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Photo Gallery: AMA Family Capitol Hillclimb

May 27, 2011

On Thursday, May 26, the AMA Family Capitol Hill Climb brought hundreds of young motorcyclists, their parents and concerned riders to Washington, D.C., to meet with several U.S. representatives, including Rep. Denny Rehberg (R-Mont.), author of the Kids Just Want to Ride Act, in Washington, D.C. The event was a strong demonstration of public opposition to a ban on the sale of youth-model motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles (ATVs).

Kids and their parents, from as far away as Washington state, Arizona and Colorado, delivered their message at a gathering in the Rayburn House Office Building. The parents and children then met with their individual lawmakers to personally urge support for the Kids Just Want To Ride Act, H.R. 412.

Here are a few images from the event, which demonstrated unequivocally that kids just want to ride...

Ashley Nash-Hahn, who attended the rally on behalf of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, talks with the Malcolms, who won the AMA's "Kids Just Want To Ride" video contest.
Rep. Bobby Schilling shows his support for kids riding dirtbikes.

Thanks to Rep. Denny Rehberg, who oversees the committee that normally meets in the rally room, kids had their run of the place.
Several banners were available for signatures for the scores of kids who showed up to become lobbyists for a day.

The best civics lesson ever? Come to D.C. to work for a law you believe in.
AMA President and CEO Rob Dingman and AMA Washington staffer Jessica Irving enjoy the show.

AMA President and CEO Rob Dingman speaks in support of the "Kids Just Want To Ride" Act.
Kids may not realize it, but when it comes to clout with Congressional staffers, they have much more pull than adults. Nice work all around.

Lobbying isn't hard -- it's simply making your case to an elected official or, in this case, an influential staffer.
If you're a voter, staffers and officials want to hear from you.

Sean Hilbert of Cobra Motorcycles and Chase Yentzer
Solidarity rules!

Erin, 11, Carter, 5, Adi, 7, and Carter, 5, Malcolm of Littleton, Colo., along with their parents, Danny and Peggy, won a trip to Washington, D.C., in the AMA's "Kids Just Want To Ride" video contest. Sometimes, high-powered lobbyists need a power nap.

Rep Mike Coffman and the Malcolms.
Rep. Denny Rehberg, who introduced the "Kids Just Want to Ride Act," got plenty of love from the kids.

You won't see this often. After Rep. Rehberg invited the kids to stand on the desks so they would be seen better, they did just that.
Normally, those desktops are desktops, not walkways -- thanks, Rep. Rehberg!

Malcolm (center) tells it like it is.
Rep. Tim Walberg doesn't care for governmental intrusions, such as the law banning kids' motorcycle sales.

Reps. Allen West, Richard Hanna, the AMA's Rob Dingman, Reps. Denny Rehberg and Bobby Schilling pose for a photo, while Carter Malcolm reminds everyone why we're all here!
Rep. Allen West was eloquent in his support of kids and dirtbikes.

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