayden, the American Motorcyclist Association and American Honda commissioned two custom motorcycles that celebrate his life and his career as a professional American road racer and flat tracker. American Honda donated a 2018 Honda CBR1000RR and a 2018 Honda XR650L, which were customized by Tony Prust of Analog Motorcycles and Jason LeCavalier of Artistimo Customs. The CBR1000RR is decked out in a full Repsol Honda livery, while the XR650L was heavily modified in a street-tracker motif. Before being raffled, the bikes will tour to select events in 2019 and be on display at the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame on the AMA campus in Pickerington, Ohio. Find out more about the raffle bikes at www.americanmotorcyclist.com/hof/Raffle-Bike/hall-of-fame-raffle-bikes.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The AMA honored the 2018 season’s fastest amateur motorcycle racers and top event organizers at the American Honda AMA Championship Banquet on Dec. 8. Ryan Sipes was recognized as the AMA Athlete of the Year from AMA National Championship Series competition. The 2018 Nicky Hayden AMA Motocross Horizon Award was presented to Derek Drake of San Luis Obispo, Calif., and the Nicky Hayden AMA Road Race Horizon award and the Nicky Hayden AMA Flat Track Horizon Award were presented to Dallas Daniels of Mattoon, Ill. For more about the event, visit www.americanmotorcyclist.com/Home/AMA-News-And-Press-Releases/american-motorcyclist-association-honors-2018-champions-and-award-winners.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The annual American Motorcyclist Association Congress considered a wide range of topics during its 51st meeting at the AMA Legends & Champions Weekend in Columbus, Ohio, Dec. 7-8. Subjects included electric motorcycles and new safety requirements at AMA-sanctioned competition events. Recreational riding events also were discussed, and AMA government relations staff members made presentations. The AMA Congress is composed of AMA Commissions, AMA State Chapters representatives and select chartered organizers who host recreational events. AMA Commissions are volunteer bodies that consider, disseminate, amend, interpret and assist in the enforcement of technical and operational rules for amateur and pro-am competition. Resolutions adopted by AMA Commissions go into effect if approved by the AMA Board of Directors. AMA State Chapters representatives and select chartered organizers discuss recreational events sanctioned by the AMA. More information about AMA Commissions is available at www.americanmotorcyclist.com/For-Members/AMA-Commissions.

PICKERINGTON, Ohio —AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, presented by Honda Motorcycles, is America's grandest celebration of vintage motorcycles and the people who love them. The 2019 event, with Honda as the featured marque, is July 5-7 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio. AMA members can buy discounted tickets now at www.amavintagemotorcycledays.com. All activity at the event financially supports the American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation, the 501(c)(3) that raises money for the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame.

* * * * *

AMA News & Notes is a monthly publication compiled and edited by the American Motorcyclist Association. Designed to inform motorcyclists of rights-related issues and events in the United States and around the world, AMA News & Notes welcomes your input. Suggestions and editorial contributions can be sent to AMA Managing Editor Jim Witters at jwitters@amacycle.org.

Sign up and stay informed: AMA News & Notes keeps motorcyclists up-to-date on hot topics, news affecting the motorcycling community and opportunities to communicate with elected officials. Click here to check the “Sign me up for News & Notes” box.

AMA Action Alerts notify motorcyclists when and how to make a difference on important issues. Click here to see the most recent AMA Action Alerts, or to sign up and receive them.

Readers also may sign up to receive AMA e-newsletters: AMA Extra includes a summary of AMA news, ATV E-News includes a summary of ATV-related news and Hall of Fame Insider focuses on the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame. To subscribe to one or more, click here.

Protect your right to ride! Volunteering is easy, and it’s rewarding. To learn how you can help, visit us online.

Follow the AMA on Facebook at www.facebook.com/americanmotorcyclist, on Twitter @ama_riding and @ama_rights and on Instagram at @ama_riding.